The Realme X, introduced in mid-July, was a great version of a popular smartphone with features such as a borderless screen, super-fast charging, and elegant design. It has undoubtedly helped bridge the gap between affordable smartphones and flagship killers, thanks to its beautiful design and competitive prices. The company has taken a slightly different approach with the Realme X2 Pro and opts to deliver The Best hardware in an affordable package. But has Realme succeeded, or has this new strategy been unable to compete? Find out in our Realme X2 Pro Review.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Design
- 161 x 75.7mm x 8.7mm
- Metal and glass build
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- USB-C, headphone port
- Water-drop notch
It’s easy to see where the Realme X2 Pro gets its appearance – the back and sides of the device remind me of a lot of the Realme X. From the Lunar White color used on the back, to the centrally located camera housing, to the aluminum rail along the sides of the device, the two parts certainly have some DNA. The main difference here is that the back of the X2 Pro is now glass above the plastic that was used the last time, leading to a device that feels a lot premium.
The curved rear glass provides an ergonomic feeling in the hand, and thanks to the flat front glass, unintended touches are minimal. The phone itself is straightforward to grasp thanks to the slightly tapered sides and does not feel like it will hurry out of your hand. In the same way, the on/off button mounted on the right and the volume buttons mounted on the left are very tactile and clear to the touch, without wobbling or sideways movement.
I have found that in-display fingerprint scanners are very popular on medium-sized smartphones. Fortunately, with the Realme X2 Pro, it is a hit. The speed of registering a fingerprint was not exceptional, but unlocking the device was there with the fastest I have experienced. Moreover, the phone was able to recognize my printout nine out of ten times, also a much better result than previous experiences.
Realme decided to return to the notch style with water droplets with the X2 Pro, and I happen to agree with this decision. The bezels are still quite thin, with a considerably smaller chin and tighter corners, which makes for a much premium phone. For comparison: the somewhat exceptionally rounded edges of the Realme X made it feel cheap.
Overall, the Realme X2 Pro feels like a significant improvement to the already great design and build quality of the Realme X. The haptics feels much tighter and more precise, and the switch to glass was a brilliant decision because this thing feels much more special.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Display
- 6.5-inch display
- 2,400 x 1,080 resolution
- Super AMOLED panel
- 90Hz refresh rate
- Gorilla Glass 5
Displays with a high refresh rate are now available, and Realme has benefited from this, giving the X2 Pro a silky-smooth 90Hz Super AMOLED panel. The 6.5-inch Full HD + screen, covered with Gorilla Glass 5, is impressive. With more than 480 nits, the Realme X2 Pro’s display becomes surprisingly clear, making viewing from outside easy as a piece of cake, even on the rare sunny days here in England! Regarding sharpness, I found the X2 Pro to perform great, with more than enough details in all the scenarios tested, including reading fine text from a zoomed-out article.
Like its predecessor, the Realme X2 Pro’s screen is not incredibly accurate in color – luckily, the blue shift is minimized in all but extreme off-axis viewing angles. However, there is still a problem with the color temperature. Our tests show that the display has a very cool 7700 Kelvin in both lively and soft modes. For reference, a well-calibrated screen stands at around 7000 Kelvin. You can move the temperature slider in the display settings to better suit your preferences, and that is why I have set mine warmer than standard to combat this problem.
That said, the screen is great fun to consume with media – the colors stand out, the size is great for watching videos, and the 90Hz refresh rate makes for a super smooth gaming experience (as long as your game supports this!).
Realme X2 Pro Review – Audio
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Dolby Atmos virtualization
Our tests have shown that the 3.5 mm audio connection on the bottom of the Realme X2 Pro is more than good enough. There seems to be more bass than a flat response, so if you feel like it, you’ll have it made up. Dolby Atmos virtualization offers four modes that simulate the sound you would expect from the technology. It’s not a real substitute for the real thing, but it’s a cool feature if you like that effect. This time Realme improved the speakers enormously. There seem to be more frequencies present – more bass, clearer mids, and a more immersive audio experience. The phone still feels messy when you increase the volume, and distortion is undoubtedly present at such amounts, but it is a significant improvement over previous Realme phones.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Software
- Android 9 Pie
- Color OS 6.1
Earlier versions of Color OS have scratched their heads a lot because of the toy-like aesthetics and the heavy-feeling collection of bloatware. Realme has made several significant changes to the appearance of Color OS with version 6.1, including a cleaner notification shadow and a reduction in bloat applications. These changes, in addition to the 90Hz display, ensure that the experience gives a head start on what it once was.
The notorious App market, the folder with suggested apps, and many other pre-installed apps have been removed, which makes for a much more attractive software experience. There are several pre-installed apps, including Phone Manager, Game Space, and Clone Phone, but I can forgive them if the rest of the software has seen so much improvement.
Gestures are here, and they basically follow the same layout as the implementation of iOS and OnePlus – I mean, these are great examples as a compliment. They feel intuitive and natural when you’re used to, or at least familiar with, iOS gestures, and I switched to my previously favorite three-button layout as soon as I realized they were available.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Hardware and Performance
- Snapdragon 855 Plus
- 1 x 2.96GHz Kryo 485 + 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 845 + 4 x 1.78GHz Kryo 485
- Adreno 640 GPU
- 6/8/12GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64 UFS 2.1, 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 ROM
- No microSD card
In terms of performance, the Realme X2 Pro does not disappoint. The use for the Best processor and RAM configurations means that this device does everything you ask of it. I tested an abundance of games, including PUBG Mobile, Fortnite Mobile, Super Mario Run, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Call of Duty Mobile, and Project: Off-Road to great success. I have not experienced any delay or frame drops while playing with the Realme X2 Pro. There is one reservation with the specification sheet of the X2 Pro: you have to buy the 128 GB or 256 GB model to get UFS 3.0 storage. That is why I would avoid the Realme X2 Pro basic model because of possible performance problems in the long term.
Zipping around the operating system, switching between apps and photos and making video never felt slow with this device. During this Realme X2 Pro review, I started noticing how much faster this phone is compared to the Realme X I had released for reference. The X2 Pro feels even quicker than my personal iPhone 11 and the Mate 30 Pro that I’ve been using for a while. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not at the OnePlus level, but that doesn’t take away its impressive speed.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Camera
- 64MP ISOCELL GW1 sensor, f/1.8
- 8MP ultra-wide, 115 degrees, f/2.2
- 13MP 2x zoom, f/2.5
- 2MP depth camera at f/2.4
- 16MP at f/2.0
- Waterdrop notch
I was not so impressed with the Realme X camera earlier this year due to the heavy processing and the lack of realism in the photo results. This time the X2 Pro impressed me – Realme has taken the camera of this phone to the next level. With a 64MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, 13MP telephoto lens camera, and 2MP depth camera, Realme has built-in a lot of versatility in this setup with four cameras.
Colors seem pretty close to real-life while maintaining a beautiful appearance to look at, and this photo of an autumn tree is an excellent example of that. The leaves at the top looked orange, but the contrast with the blue of the sky makes the leaves pop off the background. In shadows, colors also don’t seem to be broken off, as illustrated by the dark area to the right of the image. Selfies appear to be pretty good thanks to the 16MP selfie camera, but selfie portrait does sub-par work of edge detection. This is a crucial area that Realme must improve if they want their camera system to stand out from other flagships’.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Battery Life
- 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge
With 4,000 mAh nowadays, the standard for smartphone batteries, the Realme X2 Pro, is pretty average in that department. Nevertheless, our tests showed impressive results, and I was quickly able to go a whole day without topping up, even with a lot of LTE use. And that’s not also the best. SuperVOOC Flash Charge is the favorite charging technology of the Realme X2 Pro, and it is incredibly fast. The no less than 50 W charger, supplied in the box, completely drains the device in just 30 minutes. At that time, the Galaxy Note 10 did not even reach 50%. Unfortunately, wireless charging is not an option on the X2 Pro.
Realme X2 Pro Review – Conclusion
The Realme X2 Pro represents a change in Realme’s focus on the smartphone market and is proof that the previously budget-focused brand must be taken seriously in all areas. It packs several severe hardware into a device that is priced much lower than its competition and demonstrates Realme’s determination to improve its software with Color OS 6.1 further.
Realme X2 Pro Review Rating – 8.9/10
The Realme X2 Pro is by far The Best phone the company has ever produced. With top specifications, a great camera, and leading fast charging, Realme has left its mark on the affordable flagship. Realme’s efforts to improve the software experience have not gone unnoticed, but the lack of luster will eliminate some buyers.
- Superfast charging
- Silky smooth display
- Top-shelf internals
- Good camera setup
- Color OS still needs work
- Poorly-calibrated display
- Awful low-light camera performance