[Update: Available in Europe too] The Realme X2 Pro is Realme’s first flagship smartphone, and it has insane specs
Realme branched out of leading Chinese smartphone brand, OPPO, last year and since then, it has been aggressively taking on competitors, especially Xiaomi’s Redmi, in the budget and the entry-level segments. Growing rapidly and steadily, and after establishing a firm foundation in the mid-range with devices that offer high value for money, including the Realme 3 Pro and the Realme 5 Pro (review), the company has leaped towards more premium offerings such as the Realme X (review), the Realme XT (camera review), and the currently China-exclusive Realme X2. Today, the company is taking another lunge forward and announcing its first truly flagship smartphone – the Realme X2 Pro.
Realme has been teasing the Realme X2 Pro for quite some time and we’ve known most of the specifications and features beforehand, so here’s a quick refresher. With the Realme X2 Pro, Realme is upping the ante against other affordable flagships like the Redmi K20 Pro (review) and OnePlus 7 (review), with frosted glass on the back along with a metallic frame. The smartphone has a thickness of merely 7mm and it comes in blue and white colors, each of which swanks a variety of shades as light falls on the back. Realme has been spectacular with the patterns on the back and this satiny finish is a first from the company.
Internally, the Realme X2 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform and there’s a maximum of 12GB RAM paired with it. Storage-wise, the Realme X2 Pro gets 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, a sizeable upgrade over the UFS 2.1 in earlier devices. Keeping things from getting too heated is a vapor chamber, or rather simply a heat sink that transfers the heat from the motherboard to the bottom half of the smartphone. For improved haptic feedback, Realme is using a Tactile linear vibration motor.
The display on the Realme X2 Pro is another major highlight and a big improvement over the previous devices. It has a Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a marketed peak brightness of 1000 nits and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. But, the feature that will excite users the most is its 90Hz refresh rate. While gaming smartphones like the Razer Phone and the ASUS ROG Phone introduced the concept of high refresh rate displays, OnePlus brought it to the mainstream with their flagship OnePlus 7 Pro (review) and later to the affordable flagship, the OnePlus 7T (review). The OPPO Reno Ace had the same display and it is now coming to Realme’s affordable flagship.
Realme also claims this display is color accurate to 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut and also supported for HDR10+ content. Additionally, there’s an option to turn on DC Dimming to prevent eyes from being strained when you use the Realme X2 Pro’s display at low brightness. The display also packs in an in-display optical fingerprint scanner and Realme claims that it takes just 0.23 seconds to unlock the phone.
The Realme X2 Pro is a smartphone with many exciting features and its 50W SuperVOOC charging technology is certainly worth a lot of attention. The company has been claiming the fast charging tech takes only 35 minutes to charge the X2 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery and that’s an exemplary claim. Even while you’re using the phone for gaming, the phone’s battery can be charged 80% in 30 minutes with OPPO’s proprietary charging technology. Additionally, the phone supports 18W charging with any Qualcomm Quick Charge or USB-PD supported charging brick.
In terms of camera, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 64MP quad-camera setup including a 64MP primary Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor, a 13MP telephoto sensor with 5x optical zoom and 20x hybrid zoom, an 8MP wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP sensor for depth sensing. On the front, there’s a 16MP camera nestled in the V-shaped notch. The X2 Pro can capture videos at 4K resolution with a max frame rate of 60fps. Additionally, it can capture slow-motion videos at up to 960fps.
For immersive audio, the Realme X2 Pro gets dual stereo speakers along with Dolby Audio support for specific content. While one speaker is in the traditional position at the bottom of the smartphone, the other lies under the earpiece grille. For connectivity, there’s dual-band Wi-Fi with 4×4 MIMO support. It is also equipped with a dual-frequency (L1+L5) GPS for more accurate positioning.
In terms of software, the Realme X2 Pro runs OPPO’s ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie. Software customizations include the HyperBoost 2.0 game accelerator mode which, besides improving the gameplay and keeping the temperatures from rising, also lets users modulate their voices during online voice chat.
Realme X2 Pro Master Edition
The Realme X2 Pro also gets a Master Edition variant crafted by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, who had also designed the Realme X’s Onion and Garlic versions. This time around, Realme is launching the device in Concrete and Red Brick variants. The finish is coated with a layer of lacquered glass so the surface which comes in contact with the users is glass, even though it looks something like OnePlus’s Sandstone finish in images.
This specific variant will only be available in 12GB+256GB configuration.
Realme X2 Pro Price
The Realme X2 Pro has three configurations and the prices for these are:
- 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage – CNY 2,699 (~$380)
- 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage – CNY 2,899 (~$410)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB Storage – CNY 3,299 (~$470)
Meanwhile, the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition is priced at CNY 3,299. Initially, all of these variants will be available with a CNY 100 (~$14) discount. There’ll certainly be discounts for the Singles’ Day on 11/11 but these are exclusive to China. The smartphone will be available in China starting noon on October 18th while the Master Edition will go on sale starting October 21st.
Realme X2 Pro will be unveiled in Spain later today and that’s when we’ll learn about the pricing and availability in Europe. Realme’s CEO Madhav Sheth has also announced that the device will be launched in India in December and expect the prices to be in the same ballpark as the Redmi K20 Pro.
It's official now! We are bringing #realmeX2Pro to India in Dec. Time to rethink flagships. Get ready for #FasterSharperBolder.
2K RT in 30mins – to win one SD 855+, 90hz display flagship
5K RT in a day & I will giveaway one more
— Madhav '5'Quad (@MadhavSheth1) October 9, 2019
Update: Realme X2 Pro launches in Europe
Realme has announced the Realme X2 Pro at an event in Spain along with the Realme 5 Pro and the Realme X2. The three variants and their prices in Europe are:
- 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage – €399 (~$440)
- 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage – €449 (~$495)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB Storage – €499 (~$550)
The first sale of the Realme X2 Pro will be in early November and it will be available via Amazon, PC Componentes, Ebay, Alibaba, and Realme’s official website. There’s no word on the availability of the Master Edition in these markets.
Source: Twitter/ Realme Europe
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