Realme Pad X Review And Full Details December 2022
With the unexpected surge in tablet demand after the pandemic hit, smartphone makers were bound to try their luck once again in a once thought to be a dying market segment. Realme is no exception, and its latest offering is the Realme Pad X. It seems like a productivity-oriented solution for the masses, but unfortunately, it’s an India-only device. And we mean that in the best possible way – it’s a shame such a great looking tablet is not available globally. Read on to see why. Realme Pad X sports a relatively big 10.95-inch display, and a relatively powerful Snapdragon 695 SoC for everyday tasks and multitasking. Realme offers a pressure-sensitive stylus and a magnetic keyboard to go with it. So if you don’t need a fully-fledged laptop, then the Realme Pad X is a very plausible solution.
In addition to the said hardware, the Pad X draws power from a quite large 8.340 mAh battery, promising lots of hours of autonomy. The big battery is supplemented with a 33W fast Dart Charge. In case you need connection at all times, the Pad X is also offered as a cellular model – with 5G, mind you, which also has a GPS receiver – a rare feature on a midrange tablet. Despite its relatively affordable price tag, the Realme Pad X offers a premium build, although it feels kind of hefty in hand. Some users will definitely find that attractive as this feature is often perceived as a proof of high-quality build. However, there are quite a few options to browse from in the same price range, so join us on the next pages to find out if the Realme Pad X is the right tablet for you.
Unboxing the Realme Pad X The device comes in a standard, although relatively compact (for a tablet) box containing the usual user manuals and a 33W charger with a USB-A to USB-C cable. The smart Bluetooth keyboard cover and the Realme Pencil are both sold separately but we got them as part of our review kit. Realme Pad X is the company’s premium tablet offering in the Indian market. It is priced in the Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000 price bracket. For the price, it brings a lot of stuff to the table, including a great screen and an even greater speaker setup. Let us talk in detail about how good the new Realme Pad X is in this review. Realme Pad X is priced at Rs. 19,999 for the Wi-Fi only variant while the higher 5G variant costs upwards of Rs. 25,999. That puts it at odds against Xiaomi Pad 5 for the 6/128GB variant. And only the 4/64GB Wi-Fi only variant feels a little aggressive on the pricing, but Realme Pad X brings 5G support to the table while the Xiaomi Pad 5 only comes with Wi-Fi only variants.
On the back, it looks premium with its matte-finished plastic back. It looks minimalistic, with the camera array looking better than expected in real life. But the minimalistic camera from Realme Pad might have looked better, in my opinion. I like the matte finish on the back panel; its matte finish registers no fingerprints and smudges. The tablet feels light, too; at 499 grams, it is lighter than Xiaomi Pad 5 by 12 grams. Talking about the display, we have a 10.9-inch 2K display. It has a brightness of 450nits and a refresh rate of 60Hz only. There should have been support for a high refresh rate display, especially when the competitor of this tablet, Xiaomi Pad 5, comes with a 120Hz display. But I can live with the 60Hz display, but I sometimes miss the high refresh rate as I haven’t used a 60Hz display on my phone in a long time. Watching movies and TV shows on the tablet is a breeze and the display displays on a tablet in the price range. It does not come with the wide contrast ratios of an AMOLED, but it has accurate colours and wide viewing angles.
The display is complemented with an excellent quad-speaker setup, with two placed on either side of the display. It is Dolby Atmos supported and has four times thrice as loudness as an average smartphone. And watching movies and TV shows is elevated heavily by these speakers. Snapdragon 695 SoC powers realme Pad X. It is a powerful chipset we saw in various smartphones such as Realme 9 Pro, OnePlus Nord 2 CE, and Moto G71. Compared to its peers, it offers better performance than Oppo Pad Air. At the same time, Xiaomi Pad 5 remains the one to go for in terms of performance, as it’s Snapdragon 860 is objectively better than Snapdragon 695.
The tablet did not break a sweat in my everyday use involving watching YouTube videos, light gaming, and reading comics. During my testing, I did not encounter any lag or significant bugs on the device. The device did offer decent performance on heavy gaming involving Apex Legends and Call of Duty Mobile. But it did get a little hot after a while of heavy gaming. The tablet has a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP selfie camera on the front. There isn’t anything particular about the cameras; it is just average. Most people aren’t even going to use the cameras on tablets to capture pictures, but most people will use the front camera. The front camera has a limelight feature that keeps you in the middle of the frame on video calls and meetings. That is an excellent addition. The front camera is average, but it is at least better than laptop webcams