[Update 4: TENAA listing] Realme X50 will be Realme’s first smartphone with 5G
Following the recent launch of its first true flagship — the Realme X2 Pro — Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme is prepping up to launch its first 5G enabled handset. As per a recent teaser shared by the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Xu Qi Chase, the upcoming device will be called the Realme X50. The teaser image shared on Weibo further reveals that the Realme X50 will offer support for dual-mode 5G, which means that the device will support both 5G Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) networks, just like the upcoming Redmi K30 5G. However, it isn’t clear whether the Realme X50 will make use of a MediaTek SoC or a Qualcomm SoC to offer 5G support.
The image also gives us our first glimpse at the device, highlighting its pill-shaped punch-hole display which will house dual selfie cameras. This is another feature that the device shares with the Redmi K30, which will also feature a punch-hole display with a similar design. However, the cutout on the Redmi K30 is on the opposite end of the display. It’s worth noting that back in September this year, Realme released a statement confirming an upcoming 5G smartphone based on the Snapdragon 7 series, so the Realme X50 could feature a Snapdragon 7 series chip. While we don’t have any further information on the specifications or release timeline for the device, Realme India’s CEO Madhav Sheth has previously confirmed that the company will launch its first 5G device this year. This, along with the recent teaser, leads us to believe that the Realme X50 might be launched in China in the next few weeks.
Update: Realme X50 5G confirmed with Snapdragon 765G
Earlier this month at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, we learned that the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi K30 and OPPO Reno3 Pro will be powered by the all-new Snapdragon 765G processor. Now, the Realme X50 is joining the lineup of upcoming 5G phones to features the Snapdragon 765G chip. The chip brings support for 5G connectivity, high refresh rate displays, and high-quality imaging to the mid-range price tier.
The Snapdragon 765G boasts of slightly higher single-core CPU performance (Prime core clock speed increased from 2.3GHz to 2.4GHz) over the regular Snapdragon 765. It also offers slightly faster GPU performance (15% speed-binned) and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features including Game Smoother, Game Fast Loader, Game Network Latency Manager, Jank Reducer 2.0, and Predictive Game Auto Tuner. For 5G connectivity, the Snapdragon 765G features the Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF System which supports dual-mode 5G.
Update 2: Realme X50 5G launches in China on January 7
Through its official Weibo account, Realme has announced that the Realme X50 5G will be launching at an event in Beijing, China on January 7, 2020.
Update 3: Realme X50 5G official renders
Realme has released official device renders of the Realme X50 5G on Weibo.
These renders give us our first complete and official look at the upcoming device, now confirmed to be sporting a quad-rear camera setup. Alongside the mesmerizing white color and pattern, you can also notice the volume rocker on the left side and the power button on the right side of the device. Oddly, the power button looks recessed into the frame, which is a sign of a side-mounted fingerprint scanner — this is just a guess though, so wait for more confirmation on this end.
Update 4: Realme X50 passes through TENAA
The upcoming Realme X50 has passed through TENAA, revealing and confirming most of the specifications of the final product that consumers can expect to receive in their hands.
The TENAA listing for the Realme X50 RMX2051 reveals that the device will measure 163.8 × 75.8 × 8.9 mm and weigh 202 g. The phone will come with a 6.57″ FHD+ display, which TENAA mentions as “TFT”, and which we know through earlier teasers, will have cutouts in the display for the dual front cameras. The listing also mentions that the phone will have an under-display fingerprint sensor (“fingerprint recognition under the screen”). While TENAA listings are accurate, they are in Chinese, so context does sometimes get lost in the translation process. So either the Realme X50 comes with a TFT LCD display and an in-display fingerprint scanner, or it comes with an AMOLED display and in-display scanner, or it comes with a TFT LCD and side-mounted fingerprint scanner — all of these still remain possibilities.
The device will come in RAM options of 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB, and internal storage options of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB; but with no expandability. The rear camera setup on the device involves a 64MP main sensor, and auxiliary sensors of 8MP, 12MP, and 2MP resolution; while the front camera setup has 16MP and 8MP shooters. The phone also has a 4,100 mAh battery, but no headphone jack as the TENAA listing explicitly mentions the same. The Realme X50 5G also launches with Android 10 out of the box.
We expect to learn more when Realme officially launches the Realme X50 5G.