realme, a relatively new brand in the smartphone space, is now entering the premium flagship smartphones with the new realme X2 Pro. Yes, the highly anticipated premium smartphone by realme is here on our hands – and today, we’ll go in-depth and test out the performance and features that it has to offer.
Thanks a bunch to realme Malaysia for allowing us to get the device early so that we can prepare this review for you! ✌
Want to watch our unboxing of the realme X2 Pro? Then check out our beautiful video down below. We filmed it all within a few hours on the same we got the realme X2 Pro – because we’re too excited about it!
In short, the box that the realme X2 Pro comes in is quite simple. Nothing particularly special about it.
Opening up and digging out everything reveals that the contents are pretty much as expected:
- realme X2 Pro
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- SuperVOOC charger
- Smoked TPU case
The realme X2 Pro comes in two different colors – Neptune Blue and also Lunar White, and we got the latter color for this review. The Lunar White does remind me of pearl white color as it is not purely white and has some streaks of other colors as well. But then again, I don’t recommend using the TPU case here as it totally defeats the beauty of the phone.
Specifically on the Lunar White version, the metal frame of the phone has a silver matte finish. Combined with the white back, the realme X2 Pro looks absolutely stunning and shouts premium look all over. Best of all, the metal frame isn’t rounded throughout. Have a look at this to know what we mean.
Connectivity & Ports
The realme X2 Pro, being the company’s top of the line smartphone, comes with quite an impressive list of connectivity options. It obviously supports AC-WiFi for high-speed video streaming, and also comes with NFC. However, it does not have an IR blaster like its competitor – but that’s okay since IR blasters are rarely used anyway.
Opening up the SIM tray reveals that there are only two nano SIM card slots. To some, the lack of a microSD card slot may be an issue – but we think it should be alright.
realme also opted for a metal power button that has a tiny slit that is filled with the realme yellow color. This is a nice touch to both aesthetics and tactility as I can know where the power button is located by feeling for this slit.
On the left side of the phone is where the volume buttons are found. Both the volume up and down buttons are made out of metal and have nice tactile feedback with every click. Nice touch.
At the bottom of the phone is where we can find the 3.5mm audio jack, the microphone, the USB-C port, and also the loudspeaker. The realme X2 Pro has a stereo speaker setup, by the way. The earpiece above the notch is also a speaker though the sound quality is not particularly great.
The realme X2 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels in resolution with 90Hz refresh rate, alongside a waterdrop notch at the top. And yes, it is manufactured by Samsung since it is using the Super AMOLED name.
This display is also one of the brightest as it can go up to 1,000 nits. I know this because it literally blinded me when I turned it to 100% brightness for the photoshoot.
The screen looks absolutely fantastic. Some might say that the colors are too saturated and that is because the default color profile is set to vivid. You can use sRGB color profile by heading on to the settings menu.
The realme X2 Pro is also a smartphone that has a quadruple-camera setup alongside with its 64MP main camera. Yes, this smartphone is also using Samsung’s 64MP camera sensor with the model number of GW1. Here are the specs of each camera on the realme X2 Pro:
- Main: 64MP f/1.8 with PDAF
- Telephoto: 13MP f/2.5 with PDAF, 2x optical zoom
- Ultrawide angle: 8MP f/2.2 with PDAF
- Depth sensor
How does the camera actually perform? Check out the pictures down below – and you can also head on to our Shutterfly album to view the pictures in full size with its metadata.
Firstly, the cameras on the realme X2 Pro does take good pictures for social media. The ultrawide angle, the main camera, and also the telephoto – they all take good pictures out of the box.
But the problem comes when we zoomed into the picture… and then the lack of details start to show up. With the 64MP camera, we took a picture and zoomed in to 100% and well, it looks like painting. This happened to all pictures taken in 64MP and we know that realme can fix this with an update.
As for the night mode, the pictures turned out to be quite okay. I love the colors and contrast of the picture took with Nightscape mode, but the lack of details is present here as well.
Yeah, for this part, I suggest you to watch our video here. realme introduces this new “Ultra Video Stabilization”. Technically, it’s EIS – but realme implemented this feature to both the rear and front-facing camera.
The overall stabilization looks fine, though the colors look a little washed out by default. After some color calibration, then it looks okay.
However, there is no option to disable stabilization. That’s a problem for those who want to use a gimbal with the realme X2 Pro as the video will be overcompensated and create more bumps.
You can enable Ultra Steady mode as well – but that introduces some blocks of color artifacting. Hence, I suggest not to use this feature.
Software – Android 9.0 Pie with Color OS 6.1
So far, ColorOS 6 has been fine with me. It simplified many parts of the interface, making it much easier to use – especially the aggregation of camera modes into a single hamburger menu. The settings menu is tidy enough and I can find the options I am looking for without any issues.
I also believe that even with a 90Hz refresh rate screen, there should be an option to switch between 60Hz and 90Hz quickly and easily. Unfortunately, you’ll have to head on to the display menu in the settings and tune it for each app. This is where I think the ColorOS 6.1 needs a bit of improvement.
However, the Game Space does have options to block all notifications, have “photorealistic enhancements”, locking brightness, and also smart resolution adjustment. You can also enable “competitive mode” which just boosts it to high-performance mode.
Performance & Gaming
The realme X2 Pro also comes with a list of hardware that is just shockingly powerful. The specific model of the realme X2 Pro that we have here comes with these specs:
- 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with waterdrop notch
- 2400×1080 pixels in resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset
- 12GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 256GB of internal storage (UFS 3.0)
- Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
- 4,000mAh battery
This is the second smartphone in our labs that is using the Snapdragon 855+ chipset, and the performance is pretty much similar to the ASUS ROG Phone 2. Do take note that we can only achieve these results by turning on performance mode.
We also redid the benchmarks without performance mode, and here are the results.
Obviously no issues here. We threw all our best games on the phone and it can run without any issues. However, the main issue here is the lack of proper 90Hz support. Games like PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile both run at 60Hz at most. That means you’ll have to head on to the display settings and tune it per-game.
Moreover, many of the buttons on the Game Assistant outright don’t work. PUBG Mobile is the game that is highlighted as “game engine supported” but the 4D vibration, voice changer, photorealistic enhancement, and gamepad do not work. Luckily, the phone doesn’t need those extra features to look, feel, and perform greatly even while running on the highest graphical settings.
By the way, I selected “low power mode” in Game Space, and both PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile ran smoothly at 60fps on the highest graphical settings. So might as well save some battery while gaming?
Battery & Charger
The battery capacity of the realme X2 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh battery, which is pretty much the standard in terms of smartphone batteries these days. To maximize its battery life, we changed it over to 60Hz for this battery life benchmark. Here is the result.
Comparing between 60Hz and 90Hz, the battery life is about an hour difference. From our data, we can propagate that this means either lasting you throughout the full day, or not. This is why we said that dynamically changing between 60Hz and 90Hz is important. Many apps still do not support 90Hz, and I also don’t see a point of scrolling through Facebook at 90Hz. Putting the per-app refresh rate selection at the settings menu isn’t doing us a favor either.
That charger though. The realme X2 Pro comes with SuperVOOC – which is one of the highest-powered smartphone charger right now. It outputs up to 10V 5A and totals up to 50W. That is 5 times more powerful than the standard smartphone chargers available in the market right now!
The charger isn’t that much larger than other chargers too – but, that 50W charging speed is just intense. It crushed all other chargers that we used before.
And it took only half an hour to charge completely! Seriously – the charging speed is just way too fast to fathom. To learn more about the SuperVOOC, click here.
Wrapping up the realme X2 Pro review
The realme X2 Pro is a great smartphone. There are not many frills overall and you can get great performance out of the box. If you turn on performance mode, then you can get even more performance out of it. Though, it can run games just fine without performance mode – so save yourself some battery.
I do wish that switching between 60Hz and 90Hz is easier, and have the system to run at 60Hz while Game Space dictates which app to run at 90Hz instead. That’s more of personal preference because I don’t need the system UI to run at 90Hz anyway.
For the price of RM2,399, I think it truly depends on your needs. If you need a phone that has the latest and greatest hardware – namely 90Hz refresh rate and Snapdragon 855+ alongside with a supremely quick 50W charger, then the price shouldn’t matter – just buy the realme X2 Pro.