Realme X2 Pro

Realme X2 Pro detailed review

‘Flagship killer’ is a term much abused these days. One phone with top-end specs and below the belt pricing ends up getting that tag. It’s also a title that keeps being passed around. OnePlus had it for a while with the first few devices. Xiaomi snagged it with the Poco F1 and now Realme is giving us convincing reasons to call it’s Realme X2 Pro one. Just more than a year old. It’s the company’s first attempt at making a flagship. And on paper, it looks like the sweetest deal of the year. The phone emulates everything that’s good in the OnePlus 7T and then adds a few features on top. So much so it makes smartphones like the Galaxy Note 10+ and even the iPhone 11 Pro look unnecessarily expensive.  While the company did admit these premium offerings to be the inspiration behind the X2 Pro, will a maxed-out spec sheet be enough for Realme to establish its name as a premium brand? Interestingly, most budget phone makers have stumbled in the first few steps of entering the premium segment where there’s a still a semblance of loyalty to brands like Samsung, Apple and OnePlus. Is Realme’s maiden flagship worth the hype and good enough to be this year’s flagship killer? Let’s find out

Performance

Let’s start with the most obvious. The Realme X2 Pro is fast. Faster than most other smartphones. Almost at par with the fastest. If you’re looking for a superfast performer at a budget. Stop reading right now, get the invite and place the order. It won’t leave you disappointed. In essence, it emulates the performance of the OnePlus 7T to a great extent, of course, at a much lesser price. You have the Snapdragon 855+ in both. 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage in both. In fact, the X2 Pro offers a 12GB RAM variant at less than the price of the 8GB OnePlus 7T. So performance is undoubtedly good. Aiding the speed is the 90Hz refresh rate of the display. It enhances the experience of using the UI to an extent where it’s difficult to go back to using the usual 60Hz panel. Nevertheless, here’s how it fares on benchmarks —

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Realme X2 Pro Review

Subhrojit Mallick   |  28 Nov 2019

DIGIT RATING

78 /100

  • design 71
  • performance 77
  • value for money 79
  • feature 87
  • PROS
  • Big bang for the buck
  • Performance that matches the best Android flagships.
  • CONS
  • Bloated software, notifications spam
  • No water resistance

Verdict

The Realme X2 Pro is indeed the best value for money smartphone to buy so far this year. It matches the performance of the OnePlus 7T and surpasses every smartphone flagship in charging the 4000mAh battery. The X2 Pro is perfect if you game a lot on your phone, but beware of heavy notifications spam from the in-built apps. Read the full review to know more – BUY Realme X2 Pro

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Realme X2 Pro detailed review

‘Flagship killer’ is a term much abused these days. One phone with top-end specs and below the belt pricing ends up getting that tag. It’s also a title that keeps being passed around. OnePlus had it for a while with the first few devices. Xiaomi snagged it with the Poco F1 and now Realme is giving us convincing reasons to call it’s Realme X2 Pro one. Just more than a year old. It’s the company’s first attempt at making a flagship. And on paper, it looks like the sweetest deal of the year. The phone emulates everything that’s good in the OnePlus 7T and then adds a few features on top. So much so it makes smartphones like the Galaxy Note 10+ and even the iPhone 11 Pro look unnecessarily expensive.  While the company did admit these premium offerings to be the inspiration behind the X2 Pro, will a maxed-out spec sheet be enough for Realme to establish its name as a premium brand? Interestingly, most budget phone makers have stumbled in the first few steps of entering the premium segment where there’s a still a semblance of loyalty to brands like Samsung, Apple and OnePlus. Is Realme’s maiden flagship worth the hype and good enough to be this year’s flagship killer? Let’s find out

Performance

Let’s start with the most obvious. The Realme X2 Pro is fast. Faster than most other smartphones. Almost at par with the fastest. If you’re looking for a superfast performer at a budget. Stop reading right now, get the invite and place the order. It won’t leave you disappointed. In essence, it emulates the performance of the OnePlus 7T to a great extent, of course, at a much lesser price. You have the Snapdragon 855+ in both. 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage in both. In fact, the X2 Pro offers a 12GB RAM variant at less than the price of the 8GB OnePlus 7T. So performance is undoubtedly good. Aiding the speed is the 90Hz refresh rate of the display. It enhances the experience of using the UI to an extent where it’s difficult to go back to using the usual 60Hz panel. Nevertheless, here’s how it fares on benchmarks —

Long story short, the Realme X2 Pro is definitely fast and beats the OnePlus 7T and the Redmi K20 Pro in some of the synthetic benchmark tests. Both CPU and GPU metrics are at par with the fastest you can get in the Android space. It also makes the Redmi K20 Pro look slower, but it’s actually decently fast as well in usage, sans the 90Hz experience.

Considering all the firepower, the Realme X2 Pro’s forte is most definitely in gaming. It runs every game you throw at it with ease. CoD Mobile. PUBG Mobile. Asphalt 9. Everything runs at peak frame rates. You see the results in the chart below.

Note: 30 FPS for Asphalt 9 is the default except for the ROG Phone II and the new iPhones which can push the FPS to 60.

The gaming experience is further aided by a nicely designed consoles that comes down from above with a down swipe in-game. It lets you tweak performance modes, turn on screen recording, adjust call settings and more. It also allows you to answer messages while in-game through a pop-up window. These were there before in other Realme (and Oppo) phones, but it all just works really smooth in the X2 Pro. The audio output is also quite adequate for outdoor gaming. Game sounds come out loud and clear thanks to Dolby DTS: X certification.

If the benchmarks and the gaming performance were any indication, the Realme X2 Pro is perfectly reliable as a daily driver. We used the phone for around a week and the experience was more than satisfactory. The phone doesn’t heat up a lot in daily use and apps and games loads almost instantly. It also manages to cache games in the background like the OnePlus phones, and the RAM management is far less aggressive than the mid-range offerings from Realme.

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