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Is the Realme X2 Pro a worthy flagship phone?

November 22, 2019 09:45 IST

Realme brings its first flagship, Realme X2 Pro, to India. Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com tells you if the phone is worth Rs 29,999.

IMAGE: The Realme X2 Pro. All Photographs: Kind courtesy Realme.com
 

Realme is getting real about India. Why are we saying that? It has brought its first flagship phone, the Realme X2 Pro, to the country.

While the phone is loaded with many of the premium features a flagship phone should have, are they enough to woo a buyer?

Let's find out.

Pros
  • 90Hz display refresh rate
  • UFS 3.0 flash storage
  • 50W SuperVOOC charger
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm audio port
Cons
  • No IP rating against dust and water
  • No OIS in camera
  • No expandable storage option

Design

Protective Corning Gorilla 5 glass at the front and back, over a metal frame, makes the phone sturdy.

But its glossy finish means you have to use the protective case provided in the box to avoid accidental slips or fingerprint marks.

The Realme X2 Pro adheres to present standards in terms of size -- 6.3" tall x 2.9" wide x 0.34" thick.

It is available in Lunar White and Neptune Blue.

Display

The Realme X2 Pro has a 6.5" full screen AMOLED display, with a dewdrop notch for the front selfie camera.

It gets a brownie point for its display as it supports 90Hz refresh rate for fluid animation; while gaming and during user interface interaction, the refresh rate can be toggled between 60Hz and 90Hz to save battery.

The display has a resolution of FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixel) with HDR10+ certification that will support viewing HDR content on the phone by offering better vivid colours and higher contrast in dark and bright details in a scene.

The display is also embedded with in-display fingerprint sensor.

IMAGE: The Realme X2 Pro is available in Lunar White and Neptune Blue.

Camera

The phone has a four camera setup in the rear that supports 20x Hybrid Zoom.

The first is a 64MP Samsung GW1 Sensor with f/1.8 aperture.

Next comes the 13MP telephoto camera with f/2.5 aperture that supports 5X Hybrid Optical Zoom and 20X Hybrid Zoom (digital zoom).

The third is the 8MP wide angle lens camera with a 115 degrees field of view and f/2.2 aperture; it also supports macro mode for shots as close as 2.5cm.

The last, the 2MP camera, is used for depth sensing while taking portraits with the background blur effect.

The front boasts of a 16MP camera that supports nightscape (which allows you to shoot pictures in low light without flash).

Video recording can be fun using this phone as you can shoot HDR videos, videos with background blur, 960fps slow motion videos, wide angle videos and macro videos. 

The camera uses Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) while recording 4K, 1080p and 720p resolution videos to negate shakes.

In addition, the camera also supports Ultra Video Stabilisation, a Realme technology that uses the combination of an algorithm and gyroscope sensor to shoot smooth, shake-free action videos.

Hardware

It is embedded with Qualcomm's latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 855+, which delivers a good performance while gaming and processing heavy tasks in applications.

The phone is available in two variants -- 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM and 12GB RAM + 256GB -- which have been well-priced at Rs 29,999 and Rs 33,999 respectively.

There is also the master edition in Brick Red and Concrete Colour, with 12GB RAM + 256GB at Rs 34,999. 

I would give it an additional brownie point for its ROM, as it uses the latest UFS 3.0 flash storage.

Unfortunately, you will have to depend on the inbuilt ROM for storage as the phone doesn't support memory card expansion slot.

IMAGE: The Realme X2 Pro's four rear cameras support 20x Hybrid Zoom.

Battery

The biggest selling point would be its charging capability.

Realme says the phone is embedded with a 4000mAh battery that can be fast charged from zero to hundred per cent in just 35 minutes with the 50W SuperVOOC technology fast charger included in the box.

Sound

Realme does not skip on the essentials here as the phone has a 3.5mm audio port.

It also has a set of stereo speakers supported by Dolby ATMOS for the surround sound experience.

Software

The phone runs on customized ColorOS 6.1 based on Google Android 9 Pie.

Verdict

If you are looking for a phone with a flagship processor, one that charges in half an hour, are an avid gamer and don't mind an average camera, then the Realme X2 Pro would be a great buy.

I would call Realme X2 Pro a premium phone with flagship features.

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ASHISH NARSALE / Rediff.com
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