Realme X2 Pro Review : Proof a great phone need not be expensive in 2020

I really like the design of the Realme X2 Pro, even though the company’s all-glass approach isn’t unique to the phone. For one, the Lunar White finish looks extremely elegant and is a good change of pace from the herd of phones sporting darker shades. Then, there’s the phone’s heft, which makes the X2 Pro feel more robust and premium at the same time. Now, I know that looks are subjective but most people in my circle admired the X2 Pro’s aesthetics, so job well done, Realme.

Now, I know some of you in the audience like to use your phone without a case but, I’d advise you to slap one on the X2 Pro should you buy it. You see, the X2 Pro is as slippery as it gets and the phone will slide through your fingers, on to pavement if you’re not careful. To the phone’s credit, Realme has coated the back of the device with Corning’s Gorilla Glass v5 but I still think you shouldn’t push your luck with the phone in your pockets. Thankfully, the company does bundle a TPU case with the retail unit, which should suffice until you get something fancier.

I recently acquired 1More’s Quad Drivers IEMs which sound terrific, albeit have been collecting dust in my cupboard owing to the 3.5mm headphone jack apocalypse. Correspondingly, I couldn’t be happier with my SIM in the X2 Pro, which features the beloved analogue port. What’s more, the smartphone also features dual stereo speakers, which get awfully loud and enhance a user’s movie-watching experience tenfold. Suffice it to say, Realme has audio in the bag with the X2 Pro.

Coming to security, the Realme X2 Pro offers users an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock, both of which worked flawlessly during my testing. The fingerprint sensor backing the phone is as good as they come and the unit managed to authenticate my prints in the blink of an eye. The face unlock performed admirably for the most part too and only struggled to let me into my homescreen in pitch-dark environments. However, seeing how that’s the case with most, if not all smartphones, I’m willing to let it slide.

Say what you will about OnePlus, but the brand is responsible for bringing 90Hz displays to the mainstream. On that note, the Realme X2 Pro also features a silky-smooth panel which also refreshes 90 times every second. The AMOLED display on the phone measures in at 6.5-inches and comes with full HD+ resolution, making it plenty sharp for media consumption. Now, the display on OnePlus’ latest phones feels more vivid and contrast-y, so between the two brands, the former undoubtedly offers marginally better displays. That being said, the X2 Pro isn’t too far behind and for its price, clearly tilts the VFM balance in its favour.

The Realme X2 Pro features a quad-camera setup towards the back, comprising a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens with a 115-degrees field of view, a 13MP telephoto lens with 5X hybrid zoom capabilities and a portrait lens. For selfies, the smartphone features a 16MP shooter upfront.

While the Realme X2 Pro’s camera specs seem promising on paper, the smartphone isn’t the best camera phone in its segment. In fact, during my testing, the OnePlus 7T managed to get away with a better photo in almost every scenario. However, for the price, the X2 Pro doesn’t click terrible photos either, which is evident when you’re snapping a photo with the phone during the day. Shots taken when the sun’s out look vibrant and feature a ton of details too. What’s more, you can spruce up the colours in the shots by turning on the device’s Chroma Boost feature.

Lest I forget, the smartphone betters the details of the subjects in the frame if you click in the full 64MP resolution. Take, for instance, the comparison shot I’ve attached where you can clearly tell that the leaves in the background look sharper and more defined when clicked in the Ultra 64MP mode.

The smartphone managed to impress me with its zoom capabilities too and provided you have a steady hand, you can capture a distant subject with ample sharpness. That said, I didn’t come across many scenarios where I could capitalise on this feature. On the flip side, the wide-angle lens allowed me to channel my creative outlet and paint on a much bigger canvas. Fun fact, the fisheye effect through the smartphone’s wide-angle shooter is fairly tamed too, so you’ll want to share the shots with your friends. The same goes for the portrait shots from the rear-cameras, which looked great owing to a convincing blur effect around the subject.

In order to go toe to toe with other flagship killers, Realme has outfitted the X2 Pro with the latest specs too, including Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855+ processor which works alongside either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. Depending upon which variant you opt for, you will get either get 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage.

Coupled with the phone’s snappy display, apps and games glided on the X2 Pro and simply put, the smartphone’s computing prowess is second to none. Now, if you’re wondering whether the X2 Pro outperforms the OnePlus 7T, then the answer is no. Both the devices perform identically, but the X2 Pro’s lower asking price makes it a much better deal in my opinion.

The Realme X2 Pro is fueled by a 4,000mAh battery which lasted me a full day on heavy usage comfortably. More importantly, the smartphone comes with a 50W charging brick which is the fastest on any phone launched in India right now. Now, having used OnePlus phones as my daily for over two years, I’m used to stupid-fast charging speeds. But, you’ll have to take my word for it, the X2 Pro is on another level altogether.

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