Realme X50 Pro 5G review: Flagship killer with Insane 65W Fast Charging
5G war has already started in India, and brands want to get 5G-ready phones in the hands of consumers, irrespective of the network availability in the country. Realme is the first brand in India to bring a 5G phone to the masses. iQOO also recently took the wraps off its 5G phone, and OnePlus too is all set to launch a 5G-ready device.
The Chinese smartphone company Realme is all set to launch a new smartphone in India. The company will be hosting a global launch of Realme X50 Pro 5G in the country on February 24. The device was planned to unveil at the MWC 2020 which has now been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The mobile device is teased to be India’s first 5G smartphone, which will be unveiled in India as well as before the world for the first time. This will happen even before the company’s home market launch in China. Realme will be hosting a live launch event in New Delhi on February 24. The launch event will be live-streamed, which will begin at 2.30 PM onwards. To announce the arrival of the smartphone Realme India’ Chief Madhav Sheth.
Design and experience
The glass-sandwich design has been played out an awful lot, and this phone looks perhaps too much like other Realme phones. The main design carryover is the camera module on the back. It’s positioned almost identically across Realme phones. This means that, from a distance, the X50 Pro 5G doesn’t look much different from a Realme 5 Pro. It does, however, feel far better in the hand than previous efforts. The rear glass curves into the metal frame, which itself helps you grip the phone due to the plain finish.
A couple of subtle features have been switched up to make the device feel more unique. To start, the rear glass is an understated, matte affair with some interesting color options. We have the Moss Green variant, and you can also get Rust Red. These colors change shades depending on how the light catches the phone. It’s really rather nice. The downside is that the finish is rather slippery, which is something to watch out for.
What impressed me most is the build quality of the X50 Pro 5G. I’ve not used a Realme phone that’s felt this solid before. There aren’t any rattles or creaks, and the buttons are clicky and tactile. At 207g, the device feels hefty and solid, like you could do some serious damage with it! That said, there isn’t any kind of IP certification, meaning that you’ll have to be careful with the device near liquids.
The bottom features a USB-C port, a microphone, the main speaker, and the dual-SIM card slot. At the top, there’s a microphone. On the left, there are separate volume buttons. On the right, there’s a color-accented power button. It has a gold-colored insert for added flare.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G has a 6.44-inch FHD+ Samsung Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. It also has a punch-hole design on the top left corner.
Specifications And Software
It is enabled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is also a brand new flagship processor, which we’re very eager to test. It’s built around four Qualcomm Kryo 585 Silver efficiency cores running at 1.8GHz, three performance Kryo 585 Gold cores at 2.42GHz, and one additional Kryo 585 Gold core running at up to 2.82GHz. There’s also the top-end Adreno 650 integrated GPU, and improved subsystems for the cameras, AI processing, gaming, ambient sensors, audio, and more.
Display quality is also one of the X50 Pro 5G’s selling points. Realme has used a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED HDR10+ panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and 1080×2400 pixel resolution. You can set the refresh rate to 60Hz, 90Hz, or Auto, to balance performance and battery life. Speaking of which, the battery capacity is 4200mAh and Realme claims it can be charged from zero to 100 percent in just 35 minutes using the included 65W ‘SuperDart’ charger.
Realme offers the X50 Pro 5G in three variants: the base offering priced at Rs. 37,999 has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage; you can step up to 8GB of RAM with the same 128GB of storage for Rs. 39,999; and the top-end option gives you 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage, but it will set you back by Rs. 44,999.
The one problem to note here is that relatively few games support the 90Hz display. This isn’t Realme’s fault. There are still mobile game developers that refuse to develop for high refresh rate displays. Fortnite and PUBG Mobile are particularly annoying in this respect. The phone defaults to 60Hz for these games.
I noticed just one performance issue with the X50 Pro 5G: the camera app would crash and restart every so often. It wasn’t every time that I used the camera. This is something that could presumably be fixed in a software update.
What is worth noting is how 65W SuperDart charges the phone vs. 50W SuperVOOC. This new SuperDart charger was slightly slower to 90%, but then much slower from 90% to 100%. The full 0% to 100% charge took 46 minutes, whilst 0 to 90% took just 30. This is very likely a battery-health saving measure. It seems to trickle charge the last 10% to maintain battery health.
Realme started out using ColorOS on its phones, which did not provide the best user experience. For example, it saddled users with non-removable bloatware and a less-than-mature design aesthetic.
It’s safe to say that Realme has found its footing with RealmeUI. This user experience is based on Android 10, making it up-to-date and current. That modern feeling is obvious throughout the system. The notification shade, the settings menu, and the app drawer, for example, all feel closer to stock.
But the best bit, by a country mile, is the reduction of pre-installed bloatware — specifically the infamous Hot Apps folder. It’s gone. RealmeUI is now at a point where I could compare this to Samsung’s OneUI, which is to say that this UI is pretty damn good.
The Realme X50 Pro has four rear cameras, as is the norm these days. First up is a 64-megapixel primary camera based on the Samsung GW1 sensor, with an f/1.8 aperture. There’s also an 8-megapixel f/2.3 wide-angle camera which is now fairly common even on low-end phones, but in this case doubles as the macro camera. The biggest surprise here is the 12-megapixel telephoto camera which gives you 2X optical zoom but has an f/2.5 aperture. Finally, there’s a 2-megapixel monochrome depth camera. On the front of the phone we have a 32-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle one. There’s Night Mode 3.0 with a Tripod setting that lets you have an exposure as long as 50 seconds if the phone is stable. Video stabilisation is implemented on both front cameras, and there’s also continuous Portrait Mode for video giving you depth effects, plus 120fps slow motion recording.
Rear cameras: Realme X50 Pro 5G sports four cameras at the back – 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with 20x zoom and an aperture of f/1.8 and 6P lens; 8MP ultra-wide-angle & macro camera with a FOV of 119 degrees and f/2.3 aperture and 5P lens; a 12MP telephoto sensor with an aperture of f/2.5; 2MP B&W portrait camera with a FOV 88.8 degrees and an aperture of f/2.4.
Front cameras: On the front, there are two cameras on the Realme X50 Pro 5G. One of them is a 32-megapixel wide-angle sensor and another one is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens.
Can I buy the Realme X50 Pro 5G?
When you consider that the only real rivals to this device are the OnePlus 7T and Realme X2 Pro, the X50 Pro 5G starts to look like a pretty good option, you’re getting 5G connectivity, a more premium build, and the latest silicon.
If features and specifications aren’t everything, you could check out the more recent The iQoo 3, from the house of Vivo, offers 5G on one variant and it will be interesting to see how that model stacks up. The iPhone XR (Review) could also be worth considering since its price drops to around this level when it goes on sale.
- Packed out specs
- Low-ish price
- Superb build quality
- 65W SuperDart charging
Slightly dated design
Camera is not good enough for the price
|Model||X50 Pro 5G|
|Release date||24th February 2020|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||158.96 x 74.24 x 8.90|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4200|
|Colours||Moss Green, Rust Red|
|Screen size (inches)||6.44|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|Rear camera||64-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (f/2.3) + 12-megapixel (f/2.5) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Front camera||32-megapixel (f/2.5) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Operating system||Android 10|
|Skin||Realme UI 1.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.10|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|In-Display Fingerprint Sensor||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Realme X50 Pro 5G Price
Realme X50 Pro is available starting at Rs 37,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and Rs 39,999 for the model with 8GB RAM. The maxed-out X50 Pro has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage and is priced at Rs 44,999 in India.
It is available to purchase from the Realme India store and Flipkart. It comes in two colors– Moss Green and Rust Red.