Our Opinion

The realme XT (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo V15, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme XT (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Vivo V15  realme XT (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Vivo V15 realme XT
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Excellence Score
45.4
59.5
Value for Money Score
79.7
89.3
Price ₹ 15,990 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 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 IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.1 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP + 5MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.78 Aperture, 5MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture, 8MP: 120-degree Wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture 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 32MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Pop-up camera, HDR Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.54 mm 8.6 mm
Weight 189 gm 183 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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, Dual-Engine Fast Charging Yes, VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Eye-catching, attractive design, like a lot of recent Vivo and Oppo phones - the back of the phone is all sorts of interesting, with gradient style colorways - it’s definitely going to turn heads
  • On the front, the phone is all screen - and looks gorgeous - it's an expansive viewing field that is as close to the concept of all-screen devices as we’ve gotten to so far
  • Solid build quality
  • This is not a small phone, and is even slightly bigger than the V15 Pro, but the gently curved edges and back help in making it relatively comfortable to hold - Vivo has also done a really good job with weight distribution, and the phone nestles very easily in the palm of your hand
  • There’s a direct shortcut for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone - double clicking the button activates Google Lens or Vivo’s own Jovi image recognition
  • The positioning of the fingerprint sensor at the back is convenient, and it's impressively quick to unlock
  • The large, uninterrupted 6.53 inch Full HD+ display stands out - the colour output is good and text looks crisp on it - viewing angles are also decent with minimal colour shift when seen from different angles - it's also excellent for media consumption, with no notch to disrupt a clean experience
  • On it's own, FunTouch OS UI is pretty functional, customizable, and smooth
  • Solid performance backed by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660) - day-to-day performance is, as expected, butter smooth - and complex games run well too in medium graphics settings - and the 6GB of RAM certainly helps while running multiple apps in the background
  • Decent set of triple rear cameras - consisting of a main 12-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • Image quality in daylight is very competent - images generally turn out to be quite detailed, exhibiting punchy colours and commendable surface details
  • The Vivo V15 also shines when it comes to macro shots - subjects with rich colour profiles were captured with great detail - shades turn out to be vibrant, gradients are decent, and surface traits such as ridges are also distinguishable when zoomed in
  • Portrait shots turn out well too, with good depth, and the ability to adjust the strength of the blur effect both before and after taking a photo
  • The dedicated wide-angle camera lets you capture wide panoramas, producing interesting frames
  • Very good popup selfie 32MP camera, the same one as the Vivo V15 Pro - it pops out in under half a second - and selfies have an impressive amount of detail, with good colour reproduction and sharpness - edge detection is also fairly accurate, and the studio lighting effects help make shots social-media-ready by letting you add filters and colourful effects - overall, as far as selfie cameras go, this is one of the best, not just in this price range, but on any smartphone
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - with moderate use the phone can easily give you up to 1.5 days
  • The battery life is even slightly better than it's elder sibling, the V15 Pro
  • Supports fast charging with Vivo’s “Dual Engine” charging - you get a 40 percent charge in 30 minutes - and a full charge in about 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Overall, the V15 is another good, innovative device from the Vivo camp - you can go for it if you want a good balance between performance and design, and an amazing, true 'full screen' display - if on the other hand you are looking for the best rear camera and performance for your buck - look instead at the Poco F1, or the Redmi Note 7 Pro - and if you are looking for a high quality AMOLED display, look at the Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • 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 as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - 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 now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of 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
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also 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 XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • 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
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The volume rocker is a little bit too high up, sometimes requiring a little shimmy to reach
  • Coming as the the Vivo V15 Pro does with a glossy back, the usual caveats apply - the phone is slippery, and is nearly impossible to keep the back clean of fingerprints and smudges (having said that, Vivo is throwing a well-designed case in the box, which takes care of these issues)
  • One noticeable omission is the lack of face unlock - even though both the Vivo V15 and the Vivo V15 Pro feature 32-megapixel selfie cameras housed in motorised pop-up modules, but the latter supports face recognition, while the former inexplicably misses out on it
  • The lack of a Super AMOLED panel though is a bit disappointing, especially considering that the Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 both have Super AMOLED panels despite being priced significantly lower
  • The Vivo V15's display also could have been better in terms of sunlight legibility
  • The lack of Widewine L1 certification means that the phone can’t stream HD videos on Netflix or Amazon (they will stream at 540p resolution)
  • It is still pretty much a clone of iOS though - and that might not be everyone's cup of tea
  • It also packs a bunch of bloatware (mostly un-installable, thankfully)
  • It's also somewhat buggy at places - for instance the aggressive battery management means that it sometimes force closes apps unexpectedly
  • Having said that, there are a number of better performing phones in this and lower price brackets (including the Poco F1 with a flagship Snapdragon 845 powering it), so the V15 is not winning any performance wars
  • Average video recording quality - the Vivo V15 can't shoot 4K or full-HD 60fps video, and lacks stabilization - the sound recording quality is average as well
  • The night performance of the rear camera setup is pretty average too - night shots exhibit grainy textures and have a considerable amount of noise - in comparison, the significantly cheaper Redmi Note 7 Pro does a much better job at retaining details and bringing out colours
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C
  • 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
Expert Reviews
  1. Has a few things going for it, but it goes up against numerous competitors that offer more bang for the buck
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a stylish device that can capture the best selfies in the market then this is the device to choose..but it does come with its own weaknesses
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A stylish phone with a lot of goodness inside it...But, if you're a power user, there are better options at this price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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