An overview of the Realme X2 Pro smartphone: the flagship iron without overpayment for the brand
At the time, Xiaomi has offered the world a smartphone with top technical features at an affordable price of tubes And brands. This tactic worked and has quickly borne fruit in many countries, including in Russia, the company very much, appeared loyal fans of the brand, well, in General, Xiaomi has successfully made a name for himself. But things are changing — modern smartphones Xiaomi is still good, but are not as small as it originally was. And something tells me that they will continue to become more expensive. It is not surprising that a proven strategy now Xiaomi want to take advantage of other manufacturers – for example, Realme, part of the BBK group. This brand has been present in Russia just six months, but is already showing incredible growth rates. People are willing to pay for the gigahertz and gigabytes, especially when the marketing margin is minimized or non-existent.
We are already familiar with several smartphones – 3 Realme, Realme and Realme 3 Pro XT, but today we have a special guest – Realme X2 Pro. This is a true flagship device (judging by technical characteristics), which is two, and even three times cheaper than the top tube of the A-brands. And as always, in this situation I’d like to ask: “what’s the catch?” Well, let’s right now find out.
|Realme X2 Pro||Realme XT||Honor 20||Xiaomi Mi 9||Sony Xperia 5|
|Display||6.5 inch, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2400 (20:9), 402 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.4 inch, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 (19,5:9), 402 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.26 inch, IPS,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 412 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.39 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.1 inch OLED
2520 × 1080 pixels (21:9), 449 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||No information||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+: eight cores (1 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.96 GHz, 3 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz and 4 × Kryo 485 Silver, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712: eight cores (2 × Kryo 360 Gold, the 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex A76, a 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex A76, frequency of 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A55, frequency 1.8 GHz); architecture HiAI||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: single core Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.85 GHz + three cores Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + four cores Kryo 485 Silver, 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: eight cores (1 × Kryo 485 Gold, the frequency of 2.84 GHz + 3 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + 4 × Kryo 485 Silver, the frequency of 1.78 GHz|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 640||Adreno 616||ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 720 MHz||Adreno 640||Adreno 640|
|RAM||6/8/12 GB||4/6/8 GB||6 GB||6/8/12 GB||6 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128/256 GB||64/128 GB||128 GB||128/256 GB||128 GB|
|Memory card support||No||microSD||No||No||Yes (microSD up to 1TB)|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 19 (to 1600/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600/50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 4 (up to 150Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20||LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40||LTE Cat. 19 (to 1600/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), the sensor of the color spectrum|
|Fingerprint scanner||There is, built into the screen||There is, built into the screen||There is, on the side||There, on the screen||There, on the right side|
|The main camera||Quadruple module: 64 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2,5 + 8 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Quadruple module: 64 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 8 MP, ƒ/2,3 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz + 2MP, ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, led flash||The fourth module: 40 + 16 + 16 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 16 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Triple module 12 + 12 + 12 MP, ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization patisia mostly and telemodul|
|Front camera||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||32 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 15,2 W * h (4000 mA * h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 W * h (4000 mA * h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 14,25 WH (3750 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,65 W·h (3140 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||161 × 75,7 × 8.7 mm||Space of 158.7 × 75,2 × 8.6 mm||154,3 × 74 × 7.9 mm||157,5 × 74,7 × 7.6 mm||158 × 68 × 8.2 mm|
|Weight||199 g||183 g||174 g||173 g||164 g|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie shell ColorOS 6||Android 9.0 Pie shell ColorOS 6||Android 9.0 Pie shell Magic UI||Android 9.0 Pie shell MIUI||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Current price||32 990 rubles||19 990 rubles||27 990 rubles||26 705 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 29 700 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||49 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics, software
All previous smartphones Realme, with whom I had to deal with, cleverly imitated metal frame around the perimeter of the body, but in all cases it turned out to be plastic. And finally, I keep a Realme X2 Pro, is made of glass and metal, which pleasantly cools the hand. As you can see, we have tested was the model in blue (Neptune Blue). Besides her, there is still a white (Lunar White) with a pearl shimmer. Not the widest choice, of course, but both versions look equally good.
Tactile sensations in the hand Realme X2 Pro strongly resembles the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Probably, in the office of the manufacturer was going for, and the comparison with the Korean flagship would consider it a compliment, but I would still like some originality. Alas, nothing original in the form of the X2 Pro is no.
The metal frame? Was. Nonuniform body color changes depending on lighting? Was also. Three cameras arranged in one row in the center of the rear panel? I’ve seen it. Teardrop-shaped cutout for the front camera on the screen? It was also. However, to criticize one of the most affordable smartphones on flagship hardware for the lack of originality in appearance kind of silly. So let’s get back to the case materials.
The front side is completely covered with tempered glass Gorilla Glass 5, the rear panel is also glass, but here we are clearly dealing with material of a different type. I do not presume to judge the reliability in the long term, but test to stay in the same pocket with keys smartphone is no problem – the rear panel is not scratched. The only thing here to complain about, is it soiled. The back cover is very quickly covered with fingerprints, which spoils the appearance of the device. However, in the set initially have a silicone case that eliminates that problem.
The location of the controls, there are no surprises — everything is almost the same as in the iPhone X and later models. On the right side is the power button and tray for two SIM-cards, on the left – two separate buttons to adjust the volume. This location allows you to conveniently take screenshots, if you hold the smartphone with one hand.
All available on Realme X2 Pro connectors mini-Jack and USB-C is located on the bottom, there is a system speaker and microphone. And the upper end has a separate microphone, which is necessary for the noise reduction during a call.
Separately, I would have said the advanced system haptic feedback. There is nothing new here – many smartphones answer light vibration, for example, typing on the keyboard. But the manufacturer Realme X2 Pro went a little further. First, the nature of the vibrations were more enjoyable and unobtrusive. And secondly, it works not only when typing text but also in other system functions (for example, when the alarm time), as well as third-party applications (from checked – Instagram and Tinder), and many games. Many things are too much like the iPhone – one can see what inspired the developers. And on this occasion I can only say one thing: it’s great that Chinese manufacturers understand what things we should copy from the powers that be.
To unlock Realme X2 Pro can be used as a fingerprint scanner (it has a built-in screen, works perfectly), and face recognition, which is realized through the front camera. Pleased to note that Android as a whole, and the various software (in this case, ColorOS 6) gradually moving from the tangent to the gestural control.
The navigation buttons are not displayed by default on the screen — they are replaced by appropriate gestures, too, as if copied from the iPhone. At least a quick swipe up in ColorOS 6 brings us back to the main screen. It will be very useful when the same technique will be used by all manufacturers – among other things, this will make the transition from iPhone to Android and back more painless.
It remains to add that out of the box on Realme X2 Pro installed 9th version of Android, but, apparently, the smartphone will receive an update to Android 10 – we will follow the news.
Display and sound
The closer we get acquainted with Realme X2 Pro, the less doubt remains that this smartphone is supposed to be some kind of a trick. All too well so far. Even the screen shows itself to be surprisingly great. Let’s start with the fact that it’s AMOLED, but rather, Super AMOLED-matrix with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels (20:9). This gives us a fairly high pixel density of 402 ppi. Frame almost no screen is to 84.9 % of the area of the front surface. Bangs as such, no, there was only a small cutout for the front camera in the form of drops.
But the main thing is that the screen refresh rate is 90 Hz. Optionally, in the settings you can reduce it to a standard 60 Hz, which should give a small boost in battery life, but I decided not to do it and test in the default mode. On default Realme X2 Pro included the maximum possible refresh rate.
Well, since I started talking about the settings, it is worth noting that the smartphone has two global display: “bright” and “gentle.” They’re Vivid and Gentle, respectively. In the first case, the color gamut will be closer to the space DCI-P3, and the second to sRGB. In addition, we have the ability to manually adjust color temperature, and enable the sparing mode. In this case, the screen can not only get rid of the blue emission spectrum, but also, if you want to make the image black and white. By the way, this feature is becoming more and more popular. Smartphones Honor V30 and V30 Pro that we recently reviewed, also suggest black-and-white mode. To read books is fun. Kindle or other similar devices are no longer needed.
The measured maximum brightness level of the white is 497 CD/m2 is a good indicator for AMOLED-matrix. Approximately the same figures were and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The system’s automatic brightness setting is working properly, it is quite possible to rely on. And the lowest possible level (especially in conjunction with black-and-white mode) is perfect for reading in the dark.
All laboratory measurements are conducted in two modes – Vivid and Gentle to find out what the difference between them and if there is one.
Interestingly, in bright and gentle modes, the average gamma value is not changed and corresponds to the reference – of 2.28 (at a rate of 2.2). Much more noticeable as changing color gamut.
In Vivid mode it almost perfectly matches the color space DCI-P3, and the Gentle – as close to the sRGB space. A rare case when the color temperature is almost does not change when switching display modes.
In the case of the Realme X2 Pro it is a little high, the average value is 7500 K at the reference value of 6500 K. Picture tends to be slightly bluish, cold shades, but overall I can’t call it serious overkill. The average deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (grayscale + wide array of color shades) in bright mode is 3,12, in gentle – 3,06. The result is a bit beyond the upper limit of normal, which is at the level of 3.00, but still very good. Much better than most vehicles. In General, after our tests, no doubt the display Realme X2 Pro can not be he is very good, almost perfect.
The audio capabilities of the smartphone is quite good. The audio plays in stereo — using the system voice and speakers at the same time, supports Dolby Atmos. The maximum volume is very impressive – Realme X2 Pro is quite capable to replace the small external speakers for a house party. In addition, thanks to the Qualcomm platform he supported profiles aptX HD and LDAC, so fans of wireless headphones will not feel deprived. In any case, in conjunction with the Sony wireless WH-1000XM3 the flagship of the Realme worked perfectly.