Realme X2 Pro review

GSMArena team, 25 Oct 2019.

Competition

The Realme X2 Pro falls into the affordable flagship category, and it's probably safe to say that it has the edge over its direct rivals with some hard to find features or, at least, a hard-to-find set of features. We expect the handset to disrupt the European market, and we are even wondering whether Realme is selling this device at a loss. It should align well with the company's strategy to make a name for itself in the crowded smartphone market. Still, there are a few similarly-priced alternatives that spring to mind with the first two coming from the same BBK Electronics umbrella as Realme.

Realme X2 Pro review

The obvious choice for an alternative is the Oppo Reno Ace. Even though we are still working on the review, it's probably safe to say that the Reno Ace and the X2 Pro are pretty much the same phones with a few noticeable differences. They are both powered by the same chipset, ColorOS based on Android Pie, they carry the same battery, have the same 6.5-inch 90Hz OLED screen, and enjoy extremely fast charging speeds. The camera configuration of the Reno Ace is less versatile and probably less appealing, but it does have a microSD card slot and an even faster charging - 65W SuperVOOC vs. 50W SuperVOOC. It will probably all boil down to the camera performance so we should wait for the full review to make the call.

The second offering from the BBK Electronics family is the recently announced OnePlus 7T. Admittedly, it's a considerably pricier device, even if you match its base memory configurations with the X2 Pro (8GB/128GB). So on paper, it wouldn't make sense for you to opt for the OnePlus 7T since the Realme X2 Pro offers similar battery endurance, the same display, the same chipset, considerably faster charging, and similarly great-sounding stereo speakers. However, stock Android fans would most probably appreciate OnePlus' near-stock OxygenOS more along with the swift software updates. It also has a better camera experience all-around. It's up to you to decide whether the extra 150 are worth it.

Oppo Reno Ace OnePlus 7T Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Asus Zenfone 6 ZS630KL
Oppo Reno Ace OnePlus 7T Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Asus Zenfone 6 ZS630KL

Another option worth considering is the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro or also known as the Redmi K20 Pro in some regions. Although rocking a Snapdragon 855 SoC, you probably won't feel much of a difference. What will make a huge difference, though, is the lack of 90Hz refresh rate and the slower, but still fast, charging. The Redmi K20 Pro's advantages are the full-screen display along with the pop-up selfie camera's coolness factor, the superior camera performance, and the marginally longer battery life. Oh, and the price, don't forget the price. Currently, the Redmi K20 Pro sells for 50-60 less in some markets, and it could be enough to push you over to Xiaomi's side.

Realme X2 Pro review

Lastly, the Asus Zenfone 6 is a competent contender in the same price range, or is it? When we reviewed the phone, we were astonished by the set of features it offers for the asking price - a full-screen display, flagship SoC, unrivaled battery life, and a cool flipping camera mechanism. But how things have changed over the summer. Now the Realme X2 Pro is offering an arguably superior display, better camera experience, and versatility, a faster charging, and it goes for about 150 less. It's funny how a few months down the line, the Asus offer is already hard to recommend (unless you are a stock Android die-hard fan).

Verdict

What we could gather from all of this is that the Realme X2 Pro's only aspect that needs improving is the camera. For around the same price of 400-500, depending on the memory configuration, you can get a better camera experience. However, when you add the rest of the features into the mix, you can hardly do any better than the Realme. It checks all the right boxes in one fell swoop.

Realme X2 Pro review

The X2 Pro is unrivaled in the affordable flagship category with top-notch performance, big 90Hz OLED screen, nice-sounding stereo speakers, premium build, stupid-fast 50W charging, long battery life, and the much-beloved 3.5mm audio jack. Perhaps the lack of microSD card support might put off some potential buyers, but the 128GB storage variant isn't much pricier than the 64GB model. And you get speedier UFS 3.0 flash storage too.

At this price, it's an offer that's hard to pass on. The Realme X2 Pro is a no-brainer and will give the other big companies in the European market a run for their money. Let's hope Realme has enough of those babies produced to meet the holiday season's demand.

Pros

  • Bright and smooth 90Hz class-leading OLED panel with a minimal notch
  • One of the best under-display fingerprint readers around
  • Versatile quad-camera setup with a 64MP main camera
  • Dependable battery life
  • Crazy-fast 50W SuperVOOC fast charging, also supports USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4.0+
  • Extremely loud, great-sounding stereo loudspeakers
  • 3.5mm audio jack is intact

Cons

  • The ultra-wide and the telephoto cameras are unimpressive and can't record 4K video
  • The Nightscape (night mode) camera mode needs more work
  • The phone gets rather warm when charged with its original 50W wall charger
  • No microSD slot
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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

hey, I just bought a realme x2 pro in europe and it costs 399€ all the way up to 499€ . depending on wich ram and memory you want.

  • I'mPhone

Not all markets will sell both devices. Can't get OnePlus in SE Asia markets. And in SE Asia, Realmes are quite cheap. An equivalent of around €520-€540 in my country will get you that X2 Pro

Brainwashed by realme to not buy oneplus and buy realme.. thats like a fruit vender saying, "don't buy my costly Mangoes, get the bananas from me, sweeter deal" ... The money is going to the same person in the end, albeit Via different route