Although we're pretty much done with all major smartphone announcements for 2019, new phones will continue to be introduced in the Midrange and Budget segments ahead of the next big Christmas season in December. After its recent debut in China, Realme brought the Realme X2 Pro to India. This is the company's first phone with a “real” flagship processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+. It is the highest quality offer to date.
So far, Realme has set up a comfort zone in the Sub-Rs. 20,000 segment, but with the Realme X2 Pro it enters the premium segment in which brands like OnePlus and Asus have dominated for some time. The Realme X2 Pro looks impressive on paper and offers functions such as steam cooling, a tactile linear motor for haptic feedback, stereo speakers, a 90 Hz display and extremely fast charging. We have been using the Realme X2 Pro for a few days and we are considering it so far.
The Realme X2 Pro is easy to distinguish from the rest of the company thanks to the centrally mounted camera strip and the new position of the Realme logo on the back. This phone is available in a slightly different color than what we've seen so far. It's called Neptune Blue. You can also choose the more popular Lunar White option.
The build quality is excellent and the Realme X2 Pro feels very high quality. Gorilla Glass is on the front and back of the phone. The new placement of the logo looked a bit strange at first, but we think it's just a matter of getting used to it. Given how similar smartphones look these days, such a prominent logo will stand out, which could be one of the reasons for this design change.
There is a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display on the front, which Realme calls "liquid AMOLED". Sounds familiar? That's because the X2 Pro, like the OnePlus 7T (Review), has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a small notch, and narrow bezels all around. In fact, the overall design of the front is very reminiscent of the OnePlus 7T, which comes as no surprise when you consider that both brands are ultimately part of the same parent company. Unlike OnePlus, Realme has a headphone jack. However, the X2 Pro does not allow memory expansion, just like OnePlus phones and also the Realme X (review).
Speaking of which, the device we are testing has 128 GB of memory and 8 GB of RAM (Rs 29,999), but you can get a high-end variant with 256 GB of memory and 12 GB of RAM (Rs 33,999). As already mentioned, the Realme X2 Pro is supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, so you can expect apps and games to work very smoothly. Realme also uses the UFS 3.0 standard for its flash memory, which is not often found at this price level. In our short time with the Realme X2 Pro, we noticed that the sides and back (near the camera module) of the phone got pretty hot when running some benchmarks. However, we still have to test it a little to see if it shows the same feature when playing.
One of the things we noticed in ColorOS on this phone is a dark mode. This is currently listed as a "Labs" feature, but so far it seems to work pretty well. Not only does this add dark skin to the Android menus, but you can also choose which third-party apps are affected. We have to dig a little further to see what other visual and functional improvements Realme has added. So check out our full review of the Realme X2 Pro soon.
We have only been using this phone for a few days and so far the operation of the Realme X2 Pro has been quite comfortable. It's a bit bigger and a bit heavy at just under 200g, but these things aren't too noticeable after a day or so. The glass back is susceptible to stains and fingerprints. However, you can use the protective case provided to avoid this. We noticed that the buttons are ergonomically arranged on both sides.
In terms of battery life, the X2 Pro has a capacity of 4000 mAh. One of the biggest selling points is that you have a 50 W Super VOOC charger in the box that, according to Realme, can charge the battery completely from zero in just 35 minutes. That sounds very impressive and we will definitely put it to the test soon. The good news is that the Realme X2 Pro also supports more common quick charge standards like Qualcomm's Quick Charge and USB Type-C Power Delivery (PD), so you can quickly charge the battery without the included charger.
A premium smartphone would not be complete without a robust set of cameras, and the X2 Pro also checks these boxes. It borrows the 64-megapixel primary sensor from the Realme XT (review), which has already proven to be very good for still images. Realme has given up a dedicated 2 megapixel macro camera in favor of a 13 megapixel telephoto camera, which was a good choice if you ask us. The 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor now takes on super macro tasks. It receives auto focus and can also be used for video recording. There is also an "Ultra Steady" video stabilization mode that we’re happy to test. Finally, there is a 2-megapixel depth sensor that helps with portraits.
Some of the preliminary rehearsals we shot were promising. The images appeared to be very detailed with good color saturation. Low light shots looked sharp and relatively noiseless. Realme has also expanded its Nightscape shooting mode and is now working with the 16 megapixel selfie camera. There is a lot to unpack here. Be sure to read our full review for a detailed analysis of the Realme X2 Pro cameras.
The Realme X2 Pro offers many functions for an entry-level price of Rs. 29,999. This should give the Redmi K20 Pro (review), which is also in the same price range, tough competition. It is more interesting that this phone will also indirectly compete with its cousin, the OnePlus 7T. The range of functions is very similar, and if you can do without OxygenOS, the X2 Pro could be an inexpensive alternative to the 7T.
As soon as we have tested the Realme X2 Pro extensively, we will know for sure. So don't forget to read the full review that will be available soon.
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