Realme’s latest mid-range offering, the Realme XT, just launched. It’s equipped with quad cameras, Snapdragon 712 chipset, 8GB RAM, and a VOOC 3 supported 4,000mAh battery. It seems to be a great mid-range device, but priced only PHP 500 short from the powerful Xiaomi Mi 9T, is it worth considering?
|Realme XT||Xiaomi Mi 9t|
|6.4-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, 403ppi||6.39-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED display, 403ppi|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)||Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 (10nm) 2.3GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 (8nm) 2.2GHz octa-core CPU|
|Adreno 616 GPU||Adreno 618 GPU|
|128GB UFS 2.1 storage||64GB, 128GB UFS 2.0|
|microSD card support up to 256GB (dedicated slot)|
|64MP Samsung GW1 F1.8 (main) + 8MP F2.2 (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth) quad-rear cameras, EIS||48MP Sony IMX582 F1.75 + 13MP F2.4 (ultrawide) + 8MP F2.4 (telephoto) triple rear cameras|
|16MP Sony IMX471 F2.0 front camera, EIS||20MP F2.0 front camera (elevating)|
|Dual SIM||Dual SIM|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, BDS|
|Dolby Atmos audio|
|3.5mm audio port||3.5mm audio port|
|Fingerprint scanner (in-display), face unlock||Fingeprint scanner (in-display), face unlock|
|USB Type C||USB Type-C port|
|ColorOS 6.0.1 (Android 9 Pie) w/ HyperBoost 2.0||MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)|
|4,000mAh battery w/ VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge||4,000mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging|
Summary of advantages
- More RAM
- Faster UFS 2.1 storage
- microSD support
- Faster charging
- Higher main camera resolution and dedicated macro camera
- Dolby Atmos Studio support
Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Better chipset
- No notch display
- Higher ultrawide camera resolution
- Higher front camera resolution
Starting with the display, both sport an AMOLED display with the same pixel count and density. The difference in size is between the two is negligible. Both phones also use Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back for protection against scratches. The Xiaomi Mi 9T, however, does not have a notch, unlike the Realme XT, which has a waterdrop notch. If you hate notches in phones, then the Mi 9T is the choice for you.
In terms of display quality, both are great, offering deep blacks good colors and wide viewing angles. The Realme XT, however, uses a Super AMOLED display over the Mi 9T’s AMOLED display, which makes the XT brighter, more power-efficient, and less susceptible to glare.
At this price point, both of the devices have 128GB of storage capacity. However, the Realme XT uses UFS 2.1, while the Xiaomi Mi 9T uses UFS 2.0. The Realme XT also has a dedicated microSD slot that supports up to 256GB.
As for the cameras, The Realme XT uses Samsung’s GW1 64MP for its primary camera while the Mi 9T uses the Sony IMX 582 48MP. Both cameras can shoot 4K videos at 30fps, as well as 1080p and 720p at 30 and 60fps. Slow mos also cap at 720p 960fps for both devices.
For the ultrawide camera, Xiaomi has a higher resolution of 13MP compared to Realme XT’s 8MP. An advantage of the XT’s quad-camera setup is the dedicated macro camera that the Mi 9T lacks. As for the front camera, the Mi 9T has a higher resolution compared to the Realme XT.
As for other features, both phones have USB Type-C and 3.5mm audio ports, although the Realme XT has Dolby Atmos audio support. For biometrics, both phones have in-display fingerprint scanners and face unlock.
Under the hood, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700 series chipsets are present in both devices. The Realme XT is powered by the Snapdragon 712 with 8GB of RAM, while the Mi 9T is powered by the Snapdragon 730 with 6GB of RAM. Take a look at our benchmark scores for each phone:
|Benchmarks||Realme XT||Xiaomi Mi 9T|
|3DMark SSE||2,139 (OpenGL)|
|AndroBench||508.47 MB/s (Read)|
193.82 MB/s (Write)
|492.76 MB/s (Read)
182.14 MB/s (Write)
Update: AnTuTu scores were excluded as the Mi 9T was benchmarked using v7, while the Realme XT was benchmarked using v8.
The Mi 9T slightly edges out the XT in both PC Mark and 3D Mark results. And since the Realme XT uses UFS 2.1 over the Mi 9T’s UFS 2, the AndroBench results show its better than the Mi 9T but only by 3% for the read speed, and 6% for the write speed.
For the battery, both are equipped with 4,000mAh, but the Realme XT lasted 23 hours and 40 minutes on our video loop test while the Mi 9T only lasted 14 hours and 23 minutes. The Realme XT also has support for VOOC 3.0 20W fast charge while the Xiaomi Mi 9T only has 18W fast charge support. Another win for the Realme XT in this category.
Here are the current prices for both phones:
- Realme XT (8GB + 128GB) – PHP 16,990
- Xiaomi Mi 9T (6GB + 128GB) – PHP 17,490
With both phones priced similar to each other, it all comes down to personal preference. If you want a Super AMOLED display, better rear cameras, better battery life, 2GB more RAM, and faster main charging, then get the Realme XT. If you want a notch-less display, slightly better CPU and GPU performance, and a better front camera, then go for the Xiaomi Mi 9T.