OnePlus has historically been pumping smart phones from its first device, the OnePlus One, which deserves the nickname "flagship killer" when it arrived. This tradition continued with its successive devices for some years.
Xiaomi joined the race by launching the Little F1 (Review) and then him Redmi K20 Pro (Review). Now, it's Realme's turn to glory.
The Realme X2 Pro includes the most powerful hardware currently available for smart phones. Be it the chipset, the screen, the battery or the camera, the X2 Pro does it all but at a surprisingly lower price.
Developed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, it supports up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The 64 GB variant comes with UFS 2.1 storage, while the 128 GB and 256 GB variants use UFS 3.0. Its 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and is compatible with HDR10 +. Unlike its competitors, the X2 Pro has a cudruple camera system on the back consisting of a 64 MP Samsung GW1 primary sensor, a 13 MP telephoto camera, an 8 MP wide-angle sper camera and a sensor 2 MP deep For selfies, there is a 16 MP camera in the front. It includes a 4,000 mAh battery that supports SuperVOOC charging with the patented 50 W charger included. Supports fast charging up to 18 W in USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4.0.
The phone is packed with the best hardware for smart phones (including a 3.5mm headphone jack) that is almost similar to OnePlus 7T (Review) and the Asus ROG Phone II (Review). But does the phone really work as well as the competition? Let's talk about some of the aspects in detail.
Construction and design: thickness and a fingerprint magnet
Smart phones with 6-inch screens are becoming quite common in every budget segment now. And when packing more powerful hardware and camera arrays, they tend to be bulky. While OnePlus managed to keep the 7T form factor thin, that is not completely the case with the X2 Pro. The device is a bit thicker and you feel that there is a large slab in your pocket. Its form factor is not drastically different from 7T, but the metal frame and the back of the glass have sharper edges on the X2 Pro. Notice most of the device when you play for an hour or talk on the phone for a long time. However, the construction quality is excellent and Realme has not cut any corner in durability.
The small notch on the top is disturbingly similar to that of the OnePlus 7T. By keeping them side by side, it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. The X2 Pro comes with an on-screen fingerprint sensor that is as fast as the OnePlus, but Realme says it is an updated sensor, so it should be faster. It is difficult to notice the speed difference with the naked eye. The back panel looks impressive, but it is a fingerprint magnet.
Performance: powerful hardware, strong stereo speakers
Smart phones that use Qualcomm flagship chipsets rarely show performance issues. It was the same in the Realme X2 Pro and found no problem. Switching from one application to another was very easy, so it was scrolling through several applications, including websites. Zoom in and out of images does not show any delay.
The performance of the games was also in the same league where the titles with many graphics like Asphalt 9: Legends and Legends of Shadow Canons I worked without problems. After playing Call of Duty: mobile and PUBG: mobile For half an hour, the device got hot but it was not unbearably hot because it could not be sustained. The skin temperature on the back panel was fra enough to continue playing further.
The X2 Pro screen can be really bright just like the OnePlus 7T. However, the colors seem a bit muted when compared directly to the 7T and the ROG Phone II. It is slightly on the colder side with a bluish tint visible in the white areas. You can customize the screen tone with a slider in the Settings and also adjust the temperature. However, it would have been great if the colors were factory calibrated. This is picky and you can still enjoy good colors while watching videos. Although it is said to be compatible with HDR10 +, it is only compatible with Youtube videos for now. Netflix The content that is available in HDR did not show the "HDR" tag on this phone.
While listening to music with headphones, the volume levels were relatively low on the X2 Pro. I usually listen to podcasts during my trip and had to increase the volume to 80-90 percent to be audible enough. By comparison, I generally maintain volume levels at around 50-60 percent. This was also the case when making calls. However, stereo speakers have good audio quality, so watching movies and TV shows is not a problem. The voices were clearly audible and the volume was loud enough in a quiet room.
Software: ColorOS may not be for everyone
I will say it directly. I'm not a fan of ColorOS or any of the custom masks on Android. As a personal preference, you will always choose an action or something similar to an existing Android experience. ColorOS is packed with too many bloatware, but it's not as much as what Xiaomi groups in MIUI. You still receive unnecessary notifications of some of these preinstalled applications that must be disabled.
The default applications on the phone are messy, especially the camera application. There is no visible stuttering in the user interface when scrolling or changing applications. Along with the sper soft 90 Hz display, you don't really complain in terms of functionality if you like the overall look. For me, too colorful and clumsy icons are not attractive enough.
The Realme X2 Pro comes with ColorOS 6 that runs on Android 9 Pie ready to use which is disappointing. The company said ColorOS 7, which will launch in India on November 26, present Android 10 along with a new look that should be close to the stock experience. We will only know better when it arrives.
Camera: decent in the day, fight in low light conditions
When I opened the device, the first thing I checked was the camera. There is a lot of flexibility to take different types of shots with the four-camera system in the back. Upload up to 20x with digital zoom; allows you to take good ultra-wide photos; You can also take pictures in portrait mode.
The 64 MP primary sensor can take some really nice detailed photos when the subject is well lit. During the day, you can expect good details and balanced colors that are not too saturated.
Portraits are not impressive and are rather unpredictable. The separation between the subject and the background went well only when the edges were solid. Hair and objects are like glasses that will be partially blurred and will result in average portraits.
You can click on the camera cultures / samples below to see the high resolution or full resolution images.
The selfie camera is decent and you can also take good pictures under artificial lighting conditions or indoors. Vertical mode is also available in the front camera and I discovered that it captured more details in this mode than in normal mode.
In low light conditions, the camera struggles to capture details. The images do not look bad, but when you zoom, the details are lost. It has a night mode, which is also called Nightscape just like OnePlus. However, it is not so good. He manages to mitigate the highlights, but the additional exposure introduces noise that, ultimately, does not look good overall. These deficiencies are only noticed when you zoom in the images and if you are simply going to upload them as they are, they still look good.
You can capture stable videos with the X2 Pro and it's almost the same as the OnePlus 7T. The micro pulls are compensated to capture smooth videos. However, it is not as fluid as the videos recorded on the ROG Phone II. You can record videos up to 4K 60 fps with the rear camera and 1080p 30 fps in the front.
Battery life: amazing but at what cost?
While I was curious to experience the company's claim to complete a full charge cycle in just 33 minutes, I was also skeptical about how it affected the longevity of the battery. Fast charging is one of the best technologies that has dramatically changed our smart phone usage habits, unlike the old days when we had to wait a couple of hours for the battery to fully charge.
The fast load at this speed is still acceptable if the patented circuits manage to dissipate the generated heat. However, the phone warmed up during our battery charge test and if this continues to happen frequently, affect the battery. It is not alarmingly hot, so you should worry about the phone explosion. Just make sure you are using the charger and cable provided each time.
While each smart phone manufacturer has implemented its own fast charging technology, SuperVOOC is said to be the fastest in the Oppo Reno Ace that comes with a 65 W charger. Realme includes a 50 W charger and was able to charge the phone in 30-35 minutes. Charging animation where the battery percentage level continues to increase continuously seems to have come out of a crazy dream.
It took 11 minutes to reach 50 percent of the battery level in one of the executions in which the phone was fully charged in 34 minutes. If you forget to charge your phone overnight, you can simply plug it in while doing your morning routine. By the time you are done, say in 15 minutes, you can have about 61 percent of the battery to take the day.
While the OnePlus 7T series also offers almost similar fast loading speeds, it does not last as long as the X2 Pro. The difference is not significant and the latter may offer the charge of a full day even with some games and by clicking on many images.
Verdict: beat OnePlus at your own game
The Realme X2 Pro is the new flagship killer of the city. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, 90 Hz fluid display and a cudruple camera system with a 64 MP primary sensor, all within the phone at an incredibly competitive price of Rs 29,999. This completely destroys the competition that is the OnePlus 7T and the Asus ROG Phone II that have an initial price of Rs 37,999 for the same memory and storage configuration.
Just behind the devices in the software and the camera department despite having better paper specifications. However, at launch, even the OnePlus 7T camera had problems that were later resolved with successive OTA updates. If Realme is still committed to improving the quality and software of the camera, you can also match them and create a better device in general.
Keep in mind that paying Rs 8,000 less for the Realme X2 Pro and currently offers the best value for money with the monstrous hardware and camera system it offers. There is a higher configuration with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage that is priced at Rs 33,999. Another special edition called Realme X2 Pro Master Edition that has a unique design is priced at Rs 34,999. The premium smart phone segment in India became much more interesting.
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