“The Realme X50 Pro 5G could very well steal the title of Flagship Killer”
In recent months, the Indian smartphone market has witnessed an attack of Realme products at various prices. The newest is the most expensive and by definition most specified smartphone of the company, the Realme X50 Pro 5G. The device comes on the heels of the Realme X2 Pro (review) announced in November, when the company’s flagship. Launched with a starting price of Rs 37,999, it is safe to assume that the Realme X50 Pro 5G has the OnePlus 7T and also the upcoming iQOO 3 (review) smartphones in sight. Here are my first impressions of the device.
The Realme X50 Pro from behind does not seem to distinguish itself from a number of Realme phones with four cameras that have been announced in the last six months. The main difference is in the front of the phone, where we see a double recess with two holes for two selfie photographers, which is very reminiscent of the recently announced POCO X2 (review). However, unlike the POCO X2, the Realme X50 Pro uses an AMOLED screen 6.44 inches tall instead of an IPS LCD. The X50 Pro follows the trend of displays with a high refresh rate and also has a 90Hz screen that gives a smoother experience while browsing and navigating the phone. The phone also seemed to be a bit on the heavier side and is also the very first Realme phone that closed the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The X50 Pro 5G is also the very first smartphone announced in India that supports 5G and also houses the Snapdragon 865 SoC flagship. Although I cannot speak of the usefulness of 5G in India, the 865 chipset coupled to the 90Hz display makes the phone a piece of cake to use. I had time to test a few heavy games, such as Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG Mobile, and the experience went reasonably smoothly. I will test the phone more thoroughly in my full review to give you an idea of how good the phone’s graphics capabilities really are.
In contrast to the iQOO 3, the Realme X50 Pro does not have a 4G variant. The cheapest 5G variant of the X50 Pro, however, is priced almost the same as the 4G variant of IQOO 3. Nevertheless, The Best 5G variants of both phones cost the same. Apart from that, we also see the LPDDR5 RAM being used in both devices. The Realme X50 Pro 5G also comes with a five-dimensional vapor cooling system for longer game performance. The Realme flagship also features an incredibly fast 65W SuperDart fast-charging technology via USB Type-C, which is said to charge the phone completely in 40 minutes.
Regarding optics, the Realme X50 Pro 5G comes with a familiar Quad camera set-up at the rear, consisting of a 64 MP main wide angle lens, an 8 MP ultra wide angle and macro camera, a 12 MP telephoto lens with 20x zoom support and a 2 MP portrait camera. My first impressions are that the photo quality is not a big improvement compared to the Realme X2 Pro, although I will have to go through the phone in more detail to be able to give concrete thoughts. Software Realme UI based on Android 10 can be seen on the phone and this will be the first Realme phone to offer it out-of-the-box.
On paper, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is the most specified phone ever in India, and stands out from the iQOO 3 in terms of a display with higher refresh rate, primary camera with higher resolution and higher loading speeds. Could the Realme X50 be the new flagship killer? My full review will explain that in detail, so keep an eye on this.
Photos by Raj Rout