Realme has launched what it is calling its first flagship smartphone in India, dubbed the Realme X2 Pro. It is the same smartphone that the company launched last month in China. The device comes with impressive specifications at what I would label as a decent price. It will be taking on the Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T in the Indian market.
I was able to get my hands on the new Realme X2 Pro at the company's launch event held in New Delhi. Here are my first impressions of it:
Realme X2 Pro first impressions: Design
The new Realme X2 Pro in hand does feel quite premium, a thing I have not been able to say about the company's older devices. It sports a metal frame that runs around the whole body sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 5 panels.
The phone feels quite sturdy and well built and when held, doesn't feel even a bit flimsy like the new Realme 5s. The only issue I found was that the back panel attracted a lot of smudges when holding the device, this was not an issue with the Master Edition of this smartphone, which features a matte finish to it.
A thing I liked about the device, is that it maintained the 3.5mm headphone jack, due to which I would say that it is one of the only rare breed flagships left to do so. However, at the same time Realme was able to disappoint me with its notched display, I thought we had done away with the notches, with the Realme X for this brand, however, it does not seem like it.
Realme X2 Pro first impressions: Display
Realme X2 Pro sports a 6.5-inch full HD+ AMOLED display similar to the one we got to see in the recently launched OnePlus 7T. Another thing that it has in common with the 7T is its 90Hz display refresh rate.
Due to it being an AMOLED display, Realme was able to add in an in-display fingerprint sensor, which it claims to unlock the device within 0.23 seconds. When I tested out the sensor, I found it quite smooth and accurate, but, I am sorry, I wasn't able to take a note of the milliseconds it took for me to unlock the device.
Overall, the display was similar to the one we got to see in the OnePlus 7T, crisp and good looking. This was expected considering both the brands are under the umbrella of the same parent company.
Realme X2 Pro first impressions: Internals
The device is powered by the latest and the greatest processor Qualcomm currently offers, the Snapdragon 855+. For gaming, the device utilises an Adreno 640 GPU. To enhance the gaming experience it comes with a vapour chamber cooling system and a newly designed and configured game mode.
The device comes with 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of storage or in a 12GB RAM/256GB storage. The Indian variant does not come with UFS 2.1 storage, instead, all both the storage variants made available in the country come with the faster UFS 3.0 technology. However, keep in mind just like the OnePlus 7T, the Realme X2 Pro doesn't offer the ability to increase device storage by using a microSD card.
Realme X2 Pro first impressions: Cameras
Realme X2 Pro sports a quad camera setup on the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor paired with an ultra-wide-angle sensor, a macro sensor and a depth sensor. I was not able to play around with the camera much, however, in the images, I was able to take, I feel it works decently, however, you can find better camera performance at this price range.
On the front, it features a 16-megapixel sensor located inside of a waterdrop style notch. The image quality seems to be decent. But once again not the quality I would expect from a flagship.
I have tested the device's cameras in a very limited time frame and not so apt shooting environments, so I would state that you do not take the camera performance the device provided me as your guiding stone.
Realme X2 Pro first impressions: Battery
The device is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with support for the company's own 50W Super VOOC Flash Charge technology. The company claims that the device can charge fully within 35 minutes with the charger provided in the retail packaging. I was not able to test out this claim personally, but the company did provide a demo for the same at its launch event.
Realme X2 Pro first impressions: First impressions
The new Realme X2 Pro seems like quite a good smartphone, with all of the ingredients of being a winner. It has all of the top of the line specifications being offered at a decent price. However, as a fact, we know that only specifications do not tell us the full story as to how the device will perform in real life. So I would recommend that you wait a bit and don't purchase the phone immediately. What this will do is give you time to look at the initial public reactions, and if they are good then go in and buy even the Master Edition of the device, which will launch on a later date.