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Realme X2 Pro review: Incredible value, but plenty of room for camera improvements

Article Contents

    • 0.1 Specs
    • 0.2 The Good
    • 0.3 The Not So Good
  • 1 {Hardware}, design, what’s within the field
  • 2 Efficiency, software program, battery life
  • 3 Cameras
    • 3.1 Must you purchase it?

Realme may be the most recent and least well-known of the BBK Electronics household that features Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus, but it surely’s actually no much less bold. After beginning out as an Oppo sub-brand it was given license to function extra independently in 2017, and since then Realme has bought so many gadgets that it’s now the fastest-growing smartphone maker on this planet. Its foray into the European market solely actually started in earnest this yr, however aggressive pricing appears to be to paying dividends because it goes after extra established Chinese language rivals comparable to Xiaomi and Honor/Huawei.

The X2 Professional is the corporate’s first correct flagship, and it shortly grabbed our consideration when it was launched to the European market in October because of the insane spec to cost ratio. For simply €399, it’s geared up with a Snapdragon 855+, a 90Hz show, 50W charging and a 64MP main lens as a part of a quad digital camera setup. Check out the total spec checklist beneath and also you’ll marvel the way it prices so little, particularly in view of the rising prices of smartphones over the previous couple of years. Being low cost shouldn’t be the identical as providing nice worth, nevertheless, however I’m glad to say the X2 Professional does each. It’s not excellent, by any means, but it surely’s uncommon to get this a lot to your cash these days.


SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM6/8/12GB (As reviewed: 12GB)
Storage64 (UFS 2.1), 128/256GB (UFS 3.0) (As reviewed: 256GB)
Show6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED (2400x1080p), 90Hz refresh price
Rear cameras64MP main (f/.18), 13MP telephoto (5x optical zoom, 20x hybrid, f/2.5), 8MP extensive angle (115° FoV, f/2.2), 2MP portrait (f/2.4), video as much as 4K at 60fps and gradual movement as much as 960fps
Entrance digital camera16MP
Battery4,000mAh with 50W SuperVOOC quick charging
Software programColoration OS 6.1 (Android 9 Pie)
Headphone jackSure
DifferentNFC, Twin-frequency GPS, in-display fingerprint scanner, Twin nano-SIM, Dolby Atmos stereo audio system, Hello-Res Sound licensed
Dimensions161 x 75.7 x 8.7mm
ColoursNeptune Blue and Lunar White
Within the field50W charger, USB A-C cable, and clear TPU case
Value6/64GB – €399
8/128GB – €449
12/256GB – €499

The Good

ShowThe 90Hz refresh price makes this brilliant FHD+ show look incredible.
Battery lifeHigher than common, simply lasting a day plus change, after which there’s the insanely quick 50W charging for once you do want slightly top-up.
EfficiencyWith the Snapdragon 855+ and UFS 3.Zero storage (12GB mannequin), this factor is blisteringly quick.
Audio systemSurprisingly nice sound from the Dolby Atmos stereo audio system, which get fairly rattling loud as well.

The Not So Good

DesignThe waterdrop notch is trying slightly dated nowadays, however whereas the plain design isn’t to my style precisely, it’s actually not an unsightly cellphone.
CamerasWonderful in good circumstances, however let down by inconsistent wide-angle lens and poor low-light efficiency.
Software programColoration OS nonetheless has some solution to go, but it surely’s undoubtedly enhancing. Realme UI/Android 10 coming, however not until March.

Realme’s current handsets (X2, X2 Professional, and 5 Professional) all have quad-camera setups which are spectacular, at the very least on paper.

{Hardware}, design, what’s within the field

There’s nothing particular in regards to the exterior {hardware} of the Realme X2 Professional — it’s a well-recognized Gorilla Glass 5 and steel sandwich — however the cameras are pleasingly centered on the again and the construct high quality is good sufficient. The waterdrop notch has been finished to demise at this level, but it surely’s a practical selection and there’s little or no bezel across the display. Should you’ve dealt with any OnePlus cellphone for the reason that 6T, you’ll have a good suggestion of what this seems like within the hand, with slightly further weight possibly (the X2 Professional is hefty at 199g). The show is the very first thing that actually stands out. You possibly can match numerous content material onto the 6.5-inch OLED panel, which is brilliant (getting as much as 1000 nits), sharp (FHD+), and helps HDR+. It’s not fairly as properly contact calibrated as a OnePlus show, and the colours aren’t fairly as vivid, however at €400, that may be forgiven. The default temperature can also be fairly heat, however you possibly can customise it within the settings. DC dimming is a useful addition.

Hearth up a video or some music and also you’ll discover how good the audio system are. They’re Dolby Atmos stereo audio system — one within the earpiece and one bottom-firing — and they’re each loud and clear. That is often an excellent place to chop prices, so it’s a pleasing shock. One other spectacular element is the in-display fingerprint scanner, which is as quick and correct as probably equivalent optical {hardware} on current OnePlus telephones. I used to be skeptical about under-display sensors for a while, however this one is virtually excellent. Many individuals nonetheless care about headphone jacks, and the X2 Professional has one on the underside edge subsequent to the USB-C port.

It’s not all excellent news, sadly, as you may count on given the value level. The button placement is irritating as a result of the facility and quantity buttons are precisely reverse each other, resulting in quite a few unintentional screenshots. The vibration motor is one other draw back, making for an unsatisfactory typing expertise. Different examples of cost-cutting will be discovered within the absence of an IP score or wi-fi charging, however telephones costing way more don’t supply these both, so it’s comprehensible. The pre-applied display protector and included TPU case are good touches, and the field additionally accommodates a 50W SuperVOOC charging brick and a USB Sort-A to C cable.

The BBK household resemblance is apparent to see once you place the X2 Professional between a OnePlus 7T Professional and 7T.

Efficiency, software program, battery life

The place the X2 Professional actually excels is efficiency. That’s unsurprising given the internals comprise a Snapdragon 855+ chip, 6/8/12GB of RAM, and at the very least 64GB of storage (which is UFS 3.Zero on the 128 and 256GB fashions). You’ll be exhausting pushed to discover a quicker cellphone on the market. It chugs by way of even essentially the most intense purposes and video games with out grievance, though it does generally get slightly toasty. The config I’ve been utilizing is maxed out at 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, however that’s overkill, so I’d count on even the most cost effective base mannequin (6GB) to don’t have any reminiscence administration points. Relying on how you utilize your cellphone, 64GB of storage may be extra of a problem, but it surely’s solely €50 further to improve to the 8/128GB variant, which can also be UFS 3.0 — that’s a very whole lot in case you can afford it.

On the software program aspect, Realme telephones use a barely custom-made model of the Coloration OS Android pores and skin you’ll see on an Oppo cellphone. And it’s not half dangerous, regardless of affected by a number of the identical points many different Chinese language skins do (Apple-inspired design, solely shows the newest notifications on the lock display, persistent NFC icon within the standing bar and so forth). One of many key complaints many reviewers have in regards to the in any other case wonderful software program on OnePlus telephones is the shortage of an always-on show perform, and whereas Coloration OS additionally doesn’t embody one, per se, it does have an always-on clock. This exhibits the time, date, and battery stage, and that’s adequate for me. If you wish to be alerted for incoming notifications you possibly can have the display wake for every one, however there’s no LED.

There are some good design touches within the software program, comparable to totally different colours for various fast settings tiles to make them simpler to tell apart, and the settings are higher organized than in some variations of EMUI and MIUI. I’ve gotten actually used to switching between the 2 most up-to-date apps by holding the again gesture, though I can’t see this being adopted by Google, and there’s a well-implemented darkish mode within the Realme Lab part with its personal fast settings shortcut. You additionally get a number of the options of OxygenOS, like screen-off gestures, for higher or worse. The X2 Professional is at the moment on Coloration OS 6.1 — based mostly on Android 9 Pie — however an replace to Android 10 can be coming in March and the pores and skin can be renamed Realme UI. It’ll nonetheless be based mostly on Oppo’s pores and skin, however with additional customization and branding. Right here’s hoping it’s nonetheless comparatively bloatware-free and a number of the different bugs are smoothed out a bit, just like the one which messes up Bluetooth audio quantity often or the one which adjustments the colour temperature at night time even when night time defend is disabled.

Because of a 4,000mAh cell, battery life is what I might deem slightly above common, attending to the top of most days with 20-30% left after greater than Four hours of display on time. Which may not sound excellent, however simply think about how loopy quick the 50W Tremendous Vooc charger is — I can get a full cost in about half an hour, which implies I mainly by no means needed to fear. If I believed I’d be out tremendous late one night, I’d simply plug it in for five or 10 minutes and I’d be sorted.


Provided that it boasts the world’s first 64MP smartphone digital camera sensor, there was lots of hype in regards to the imaging functionality of the X2 Professional, however sadly it doesn’t ship on all of its promise. Pictures taken with that principal sensor in daylight are fairly good, albeit binned all the way down to 16MP by default. The colour temperature is slightly on the nice and cozy aspect, however there’s numerous element and distinction and HDR kicks in when wanted. Low-light is an issue, nevertheless, with blurriness, halo results, and unrealistic-looking photographs. The Nightscape mode does little to enhance the scenario provides extra noise, with over-aggressive processing and a scarcity of OIS responsible.

There are three different cameras on the again, with the telephoto (2x optical or as much as 20x hybrid) being essentially the most spectacular. It’s very true to life and captures nice element regardless of missing any stabilization. The depth sensor handles bokeh photographs with relative assurance, however the wide-angle lens is the least constant of all. Focusing is usually problematic and you probably have HDR on automated it could possibly result in photos which are blurred in some sections however not others alongside the identical focal line — this probably arises from some kind of HDR stacking situation the processing isn’t in a position to determine, and it ruins tons of photographs. The wide-angle lens will also be used for macro pictures, and it doesn’t do too badly right here at the very least.

The wide-angle lens merely cannot compete with the first digital camera.

One other persistent annoyance when taking photographs will be blamed on the digital camera app itself. Swiping left or proper (portrait) adjustments the digital camera mode, which I usually by accident triggered when tapping to focus. The X2 Professional can do video in 4K at 60fps and slow-mo in 720p at 960fps, however EIS alone means it could possibly’t compete with different telephones on this space. In abstract: it’s potential to take enticing photographs with this cellphone, but it surely’s usually extra work than it needs to be and the flexibility of 4 rear lenses isn’t backed up by constant finish outcomes.

Must you purchase it?

Realme X2 Professional


Provided that pictures isn’t all the things to you. Having the digital camera part proper earlier than the conclusion most likely does this cellphone a disservice, because it’s very achieved in nearly each different means. For most individuals who solely take photographs in an informal method, and possibly add the odd one to Instagram, this gained’t be an enormous concern, however discerning photographers could be higher off spending €400 on a Pixel 3a, although it’s much less versatile. The Realme X2 Professional performs like a beast and fees at an nearly impossibly quick price, whereas the 90Hz show appears incredible.

The bottom mannequin’s 64GB of storage won’t be sufficient, but it surely’s not that rather more to improve to the 128GB (UFS 3.0) choice, and there aren’t many different telephones on the market that provide the identical worth proposition, all issues thought-about. Maybe that is one flagship cellphone too early to be a real breakout star for Realme, however I can’t wait to see what the corporate is ready to obtain with the following one — the long run appears to be fairly brilliant for the world’s fastest-growing smartphone model.

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