On these pages, we have followed with attention and interest the evolution of the Realme brand over the months. Oppo’s strategy immediately became clear to us: being able to find space in a hyper-crowded market by creating products with an excellent quality/price ratio. So far this strategy has been consolidated mainly by aiming at the low end, that is to say, cheap smartphones; From this review of the new Realme X50 Pro 5G, however, you will soon understand that the Chinese brand has raised the bar, pushing the area of the medium-high range, thus undermining the so-called “flagships”.
The result, once again, is a success, to the point of making this product one of the most interesting smartphones of the whole year.
4Hardware and Display
Realme X50 Pro 5G has a data sheet that contains practically the best that the industry is able to offer right now, starting from Qualcomm’s most powerful SoC: we are obviously talking about the Snapdragon 865, an authentic power monster that, at depending on the configuration, it can be accompanied by 8 or 12GB of RAM. Choosing between the two memory cuts is actually quite simple: unless you have really high needs in terms of multitasking and using very heavy applications, the 8GB is much more than enough to have a perfect user experience.
It is obvious that having top-of-the-range hardware available we can expect uncompromising responsiveness and fluidity, yet with this Realme X50 Pro 5G we had the impression of “something more” from this point of view: we have never really experienced a hesitation even putting it under intense effort, and l The apparent simplicity with which the smartphone has always given us back pleasure in constant use underlines clearly how Oppo has worked with care and attention also on the software.
The storage capacity is also configurable between two options, 128 or 256GB that cannot be expanded: these are UFS 3.0 memories which therefore guarantee very high read and write speeds, consequently also a fundamental part of the overall result. The Realme X50 Pro display is also first-class: it is a6.44-inch Full HD + 2400×1080 pixel OLED, very satisfying in terms of color rendering and brightness even indirect light conditions (Realme declares over 1000 nits).
It should also be underlined how the 90 Hz refresh technology, already adopted by Realme for some months, is present, which further improves the fluidity of the animations; considering that this feature has a significant impact on energy consumption, through options it is also possible to choose to reduce the frequency to 60 Hz. Which, however, we do not recommend, unless you have no autonomy problems.
3Design and aesthetics
The design of the Realme X50 Pro does not reinvent the wheel, but still denotes attention also from this point of view superior to the copy-paste that is often found in the Android market. For example, the rear has a particular glass processing that makes it opaque, a choice from our point of view extremely elegant and at the same time objectively able to offer advantages.
First of all, the grip is firmer and more solid, and secondly, the area is much less subject to attracting fingerprints thus giving a greater feeling of cleanliness. The colors offered are (also in this case) two, or Moss Green and Rust Red: the specimen at our disposal was the latter, a very sober and pleasant bronze.
The front of the smartphone is obviously entirely occupied by the display, with very thin bezels (92% screen-frame ratio). The camera and the front sensors are enclosed in an elongated hole located at the top left, not very small but far from intrusive, to the point that often and willingly with the habit it will happen not to even notice its presence.
Among other things, activating the display, a small animation is displayed with a light effect that moves around the hole of the camera: a pure aesthetic habit without any practical use, but really pleasant and that further emphasizes the attention to detail on this model. The fingerprint sensor is located at the bottom of the screen, very responsive and reliable. In general, Realme X50 Pro, although certainly not a compact phone, is easy to grasp and use, thanks also to the excellent weight distribution and the overall 207 grams.
Historically, the photographic component is the Achilles heel of Realme: for heaven’s sake, nothing disastrous, but the very demanding users from this point of view had necessarily had to look elsewhere.
With Realme X50 Pro there is an evident improvement, even if it remains in this case probably the only element not fully convincing of the smartphone. Let’s get our hands on saying that the product has just arrived on the market and, as often happens, the various software updates of the system bring with its corrections and adjustments in the management of photos and videos. The rear photographic body is composed of 4 sensors, the main 64 MP and the secondary 8+ 12+ 2 for wide-angle, canvases, and portraits.
We can speak well of the main room, because it behaves in a largely satisfactory way in practically every condition, sinning only in suboptimal color reproduction. The secondaries are instead little more than functional, and the difference in quality is noticed even for an inexperienced eye. The videos can be recorded up to 4K 30fps (60 through an update coming out these days), though sacrificing the use of the wide-angle. The selfie cam it is instead from 32MP + 8MP wide-angle, in both cases capable of responding in a valid way to the needs of this type of lens.
1Software and Prices
The work is done on the software also deserves praise, with tangible progress that has led Realme UI to truly become one of the best customizations available on the current market. Obviously the base is Android 10, but the Chinese house has been able to get involved in an intelligent and sensible way, and above all without filling the smartphone with annoyingly redundant applications and services.
We are not at the Android One level, but there is undoubtedly obvious respect for the user and design made with criteria and intelligence. The design is sober, coherent, and has continuity in all menus and components, a factor certainly not taken for granted in the Android environment.
In short, to be a Chinese product it is almost amazing from this point of view. To underline the equipment included in the package, which offers a charger that allows you to make the most of the 65W quick charge; this technology is probably one of the most impactful innovations of the last few years in the sector, and in the specific case of Realme X50 Pro it allows you to reach full charge from scratch in 35 minutes.
An extraordinary convenience for those who make intensive use of the mobile phone. The battery is perhaps not huge, stopping at 4200 mAh, but the good optimization combined with the fast charge makes coverage of the day extremely simple.
Too bad for the absence of wireless charging that would have been the classic icing on the cake. Also as regards connectivity there are no uncertainties, since all the latest technologies are supported including of course the NFC in addition to the 5G, which however few will benefit from at the moment. Audio is also good, with dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos certification.
The list prices finally start from € 599.90 for the 8/128 model, to move to €669.90 of the 8/256 and finally to the € 749.90 of the 12/256. We would certainly recommend the cheapest, possibly moving to the middle one only in the face of particular needs in the storage space.