Realme recently announced the Realme X2 in India and with its pricing shocked everyone. Despite offering it as an upgrade with a 730 G Snapdragon chip, Realme manages to sell the phone’s base version at Rs 16,999 and you still get decent specifications in this price range. In comparison, the Realme X2 comes with a glass body and a quad camera system of 64-megapixel. On paper, it offers everything and that may worry those who are considering the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Since a few weeks more, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has been around than the Realme X2 and like all previous Redmi Note models, it seems to offer the best of all under Rs 18,000. Xiaomi provides a very powerful MediaTek Helio G90 T chipset, a big display and a versatile set of cameras at the back. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is also starting at lower prices and offering more RAM than the Realme phones.
The question that arises, therefore, is what you should pick?
Redmi Note 8 Pro:
Currently the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the best phone you can buy today. A Helio G90 T chipset with liquid cooling, a minimum of 6 GB RAM, a 4500mAh battery, a 64-megapixel main camera on the rear, 18W fast charging and a huge 6.5-inch LCD display with thin bezels all around. For selfies, a 20-megapixel camera rests in the small notch on top of the display.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro looks great with its premium design starting at Rs 14,999. The phone uses both front and back Gorilla Glass 5 panels, which is still one of the segment firsts. It’s big but it offers a large 6.5-inch display which is one of the biggest displays you can find in this section. The Helio G90 T chipset is somewhat more powerful than the regular Snapdragon 730 G chipset, so if you’re into gaming, there’s no better chip than the Snapdragon 800 series chips to have in your phone.
Though performance is being taken care of, the Redmi also has a huge 4500mAh battery with 18W fast charging feature, which should easily guarantee a full-day battery backup. For a 20,000 sub-Rs phone the cameras are pretty good with some obvious room for improvement. Some images of daylight and even night photos look good with bright colors and high sharpness levels.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro in general provides everything you can expect from a sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone. It does all it should do quite well and it only lacks in the premium feel that premium phones deliver selling at higher prices.
The Realme X2 is a Realme XT update that comes with a few upgrades that only improve performance. The X2 gets a more powerful 730 G chipset from Snapdragon, a faster 30W fast charging system, and a new 32-megapixel sensor. The majority of the specifications remain unchanged, which means that the 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, a quad-camera of 64 megapixels on the rear and the 4000mAh battery
The Realme X2 with its front and back Gorilla Glass 5 panels provides a more premium in-hand look & feel. The 6.3-inch AMOLED display is big and is a good to watch thanks to its high contrast colours and deep blacks. The Snapdragon 730 G chipset is pretty fast and more power-efficient compared to the Helio G90 T of Note 8 Pro. An improved ColorOS 6.1 makes for snappy transitions and no lags in everyday usage. The 4000mAh battery is smaller, but with reasonable use it can easily make you go through a whole day. In 75 minutes, the 30W fast charger system will fill the battery from empty, which is much faster than the 18W system of the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The cameras are also pretty good and Realme with its 64-megapixel camera seems to have a slightly better camera tuning. Day and night photos are bright, vibrant, and noise-free, and they appear to be slightly better compared to Note 8 Pro. The selfie camera is also impressive.
What’s a better choice?
Both the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme X2 are impressive phones. Both of them offer a lot of features and specifications for the price they are offering at. Nevertheless, in terms of the overall user experience, the Realme X2 has a slight edge over the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Realme X2 has a better AMOLED display, improved camera tuning, fast 30W charging, and good battery life. The Realme X2 is, therefore, a great all-round alternative at Rs 16,999.