Realme X2 Pro offers 90Hz screen and Snapdragon 855 Plus for $380

The Realme X2 Pro is launching in China and Europe first and is set to follow in India in December.

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The Realme X2 Pro is official, and it is better than what we were speculating. Before getting into the details, we shouldn’t overlook that the X2 Pro is the first proper flagship phone from Realme. Also, the Realme X2 Pro is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous phones from the company like the X2 and XT.

Say hello to Realme X2 Pro – a phone which is made to challenge Xiaomi, Honor, and OnePlus flagships directly. Well, it is not merely a fluke as the phone beats the Xiaomi K20 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and Honor 20 massively. 

The Price to value ratio will Wow you all.

First, let me start with the pricing on the Realme X2 Pro, and then I will Wow you all with its features. The Realme X2 Pro starts just at CNY2,699 ($380/€345/INR 27207.32) for the 6GB/64GB variant, while the 8GB/128GB model costs CNY2,899 ($410/€370/INR 29223.43). There is a third variant as well, which tops with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Even for this highest configuration, you will have to shell out CNY3,299 ($465/€425/INR 33255.64) only. The phone will start to sell on October 18 in China, and it will soon make its first appearance in India.

Apart from that, there’s also the Master Edition of the phone. Well, it comes in a single configuration – 12GB/256GB, and costs the same as the regular variant. Also, Realme is offering a discount of CNY100 ($15/€12) on all the models for a short period.

The Design of the Realme X2 Pro.

The Realme X2 Pro is the first phone from the company which looks and feels premium. I never liked the build quality on the previous Realme smartphones. To me, earlier Realme phones never felt sturdier and premium. 

The Realme X2 Pro is the first Realme phone which feels durable to me. The frame of the smartphone carves out of Aluminum. The first thing to remember is that the phone arrives with Gorilla Glass 5 protection both on front and back. There’s also a flat-screen on the front along with curves on the back glass which looks beautiful. Besides, there are four color options to choose from – Ocean Blue, Midnight Silver, Master Edition red, and Master edition grey color.

The 90Hz Fluid Super Amoled Displays are now becoming common.

Second, the specifications on the Realme X2 Pro are quite phenomenal. The main highlight on the phone is its 6.5-inches 90Hz “fluid” Super AMOLED display with 1080p+ resolution. Like the Samsung Galaxy phones and iPhones, the Realme X2 Pro comes with HDR10+ support. Besides, the AMOLED panel features full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.

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credits: Realme

Realme X2 Pro is faster than the thousand dollars Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

Now, you might be wondering what is so special about this smartphone? Well, it’s the Snapdragon 855+, the latest 50W SuperVOOC fast charging support, and much more. I mean, this phone doesn’t feel short of specifications. Most importantly, the Galaxy Note 10 [ with SD855 SoC ] starts at $999, and it feels slower than this excessively cheap Realme X2 Pro [with SD855+ SoC]. That’s enough to justify my point of calling the Realme X2 Pro faster than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 series.

Anyways, it is worth noting that this is the first smartphone from the company to feature the Snapdragon 8-series chipset. Besides, this latest SoC from Qualcomm comes with a 15% boost in the terms of GPU performance over the vanilla S855 chip. Well, it is one of the few chipsets on the market right now which can easily handle the 90fps gaming. Even more, the Realme X2 Pro has a dedicated cooling system. It makes use of a vapor chamber which goes through a graphite sheet to help spread the heat more evenly.

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credits: Realme

To improve the performance of this phone, the company has baked in the HyperBoost 2.0 feature at the OS level. Well, this new feature will help in maintaining more stable frame rates. Also, the all-new Touch Boost 2.0 will increase touch responsiveness by 35%.

Storage on Realme X2 Pro

We’ve already discussed this category within the pricing section. Still, it is important to note that the base configuration with 6GB of RAM gets a 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage. In comparison, if you choose to buy the variant with 8/128GB or 12/256GB configuration, then you will get a faster UFS 3.0 standard. Anyways, all three smartphones come with no support for the micro-sd card slot. Well, this means if you are a power user, then you can buy the higher storage variant.

The cameras on Realme X2 Pro

Equally important, the Realme X2 Pro shines in the camera department as well. The phone comes with an array of four cameras on the rear, and a selfie camera at the front.

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credits: Realme

First, we need to look at the primary 64MP camera sensor on the Realme X2 Pro. Well, it is the large Samsung GW1 sensor (1/1.72”) with a bright f/1.8 aperture and 0.8µm pixels. Most importantly, this is a Quad Bayer sensor that bines 4 pixels into one. The result is a sharp and bright 16MP output, but you can also use the full 64MP resolution if you wish to.

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credits: Realme

Additionally, the phone also equips a dedicated night mode. Realme calls it Nightscape 2.0, and it utilizes AI and multi-frame synthesis to reduce noise, glare, and handshake while improving the dynamic range. Although the camera hardware and software are great, there’s no OIS.

Second, there’s a 13MP telephoto lens on the Realme X2 Pro. The sensor like the primary one lacks OIS, but both the cameras are capable of using electronic video stabilization in 4K mode.

Third on the camera array is the 115° ultra-wide-angle camera. The camera is capable of taking some phenomenal photographs. However, it is just an 8MP sensor with relatively large 1.4µm pixels and PDAF with dedicated macro mode.

Most importantly, the macro mode is capable of focusing at a minimum focus distance of just 2.5 cm or 1 in. Apart from this, one can shoot 720p slow-motion videos on this camera at 960fps. 

Fourth and the final camera on the back of this phone is the 2MP depth sensor. Like any other depth sensor, this phone is capable of taking portraits and enhancing image contrast and texture.

Furthermore, the selfie shooter on the phone is a 16MP sensor with 1.0µm pixels and a Quad Bayer filter. Nightscape mode and EIS for video are present on this front camera as well.

Video Shooting on Realme X2 Pro

At the moment in time, video recording is an essential part of the premium experience on smartphones. Now we already know that there is no OIS on the cameras. However, the Rear video recording supports UIS Super Anti Shake, and the Front video recording supports EIS anti-shake. 

Apart from that, there exist support for 4K 30 frames and 60 frames of video recording. Also, there are options like 1080P 30 frames, 60 frames of video recording and 720P 30 frames, 60 frames of video recording. The fancy Slow motion video recording is also present on the Realme X2 Pro up to 720P 960 frames.

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credits: Realme

In case Samsung tells you that the premium real-time blurring comes at $999, then look at the Video real-time blurring feature on this budget flagship phone from Realme. Of course, the smartphone also features a Video super-wide mode for shooting videos in the wide mode.

Some other features which are worth noticing.

The Realme X2 Pro doesn’t only has the beefy chipset, but it also has a massive 4,000mAh battery. Together with this, the phone Supports the 50W SuperVOOC flash charging (standard 10V/5A adapter). The company claims the phone to fill the first 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. Well, this charging technique is far better than the OnePlus Warp charge 30T or Samsung’s more recent Quick charge.

There is another significant upgrade on this Realme phone. Well, like the latest Google Pixel phones, the Realme X2 Pro gets a Tactile Linear Motor for better haptic feedback in games. Apart from this, this is the first phone in the world which gets the Ultra-Liner dual speakers. Besides, these awsome sounding speakers have support for Dolby Dolby panoramic sound effects and Hi-Res sound quality certification as well. Also, there is the 3.5 mm headphone jack for the old schoolboys.

The remaining hardware & Software.

Although the Realme X2 Pro is cheap, the company doesn’t compromise on the hardware. All the basic sensors like Light sensing screen fingerprint module, Geomagnetic sensor, Light sensor, distance sensor, Gyro, Accelerometer, and Tactile linear motor are present on the phone. 

The phone doesn’t support a micro-SD card slot, but it comes with a Dual Nano SIM card slot. The Type-C interface makes its way to the phone as well. 

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credits: Realme

Besides, the Realme X2 Pro gets Color OS 6.1 with Android 9 Pie out of the bix. It’s sad to see the phone still running on the old Android versions where the companies like OnePlus get you Android 10 support out of the box.

The connections.

The Realme X2 Pro is heavy on connections support, and it has all the bands for the phone to work almost in every part of the world. It gets the Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac protocol with support for the 2.4/5.1/5.8GHz band, 2*2 MIMO antenna, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-frequency GPS, GPS / Glonass / Beidou, and multi-function NFC.

For the frequency band support the phone supports 2G (GSM: 850/900/1800/1900, CDMA: BC0 (800MHz)), 3G (WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19, CDMA2000: BC0 (800MHz), TD-SCDMA: B34/B39), 4G (LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26, TD-LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41 (120MHz)).

Conclusion.

The Realme X2 Pro is a cheap Android flagship phone which is costlier than the Readme K20 Pro. For the extra cost, Realme serves with better hardware, better cameras, a 90Hz display, and faster-charging speeds. My only complaint with this phone is the poor optimization of Color OS and the older version of Android. Anyways, the Realme X2 Pro is a capable phone with an excellent price to value ratio. What are your thoughts? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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SUMMARY

Although this is not a full review of the Realme X2 Pro, this phone has a lot of potential for it being the first generation of flagship phones from Realme. Apart from the really poor OS experience on this phone, there is nothing to complain about. With the Realme X2 Pro, it seems like the Powerhouse phones are getting cheaper day by day.