Realme X2 Pro, the review

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Born from an OPPO rib, Realme it then became completely independent and began to produce a series of very interesting devices, the last of which is this Realme X2 Pro of which you are reading review. We are talking about a smartphone that has all the credentials to fight with the Xiaomi offer, currently the absolute leader when it comes to introducing products with an excellent ratio on the market quality / price: Realme X2 Pro in this sense puts on the plate a top-of-the-range equipment managing to keep to figures that oscillate between 399 and 499 Euros depending on the configuration, even if some compromise is still there and it shows. So let's find out what are the strengths and weaknesses of a device that still has the stigmata of best buy.



Equipment and design

The interesting features of Realme X2 Pro start from the package, which includes a TPU cover, a USB-C cable and above all a 50 Watt power supply definitely luxurious for this price range (and not only) capable of fully recharging the device in about 40 minutes. This is just the tip of the iceberg equipment of a product with a truly impressive technical data sheet: Snapdragon 855 plus processor, Adreno 640 GPU, dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, NFC, FM radio and 6, 8 or 12 GB set of RAM combined with 64, 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable memory (UFS 3.0 type only for larger denominations) depending on the version chosen.



We are undoubtedly talking about a lot of stuff, however, enclosed in a device from design rather anonymous, as often happens with smartphones designed and made in China. The front offers a 6,5-inch display with integrated biometric sensor and a small teardrop notch, while on the back the camera module is clearly visible in a central position and protruding a few millimeters: both surfaces are made of Gorilla Glass 5 and are joined by an aluminum frame on which there is space for the power button and the housing for the two SIMs, the volume control buttons, the 3,5 mm jack, the USB-C port and the stereo speakers. Realme X2 Pro may not be original, but it sure is assembled to perfection and gives the impression of a solid device, with a good weight distribution that does not make its 199 grams feel too much, even if the dimensions equal to 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm make it preferable to always use it with both hands.

Screen and cameras

Realme did not even spare itself on the 6,5-inch, which undoubtedly reveals itself as one of the flagships of X2 Pro. The panel is a Super AMOLED with FullHD + resolution and refresh rate at 90 Hz which is usually the prerogative of devices with a much higher price. The result is a screen that guarantees excellent performance both in common use and in the use of multimedia content, furthermore facilitated by a brightness excellent which makes it perfectly legible even in direct sunlight. Wanting to nitpick, the color temperature is not calibrated flawlessly and you notice some reflections too much by tilting the device, but it is a small thing even in terms of gaming, with the 90 Hz which instead make a great figure with titles that support this option.



Less exciting but still very positive the judgment reserved for photo gallery, which counts on a 16MP front sensor and four rear modules, namely a standard 64MP, an 8MP wide angle, a 13MP telephoto lens with 2X zoom and a 2MP sensor for depth of field. There camera for selfies it does what it should without infamy and without praise, while the main one returns detailed and colorful shots in optimal lighting conditions, losing something at night despite a recent update has improved the special mode. In general, the lack of optical stabilization is felt a little, especially when using telephoto and wide-angle, but the overall performance is still able to satisfy the average user, thanks also to a software complete with all the functions necessary to perform a good variety of shots. Remarkable the side possibility video to get to 4K at 60 fps, even if settling for 30 fps you are rewarded with a valid digital stabilization.

Performance, autonomy and software

Using a processor top of the range such as the Snapdragon 855 plus makes Realme X2 Pro really fast and responsive in everyday use - also thanks to the greater fluidity guaranteed by the 90Hz screen - but even subjecting it to intense multitasking does not show any uncertainties whatsoever. With i Games the smartphone gets along very well, managing to manage demanding titles with high graphic settings without suffering slowdowns: to be noted then the presence of a special mode that allows you to optimize the device's resources when playing and to manage a whole series of options regarding the notifications, performance and battery consumption. This boasts a capacity of 4000 mAh, a standard value on paper but which translates into a 'autonomy definitely good in practical use: a full charge can last almost two days with a moderate use of the phone, while stressing it a lot, you still get to the evening without going into reserve. We have already mentioned fast charging at the beginning, while the wireless one is unfortunately not supported.



On the front software, Realme X2 Pro mounts the operating system Android 9.0 Pie declined via the interface ColorOS 6.1 inherited from OPPO. Unfortunately, this is clearly the weakest aspect of the package offered by the Chinese company, despite there being improvements compared to previous releases. The look is now a little less childish and there is a decrease in the amount of bloatware, but at the same time the menus continue to appear redundant and not always clear (also thanks to a translation into Spanish that is far from flawless) and it is quite frequent run into some little ones bugs,. However, the indispensable functions are all there, including gestures and night mode, while the settings screen hosts a section dedicated to the features still in beta, a position currently occupied by a dark mode that still denotes some problems.

Comment

Price 399 € / 499 €

Resources4Gaming.com

8.7

In many respects, Realme X2 Pro is a truly amazing smartphone and despite coming from a relatively young company it manages to position itself as a very serious contender to the offer of aggressive competitors such as Xiaomi and Huawei: in fact, the device offers top-of-the-range features. at a very attractive price, and the less convincing aspects (above all the software and some camera details) do not affect its absolute reliability in everyday use. Net of some legitimate doubts about assistance and future updates, Realme X2 Pro can safely boast the best buy label.

PRO

  • Rich equipment and excellent performance
  • Class-leading battery and display
  • Excellent value for money
AGAINST
  • Totally anonymous design
  • So-so software
  • Camera not great
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