Realme Pad X review: The tablet to beat under Rs 20,000

Realme has launched its third tablet in India, the Realme Pad X, which is the most powerful tablet in the company’s existing portfolio. It’s no longer just about delivering an affordable big-screen experience for digital learning or home entertainment. Instead, the Pad X is a full-fledged 5G tablet with a midrange chip at its core and exclusive accessories like a keyboard case and stylus to enhance the experience. But is that enough to justify the price of the Realme Pad X which starts at Rs 19,999? How does the Pad X compare to its competitors? Find out in my full review below.

Realme Pad X Specifications: 10.95-inch 1200×2000 IPS LCD display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chip, 4GB/6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage | 13MP rear camera + 8MP front camera | 8340mAh battery with 33W fast charging |

Realme Pad X: what’s good?

Design and build

The Realme Pad X is a sleek and comfortable device to hold. (PhotoExpress)

The Realme Pad X comes with a solid build quality and it shows the moment you take it out of the box. The back is plastic, but it doesn’t feel flimsy as such. There are no wonky or soft buttons. The tablet feels quite premium in hand considering the price. It’s great to see because build quality is usually one of the first areas to get the ax on affordable tech. The color and build here also reminded me of the smaller Realme Pad Mini I tried out a few months ago.

Display and sound

The Pad X comes with a great display for the price. It is a large 10.95 inch tablet with a resolution of 1200 x 2000 pixels. The tablet is also making the most of that screen real estate with a number of new software features on Realme UI that allow you to multitask seamlessly using split screens that you can resize and floating windows that you can drag.

The screen is also bright enough for indoor use, but it’s still an LCD, so while you get good depth and color reproduction here, don’t expect AMOLED-level contrast ratios. Watching YouTube or a movie on the Pad X was always enjoyable and aside from the display, that’s also thanks to the sound.

realme pad x, realme pad x review, realme pad x sale The Realme Pad X has a sufficiently bright screen with good color reproduction for the price. (Image source: Chetan Nayak/ The Indian Express)

The Realme Pad X comes with a quad speaker setup (four speakers) and they can get really loud, without adding distortion. The sound is also good enough for a tablet’s built-in speakers and doesn’t sound tinny or lacking in bass. That should make up for the lack of a 3.5mm port here somewhat, something that I believe should be present on all tablets.

Performance

The Realme Pad X is good enough for general day-to-day performance. Thanks to the built-in Snapdragon 695 chip, you get mid-budget smartphone-like performance (Rs 15k to Rs 20k) here, with the benefits of a large screen. The Realme Pad X can also game to some extent and if you want you can play titles like the recently banned BGMI here which worked with Smooth+Ultra graphics.

realme pad x, realme pad x review, realme pad x sale It’s also a great device for taking your Netflix movie to bed. (Image source: Chetan Nayak/ The Indian Express)

However, you’ll need to keep the price in mind here and maintain realistic expectations when running very resource-intensive apps on the Pad X or playing heavy games. While this is a productivity-focused device, it’s not exactly aimed at power users. Another positive is the proper support for 5G with 13 bands, which will allow you to get high-speed data connectivity on this machine when 5G rolls out. There’s also microSD card support, in case you run out of onboard storage.

Camera and battery life

There’s a single 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera on the Realme Pad X and both get the job done. You can make video calls and take part in conferences without any quality issues and the rear camera is good enough for scanning documents, enjoying some AR (augmented reality) applications and taking pictures of your pet doing goofy things. It can also record videos up to 1080p + 60fps.

A new Limelight feature also exists here as Realme’s take on Apple’s popular Center-Stage feature. This allows the camera to pan and zoom in/out to incorporate more people into the viewfinder when someone joins you on a video conference.

The Realme Pad X has pretty good battery life, and the tablet can last anywhere from a full day to two to three days, depending on how often and what you use it for. The tablet has average charging speeds, with the large battery reaching up to 50% in around 50-55 minutes.

Accessories

The Realme Pad X supports two exclusive accessories, a smart keyboard worth Rs 4,999 and a Realme Pencil worth Rs 5,499. The keyboard comes with its own USB Type-C port and a small on/off switch. Once paired with the tablet, it works seamlessly and has no issues. The tablet will also be able to intelligently detect when the external keyboard is connected and project/remove the on-screen keyboard accordingly.

realme pad x, realme pad x review, realme pad x sale The keyboard has good travel and is comfortable to type on. (Image source: Chetan Nayak/ The Indian Express)

The Realme Smart Keyboard also has good key travel and those familiar with Windows hotkeys will be able to use them here while typing or doing any other work. The Realme Pencil doesn’t have a dedicated button like some high-end tablets and therefore doesn’t offer any spectacular functionality. It’s a simple stylus that lets you draw with precision, doodle, and take handwritten notes. The Pencil is great if you have drawing use cases, but I didn’t find myself using it much while using the tablet otherwise. The upside is that it can simply be magnetically attached to the top of the Realme Pad X and it will charge without requiring a separate port or cable. Not bad for a tablet at this price.

Software

The Realme Pad X comes with Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12 and you get surprisingly few pre-installed apps here. We’ve already mentioned the handy multitaskers for splitting the screen and implementing floating windows and these were pretty good to use and supported most apps without issue.

realme pad x, realme pad x review, realme pad x sale Realme UI brings some cool features here, letting you multitask using split-screen view and floating windows. (Image source: Chetan Nayak/ The Indian Express)

Realme also has a new screen casting feature that not only allows users to cast their Realme phone’s display to one side of the tablet. You can then access this virtual phone projection to directly use the phone itself. In this mode, you can also use drag and drop to quickly transfer files to the mobile device from the tablet. It’s a pretty neat feature. The downside, however, is that it only works with some high-end Realme smartphones like the GT series. Since I didn’t have one of these phones lying around at the moment, I couldn’t test the feature myself.

Realme Pad X: What’s wrong?

For its asking price, the Realme Pad X doesn’t go far wrong and while it has some software optimizations, it should work for smoother animations and transitions, especially when multitasking. It’s a well balanced tablet otherwise. If I had to nitpick, I’d say an AMOLED display here would have made this deal even nicer.

One improvement I wanted while using the tablet was multiple levels of support on the Realme Smart Keyboard case. You can only attach the tablet and keyboard at a particular angle at this time and cannot tilt the screen up or down as you would on a laptop. Two or three levels of stand here would have been nice.

Verdict: is the Realme Pad X for you?

If you’re looking for a capable tablet under Rs 20,000 that ticks most if not all of the checkboxes, the Realme Pad X is a solid recommendation. It is a more powerful tablet than other devices in the segment and although it cannot quite compete in terms of performance with high-end tablets like the new Xiaomi Pad 5, its price is much lower and obtains also an edge with 5G support. The Realme Pad X is currently the tablet to beat under Rs 20,000.

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