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realme XT: Energy saving isn't everything

Terminates apps particularly fast: The realme XT
Terminates apps particularly fast: The realme XT
Some smartphone manufacturers implement particularly strict energy-saving regulations in their software. This causes apps to be terminated unexpectedly and, in the case of the realme XT, even the GPS functionality suffers, which means that the otherwise good smartphone is worse off than it should be.
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The realme XT puts a decent amount of pressure on the price and configuration of cheap mid-range smartphones. In this way, the XT is only just behind the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite in our test, which also shows established manufacturers how much hardware can be installed in a phone.

With realme's phone, however, not only the relatively current Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 and 6 GB of memory have a positive effect on system performance, but also the smooth ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie. In the operating system, however, realme implements very strict power management, which is not only to ensure a low power consumption with an intelligent control system, but basically strongly limits every installed app in its operational capability.

This goes so far that a fixed brightness is decreased because the system considers it more useful to throttle the luminosity despite automatic control being switched off. Our GPS test was sabotaged by a similar operation because the recording of the track in the Runkeeper app was simply interrupted. GPS needs energy and it should be saved.

After we had deactivated all power-saving functions, our battery test finally went through on Wi-Fi and showed that the 4,000 mAh battery offers a good runtime at twelve hours. To confront the user with such restrictions is therefore actually not necessary. Every buyer should be aware of this so that he doesn't wonder why apps eventually don't work as expected. Apart from these settings, the realme is a really good smartphone.

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Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 403 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-01-21 (Update: 2020-01-18)