Our Opinion

The realme X2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone than the realme 5s 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme X2 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

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Excellence Score
31.8
58.3
Value for Money Score
77.9
83.2
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2019 Dec, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, 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 6.5 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Night mode Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 618
RAM 4 GB 6 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 microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 6P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom; Sony IMX586 Sensor, 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, EIS 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 13MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.3 mmThick 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 198 gmHeavy 182 gmMedium
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby 718 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 46.90 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 30W VOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs 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]
  • Great design, similar to the Realme 5 - like all Realme phones recently, the Realme 5s has both a good build quality, and striking looks (with a crystal back polycarbonate design)
  • The front is modern and sharp too with a 6.5-inch display, with a small dewdrop notch and fairly slim bezels all around
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and face unlock work accurately and fast
  • Nice, large 6.5inch IPS display, well suited to media consumption - with good color saturation, and good sunlight legibility
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined, and cleaner than before, and of course packs a bunch of additional functionality over stock Android
  • Good performance for the price bracket, with the fast Snapdragon 665 at the core - everything from day-to-day use to high-end games is fairly smooth
  • Thermal control is good too - the phone doesn't get more than a little warm, even with long sessions of gaming
  • The cameras are the main upgrade for the Realme 5s, with a new 48MP primary camera (the rest of the camera setup is the same: 2MP depth sensor + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP macro camera for closeup shots)
  • Overall image quality is slightly improved from the primary camera, especially in daylight
  • The 119-degree ultrawide-angle camera is the same as on the Realme 5 Pro, and captures decent images for sharing on social media platforms
  • Portrait shots come out decent too
  • Decent 13-megapixel selfie camera - it delivers decent portrait shots too
  • Decent bottom loudspeaker
  • Outstanding battery life with a gigantic 5000mAh battery - you will get a cool 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Realme 5s is a pretty good option to consider if you want to optimize for a stylish design, and good battery
  • 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]
  • This is a fairly large phone though - the size does make one-handed use cumbersome, and even with large hands, you will struggle to tap anywhere near the top of the display (thankfully, ColorOS offers a one-handed mode to help tackle this issue)
  • The Realme 5s is a bit heavy too, at nearly 200g - and it's also a little top heavy - which again hinders long-time one handed use
  • If you like more premium glass builds (instead of plastic), then there are options like the Redmi Note 8 available in this price bracket now
  • Screen resolution is on the low side, so long text reading is not the most ideal experience
  • There is, as always, a plethora of preinstalled apps - though thankfully these can be uninstalled
  • The 2-megapixel macro lens gives interesting framing options, but is ordinary otherwise - it takes a few tries to get a detailed macro shot - in fact, there are times when you will get slightly better results with the main camera
  • Low light performance is still average however, both for images, and video - there is some noise, and less detail in low light images - the Nightscape mode helps a bit, but not a lot
  • Overall, while the camera is improved, and is pretty good for the price bracket, it's not quite as good as its main competitor, the Redmi Note 8, which delivers relatively more true-to-life images with natural-looking colors, more details, and better low-light performance
  • Uses the old Micro USB port - some competitors like the Redmi Note 8 have now shifted to the modern USB-C standard
  • No fast charging support - with the supplied charger, you will get a full charge in more than two and a half hours
  • It has a strong competitor in the Redmi Note 8 though, which offers a premium glass build, 18W fast charging, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a full HD+ display, and perhaps most importantly a better 48-megapixel camera - unless you have a strong preference for the crystal back design of the Realme 5S or want the best possible battery life, the Redmi Note 8 is looking like the better all-rounder for most people
  • Additionally, if you want stock Android phones, then the Moto One Action and Moto One Macro are also worth considering, and if you want the best display for your buck, then the Samsung's Galaxy M30 with an AMOLED display is a good option as well
  • Another caveat to keep in mind is the size and weight of the phone - if you like your phones compact, and your routine involves a lot of one-handed use, then this might not be for you
  • 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. An easy recommendation...but if you can get hold of the Redmi Note 8, you should consider it as well
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme 5s is a very minor refresh of the Realme 5....We feel that Realme could have done a lot more with the 5s to make it more competitive
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you are looking for a smartphone under Rs. 10,000, realme 5s is still one of the recommended options out there
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A solid choice for those looking at buying a phone under Rs 10,000...but there are (arguably better) alternatives
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Realme 5s is just the Realme 5 repackaged with a new camera and coated with a new paint layer... But at a time when the competition is much more fierce in this price bracket, I would say that you are better off getting the Redmi Note 8 instead
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Realme 5s is a good choice for those looking for an all rounder
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Brilliant execution
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good looking phone with great battery life and fairly good cameras...but difficult to recommend considering what the competition has to offer at this price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  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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  17. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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