Realme X: The tempting ex

July 22 2019: Every time you find love, there's always that ex who somehow seems to know about it and decides to pop in to your life, just at the right time, in an attempt to woo you back. Realme has been that brand of late, which knows exactly when a competing brand is going to launch a good product, and quickly puts together an offering that sounds just as attractive. Add to it, a  philosophy, where design is used to acquire fans and users. This time around, the Realme X is positioned as the most affordable pop-up full-screen in the market. Powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset, along with VOOC 3.0 fast charge, the Realme X comes in a dual back camera 48MP + 5MP configuration, along with a 16 MP front clicker. What is notable is the addition of Dolby Atmos on the Realme X which promises to turn your smartphone into an entertainment hub by beefing up sounds from regular apps into immersive, surround sounds, and providing all-around sound for content that is originally created for Atmos. With the combination of the 710 processor and the Adreno 616 graphics card, the device provides faster 3D image rendering and stable downloads. Additionally, performance during gaming can be boosted by switching on the optimized Game Boost Mode, and further with a Hyper Boost mode that makes all processing cores run on overdrive.   

The 16 MP pop-up camera is able to enhance your selfies by invoking AI-driven 3D enhancements, especially in low-light, by recognizing background scene data and optimizing facial colours. Designwise, Realme  gets it right with  onion and garlic coloured variants, designed by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. These are a feast to the eye and will make you stand out from the crowd. The Realme X is priced at Rs. 16,999 (4GB + 128GB) or Rs. 19,999 (8GB + 128GB), an interesting price point for the mix of specs and design.  VISHNU ANAND