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Poco X2 vs Realme X2: Which is the Best Sub-Rs 20,000 Smartphone on the Market

The Poco X2 was finally unveiled today and by the looks of it, the handset is similar to the Xiaomi Redmi K30. Also, the specifications of the Poco X2 pits it directly against the Realme X2. Apart from having the same name, both the handsets are powered by the Snapdragon 730G processor and offer a 64-megapixel quad-camera setup at the back.

But which one offers the better value? Let’s compare the two, shall we…

Poco X2

As I mentioned above, the Poco X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G SoC. It features a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) hole-punch LCD display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This is the second phone in India to offer 120Hz refresh rate apart from the Asus ROG Phone II.

At the back, there is a quad-camera setup including a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 1/1.7-inch sensor, with a 6P lens system offering an f/1.89 aperture. This is paired to a 5-megapixel macro lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide-angle lens. At the front, there is a dual selfie camera setup with a 20-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Just like the Redmi K30, there is a 4,500mAh battery with support for 27W fast charge support. The company is bundling the high-capacity charger in the box, and it is the same as the company previously launched alongside the Redmi K20 and K20 pro. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, NFC, dual-SIM slots, IR blaster, P2i water repellant coating, USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10.

The smartphone is being offered in three variants with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and a top of the line 8GB RAM with 256GB storage variant. All variants come with microSD card expandability. The phone will be offering three colour options- Matrix Purple, Pheonix Red and Atlantis Blue. Pricing starts at Rs 15,999 for the base variant, with the 6GB RAM + 128GB variant will be available at 16,999. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 19,999. Poco will be offering Rs 1,000 discount for ICICI Bank card users.

Realme X2

The Realme X2 features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 91.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. There is also Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top and an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. This one is also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G SoC, paired with up to 8GB of RAM.

The quad-rear camera on the Realme X2 features a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro shooter with an f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. At the front, the handset houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens.

Other features include up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 4,000mAh battery with 30W VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge technology. The handset is being offered in three colours- Pearl Blue, Pearl Green, and Pearl White. Pricing starts at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB variant. There is also a 6GB RAM + 128GB version priced at Rs 18,999 and an 8GB RAM + 128GB option which will be available at Rs 19,999.

The Realme X2 offers an AMOLED panel which means deeper black and better contrast. This also allowed the company to make use of an in-display fingerprint scanner. On the other hand, Poco is offering an LCD panel but with a fast 120Hz refresh rate which makes it buttery smooth. It is also HDR10 compliant, which means good contrast, but not as deep blacks as one would experience on an AMOLED panel. The Poco X2 also offers a bigger battery, the latest Android 10 update, and a slightly lower price tag. In all honesty, the two phones are pretty close on paper with the Poco X2 having a slight advantage over Realme. Of course, this is just our opinion. Tell us, which one do you prefer?

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Want a Realme Smart TV? It May Launch as Soon as MWC 2020

Realme is working on its own smart TV, and the same may be launched as early as the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020. The brand is proactively attempting to take on brands such as OnePlus and Xiaomi, and in a bid to do so, is looking to expand its portfolio of products to include wearable devices, audio gear and even televisions. With Xiaomi gaining considerable popularity with its Mi TVs, and OnePlus also making considerable noise with its own televisions, a Realme TV will be an interesting proposition, particularly in value driven markets such as India.

Responding to a fan query regarding the Realme Smart TV on Twitter, Francis Wang, CMO of Realme Mobiles, replied that interested users, fans and industry watchers will soon see a market announcement regarding the product. When another user posted if there is a possibility of Realme making laptops as well, Wang responded by saying that if the TV goes well, “laptop is something worth a try.” This would certainly be within interest, since its prime rival, Xiaomi, also has a thriving laptop range under the Mi Notebook and Redmibook portfolios, and is in fact expected to unveil its first Redmibook in India within the coming weeks.

As for smartwatch and fitness bands, as asked by a third user, Wang replied, “That comes even faster”. In fact, Madhav Sheth, the CEO of the company, had already confirmed that they will soon launch a fitness band, during the launch of the Realme 5i. Realme is expected to face competition from the likes of Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and OnePlus, who are all notable names now in the Indian television space.

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Realme C3 India Launch on Feb 6th, Specs Revealed on Flipkart Show 5,000mAh Battery

The Realme C3 appears to feature a 5,000mAh battery, a 6.5-inch display with waterdrop notch and a 12-megapixel dual rear camera.

Realme C3 India Launch on Feb 6th, Specs Revealed on Flipkart Show 5,000mAh Battery
The Realme C3 image posted on its landing page by Flipkart. (Image altered by News18.com)

Realme C3 is expected to be the brand’s upcoming budget smartphone, and its landing page has now gone live on e-commerce website, Flipkart. According to the Flipkart listing, many of Realme C3’s specifications have also been revealed, along with a near-full lowdown on how the device looks. After sharing that the Realme C series budget smartphones have seen over 10 million units sold in their lifetime, the Realme C3 will hope to continue on that note, and revive Realme’s market share, which appears to have fallen very sharply after the 2019 festive season.

According to Flipkart, the Realme C3 features a 6.5-inch display, which is likely to come with HD+ resolution. It is also confirmed to come with two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The display has a waterdrop notch at the top, while at the rear, the device appears to feature a dual camera unit with 12-megapixel primary sensor and f/1.8-2.4 variable aperture. The landing page of the smartphone also flaunts features such as slow motion video and HDR mode, which will be impressive for a budget smartphone.

Other features and specifications that have not been officially revealed include a MediaTek processor inside, a physical fingerprint sensor at the rear, and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor. The Realme C3 offers certain improvements over its predecessor, including a larger battery, and is also expected to come with the new Realme UI interface instead of ColorOS that it shares with its parent brand, Oppo. The device is also largely expected to retain the same price badge, which means it should launch at Rs 7,999 when it is unveiled at 12:30PM on February 6.


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Realme is Bringing its Fitness Band to India Next Month, Confirms CEO Madhav Sheth

The Realme fitness band will take on Xiaomi’s Mi Band series as well as Honor and Huawei’s own fitness trackers

Realme is Bringing its Fitness Band to India Next Month, Confirms CEO Madhav Sheth
Realme Fitness Band

(Image: Screen Grab/ Madhav Sheth/Realme/ YouTube)

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed the first fitness band from the company will be launched in February. An exact launch date has not been announced yet but the company is expected to start teasing the arrival of the product by the end of this month, said Sheth in the latest Episode of ‘AskMadhav’ show on YouTube. The Realme fitness band will take on Xiaomi’s Mi Band series as well as Honor and Huawei’s own fitness trackers.

When asked about the potential launch date of the Realme X50 smartphone in India, Sheth said that something ‘much more powerful’ was lined up for India and have to wait till MWC Barcelona 2020 for the announcement. Additionally, he revealed that the yellow and black colour variants of the true wireless earbuds will be available next month and Android 10 for the Realme 5i will arrive in May 2020.

Recently, a new smartwatch from Realme was spotted on the Indonesian certification website. Though the certification ‘Brand’ section mentions the device as the Realme Band, the ‘Name’ section clearly puts in under the smartwatch category.


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Realme to Launch Smartphone With New Snapdragon 720G Chip in India

Qualcomm recently announced three new mobile chipsets in India.

Realme to Launch Smartphone With New Snapdragon 720G Chip in India
Qualcomm recently announced three new mobile chipsets in India.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme’s CEO Madhav Sheth on Tuesday announced to launch a smartphone with the new Snapdragon 720G SoC (system-on-chip) in India. Speaking at the Qualcomm Summit here, Sheth said the company will be among the first smartphone brands in the country with this next-gen chip.

“It’s time for the big reveal! #realme will be among the first smartphone brands to launch the @qualcomm_in Snapdragon 720G in the upcoming smartphones,” tweeted Sheth after the event. The new SoC model is aimed to provide fast 4G connectivity alongside supporting Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The new chip includes Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features and is said to provide smooth HDR gameplay, dynamic colour range and contrast along with high-quality sound with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive. The chip is also capable of supporting 4K video recording and capturing 192-megapixel still images. The company claims the latest chipset offers 60 percent performance boost as compared to its predecessor. The Snapdragon 720G, which comes as the watered down version of the Snapdragon 730G, has Snapdragon X15 LTE modem with support for 3-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO on two carriers, and 256-QAM modulation for download speeds up to 800Mbps.

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realme X2 Pro Master Edition – Inspired by Architecture, Built for Performance

Ushering the new decade is a range of smartphones that are getting more difficult to differentiate. But some manufacturers are well ahead of the curve with amped-up versions of their flagship products.

realme X2 Pro is one such phone with a fresh offering launched at the end of November 2019. But come the New year and its already out with a couple of chic Master Editions in a one of a kind creative collaboration between the brand and renowned industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Inspired by Red Brick and Concrete, these new avatars have very distinct styles that speak to very different kinds of people yet, house the same powerhouse phone underneath.

What’s New?

We reviewed the Brick Red edition and right off the bat; the difference is visible. Aesthetics are everything with the crimson blood-like hue giving the phone a punchy, modern vibe. realme even created its own RP paint and combined it with a leading lacquered glass coating technology to give it that polished look but plush feel. The blood red is so stunning, it makes this phone stand out in a sea of staid black smartphones every time. If you’re worried about smudges and scratches, this new texturized back makes all the difference. A stylish signature right near the camera lens employs computer chip laser technology to produce a replica of Fukasawa’s signature with 100% fidelity thus unobtrusively completing the realme branding.

Flagship Foundations

While the Master Editions are only available in the top-end specs of 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, switch it on, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Just like the X2 Pro, the Master edition is also among the few phones to offer a display with a 90 Hz refresh rate at this price point. A 6.5-inch super AMOLED, Full HD+, dewdrop display protected by Gorilla Glass makes rounds off an impressive package. A fast refresh rate makes scrolling noticeably smoother while the screen does a fantastic job of bringing colours and pictures alive. Little details really shine when your experiencing the phone first hand.

But wait, it also has an in-display fingerprint scanner! Fuelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset both these editions have the same quad-camera configuration that is up there with some of the best in the market.

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Remarkable, when you consider the four-lens set up that includes a 64MP f/1.8 main sensor with a 20x Hybrid zoom, an 8MP f/2.2 115-degree wide-angle lens, a portrait lens and a 13MP f/2.5 telephoto lens capable that is leagues ahead of its competitors. On the front sits a 16-megapixel selfie camera that makes quick snapshots of your #OOTD or your friends and family super easy.

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Zen-like picture composition made possible by the portrait mode.

Just like the regular X2 Pro, this one too is powered by a 4,000 MaH battery which supports VOOC fast charging and comes with a 50W charger in the box – which will take you from 0 to 100 in battery charge terms in little more than half an hour. Talk about connectivity and the realme X2 Pro checks all the boxes with 4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and even NFC. A USB-C charging port brings the phone into the future while the 3.5 mm audio jack stays put in addition to two speakers supporting Dolby Atmos.

What you get with the realme X2 Pro is a phone that’s also a gamer’s delight. Our gaming sprees saw far less lag and more phone resources allocated to keeping the experience top-notch and unwavering from the 30fps max. We weren’t even bothered by messages or email notifications.

A cleanly designed OS with the promise of the latest Android to come makes for a promising proposition. With the current phone comes a sidebar for quick access to several features like messaging, screenshots etc. makes life easy and the Smart Assistant tab for all the info you need from directions and weather to your activity tracking. But perhaps one of the most convenient options to have is that the realme X2 Pro allows you to manually configure important and unimportant notifications right from the pull-down menu at the top.

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The Final Word

Inspired by Naoto Fukasawa’s unique design sensibilities, the realme X2 Pro is ideally suited for anyone looking to upgrade their budget smartphone to a sophisticated piece of machinery that won’t leave you bankrupt. Plus, the powerful processor, delightfully smooth screen and outstanding camera are significant bonuses you can’t ignore at the extremely pocket-friendly price of Rs 34,999. Overall, if you’re looking for a good looking device that can hold its own among some of the best, this is it.

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