Realme's current flagship is the X2 Pro, with which the company has launched two Special Edition versions, which it jointly calls the “Master Edition”. This is the second time that Realme has launched such a series for its phones in India. The first time is the Master Edition of Realme X (Review), which contains the versions "Onion" and "Garlic". The Master Edition of the Realme X2 Pro is inspired by the architecture. The two special paints are "concrete" and "red brick".
The Realme X2 Pro Master Edition was recently sold in India for a slightly higher price of Rs. 34,999, compared to standard output with the same configuration priced at Rs. 33,999. We have the Red Brick version in our hands, so let's take a look at what makes it so special.
The first thing you'll notice is that the sales packaging is slightly different. We have a darker box with the name of the phone instead of a white box with a photo of the phone. The inside of the box also has the same theme, but the content is pretty standard. You will receive a silicone case, a SIM ejection tool, a quick guide, a USB-C cable and the Super VOOC flash charging adapter.
The Realme X2 Pro Master Edition was designed by the renowned industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, who was also responsible for the onion and garlic editions of the Realme X back to imitate the look and feel of a brick. Realme states that it used a lacquered glass coating technique to achieve this finish.
The end result is good to hold, as the slightly coarse texture, unlike the standard version of the phone, offers a good grip and does not attract fingerprints so easily. It is also a very unique shade of red that highlights this device. According to Realme, the brand's logo and Fukasawa's signature were laser-engraved near the rear camera module.
On the software side, the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition only has a background image that corresponds to the outer surface, but no further adjustments. Contrary to what it looks like, it is a normal X2 Pro in every respect. The Master Edition is only available in a configuration with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. The internal memory is of type UFS 3.0, but cannot be expanded because there is no microSD card slot.
The other specifications are identical to those of the standard version of the Realme X2 Pro (review). You get a large 6.5-inch display with small drops of dew and narrow bezels all around. The Super AMOLED panel has a Full HD + resolution and produces good colors and contrasts, so that videos are very pleasant to watch. It also supports a 90 Hz refresh rate, which makes scrolling through the menus smooth, and it supports the HDR10 + standard for better dynamic range in compatible videos. The built-in fingerprint sensor works very well and we found that facial recognition is just as quick.
The performance is also very snappy thanks to the built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC. We have seen this in many flagship phones this year, including the standard edition of the X2 Pro. With 12 GB of RAM, apps can run in the background so you can quickly switch to the ones you used previously.
Benchmark performance is also solid and we have numbers similar to the 8 GB version of the X2 Pro that we tested earlier. In AnTuTu, the X2 Pro Master Edition scored 490,356 points, while in Geekbench single-core and multi-core CPU values of 644 and 2,612 points were achieved. ColorOS 6.1 was executed on our unit of the X2 Pro Master Edition and the security patch for November 2019 was installed.
This time we did not test cameras in detail because the hardware and software are exactly the same as for the Standard Edition. In the back we have a 64 megapixel primary camera; a 13-megapixel telephoto camera with 5x hybrid zoom; an 8 megapixel wide-angle camera; and a 2 megapixel depth camera. Selfies are processed by a 16 megapixel sensor on the front. A detailed overview of the camera performance can be found in the detailed test of the Realme X2 Pro.
For the Master Edition of the X2 Pro, Realme charges a small premium over the standard version that might be worth jumping to if you're looking for something different from the norm. Due to the frequent discounts, the basic version of the OnePlus 7T (Review) often costs the same as the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition. Both phones offer very similar features and specifications, but Realme's offer gives you more memory and storage space for the same price.
Which one would you choose? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.