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Realme X Hands-On: It has something for everyone

Taking over the batton from Xiaomi

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Realme is barely over a year old, but in this short span, it has managed to grab a huge chunk of the market. While Xiaomi has established itself as the king, Realme wants to take over this title and its coming with all its might. This young brand is targeting the youth, but does it have everything that everyone wants?

Going by the name, you’d expect it to be a flagship but it’s an affordable phone that aims to get everything right. An all-new design, powerful processor, and fancy pop-up camera, what more does it have to offer?

An all-new design that looks exceedingly premium

Our Polar White unit gives a very refreshing vibe. Metal builds and gradient backs have become mainstream and Realme has something new in store. A ceramic texture along with mild colors at different angles, coupled with a glass build is unmatchable in this segment. It isn’t very slippery to hold and the weight distribution is on-point. Lastly, subtle edges make it very comfortable to hold for long durations.

AMOLED doesn’t mean a hefty price

Majority of the phones in this segment come with an LCD display along with a notch. Realme has eliminated the notch to offer a high screen-to-body ratio of 86 percent. The front looks immersive and many might mistake it for a flagship phone. The 6.53-inch panel is sufficiently bright and colors are well saturated. Adding to this, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been incorporated and it’s super fast.

The notch is often intrusive and the brand has opted for a pop-up selfie camera. This feature has been limited to mid-range and flagship phones so far.

Old on paper, but still packs a punch

Many have been disappointed with Realme’s choice of Snapdragon 710 chipset since its more than a year old. But just like Xiaomi’s romance with the Snapdragon 625, it’s a capable processor that fares well. With eight cores clocked at 2.2Ghz, it can breeze through demanding apps and games.

You can also choose to lock apps onto the RAM and multitasking is usually handled smoothly. Overall, it performs on par with our expectations from an affordable phone and the average Joe will never have any complaints.

A standardized camera setup

 

On the rear, it has a 48-megapixel camera that’s pretty much become a norm in the segment. It’s coupled with a 5-megapixel depth sensor for portrait photos. For selfies, the sliding module houses a 16-megapixel lens. The camera app has a plethora of built-in features like beauty mode, auto scene recognition, stickers, as well as a night mode.

The same ‘ol colorful skin

It runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. We expect the company to roll-out updates quickly because it has used the same processor on the Realme 3 Pro. Hence, the skin can be universally customized and pushed out to users.

A battery that charges at lightning speed

Backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery that may be smaller than the competition, but comes with a secret weapon. Thanks to VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology, it can charge up to 65 percent in just half an hour. We recorded a screen-on-time of approximately five hours. This is also the first phone from Realme to embrace a USB-C port.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking for a phone that gets everything right, this should be your first choice. It’s built keeping everyone in mind, and this includes the gamers, photographers, casual users, as well as entertainment addicts. Realme has cleverly cut costs since there are no gaping shortcomings. The standard 4GB+128GB configuration costs INR 16,999 and the 8GB+128GB option is priced at INR 19,999.

For now, the only phone that comes close to it is Vivo’s Z1 Pro. However, it lacks a pop-up module which is a flaunting factor for many. At the end of the day, Realme has again created a product that has rattled Xiaomi’s sky-high ceiling.

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Snapdragon 865 Hands-on: Top 5 Features

5G for all, 200MP, 8K, and more.

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As we lean towards the second decade of the millennium, Qualcomm is ready to ship out their next flagship chipset.

Snapdragon has been running most devices people use today. Snapdragon 865 (together with the midrange 765) are two of Qualcomm’s chipset offerings for 2020. They offer more than incremental performance boosts.

Watch more to know the top 5 promising features of the new chipset.

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Realme X2 Pro Master Edition hands-on: Tough looks, solid performance

It’s made of a soft-frosted glass but feels like cement

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The Realme X2 Pro has gotten fans really excited. Touted as the new flagship killer, it has quad cameras, Snapdragon 855+, and other flagship-level features at an affordable price tag.

While the regular Realme X2 Pro is already pretty awesome, what we got here is even more intense. We have the Reame X2 Pro Master Edition to check out, the Concrete edition to be exact.

Tough looks

The Master Edition of the Realme X2 Pro also comes in a Red Brick design. I’m not too big a fan of that look, so I got the Concrete version instead.

The Realme X2 Pro Master Edition is designed by famous Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa. It comes with a signature of the designer on the back panel.

The texture is pretty similar to the Sandstone feel of the older OnePlus devices — just less rough and more matte.

Realme says this is a soft-frosted glass although it’s hard to tell to be honest. The finish looks and feels like concrete cement even if it’s soft-to-touch.

Solid performance

Apart from the differences in design, it’s pretty much the same exact Realme X2 Pro inside. It packs 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The Realme X2 Pro has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch, and a high 90Hz refresh rate. It boasts a 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio and an in-display fingerprint scanner that works really fast.

Making it an even better media device is a pair of stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

There’s also a vapor chamber liquid cooling, a superconducting carbon fiber multi-layer scheme, multi-layer graphite sheet and other heat-dissipating materials so the phone can definitely game without heating issues.

This is all backed up by a massive 4000 mAh battery with 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charging technology. It can fully charge the phone from zero, in just about 35 minutes.

This super fast charging is definitely something anyone would appreciate. Imagine waking up in the morning and charging your phone while you’re in the shower. It’ll be ready and full just before you head out.

Capable cameras

The Realme X2 Pro has a quad-camera setup, with the Samsung GW1 64-MP sensor with a fast f/1.8 aperture as the main camera. There’s also a 13MP telephoto lens with support for up to 20x hybrid zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide with a 115-degree field-of-view, as well as a 2-megapixel depth sensor to help with portrait shots. Up front is a 16MP selfie camera.

In China the Realme X2 Pro is priced at CNY 3299 (US$ 469). In India, it will be going on sale around Christmas time for INR 34,999 (US$ 490).

What do you think about this version? Should phone companies make more special edition phones in a similar design? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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5 reasons to invest in a gaming laptop even if you don’t play

They can do more than just game

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If you’re a professional in need of a powerful laptop, you might find it difficult to find something that meets all of your needs and preferences. While you’d rather have something that’s sleek, sometimes what you need are on a gaming laptop that’s bulky and just screams gaming too much.

Fortunately, brands like ASUS and Lenovo have started redesigning gaming laptops with portability in mind. This attempt makes consumers consider gaming laptops once again.

While it’s easy to look for a reason to buy a gaming laptop if you’re a gamer, there are still a few good reasons to invest in a gaming laptop even if you don’t play games.

Work anywhere you want

Brands are redesigning gaming laptops by making them slimmer and more compact. Gaming laptops have started looking like real laptops and not a clunky machine that will be tough to carry around for most people. They’ve trimmed the weight and now a lot of them fit in most backpacks with a dedicated 15-inch laptop sleeve. Think of it as bringing a laptop with the power of a mobile PC wherever you go.

Stay ahead of the game (no pun intended)

A lot of laptops launched this year carry the latest processors and graphics card meant for the future. For instance, the Lenovo Legion Y540 has a 9th-gen Intel i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage.

With that much power, that’s more than enough for your work and daily usage. Imagine running multiple tabs without any hiccups, or even when using power-hungry apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Google Chrome simultaneously.

Show-off a personality

Most gaming laptops nowadays are designed stylishly to reflect different personalities. The ASUS’ ROG line roars like thunder, screaming power, and strength. It’s also unafraid of coming out too loud and daring.

On the other hand, Lenovo’s Legion laptops remain true to their motto of being “stylish on the outside, savage on the inside.” A lot of their laptops look discreet and classy, but are powerful on their own right and oftentimes, they let their work  — and performance — do the talking.

Since I have a hint of narcissism and vanity, I enjoy showing-off from time to time. However, I resonate most with the Legion lineup since I prefer astounding the world with the quality of my output.

Choose when to be untethered

A lot of people prefer being mobile so they can work remotely. Gaming laptops may be humongous but they’re portable and have multiple ports for you to stay connected. It’s difficult to pass on this kind of convenience. Additionally, gaming laptops aren’t limited to USB-C ports, unlike most business laptops. Furthermore, you don’t have to be tied down with cables compared to when you opt for a desktop PC.

Get the extra features to make you more productive

While your needs for a work laptop sometimes are limited to the basics, switching to a gaming laptop lets you enjoy extra features. Case in point: near-borderless display, better visuals, a 144 Hz refresh rate allowing a smooth and seamless, immersive sound experience, antiglare screen, and unique cooling system.

With all these nitty-gritty details, gaming laptops can make your workflow easier since these machines do most of the work for you. It’s just a matter of you taking advantage of all that power.

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