Realme X50 Pro 5G Review

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Is India prepared for a 5G smartphone? The quick reply isn’t any. We don’t have any business 5G networks and no clear indications that they are going to be rolling out in India within the close to future. Major telecom operators are struggling after having slashed tariffs thanks to cost wars over the previous few years, so we will not make sure that any of them will undertake main infrastructure upgrades throughout the nation this yr, after which after all there’s the huge price of 5G spectrum blocks. When 5G rolls out, it’s going to possible price greater than we’re all used to paying now, and will probably be some time earlier than 5G-enabled telephones are commonplace.

The lengthy reply is that 5G is coming anyway, and if you wish to be one of many first to have the ability to use it when towers do mild up, you may as nicely have a 5G cellphone now. Realme and several other different corporations are hoping to seize this early adopter market. Besides, it would not make sense to develop 5G-capable flagships for some elements of the world and completely totally different merchandise for others. The Realme X50 Pro 5G just isn’t solely Realme’s costliest mannequin but in India, nevertheless it’s additionally the primary 5G cellphone and the primary one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor to formally be launched in India.

We will not be capable to check its 5G performance however we are able to let you know whether or not it is price spending your cash on, and whether or not this cellphone affords potential future performance at the price of current-day usability.

 

Realme X50 Pro 5G design

In a comparatively quick span of time, Realme has established its model aesthetic and the X50 Pro seems loads like the corporate’s earlier fashions. This cellphone is just a little blockier than different Realme fashions nevertheless it nonetheless feels fashionable. The entrance and rear are each made from Corning Gorilla Glass, and the display screen is interrupted by a dual-camera cutout within the higher left nook quite than a notch. There’s additionally a noticeable chin beneath the display screen. 

As for the rear, Realme has gone for subdued stable colors and no gradients or patterns for this high-end system though the glass does seem to have some depth and the color shifts just a little once you transfer the cellphone in your palms. You solely get a alternative between Rust Red and Moss Green, so there is not any utterly sober possibility. While the feel of the rear glass seems frosted, it is truly fairly easy and just a little slippery.

We have Realme’s acquainted vertical digital camera strip on within the higher left nook of the rear, although it does annoy us just a little that the 4 lenses are very erratically spaced. The energy button is on the correct and quantity buttons are on the left, low sufficient to be inside attain. On the underside, we’ve got the USB Type-C port, speaker, and SIM tray. We must level out that there is not any 3.5mm audio socket, which is irritating. Realme representatives instructed Gadgets 360 that whereas followers of its funds telephones needn’t fear simply but, the corporate believes that high-end cellphone patrons are able to go completely wi-fi.

The body of the cellphone is made from metallic and the general building high quality is superb. The Realme X50 Pro 5G does really feel like a reasonably high-end cellphone; not less than on par with present OnePlus choices in the identical value bracket. Unfortunately it is fairly a bit heavier than common at 205g. We discovered one-handed utilization troublesome due to how tall the 6.4-inch 20:9 display screen is and the way easy the glass again is.

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The rear of the Realme X50 Pro 5G is considerably slippery

 

Realme X50 Pro 5G specs and software program

The large information right here is after all 5G, which is enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and its companion Snapdragon X55 modem. If used to its full potential on an appropriate 5G community, Qualcomm signifies potential obtain speeds of seven.5Gbps and uploads at 3Gbps, which is simply staggering. We do not know what requirements every service right here will undertake, however Qualcomm boasts of help for mmWave and sub-6, the present main 5G implementations rolling out worldwide.

The Snapdragon 865 can also be a model new flagship processor, which we’re very keen to check. It’s constructed round 4 Qualcomm Kryo 585 Silver effectivity cores operating at 1.8GHz, three efficiency Kryo 585 Gold cores at 2.42GHz, and one further Kryo 585 Gold core operating at as much as 2.82GHz. There’s additionally the top-end Adreno 650 built-in GPU, and improved subsystems for the cameras, AI processing, gaming, ambient sensors, audio, and extra.

Display high quality can also be one of many X50 Pro 5G’s promoting factors. Realme has used a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED HDR10+ panel with a 90Hz refresh price and 1080×2400 pixel decision. You can set the refresh price to 60Hz, 90Hz, or Auto, to stability efficiency and battery life. Speaking of which, the battery capability is 4200mAh and Realme claims it may be charged from zero to 100 % in simply 35 minutes utilizing the included 65W ‘SuperDart’ charger.

Realme affords the X50 Pro 5G in three variants: the bottom providing priced at Rs. 37,999 has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage; you may step as much as 8GB of RAM with the identical 128GB of storage for Rs. 39,999; and the top-end possibility provides you 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage, however it’s going to set you again by Rs. 44,999.

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The two entrance cameras occupy a cutout within the higher left nook of the display screen

 

The firm says it has used LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.zero storage to make this cellphone fast and responsive. However, you do not get a microSD card slot. There’s a vapour cooling system for the processor and numerous different fashionable conveniences akin to dual-frequency GPS in addition to NavIC help, stereo audio system, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 with the AptX HD audio codec.

What you will not discover on this cellphone are wi-fi charging, an IP water and dirt resistance score, a extra unique choice of cameras, and a super-sharp show. Much like OnePlus with the OnePlus 7T (Review) and the upcoming Eight collection, Realme has held again on options so as to hit a sexy value level.

As for software program, we’ve got Android 10 with Realme UI 1.1 on high, which is a barely customised model of Oppo’s ColorOS. The UI is pretty easy and sticks to the final structure of inventory Android, however there are a number of modidications. The Settings app has quite a lot of further classes and issues may not all the time be the place you anticipate finding them. You additionally get a number of UI personalisation choices together with a alternative of icon types, management over the icon grid density, and the flexibility to dispense with an app drawer so all icons are positioned in your cellphone’s homescreen.

Some of Realme’s personal options embrace Game Space, which now allows you to prioritise a recreation’s Internet site visitors; lighting results across the display screen’s edges for notifications; an ambient show mode (disabled by default); driving and driving modes; app cloning; and the flexibility to feed dummy private data to apps to guard your privateness.

The preliminary cellphone setup course of features a step that tries to make you obtain extra apps. The default “lockscreen magazine” reveals promoted content material, however this may be disabled simply. We seen quite a lot of clickbait spam notifications from the Realme UI’s internet browser, and we weren’t thrilled about having a number of app and recreation shops plus preinstalled bloatware apps, lots of which might’t be uninstalled.

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The energy button is on the correct, whereas the quantity buttons are on the left

 

Realme X50 Pro 5G efficiency and battery life

We clearly had excessive expectations due to the Snapdragon 865 processor, which units a brand new customary for efficiency. Needless to say, we had no hassle in any respect with velocity and responsiveness when utilizing this cellphone. We have not felt any lack of efficiency from the previous few generations of flagship SoCs, so it is arduous to inform that there is something new happening below the hood when going about your on a regular basis enterprise. The 90Hz display screen, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.zero storage additionally contribute to this cellphone’s general snappiness.

Benchmarks after all exist for example what eyeballing a tool cannot adequately differentiate. AnTuTu gave us a stratospheric tally of 584,447, and Geekbench 5’s single- and multi-core scores of 905 and three,314 respectively. GFXBench’s T-rex and Manhattan 3.1 assessments each maxed out at 60fps, whereas even the demanding Car Chase check ran at 45fps. 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme and Unlimited scores had been 7,263 and 9,837. The Realme X50 Pro 5G even has a transparent lead over the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review) with its Exynos 990 SoC, which is Samsung’s in-house equal.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G’s display screen is great, with good vibrant colors and sufficient brightness. It is not as crisp because the 1440p screens you will see on dearer flagship-grade telephones, however we do not suppose anybody will complain. The extensive dual-camera cutout may be distracting when watching full-screen video, however not less than it is in a single nook and never centred. The stereo audio system on this cellphone are a really nice shock – sound may be very loud and wealthy, with an affordable quantity of bass, and distortion is below management until you max out the quantity.

We used this cellphone for all our on a regular basis actions together with streaming media, video games, pictures, and basic leisure. We solely felt the rear get just a little heat when operating assessments and recording 4K video for lengthy stretches. We performed PUBG Mobile and had been capable of bump the graphics high quality as much as HDR and the body price to Ultra with no noticeable discount in smoothness or responsiveness. Asphalt 9: Legends was additionally completely fulfilling with no stuttering in any way.

Realme has managed to ship spectacular battery life as nicely. 4200mAh may not look like loads as of late however the Realme X50 Pro manages to make that final for nicely over a full day. We did not must cost our unit until halfway by the second morning after utilizing it all through the day. Our HD video loop check ran for 19 hours, Four minutes.

Super-quick charging is considered one of this cellphone’s USPs and we did discover this very handy. The bundled 65W charger is cumbersome and heavy, and you may want to hold it round with you if it is to be helpful. We managed to go from utterly lifeless to 25 % in roughly 7 minutes, 50 % in simply over 14 minutes, and 75 % in 22 minutes, after which the charging price started to scale back. A full cost took precisely 41 minutes, 16 seconds which is longer than Realme’s 35 minute declare, however nonetheless extraordinary.

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The Realme X50 Pro 5G has 4 rear cameras together with a 2X optical zoom digital camera

 

Realme X50 Pro 5G cameras

The Realme X50 Pro has 4 rear cameras, as is the norm as of late. First up is a 64-megapixel main digital camera primarily based on the Samsung GW1 sensor, with an f/1.Eight aperture. There’s additionally an 8-megapixel f/2.Three wide-angle digital camera which is now pretty widespread even on low-end telephones, however on this case doubles because the macro digital camera. The largest shock right here is the 12-megapixel telephoto digital camera which supplies you 2X optical zoom however has an f/2.5 aperture. Finally, there is a 2-megapixel monochrome depth digital camera. On the entrance of the cellphone we’ve got a 32-megapixel main digital camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle one.

All in all, this appears like Realme checking bins quite than selecting {hardware} that pushes boundaries or delivers killer photographic capabilities. On the opposite hand, Realme is taking part in up many facets of the X50 Pro 5G’s digital camera software program. There’s Night Mode 3.zero with a Tripod setting that allows you to have an publicity so long as 50 seconds if the cellphone is secure. Video stabilisation is carried out on each entrance cameras, and there is additionally steady Portrait Mode for video supplying you with depth results, plus 120fps sluggish movement recording.

The digital camera app is pretty nicely laid out however has some quirks. You can faucet the dots above the shutter button to rapidly change between the wide-angle digital camera, customary, and optical zoom cameras, and there is one other dot for 5X hybrid zoom. You can transcend this to 20X digital zoom, however you would not know this with out long-pressing any of the dots. This brings up a extra granular zoom slider, however unusually it’s important to drag your finger again in the direction of the place the decrease zoom degree dots had been to zoom in farther.

Daylight photographs appeared richly detailed with crisp focus, however barely subdued colors. Slightly grain was seen when reviewing photographs at full measurement. The cellphone did deal with exposures nicely even when taking pictures towards the solar, and we had no hassle utilizing the digital camera app. The wide-angle digital camera works nicely sufficient and distortion on the edges was minimal. Photos are ok to make use of and are not visibly worse than these taken with the first digital camera when seen on the cellphone’s personal display screen, however you may’t anticipate the identical degree of element at full measurement.

Realme X50 Pro 5G daylight digital camera samples (faucet to see full measurement)

 

The telephoto digital camera can also be helpful and the photographs we took at 2X had been positive when it comes to high quality. Things do degrade once you get into the digital and hybrid zoom ranges however within the daytime not less than you may be capable to select some element within the distance.

Top to backside: Realme X50 Pro 5G wide-angle, customary, 2X optical zoom digital camera samples (faucet to see full measurement)

 

 

We had quite a lot of hassle attempting to deal with macro topics and the app did not assist with prompts after we had been attempting to maneuver nearer to or farther away from what we had been taking pictures. Some trial and error could be required, and it would not appear to work nicely for small topics even when the background is within the distance.

On the opposite hand Portrait Mode gave us some very spectacular outcomes, preserving positive particulars on our topics and gently blurring the background to make topics actually stand out. Even with out Portrait Mode, there was some very nice depth of area.

Realme X50 Pro 5G portrait mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

At evening, picture high quality was okay however not all the time nice. We did have to carry very nonetheless as movement blur may very well be a problem due to the shutter staying open very lengthy. Photos had been vivid and hues had been nicely represented although. Strangely, Night Mode gave us some extraordinarily bizarre outcomes with extraordinarily distorted colors, and particulars weren’t improved that a lot in some photographs. We would not depend upon this mode, and we hope software program fixes can handle this sooner or later.

The wide-angle and telephoto cameras each did okay jobs if there was sufficient mild round, and the outcomes had been murky however usable. We did usually discover that the Realme X50 Pro 5G could not determine whether or not to make use of the telephoto digital camera or default again to the first digital camera with a digital zoom, and the viewfinder can be caught visibly and quickly switching between the 2 views. The threshold of sunshine required for the cellphone to determine between these choices may additionally use some tweaking.

Realme X50 Pro 5G low mild digital camera samples (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Our principal grievance with the entrance cameras is that beautification is on by default and it takes quite a lot of tapping to show all of the supposed enhancements off. Photos regarded good even at evening. Edges had been outlined nicely in portait photographs, however backgrounds had been generally overexposed.

You can shoot video at as much as 4K. Stabilisation is not nice although, and video that we shot whereas strolling was very jerky. Colours had been approach overblown and oversaturated at 4K each within the daytime and at evening, making video look synthetic and unsightly. The tone was way more impartial and pure at 1080p. We did discover some shimmer and jerkiness in clips shot at evening, however they had been vivid sufficient and element was surprisingly good whereas noise was below management.

Verdict

The Realme X50 Pro affords 5G with out making it a premium characteristic that it’s important to pay further for. Sure, 5G is not a sensible actuality in India but, however you may be capable to use it when touring overseas and it may’t harm to be prepared. We’d have had reservations if different options had been compromised relative to different telephones at this value degree, however that does not appear to be the case.

This smartphone competes on the similar value degree because the OnePlus 7T and is in some ways extra fashionable and succesful – we do not understand how a lot time Realme should capitalise on its first-mover benefit earlier than the OnePlus Eight collection is introduced, however for now, its lead is obvious.

Among the Realme X50 Pro’s greatest attributes are its super-fast charging, versatile cameras, highly effective processor, and slick general feel and appear. You do not get wi-fi charging or an IP score, and we might have favored a much less slippery again, however these are minor points contemplating the worth.

If options and specs aren’t every little thing, you might take a look at final yr’s Samsung Galaxy S10e (Review) or the more moderen Galaxy S10 Lite (Review). The iQoo 3, from the home of Vivo, affords 5G on one variant and will probably be attention-grabbing to see how that mannequin stacks up. The iPhone XR (Review) may be price contemplating since its value drops to round this degree when it goes on sale.

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