Emerging smartphone brand, Realme dropped two new devices and I tried out the Realme X2 Pro.
The Realme X2 Pro flagship device is equipped with a Snapdragon 855+, a 90Hz display, 50W charging and a 64MP primary lens as part of a quad camera setup with 20x hybrid zoom. Other features include a SuperAMOLED display, 12GB + 256GB storage and Dolby Atmos dual speakers.
Hardware and Design
At first glance, the device is on par with similar smartphones in its class. Although it’s priced lower, it gave me Huawei Nova 5T vibes. It’s seamless Gorilla Glass 5 and metal body felt good in the palm of my hand. The build quality is impeccable especially for a phone with such accessible pricing.
I appreciate the positioning of the quad camera centered on the back. I grazed my finger across the area in search of a fingerprint scanner but there wasn’t one (more on this later). Perhaps the most impressive feature is the vivid 6.5-inch OLED screen, which revealed a bright, eye popping home screen when powered on.
The quad camera takes sharp, color rich photos both indoors and out. Natural daylight provided optimal conditions for the camera as opposed to low light situations but that’s also the case with phones that cost a lot more. Ultra video stabilization seemed to kick in for photos too.
Apparently the device has an anti-shake algorithm and an activity gyroscope that corrects any hand movements. I know because the phone reminded me that I’d get better photos by not shaking after every snap. That can be quite annoying over time or in situations where lots of photos are being taken.
To my delight, the 16MP front camera did not disappoint. It takes excellent selfies – in good lighting – with very little noise or distortion.
I poked around the editing features on the camera and the verdict is…it’s Insta-ready. There’s a set of beauty edits, which let you do everything from whiten teeth to smooth out skin and remove blemishes. I didn’t dig too deeply into the editing process but I did hit the ‘One Tap Beauty’ option and slimmed my cheeks down a bit. If you’re into perfecting your pictures before posting them, this camera and its editing tools will get the job done.
The fingerprint scanner on this device is quite impressive too. As I mentioned above, I grazed my hand across the back and lower front screen in search of a scanner but couldn’t find one. That’s because the X2 Pro sports an in-display fingerprint scanner. Its placement is revealed by a virtual, neon colored fingerprint that appears on the bottom of the screen.
Setup was a breeze. The phone detected my home internet service and connected within a matter of seconds. The 4000mAh battery did not disappoint. It lasted all day long (7am-6pm) with heavy use and remained powered up long after my iPhone 6s had died.
In the Box
The phone comes with standard accompaniments including a USB cable and power adaptor. It’s become standard to include a clear case in the box and X2 Pro has one as well but I wasn’t expecting the device to already have pre-installed tempered glass on the screen. Nice touch.