Realme caused a sensation in 2019 with a series of devices at incredibly low prices, but the company now publishes its first phone that could be seriously described as high-end. The X2 Pro features Qualcomm’s fastest processor, a high refresh rate display, and a set of cameras with a giant 64 megapixel sensor.
All this means that the phone Realme is the most expensive so far, but the data sheet keeps it extremely competitive.
The industrial design of the X2 Pro is pretty boring, but there is nothing wrong with that either. A discrete drop of water appears on the screen, as well as a lower bezel slightly larger than the other three.
Realme has opted for a glass back panel for the X2 Pro, which feels better to the touch than previous plastic models, but which obviously compromises its durability.
Despite the small boxes, the X2 Pro manages to insert stereo speakers that sound pretty good. In combination with the above-average haptic feedback system, it’s clear that Realme wants to include features that more expensive Chinese phones often skim. Unfortunately, this does not extend to wireless charging.
The screen is a 6.5-inch 1080p OLED panel with an integrated fingerprint sensor and a refresh rate of 90Hz. Higher refresh rates are starting to spread on flagship phones such as the OnePlus 7T and (apparently) the next Pixel 4, and it’s really hard to go backwards once you’re using such a screen.
The use of Realme X2 Pro is incredibly smooth, especially for basic operations such as scrolling the timeline or scanning between pages of the home screen, where the text remains readable in motion.
The sensation of speed of the phone is enhanced by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, the fastest currently available on all Android phones. The X2 Pro comes with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB flash storage.
The camera configuration includes Samsung’s same 64-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. There is also a 16 megapixel selfie camera.
The X2 Pro can charge up to 50W with Oppo’s super VOOC technology, which, according to Realme, should allow you to charge 80% of its full charge in half an hour.
The phone has a 4000 mAh battery. So it’s not as fast as Oppo’s new Reno Ace, with which it shares both the size of the battery and an almost identical industrial design, but the quick-loading solution .
If you think that sounds a lot like the OnePlus 7T, another phone manufactured as part of BBK Electronics’ global supply chain, you’re right. The screen, the processor, the speakers, the fingerprint sensor and other aspects of the phone are all similar, if not identical.
But the X2 Pro has an additional camera lens (of dubious value, of course), a bigger main sensor, and a faster, faster charge. The main advantage of OnePlus lies in its OxygenOS software developed on Android 10.
Realme uses Oppo’s ColorOS software, which is more influenced by iOS but remains stuck on Android 9 in its current iteration.
This may not be as disturbing if you consider the prices of this phone. In China, the X2 Pro costs 2,699 yuan (~ $ 380) for a 6GB / 64GB model, up to 2,899 yuan (~ $ 410) for 8GB / 128GB and 3,299 yuan (~ $ 465) ) for 12GB / 256GB.
It’s probably not that cheap once in China, but it’s clear that the X2 Pro will be less efficient than the OnePlus 7T and will probably be a serious contender for phones like the Mi 9T Pro / Redmi K20 Pro from Xiaomi.