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

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB  realme X2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus realme X2 Pro
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Excellence Score
60.7
78.2
Value for Money Score
64.6
89.0
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 28,897 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2018 Nov, 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 6.2 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 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
Display Features Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display Super AMOLED, 1000 Nits Max brightness, 90Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, DCI-P3 100%
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 9810Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, 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: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: F/2.5 Aperture; Telephoto; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1/3.2" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, EIS
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mmMedium 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 189 gmMedium 199 gmHeavy
Width 73.8 mmOk for one-handed use 75.7 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)
Battery Capacity 3500 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, 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 50W 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 3.0 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; 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 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, 6.2-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 Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • 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+/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
  • Premium, stylish glass-sandwich design - two glass sheets joined by an anodized aluminum frame
  • The back has a nice gradient effect - there's a subtle "X" pattern if you shine a light at it
  • Cold glass, colder metal, all curved and melded into one another, the Realme X2 Pro feels great in hand
  • Excellent, fast in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock
  • Beautiful, large, bright, vibrant OLED display, with a cool 90Hz refresh rate - the best display panel you will get at this price point
  • The 90Hz refresh rate means everything feels super snappy on the phone - from UI animations, webpage scrolling, to games
  • The screen also delivers HDR10+ support and a bunch of colour modes too, as well as a dark mode to take advantage of the OLED’s inky blacks
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined (and less bloat-y) than before, and still packs a bunch of useful add-on features, like Game space
  • Top-end flagship performance with the Snapdragon 855+ beast at the core (the cheapest phone with the flagship 855+ at present) - the X2 Pro steamrolls through anything you throw at it, including high-end games
  • Gaming on the phone is especially a treat, also because of the 90Hz screen
  • Nice, versatile quad camera setup: 64MP primary + 13MP telephoto + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the 64MP camera can grab some great shots - detail is great and dynamic range is fair
  • Very good portrait mode
  • The ultra-wide, and macro modes provide for some interesting framing options (though quality wise, they are not quite up there with the primary camera)
  • The telephoto lens is capable of 2X optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom, and a total of 20X digital zoom - and, up to 5x zoom, the quality is pretty good, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Very good video capture with impressive electronic image stabilisation from the main camera - comparable to much more expensive phones
  • Good selfie camera too - its 16MP resolution captures detailed shots, and it shoots at up to FullHD video
  • Overall, the camera setup on the X2 Pro is very good for the price bracket, but it's not the best (Redmi K20 Pro, and Oneplus 7T do slightly better)
  • Excellent Dolby tuned stereo speakers - they are both loud and hard to cover up - listening to music on the phone is a joy
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - will give you up to 1.5 days of use with moderate usage
  • Includes crazy-fast 50W fast charging - the fastest in the industry till date - even beating top-end flagships like the Mate 30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (by a massive margin) - it goes flat to 100% in just 30 minutes!
  • The X2 Pro is a smashing entry by Realme in the flagship space - it's crazy good value for money, completely changes the affordable flagship landscape, and is a power user's dream - as long as you are ok with a not-the-best-at-this-price-range camera, it will be hard to do better than the X2 Pro
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
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the Galaxy S9, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • 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
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
  • A bit beefy at 199g and 8.7mm thick
  • Like all glass backs, this one too is slippery and attracts fingerprints and smudges
  • It's still not as clean/simple as stock Android of course - very few custom skins are
  • Low light performance and the night mode aren't that great, with the lack of OIS
  • If you do want the best-camera-for-the-buck, or a notch-less screen however, consider the Xiaomi's Redmi K20 Pro - and if you are really keen on a clean, stock like Android experience, consider the OnePlus 7T (at a slightly higher price point)
Expert Reviews
  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Samsung flagship ever
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best Android smartphone available right now
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. 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 »
  12. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. telegraph.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  24. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  26. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
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  34. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
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  37. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  40. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  42. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  43. wired.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Unrivaled in the affordable flagship category...at this price, it's an offer that's hard to pass on
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent all-round choice
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realme X2 Pro is a great offering at this price - you essentially get most of the features of the OnePlus 7T, barring the leaner software, at a much more affordable price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The newest offering from realme is built to impress, with some seriously out of paper specifications
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Well-rounded flagship with crazy fast charging...strongly recommended
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best value smartphone of 2019
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Checks all the boxes...ideal for those looking for flagship-level specs at a mid-range price
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. With 90Hz display and Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, it has already set new benchmarks for its price segment
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A winner when it comes to offering value for your money
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The hardware you're getting here is incredible, particularly considering how much it costs
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Realme X2 Pro clearly brings more to the table than the Xiaomi flagship in terms of hardware, display performance and camera output
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The definition of excellent value for money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Realme X2 Pro performs like a beast and charges at an almost impossibly fast rate, while the 90Hz display looks fantastic
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A near-perfect smartphone
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The Realme X2 Pro has got everything that is hot in the flagship smartphone market right now. Fluid 90Hz AMOLED display, 50W charging, 855+ chip, sturdy build
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A great flagship...and a total steal against the Redmi K20 Pro
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. This is the flagship killer of 2019, and OnePlus should be worried
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. One of the best phones you can buy at this price...a good premium smartphone that falls in between the K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. A deal that's impossible to beat right now....The best flagship killer of the year
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The king of flagship killers
    moneycontrol.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. More bang for the buck than Redmi K20 Pro, OnePlus 7T
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The Realme X2 Pro is hands-down, the best value you'd get for your hard-earned money in the budget flagship segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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  26. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
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  28. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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