The New Realme X2 has recently arrived in India at an amazing starting price of Rs. 16,999. we were expecting it to go against the Redmi K20 but at this price, it goes against the Redmi Note 8 Pro. This is Realme X2 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro.
So, How does Realme X2 do against the Redmi Note 8 Pro?
Well, we’re going to find out…
Realme X2 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro
Design and Display
The Design on the Realme X2 looks a lot like the Realme XT and the XT Pro. And it’s not a bad thing, X2 is a premium and sleek-looking Phone.
The Note 8 Pro is also very similar looking with the Glass Back. So, it’s subjective on what you like.
The Realme X2 is more lightweight weight compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Yet it has a smaller battery but it’s just more comfortable to use for longer durations.
Both these Phones look Premium. They have all the functionality you need. So, you get the USB-C port, the headphone jack, the dedicated microSD slot, the single speaker on the bottom and the front with the teardrop notch.
The front on both the devices looks similar but this is where there are some major differences.
The Realme X2 is the more impressive here. It features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display compared to the 6.53 inch IPS LCD on the Note 8 Pro.
Both of these phones have Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.
There is no doubt that the IPS LCD on the Note 8 Pro is great but AMOLED on the X2 is much better. The X2 display has more punchy, attractive colors, deep blacks we all love.
Since Realme X2 is AMOLED, it features an In-display fingerprint scanner compared to the Physical fingerprint scanner on the back of the Note 8 Pro.
Both of these scanners are fast. Even the In-display scanner on the Realme X2 is super fast.
So, you’ll be fine with any of them.
They also have the Face Unlock feature and here again both the phones do a fine job. But the realme X2 is just faster.
Now moving under the hood, the Realme X2 features the gaming-centric Snapdragon 730G which is a good upgrade over the SD 712 in the XT. It offers 4/6/8 GB of RAM with 64/128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage.
Redmi Note 8 Pro boasts the Mediatek Helio G90T– another gaming center chips. It offers 6/8 GB of RAM with 64/128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage.
So, let’s start with the Benchmark scores
Here are the Antutu Scores and you can see that the G90T is better here. But it’s not a big difference it is very close.
The same is the case with Geekbench as well, the Single-Core scores are very similar but in multi-core, the G90T is a little better.
The benchmarks on both of these phones are similar and good. Even the real-world performance is great. The Note 8 Pro is a solid performer and X2 performs top-notch on the Gaming.
Both these chipsets are aimed at gaming and both phones handle high-end gaming with ease. PUBG Mobile runs at high graphics settings at default and the performance is top-end.
Yeah, there is a question about any heating issues.
Now both the phones don’t really overheat but the Redmi Note 8 Pro with its Mediatech chipset does get a little warmer. It’s not a big difference but yeah the Realme X2 is the more comfortable phone.
Talking about the software, it is ColorOS vs MIUI. Both of these skins pack in features like Dark Mode, Digital Wellbeing, Navigation Gestures and more.
Both of them come with Android 9 Pie on board which is a little sad considering 2020 is here. Anyway, Realme has announced it’s new custom UI based on Android 10 will arrive for the X2 in March. The Android 10 beta is available for the Note 8 pro and the stable update should arrive soon.
Coming to the cameras, both of these phones have the exact same camera setup. They have 64 MP Primary Camera, 8 MP Ultra wide-angle lens, 2 MP Macro lenses, and 2 MP depth sensors.
In good lighting, both the phones capture good shots. But the Note 8 Pro photos have a little more detail. Now, the Note 8 Pro photos aren’t perfect – sometimes they’re just over-processed.
Let’s move on to Low-light shots, both the phones capture very similar photos. However, we did find the X2 to be better when you want to focus on a particular thing.
The usual shots, in good light the Note 8 Pro is slightly better and in Low-light the X2 is slightly better.
In Ultra wide-angle shots, the X2 and Note 8 Pro capture some cool Ultra wide-angle shots. Both have their own advantages, we found the colors in the X2 photo are a little better and how it traumatizes things more. And the details in Note 8 pro shots are better.
The macro lens on Note 8 Pro is better than the one on the X2. the X2 photos are nice but the Note 8 Pros macro lens is just more consistent, with photos that are sharp.
Then there’s the portrait mode, both these phones make sure that the edge detection is on point. Both the phones take decent portrait mode shots. However, the Realme X2 kind of messes up the colors sometimes and the Note 8 Pro is imperfect too – in harsh lighting, it just whitens things.
The Camera on the Note 8 Pro is capable of shooting 4K at 30fps videos. The video quality from both these is fine. The colors in the X2 video are better. The Note 8 Pro videos are little on the warmer side. However the stability on the Note 8 Pro is better.
There are a couple of video-related features in the X2, there’s Portrait mode Video support which I really enjoy testing on the edge and it works really well on the X2. It also has the Ultra Steady mode – you can capture videos that are more stable like while you’re running.
In the front, Realme X2 features 32 MP Selfie camera compared to a 20 MP camera on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. They capture very similar selfies. The Note 8 Pro selfies seem a little sharper but it’s not a huge difference.
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Battery and Charging
Lastly, there’s the battery, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the 4500 mAh battery with an 18-Watt Quickcharge 4.0 charger in the box while the Realme X2 comes to the slightly smaller but decent 4000 mAh battery but faster 30-Watt VOOC 4.0 charger in the box.
When it comes to battery performance, the Note 8 Pro is obviously a little better. Both of these phones easily last for more than a day but the Note 8 Pro just lasts a little longer.
Coming to charging, the X2 is expectedly faster. The X2 goes from 10 to 100 percent in about an hour and five minutes which is really fast. The Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, takes two hours to go from 10 to 100 percent which is fine considering its bigger battery.
Realme X2 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: Which is the best budget phone?
Both the phones are good budget smartphones with Premium Glass designs. They have top-notch performance, they bring a similar camera.
But if we had to buy one of these we’ll go with the Realme X2- Two reasons. First up Display, the S-AMOLED Display on the X2 is much better and Second the faster charger.