Realme X2 Pro review: The best value smartphone around?

 

The Realme X, launched in July 2019, was an awesome tackle a mid-range smartphone with options like a bezel-less show, super-fast charging, and a chic design. It actually helped bridge the hole between inexpensive smartphones and flagship killers because of the attractive design and aggressive pricing. The corporate has taken a quite totally different strategy with the Realme X2 Professional, opting to step as much as top-tier hardware in an inexpensive package deal. However has Realme pulled it off, or has this new technique didn’t compete? In Android Authority’s Realme X2 Professional evaluate, you’re about to search out out!

About this evaluate: I wrote the Realme X2 Professional evaluate after spending 4 days with the gadget as my main telephone. Realme equipped the evaluate unit, which was working Android Pie with Shade OS V6.1 on board. The software program construct quantity on the time of testing was RMX1931EX_11_A.05.

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Realme X2 Professional evaluate: The massive image

The Realme X2 Professional balances a packed-out spec sheet with a aggressive worth and an improved consumer expertise. The charging capabilities of the X2 Professional are excellent, enabling a class-leading Zero-to-100 top-up time. Overlook a flagship-killer, this can be a flagship.

What’s within the field

  • Realme X2 Professional
  • 50W Tremendous VOOC charger
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • TPU case
  • SIM ejector instrument
  • Fast begin information

Realme X2 Pro whats in the box

Realme’s packaging hasn’t modified shortly now, and also you get what you count on with the X2 Professional. Inside you’ll discover the gadget, a translucent case, a USB-C to USB-A cable, a 50W charging brick, printed documentation, and the SIM eject instrument.

Design

  • 161 x 75.7mm x eight.7mm
  • 199g
  • Metallic and glass construct
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • USB-C, headphone port
  • Water-drop notch

Realme X2 Pro rear view in the hand

It’s straightforward to see the place the Realme X2 Professional will get its appears to be like from — the rear and sides of the gadget remind me a variety of the Realme X. From the Lunar White coloration used on the again, to the centrally-placed digital camera housing, to the aluminum rail that traces the edges of the gadget, the 2 positively share some DNA. The principle distinction right here is that the X2 Professional’s again is now glass over the plastic used final time round, resulting in a way more premium-feeling gadget.

Realme X2 Pro rear view comparison to Realme X

Realme X2 Professional (left) vs Realme X (proper)

The curved rear glass creates an ergonomic really feel within the hand, and because of the flat entrance glass, unintended touches are minimal. The telephone itself could be very straightforward to grip because of its barely tapered sides, and doesn’t really feel prefer it’s going to fall out of the hand in a rush. On the same be aware, the right-side mounted energy button and left-mounted quantity buttons are very tactile and crisp feeling, with no wobble or lateral motion.

I’ve discovered in-display fingerprint scanners to be very hit and miss on mid-range smartphones. Thankfully with the Realme X2 Pro, it’s a hit. The speed of registering a fingerprint wasn’t exceptional, but unlocking the device was up there with the fastest that I’ve experienced. Furthermore, the phone was able to recognize my print nine times out of ten, a far better result than previous experiences, too.

Realme X2 Pro Screen on in front of box

Realme decided to revert to the water-drop notch style with the X2 Pro, and I happen to agree with this decision. The bezels are still rather thin, with a significantly smaller chin, and more tightly rounded corners, making for a much more premium feeling phone. By comparison, the Realme X’s rather extremely rounded corners made it feel cheap.

All round, the Realme X2 Pro feels like a significant improvement on the Realme X’s already great design and build quality. The haptics feel much tighter and more precise, and the switch to glass was a brilliant decision because this thing feels much more special.

Display

  • 6.5-inch display
  • 2,400 x 1,080 resolution
  • 402ppi
  • Super AMOLED panel
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Gorilla Glass 5

High refresh rate displays are in right now, and Realme has capitalized on this, giving the X2 Pro a silky-smooth 90Hz Super AMOLED panel. The 6.5-inch Full HD+ screen, topped with Gorilla Glass 5, is impressive to say the least.

At over 480 nits, the Realme X2 Pro’s display gets surprisingly bright, making outdoor viewing easy as pie, even on the rare sunny days here in England! As for sharpness, I found the X2 Pro to perform admirably, providing more than adequate detail in all scenarios tested, including reading fine text from a zoomed-out article.

Realme X2 Pro holding it out in the hand from another angle

Like its predecessor, the Realme X2 Pro’s screen isn’t incredibly color accurate — thankfully the blue shift has been minimized in all but extreme off-axis viewing angles. There is still a color-temperature issue, however. Our testing shows the display sitting a very cool 7700 kelvin in both Vivid and Gentle modes. For reference, a well-calibrated display will sit at around 7000 kelvin.

Like its predecessor, the screen isn’t incredibly accurate.

In the display settings, you can move the temperature slider to better fit your preference, and so I have set mine to be warmer than default to combat this issue. That said, the screen is very fun to consume media with — its colors pop, its size is great for watching videos, and its 90Hz refresh rate makes for a super-smooth gaming experience (as long as your game supports it!).

Realme X2 Pro home screen launcher

Performance

  • Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • 1 x 2.96GHz Kryo 485 + 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 845 + 4 x 1.78GHz Kryo 485
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6/8/12GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64 UFS 2.1, 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 ROM
  • No microSD card

In performance, the Realme X2 Pro doesn’t disappoint. The use of the top-of-the-line processor and RAM configurations means this device will do anything and everything that you ask it to do. I tested a plethora of games, including PUBG Mobile, Fortnite Mobile, Super Mario Run, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Call of Duty Mobile, and Project: Off Road to great success. I’ve yet to experience any lag or frame drops whilst gaming with the Realme X2 Pro.

You need to buy the 128 or 256GB model to get UFS 3.0 storage.

There is one caveat with the X2 Pro’s spec sheet: You need to purchase the 128GB or 256GB model to get UFS 3.0 storage. Because of this, I’d avoid the base model Realme X2 Pro due to potential performance issues in the long term.

Zipping around the OS, switching between apps, and taking photos and video never felt slow with this device. During this Realme X2 Pro review, I started to notice how much faster this phone is compared to the Realme X that I’d got out for reference. In fact, the X2 Pro feels faster than my personal iPhone 11 and the Mate 30 Pro that I’d been using for a short while, too. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t on OnePlus’ level, but that doesn’t take away from its impressive rapidity.

Battery

  • 4,000mAh
  • 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge

With 4,000mAh being the standard for smartphone batteries these days, the Realme X2 Pro is pretty average in that department. Nevertheless, our testing showed impressive results, and I was easily able to go a full day without needing to top up, even with lots of LTE usage.

Realme X2 Pro Super VOOC quick charging

And that’s not even the best bit. SuperVOOC Flash Charge is the Realme X2 Pro’s charging tech of choice, and it’s unbelievably fast. The whopping 50W charger, included in the box, takes the device from dead to full in just 30 minutes. In that time, the Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t even hit 50%. Wireless charging, unfortunately, isn’t an option on the X2 Pro, however.

Software

  • Android 9 Pie
  • Color OS 6.1

Realme X2 Pro quick settings comparison to Realme X

Previous versions of Color OS have had many scratching their head, due to the software’s toy-like aesthetic, and heavy-feeling collection of bloatware. Realme has made some significant changes to the look of Color OS with version 6.1, including a tidier notification shade and a reduction in bloat applications. These changes, on top of the 90Hz display, make the experience feel leaps ahead of what it once was.

The infamous App Market, the Hot Apps suggested apps folder, and many other preinstalled apps have been removed, making for a much more appealing software experience. There are still a few preloaded apps here, including Phone Manager, Game Space and Clone Phone, but I can forgive those when the rest of the software has seen this much improvement.

Gestures are here, and they very much follow the same layout as iOS’ and OnePlus’ implementation — I mean that as a compliment, these are great examples. They feel intuitive and natural if you’re used to, or at least familiar with, iOS gestures, and I switched to them from my previously favored three-button layout as soon as I realized they were available.

As of March 11, 2020, the new Realme UI based on Android 10 is available in open beta. It is currently being rolled out to the Realme X2 Pro, signaling a arrival of the full thing soon. The update should bring features found in the X50 Pro 5G‘s software, including the Smart Sidebar, and new screenshot gestures.

Camera

  • Rear:
    • 64MP ISOCELL GW1 sensor, f/1.8
    • 8MP ultra-wide, 115 degrees, f/2.2
    • 13MP 2x zoom, f/2.5
    • 2MP depth camera at f/2.4
  • Front:
    • 16MP at f/2.0
    • Waterdrop notch

Realme X2 Pro camera app top down view

I wasn’t so impressed with the Realme X’s camera earlier this year due to its heavy processing and lack of realism in its photo results. This time around, the X2 Pro really impressed me — Realme has taken this phone’s camera to the next level. With a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, 13MP telephoto camera, and 2MP depth camera, Realme has really packed a lot of versatility into this quad-camera setup.

Realme X2 Pro camera sample Color

Colors look pretty close to real-life while retaining a fun-to-look-at aesthetic, and this photo of an autumn tree is a great example of that. The leaves at the top really did look that orange, yet the contrast with the blue of the sky makes the leaves pop from the background. In shadows, colors don’t seem to break down, either, as illustrated by the darker area to the right of the image.

Realme X2 Pro camera sample HDR landscape color

This photo of a Cornish town shows off the dynamic range and detail the Realme X2 Pro is capable of capturing. The back of the bench in the center of the scene is still fairly visible, with clearly defined slats of wood with metal poles; and the clouds are still well exposed without clipping. You can also still make out the individual slats on the wooden siding of the Wilko building, and the windows of the houses behind it.

Realme X2 Pro camera sample night mode

Low light is the the Realme X2 Pro’s Achilles’ heel, as presented here in the image of the train station. The no-entry sign and railings that accompany it are horribly over-sharpened, with a halo-like artifact around them that looks both unnatural and ugly. Despite this over-processing, you can’t read what the text below the no-entry signs says, due Realme’s noise-reduction. I’ve not seen low-light performance this bad from a smartphone in a long time.

Realme X2 Pro camera sample Selfie

Selfies turn out pretty good thanks to the 16MP selfie camera, but selfie portrait does a sub-par job of edge detecion. Here, you can see that my hair is cut off and mistaken for something on the wall behund me, and the focus roll-off from the chain on the left to the staircase on the right is non-existent. This is one crucial area that Realme is going to need to improve on if they want their camera system to stand out from other budget flagships’.

Realme X2 Pro camera sample detail of leaves

If you want to have a deeper look at what the Realme X2 Pro’s camera system is capable of, please click here to view our full vary of check media from the gadget.

Audio

  • three.5mm audio jack
  • Dolby Atmos virtualization

Our testing reveals the three.5mm audio jack, discovered on the backside of the Realme X2 Professional, to be greater than adequate. There does appear to be extra bass than a flat response, so in the event you’re into that, you’ll be made up. Dolby Atmos virtualization gives 4 modes that simulate the sound that you just’d count on from the know-how. It’s not a real alternative for the true factor, however it’s a cool function in the event you like that impact.

Realme X2 Pro headphone port with headphones

This time spherical, Realme improved the audio system massively. There appears to be extra frequencies current — extra bass, clearer mids, and a extra immersive audio expertise. The telephone nonetheless feels rumbly if you actually crank up the quantity, and distortion is actually current at such volumes, however it’s a major enchancment over earlier Realme telephones.

Realme X2 Professional specs

  Realme X2 Professional
Show 6.5-inch, FHD+ SuperAMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 decision
20:9 facet ratio
402ppi
91.7% screen-to-body ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
7nm chipset
As much as 2.96GHz
GPU Adreno 640
RAM 6/eight/12GB RAM
LPDDR4X
Storage 64GB UFS 2.1
128/256GB UFS three.Zero
MicroSD No
Battery 4000mAh
USB-C
SuperVOOC Flash Cost (50W)
Cameras Rear:
64MP major at f/1.eight
8MP ultra-wide at f/2.2
13MP 2x telephoto at f/2.5
2MP depth at f/2.four

Entrance:
16MP at f/2.Zero

Video:
UHD4K at 60fps
Full HD at 240fps
HD at 960fps

IP score N/A
Headphone port Sure
Connectivity Twin nano-SIM slots
Twin SIMs twin VoLTE 4G
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.four/5Ghz
Positioning system: GPS, aGPS, GLONASS, Beidou navigation system
Helps Bluetooth 5.Zero connections
Helps aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC
Safety In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Software program Android 9.Zero
ColorOS 6.1
Colours Lunar White, Neptune Blue
Dimensions 161 x 75.7 x eight.7mm
Weight 199g

Worth for cash

The Realme X2 Professional is on sale in Europe. Prospects in Spain can choose the gadget up on Amazon.es, whereas clients in Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and United Kingdom should purchase one from Realme’s European website.

Beginning at €399 in Europe, this telephone is competing with the Pixel 3a, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and the Redmi Ok20 Professional. The Redmi Ok20 Professional might be the closest to this telephone in areas different than simply the worth, but I nonetheless don’t suppose it’s on the extent of the Realme X2 Professional.

On a specification degree, this telephone is competing with the OnePlus 7T. Nonetheless, at €600, that telephone is rather more costly than the Realme X2 Professional. The benefits to the OnePlus are restricted, realistically, to the software program. OnePlus is understood to create and keep Android software program the most effective of any Android OEM, and the Realme will probably not be capable to compete with that, given the corporate’s monitor report.

In India, you’ll be able to snag the Realme X2 Professional for Rs. 29,999 (~$423) for the 8GB RAM variant with 128GB of storage. In the meantime, the higher-end variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is priced at Rs. 33,999 (~$480). In order for you the Grasp version colorways, you’ll have to splurge a further Rs. 1,00Zero bringing the worth to Rs. 34,999. 

Given the 90Hz show, Snapdragon 855 Plus, 12GB RAM, and 50W charging, there isn’t any doubt in my thoughts that that is the most effective worth smartphone of 2019, interval. 

As of March 2020, a variety of new potential Realme X2 Professional opponents have come out. Chief amongst them is Realme’s personal X50 Professional 5G, which packs the newest Snapdragon 865 processor and the eponymous 5G connectivity. Learn extra about it right here.

Realme X2 Professional evaluate: The decision

Realme X2 Pro depth shot of water drop notch

The Realme X2 Professional represents a change in Realme’s focus within the smartphone market, and is proof that the beforehand budget-focused model must be taken critically in all areas. It packs some critical hardware into a tool priced far decrease than its competitors, and reveals Realme’s willpower to additional enhance its software program with Shade OS 6.1.

Actually, the Realme X2 Professional is so good, it gained our Better of Android 2019 competitors the place we pitch the easiest smartphones in a battle of benchmarks. Realme X2 Professional edged out telephones just like the Galaxy Observe 10 Plus and the Huawei P30 Professional, proving that Realme is a now a high hardware maker.

Thanks for studying Android Authority’s Realme X2 Professional evaluate. We’d love to listen to your ideas on the Realme X2 Professional within the feedback! Does beat out the Redmi Ok20 Professional and even the OnePlus 7T for you?

Realme X2 Professional within the information