Realme is pulling out all stops for its latest X2 Pro, a true no-holds-barred flagship or rather flagship-killer. From a cursory glance at the spec-sheet, the new Realme phone seems to hit all the right notes and it even drags down cutting-edge smartphone tech like 90Hz refresh rate and 50W fast charging to the sub-30k price segment! (Realme X2 Pro Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)
The competitive pricing places it in an advantageous position right between the mid-range flagship-killers like the Redmi K20 Pro and Asus 6Z and the more-premium-yet-economical flagships like OnePlus 7T and Asus ROG Phone 2.
So, has Realme finally hit one out of the park? To ascertain that, we have been using the phone as our daily driver and have been trying to push it to its limits. We will talk about whether it’s a good buy and share other fine details in our Realme X2 Pro review that follows.
- Realme X2 Pro Price and Specification
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Box Content
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Design and Build
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Display
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Camera
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Performance and Software
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Battery and Audio
- Realme X2 Pro Review: Verdict
Realme X2 Pro Price in India and Specifications
|Model||Realme X2 Pro|
|Display||6.55-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 aspect ratio 90Hz AMOLED, HDR10+, 100% DCI -P3 color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
In-display fingerprint sensor (Goodix 3.0)
|Processor||7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855+|
|Internal Storage||128/256GB UFS 3.0|
|Software||Android 9.0 Pie-based Color OS 6.0|
|Rear Camera||64MP + 8MP 115-degree ultrawide with 2.5cm macro shots+ 13MP telephoto with 20X hybrid zoom + 2MP depth sensor|
|Battery||4000mAh, 50W SuperVOOC charger|
Realme X2 Pro Master Edition – Rs. 34,999
Realme X2 Pro Review: Box content
Here’s what you’d get in the Realme X2 Pro box:
- 50W charging adaptor
- USB cable
- Case cover
- Scratch guard (pre-installed)
- SIM ejector tool
- Warranty card and other documentation
Realme X2 Pro Review: Design and Build
The Realme X2 Pro looks familiar on the outside. That’s probably because the design isn’t all that different from the Realme XT, the last phone from the company. This time, however, Realme isn’t holding back on the materials used.
There’s Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and rear, and even the side frame is actual metal. The camera module is now positioned in the middle, but it still sticks out quite a bit. The good thing is that the case you get in the box has a raised lip to protect the cover glass against scratches.
On the front, the selfie camera is housed within a regular notch (whatever happened to pop-up cameras in the second half of the year?) and bezels around the screen are extremely narrow.
The phone isn’t extraordinarily slim or light, but the size, heft, and ergonomics aren’t any worse than most other competent phones we have seen this year. In case you haven’t noticed, phones, in general, got a lot bigger and bulkier this year.
The X2 Pro is positioned as a flagship killer, and we’d say it looks the part. Color options include Lunar White and Neptune Blue. There are two master editions as well – Concrete and Red Brick – but these will cost an extra 1000 bucks (and frankly didn’t look very appealing in the hands-on arena).
Realme X2 Pro Review: Display
The X2 Pro has an AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It’s a rather big 6.5-inch display panel with Full HD+ resolution and the star highlight is the 90Hz refresh rate.
Apart from being a veritable gaming advantage, the 90Hz refresh rate screen makes scrolling and screen transitions a lot smoother. The change might not be immediately noticeable to consumers who try it for the first time, but we have noticed that such high-refresh-rate screens are incredibly easy getting used to.
The AMOLED panel on the X2 Pro is reasonably sharp and has decent sunlight visibility. The colors are a bit too oversaturated for our taste in the Vivid mode that targets DCI-P3 gamut, and they feel a little too bland in the Natural (sRGB) mode. We would have appreciated a middle option.
Realme is using a hardware Bluelight filter, but the white tones are still lean on the cooler side by default. Either way, the color temperature is customizable and you can toggle to warmer tones in both color profiles.
The software has an option for DC Dimming that further makes the screen lighter on eyes for people sensitive to flicker. The handset also has a dark mode and an always-on mode to leverage gorgeous AMOLED blacks.
Realme X2 Pro Review: Camera
With the X2 Pro, Realme is competing in a higher league and that warrants some serious camera improvements. Well, actually not. The existing competition in the 20-30k segment hasn’t set the bar very high.
On the X2 Pro, Realme employs Samsung GW1 64MP sensor in the lead, the same sensor that you’d find on the Realme XT and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro. These options cost significantly lesser but are comparable when it comes to photography.
Other companions completing the quartet are 8MP wide-angle camera that can also take macros, a 13MP 20X Zoom camera (2x Optical), 2MP depth sensor. There’s also a 16MP front camera for selfies.
So, how well does the Realme X2 Pro camera perform?
As far as details are concerned, the rear camera works a treat. Comparing images side-by-side, we noticed better details and texture on shots clicked by Realme X2 Pro as compared to those we took from Redmi Note 8 Pro (review) and Redmi K20 Pro (review).
Realme’s image processing ideology remains the same. Exposure is on the higher side. This means that you often get brighter and pleasant looking images, but shadows are compromised and images are not close to what’s natural. In comparison, Xiaomi’s image processing software outputs more natural images.
The dynamic range is great. The camera software oversaturates colors and struggles to get the bright red tones right.
Realme’s Night mode works excellent.
Lowlight and indoors camera performance is at par with what you usually get in this budget.
The macro shots and close-ups we shot turned out awesome. These were better than what we got from Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The 8MP wide-angle shots turned up decent in natural light.
Portrait mode is now smarter. Edge detection is quite good.
The Zoom camera works decently up to 5X Hybrid Zoom. Anything beyond feels as murky digital crop.
And the selfie camera is decent enough.
So, overall, Realme X2 Pro has a great camera at hand. It won’t be setting any photography benchmarks but the rear camera is certainly good enough to thwart the competition at hand.
Realme X2 Pro Review: Performance and Software
Performance is what makes the Realme X2 truly shine. This doesn’t come as a surprise because Realme adheres to the highest hardware standards. The X2 Pro gets the mighty Snapdragon 855 Plus, paired with up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
PUBG ran fine at Ultra-HDR and Extreme-HDR. All other high-end games we tried worked flawlessly. With 40 minutes of gaming, the temperature soared by a nominal 5-degrees and battery drained by about 8 percent.
Realme also adds a 4x 4 MIMO antenna that will supposedly ensure proper data or Wi-Fi signal irrespective of how you are holding the phone while gaming. Needless to say, this is an excellent device for gaming.
The software on the phone is Color OS 6 which is soon to be replaced by a customized Color OS 7 that is expected to be the grand overhaul everyone has been asking for.
In its current avatar, the Android 9 based Color OS 6 isn’t as terrible as it’s made out to be. But yes, it does play spoilsport to the Realme experience. The skin is bloatware heavy and it’s not often simple to find things one is looking for.
The good thing is that the software is stable, has all the needed customization options, and a decent launcher can resolve quite a few design issues. The software also integrates the DRM L1 certificate and the X2 Pro supports HD streaming on Prime and Netflix.
Unlocking the Realme X2 Pro is very convenient. The in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock are both blazing fast. We didn’t face any issue with call quality or connectivity either.
Realme X2 Pro Review: Battery and Audio
The battery experience is simply fabulous. We’d go as far as saying that this is the best battery experience we have had on a phone. The 4000mAh battery (internally split in 2) can fully charge in just 30 minutes and can then comfortably last for more than a day. If you charge while gaming, the phone charges at 20W. During the course of our review, we didn’t experience any unnatural or erratic battery drain.
Due consideration has been given to the audio. The X2 Pro has “ultra-linear” dual-front speakers with Dolby Atmos support and output gets really loud. The audio distorts a bit at full volume, but other than that the quality is quite good. Audio via headphones is great.
Realme X2 Pro Review: Verdict
Realme X2 Pro is remarkably heavy on tech. Such performance hardware is surely unprecedented at the given price, which is why the X2 Pro should make a huge splash and will inevitably be viewed superior to adjoining competition like Redmi K20 Pro and Asus 6Z and could even pass on as a more aggressively priced alternative to OnePlus 7T and ROG Phone 2.
In our opinion, the practical usage experience lies somewhere in the middle too. The X2 Pro turned out to be quite impressive but was let down by its software. We are hoping that the upcoming customized Color OS 7 upgrade will finally eliminate this necessary evil out of the equation and make the X2 Pro a lot more attractive.
The Realme X2 Pro is definitely a great buy for mobile gamers. But even if you don’t necessarily need the best possible gaming hardware, we can heartily recommend it as an option if you are restricted by a budget of around 30k.
- Premium design
- Excellent performance
- Excellent battery mileage and fast charging
- HD streaming support
- Retains audio jack
- No microSD card slot
- Color OS 6 needs refinements