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Realme X2 Pro Review: Best Value For Money Flagship Smartphone Of 2019
Realme has announced the company's most powerful handset - the Realme X2 Pro in the Indian market. Backed by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset and the crazy-fast 50W Super VOOC flash charge technology, the smartphone is a real deal at a starting price of Rs. 29,999. This is the phone that brutally kills the OnePlus 7 and even beats the OnePlus 7T in its own game.
- Most Affordable Smartphone With 90Hz Display And SD855+ SoC
- Snappy In-screen Fingerprint Scanner And Blazing Fast face Unlock
- Versatile Quad-Lens camera
- Top-End Performance
- Long-Lasting Battery Life
- Crazy Fast Charging Speeds
- Offers 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Loud And Great Sounding Stereo Speakers
- Standard Editions Are Slippery And Prone To Smudges
- No MicroSD Card Support
- Camera Software Could Use Some Improvements
- 20x Zoom Shots Are Mostly Unusable
- Camera Struggles In Extreme Low- Light
- 50W Fast Charging Might Impact Battery Longevity
Realme X2 Pro will be available in two standard variants in the Indian market. The company has also introduced the Master Edition Realme X2 Pro at very aggressive pricing. The 8GB RAM standard variant of the handset is priced at Rs. 29,999, while the 12GB variant will retail at Rs. 33,999 in India. The Master Edition variants with premium Red and Grey color finishes will be made available at Rs. 34,999 and will only come in 12GB RAM and 256GB options.
At a starting price of Rs. 29,999, the Realme X2 Pro is India's most affordable smartphone with a 90Hz display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The icing on the cake is the 64MP quad-lens camera setup and unbelievably fast charging speeds. All this sounds super impressive on papers but do these also translate to good real-world performance? Let's find out in the following review.
Premium Aesthetics- Glass-Metal Construction
We are testing the ‘Lunar White' color variant of the Realme X2 Pro which feels nothing short of premium. The front and back panel of the phone has Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The back panel has been given a frosted surface which looks quite premium but also makes the device quite slippery.
The two sides are joined by an aluminum frame which feels very robust and has been treated with a double anodizing process. The buttons are also made of aluminum alloy and offer good tactile feedback. There's one downside of the design though. The glass finish makes the Realme X2 Pro quite slippery and prone to smudges. Also, the phone feels slightly bulkier (8.7mm thickness, 199g) than the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T.
The vertically stacked quad-lens camera setup at the back panel is protected by a sapphire cover glass and is placed inside an aluminum alloy frame. Overall, the Realme X2 Pro looks quite minimal and gives a very premium in-hand feel.
Realme X2 Pro Master Edition- Fine Looking Devices
While we liked the Lunar White color variant of the handset, the fit and finish of the Master Edition Realme X2 Pro variants are an absolute delight. We cannot wait to get our hands on the Master Edition Realme X2 Pro as those are by far the best-looking sub Rs. 35K smartphones money can buy today in the Indian market.
Vibrant 90Hz AMOLED Display At Rs. 29,999
At a starting price of Rs. 29,999, the Realme X2 Pro is the most affordable smartphone to flaunt a 90Hz display. It beats the OnePlus 7T in its own game by offering the higher refresh rate screen at such a low price-point. In fact, in our opinion, the Realme X2 Pro and the OnePlus 7T use the exact same OLED panels that produce rich colors and are super fluid to use. The 6.5-inch OLED screen offers 1080 x 2400p resolution and comes in an aspect ratio of 20:9.
Realme says that the company has used the latest Samsung-made E3 AMOLED screens that offer a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, 2000000: 1 peak contrast and reduces power consumption by 5% as compared to standard 90Hz AMOLED panels. The screen on the Realme X2 Pro gets bright enough to comfortably use the handset outdoors.
Supports HDR10+ And DCI-P3 Color Gamut
The display supports HDR+ and 100 % DCI-P3 color gamut. Besides, the company has also added a hardware-based blue-light filter to reduce eye fatigue while using the device in no-light environments. We found the screen fairly comfortable to use in a room with lights off. However, we would still recommend using the ‘Screen filter' app that further reduces the screen's peak low brightness intensity for a comfortable user-experience in pitch dark situations.
As far as the color accuracy is concerned, the display settings offer two color modes. The ‘Vivid' mode cranks up the saturation levels a bit too much for our liking but also enhances the multimedia experience on the handset. You can enable the ‘Natural' mode for slightly muted color tones. Overall, Realme has offered one of the best OLED panels at this price-point with the faster 90Hz refresh rate. Some slight color accuracy issues can be easily corrected from the display settings.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8GB/12GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB/ 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, the Realme X2 Pro ensures top-notch performance. We did not experience any lag or app crash during our time with the device. The multitasking is smooth and the gameplay felt immersive. You can play the heaviest game titles on this device without worrying about any performance slowdown.
The fluidity that the 90Hz screen provides while playing the popular game titles- PUBG, Asphalt 9, Real Racing 3, etc. in highest detail settings is a sheer delight. We also did not encounter any major heating issues on the device.
The handset's vapour cooling technology keeps the temperature in check during intense operations; however, the Realme X2 Pro does get warm if you use the handset while it is charging via the 50W power adaptor. We also ran the usual set of benchmarks and below are the results for the same.
Benchmarks Tests Performance- Realme X2 Pro Vs OnePlus 7T Vs Asus ROG Phone II
We compared the three devices running on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC. The Realme X2 Pro scored 447894 in the Antutu as compared to 469718 scored by the OnePlus 7T and 390672 by the Asus ROG Phone II.
The Realme X2 Pro scored 643 in Geekbench 5's single-core test and 2,591 in the multi-core test. The OnePlus 7T once again trumped the Realme X2 Pro by recording 746 and 2,613 respectively in the same tests. The Asus ROG Phone II, on the other hand, touched 740 in Single-core test and 1975 in Multi-core test.
In PC Mark Work 2.0, the Realme X2 Pro scored 12353, while the OnePlus 7T and the Asus ROG Phone II scored 10168 and 12615 respectively. The Realme X2 Pro wins in this department.
Overall, the OnePlus 7T wins the synthetic benchmarks tests. However, in real-life scenarios, all three handsets feel blazing fast and work without any performance issues.
Realme X2 Audio Performance- 3.5mm Headphone Jack & Loud Stereo Speakers
The Realme X2 Pro is one of the very few premium handsets that offer a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone is equipped with ultra-linear dual speakers that support Dolby Atmos surround sound and Hi-Res audio. The speakers produce very loud and clear audio and there's very minimal or no distortion even at maximum volume levels. We paired up the device with the Realme's wireless headphones and experienced clean and immersive audio.
Snappy In-screen Fingerprint Scanner And Extremely Fast Face Unlock
The in-screen fingerprint scanner and the face unlock on the Realme X2 Pro are blazing fast. The phone unlocks in a jiffy while using both the security modes, especially the face unlock which is the fastest we have tested on a smartphone till date.
To put things in context, you won't be able to notice animations on the display while using the face unlock mode. It's that fast. However, the software-backed face unlock has its security concerns and we would recommend using the fingerprint lock or the traditional passcodes.
Realme X2 Pro Software Performance
The ColorOS 7 is around the corner but the Realme X2 Pro ships with the old ColorOS 6.1 based on the Android 9 Pie. It would have been so much better to use the Realme X2 Pro with ColorOS 7 out-of-the-box. Nevertheless, the software experience on the handset is at par with the most premium flagship smartphones in terms of smoothness.
The ColorOS 6.1 is very customizable and feature-rich. You can choose to place all the apps on the home screens or can enable the app drawer. We choose to go with the latter as it feels much more intuitive and closer to the Android ecosystem.
The ColorOS 6.1 offers gesture support and they work very well on the Realme X2 Pro. There's a system-wide dark mode, and several useful built-in applications such as App clone, Smart Driving, Smart sidebar, Assistive Ball, Digital Wellbeing, Game Space, etc. Besides, various useful settings are offered in a myriad of submenus in the settings.
The UI is very smooth and mostly free of unwanted advertisements; however, some fellow reviewers have reported being bombarded by unusual advertisement behaviour on the Realme X2 Pro. We personally haven't come across such ads so far on our Realme X2 Pro unit. Overall, the Realme X2 Pro is a pleasure to use as a daily driver. You just have to get used to the OPPO's ColorOS ecosystem.
Realme X2 Pro Camera Performance
We have uploaded a detailed camera review of the Realme X2 Pro on the website which will give you a clear understanding of the phones' camera performance. Here you can go through the pointers to have a quick overview of the overall camera performance of the Realme X2 Pro.
- 64MP/0.8µm, F1.8- Main Camera
- 8MP/1.4 µm, F2.2- Wide-angle Camera
- 13MP/1µm, F2.5- Telephoto & Macro camera
- 2MP/1.75µm, F2.4- Depth Sensor
- 16MP/0.8 µm, F2.0- Selfie Camera
64MP mode, Ultra-macro mode, Super Night Scene, Panorama, Manual mode, Time-lapse, background blur, HDR, Wide-angle, AI scene recognition and AI beautification
720p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 4k @ 30fps, 4k @ 60fps
The Realme X2 Pro captures excellent dynamic range. The blue sky, green trees and the white clouds in the pictures shot on a clear day looks picturesque.
· The 64MP shots can be zoomed in more as compared to the 16MP images to derive more details for a particular spot in the frame.
· The autofocus is fast and accurate.
· The saturation and contrast seems slightly cranked up, especially if you have enabled the Chroma boost mode.
· The daylight shots, both 16MP and 64MP, look unnaturally sharp upon closer inspection.
· The portraits come out good and show good details and natural skin tones; however, the edge detection is not always at the point.
· Photos till 5X are perfectly usable. You can take this up to 20X hybrid zoom; however, the 20x shots are barely usable.
· Make sure you keep the phone steady while taking zoom shots and while taking pictures in low-light as the phone lacks OIS.
· The EIS and Steady mode come handy to shoot stable videos.
· The wide-angle shots are not very impressive.
· The macro shots come out good and show excellent details and vivid colors.
· Realme X2 Pro captures good low-light shots if some level of illumination is present in the scene you are framing.
· The camera fails to offer usable night shots if there's no or very little light source in the scene. The nightscape mode also won't come handy.
· The 4K and 1080p videos show plenty of details and good dynamic range. The colors pop out well and the software-driven stabilization is very effective.
Long-lasting Battery Life
The Realme X2 Pro is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery unit which is supported by the company's 50W Super VOOC Flash Charge technology. The battery can last more than a day if you tweak the settings to run the display at 60Hz. With the OLED panel running at 90Hz for all the applications, the battery life drops to 17 to 18 hours with intense usage. If you use your device moderately, the battery can last you a day even while running the screen at a max refresh rate of 90Hz.
The ace feature here is the company's 50W Super VOOC Flash charge technology which can actually charge the battery from zero to 100% in about 35 minutes. In our tests, the 4,000 mAh battery took just 34 minutes to recharge completely, which is insane. This is by far the zippiest fast-charging tech we have tested. The phone's back panel gets slightly warm with current flowing through the battery at such rapid speed.
We are little skeptic about the long-term effects of such fast-charging speeds on the battery life of the Realme X2 Pro. It is something we would want to test in the long run.
Realme X2 Pro Connectivity Performance
We used the Realme X2 Pro with the Airtel 4G network in the Delhi NCR region and experienced the usual call drop and network issues that we are facing on devices from all manufacturers. We did not encounter any issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. In fact, the Wi-Fi connectivity on the Realme X2 Pro works better than the OnePlus 7T on the same network.
Realme X2 Pro supports two nano-SIM cards at the same time with 4G LTE. Sadly, the handset does not offer support for microSD card slot for memory expansion. Besides, you get Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC and USB Type-C support.
Should You Buy The Realme X2 Pro?
The answer in one word is ‘Absolutely'. The Realme X2 Pro is the best value for money affordable flagship smartphone you can buy today in the Indian market. The kind of performance and features the Realme X2 Pro brings to the table, it makes the OnePlus 7 obsolete and the OnePlus 7T expensive.
Go for the standard 8GB RAM variant if you don't want to jump the 30K mark. If you are ready to spend a little extra, go for the Master Edition Realme X2 Pro and I can bet you won't be disappointed.
If you are a hardcore gamer, you can consider the Asus ROG Phone II. If you fancy a full-screen user-experience and slightly better camera performance, the Redmi K20 Pro is the handset you should invest in. In the end, if you want to buy an extremely durable and overall good performer, LG G8s ThinQ is the phone worth considering in the sub 40K price segment.
The Realme X2 Pro will go on sale from November 26th, 2019, 12 noon. For the first time ever, Realme is following an invite-only sale model, which is disappointing. The company mentioned that the exclusive invites for users to purchase the Realme X2 Pro will be available from November 21st to 23rd, 2019 on realme.com and Flipkart.com 12 noon onwards.
You can only get your hands on the Realme X2 Pro if you manage to secure an invite on the above mentioned dates. Let us know what you think about the Realme's move of an invite-only sale strategy for the Realme X2 Pro.