realme X2 Pro Review

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Flagship specs. Impressive performance. Colossal battery life. That’s in short our review of realme X2 Pro. Read more to know more on what arguably is one of the best value for money phone while not compromising on performance.

In the era of flagship phones that cost over 3000 Dirhams+, it’s hard to come across a quality mid-tier phone with flagship specs that does not break the bank. However, with the abundance of Chinese manufacturers in the market, things are slowly taking a turn. Cheaper phones are getting better. Flagship devices are getting cheaper. The idea is to reach innovation to the masses in the most affordable manner because that’s exactly how realme positions itself.

The Shenzhen based manufacturer was officially founded on the 4th of May 2018 by Sky Li who happens to be the former vice-president of Oppo Electronics.

Now one of the most emerging brands in the market realme is on a path to capture the smartphone market by a storm with its all new ‘realme X2 Pro’ flagship device.

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realme X2 Pro Highlights 

  • Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ Octa-Core Processor up to 2.9 Ghz Clock Speed
  • 5inch Super AMOLED Screen with 90Hz refresh rate
  • In-Display Fingerprint Reader
  • 4000mAH battery with 50W Super VOOC Flash Charge
  • Quad Camera Set-up (64MP High Resolution Sensor + 8MP Wide Angle + 13MP Telephoto Lens + 2MP Portrait Lens) with 4K Video Recording and 20x Hybrid Zoom
  • 16 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
  • Dolby Atmos Surround Sound
  • NFC for Google Pay Support
  • ColorOS 6.1

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What we liked

 Flagship level specs

  • Premium design with a very durable feel to it
  • 50W Super VOOC Flash Charge pretty much blows similar competitive technologies out of the water
  • Sensational battery life that lasts you the entire day with plenty of juice still left
  • 90Hz display is game-changing
  • UFS 3.0 brings snappy performance and lightning fast file transfer

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What we didn’t like 

  • Not the biggest fan of a water-drop notch
  • No Expandable Storage
  • ColorsOS still has a long way to go in terms of software optimization and bloatware
  • Camera isn’t the best in low-light conditions

Design 

From a design perspective, the realme X2 Pro is a well-crafted device with a metallic finish that’s wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5. The 3D glass curved design gives you that perfect grip, so the phone doesn’t slip off your hands. Though personally I’m not a big fan of water-drop notches, the phone still has an impressive screen to body ratio of 91.7%. In terms of durability, the phone does seem solid although we do recommend getting a good bumper case and a tempered glass screen-protector just to protect you from those unnecessary scratches and scuffs.

Thanks to the VC cooling system, the phone does not heat up and feels rather comfortable to use for long hours while gaming or binging your favourite shows on various streaming platforms. 

Performance

Where the realme X2 Pro really shines is with its impressive performance. To find a flagship processor like the 855+ on a device of this category is a very big deal. Pretty much puts it at par with all the industry big players like Samsung and Huawei. The 7nm processor has major improvements in performance and power efficiency over the previous generations. Gaming performance will feel buttery smooth thanks to its accelerated GPU. Multi-tasking should be a piece of cake with plenty of apps running in the background so switching between apps happens in the fraction of a second.

Battery Life 

For me, one of the key components for the success of a device is the battery life and realme nailed that aspect. For millennials like us, we’re always on the go. We’re always on our phones, shooting emails, posting content on social media, gaming during short breaks, binging shows while we’re on a flight, the list is practically endless. So, you’d want a device that can handle all these tasks without compromising on battery life. realme X2 Pro is a beast in terms of battery life. Not only is it extremely power efficient, but if you do end up running out of juice, you can expect 0 to 100% in just over 35 minutes. No kidding. realme claims that a 10-minute charge can reach the phone to 40%. Holy moly that is some impressive tech built into a phone of this size.

Camera 

The realme X2 Pro manages to capture incredible shots with utmost detail at daylight. Colors seem vibrant and not overly saturated as you’d find on devices like Samsung. The color temperature might seem a tad towards the warmer side, but this can be adjust depended on your liking. The real highlight though is the 20x hybrid zoom. Zoom into something far and you can be rest assured you’re going to capture something with minimal blur and noise. Comes in handy during different festivities where you have a lot of lights and fireworks at a distance.

HDR is a win or lose situation. Sometimes the photos come with great colors and contrast or if you’re unlucky, the shot might just come out blurry and over-processed.

The primary lens at 64MP is impressive but we feel there is still a lot more software optimization required especially in circumstances where you have low lighting conditions. The telephoto lens is a winner. Bokeh shots look amazing and makes you pop out giving you all the attention in the world. The 115-degree field of view wide angle lens is a little fuzzy and all depends on what angle you position the camera because one bad move and the whole picture goes to waste.

4K Video recording is great and the UIS super anti-shake feature ensures a smooth and vibrant footages. Both the front and rear cameras support EIS technology. You’ve also got slow-motion video recording capabilities which is pretty good too.

Software

If you’ve ever used an Oppo phone, the interface on the realme X2 Pro should seem familiar. ColorOS has indeed come a long way from what it was with a much more clean and minimalistic design. Hardware and Software integration is great, so you’ve got pretty good performance.

My only concern with ColorOs is the abundance of bloatware. There’s a ton of stuff you don’t really need and sometimes people just prefer a stock android experience which I really feel realme should give its customers an option to choose from. Luckily, you do have the option to choose between Light and Dark mode which is quite a refreshing welcome from the Chinese OEM.

Android 10 is indeed coming to the device and the interface is set to be renamed realme UI.

Display 

Higher refresh rates are becoming the industry norm now but only in expensive flagship devices like the OnePlus series. realme took the world by a storm when they decided to incorporate a 90Hz display on the X2 Pro. It is by far my most favorite feature of the device because it is so smooth and fluid that when you go back to another phone, you kind of tend to miss that smoothness. realme’s increase in frame rate boasts zero lag and if you’re into gaming, I’m sure you understand why that is such a big deal. The display also supports HDR10+ and 100% DCI P3 color gamut for that optimum viewing experience. Yes. This phone is perfectly capable of watching ‘The Irishman’ on Netflix in the way the filmmakers wanted you to see it.

Eye safety is obviously important so realme ensured the screen is certified by TÜV Rheinland that eliminates harmful blue light. The in-display fingerprint sensor is a nice addition to the device and with an impressive unlocking speed of 0.23 seconds, everything happens in the blink of an eye.

Verdict 

At a price of AED 1599, you really can’t go wrong with a device like this. Flagship specs. Impressive performance. Colossal battery life. I mean come on. What more could you possibly want. Compare it to other mid-range phones in the market and I can guarantee you, no other device manufacturer will come close in terms of value for money. Sure, like every smartphone, it has its ups and downs. ColorOS needs work but it certainly isn’t a deal breaker. But that 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge is no marketing gimmick. It works. It is amazing.

The realme X2 Pro is available at all leading retailers in the UAE for an impressive starting price of AED 1599 with various color and storage configurations to choose from.

realme X2 Pro Detailed Specs

realme X2 Pro Detailed Specs
Modelrealme X2 Pro
Weight/dimensions161×75.7mm × 8.7 mm
199 g
Color optionsLunar White and Neptune Blue
Basic specsOperating systemAndroid 9.0 / ColorOS 6.1
CPU cores8 cores
CPU model7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus/2.96GHz
GPU modelAdreno 640
RAM6/8/12 GB(LPDDR4X)
ROM64GB UFS2.1, 128/256GB UFS 3.0Does not support expandable memory
Battery4000 mAh
Charging50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge
Display screenScreen size6.5
Screen resolution2400×1080
Screen materialSuper AMOLED
CameraFront selfie camera16MP/0.8 µm (single pixel size)/F2.0
Rear main camera64MP/0.8µm (single pixel size)/F1.8
Rear wide-angle camera8MP/1.4 µm (single pixel size)/F2.2
Rear 2X13MP/1µm (single pixel size)/F2.5
Rear portrait2MP/1.75µm (single pixel size)/F2.4
Photo-taking features64MP mode, Super Night Scene, panorama, professional, time-lapse photography, background blur, HDR, ultra-wide angle, super macro, AI scene recognition, AI beautification, filters, Super Vivid
Video-recording features720p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 4k @ 30fps, 4k @ 60fps
Data transmissionPositioningGPS, Glonass, Beidou
Wi-FiWLAN 2.4G, WLAN 5G
NFCSupported
SensorsLight sensor, distance sensor, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, acceleration sensor
Card slot typeDual nanoSIM card

 

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