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The realme X2 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme X2 (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB  realme X2 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
44.1
56.6
Value for Money Score
35.7
72.8
Price ₹ 57,900 onwards ₹ 20,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2018 Dec, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 9810Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 Adreno 618
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.5-2.4 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR N/A
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mmMedium 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 163 gmMedium 182 gmMedium
Width 68.7 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 30W VOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The S9's tall, narrow proportions fit your hand well - and it's significantly easier to handle than its larger cousin (S9+)
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 5.8-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9 can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9 isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back), with a modern gradient finish at the back - identical to the Realme XT
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn’t very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy (the fastest in this price bracket), as is the facial recognition
  • Excellent 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - again same as as the Realme XT - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is fairly streamlined, and packs fast animations that help the phone feel snappy - there are of course several add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn’t ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Excellent, butter smooth performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 730G (15% faster than the Snapdragon 730 in graphics performance), which makes the Realme X2 one of the best-performing phones in this price range, especially for gaming - even ahead of the Redmi K20 in benchmarks - the Realme X2 breezes through pretty much any task you throw at it and is also an excellent smartphone to game on - even heavy games like PUBG Mobile, COD Mobile run consistently smooth
  • Very good quad-camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor
  • The primary 64MP camera works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme X2 also does a very good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Good video recording quality - image quality is good, and there is also stabilisation at 1080p (but not at 4k) - video bokeh feature also works very well and it can maintain a very accurate edge detection with busier backgrounds (low light video recording could have been better though)
  • Very good selfies from the 32MP front camera - it captures very good portrait selfies with crisp edges and background properly blurred - there is also night mode for selfies and it works pretty well
  • Overall, Realme X2 has one of the best cameras under 20k category, arguably right behind the Redmi Note 8 Pro & Redmi K20
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is super-fast, class-leading 30W VOOC 4.0 fast charging support - you can charge up the Realme X2 from 0 to 100% in an hour with the supplied charger
  • Realme has yet again managed to craft an excellent package with the Realme X2, especially if you want to do heavy gaming - Realme’s strategy of bring high-end features like the 30W VOOC Charging & in-display fingerprint sensor to a mid-range phone makes the Realme X2 a very compelling phone to buy
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • The S9 also lacks the second rear lens of the step-up S9 Plus that's dedicated to creating those depth-of-field portrait shots that blur the background to make people and objects pop
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9 is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9 will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • There is, as usual, some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
  • Having said that, the competition is neck-to-neck - there is Redmi K20 which offers a full notch-less display, even more polished design and slightly better camera at a similar price (at the cost of slower 'fast' charging) - and if you are on a tight budget, the cheaper Redmi Note 8 Pro is also a very good option as long as you don’t care about the AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor
Expert Reviews
  1. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you're looking to upgrade your phone, especially if you're already a devoted Samsung customer, this one has everything you'd want.
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. An easy recommendation, and we can't really think of a reason why you shouldn't get the X2
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Superb all-rounder at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme has yet again managed to craft a compelling package...impressive performance at an affordable price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Beating Xiaomi at its own game...a prime example of just how good customers have it in the mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A very good affordable phone that outguns most of the opposition with its exemplary hardware, if not its software
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good overall package
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Realme X2 is a smart buy if you want a good gaming device with a long battery life and fast charging
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A brilliant phone at an affordable price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. Power-packed smartphone of the season
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Realme X2 is a midrange phone that ticks all the right boxes
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The best phone under Rs 20,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A complete package and under Rs 20,000, it's one of the best deals you can find today
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. It will boil down to personal preference, but rest assured, you cannot go wrong with either of the two smartphones - Realme X2 or Redmi K20 - both are excellent
    themrphone.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Staggering value for money
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
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