Realme X50 Pro 5G review: Flagship-class specs at a mid-range price Review

Nancy J. Delong

Smartphones from Realme have not experienced considerably of a appear-in below at ZDNet, but we’re putting that right with the Realme X50 Professional 5G, a flagship-course 5G handset with a cost tag that belies what is actually underneath the hood. For £699 (inc. VAT), you get a Snapdragon 865 chipset […]

Smartphones from Realme have not experienced considerably of a appear-in below at ZDNet, but we’re putting that right with the Realme X50 Professional 5G, a flagship-course 5G handset with a cost tag that belies what is actually underneath the hood. For £699 (inc. VAT), you get a Snapdragon 865 chipset with 12GB of RAM, 256GB of inside storage, a six.forty four-inch 90Hz display screen and 65W fast charging. You can find an 8GB/128GB choice for £569, too. So where’s the catch?

Realme is a manufacturer of the Chinese firm BBK Electronics, and as these is a stablemate of Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus. Various Realme phones are accessible in the British isles, but the X50 Professional 5G leads the line. Unfortunately I wasn’t capable to exam the 5G component because of to lockdown and a lack of protection in my element of South London, so all we can do is be aware that this handset has a diploma of foreseeable future-proofing.

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The six.forty four-inch X50 Professional 5G operates on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of inside storage. There are twin entrance cameras (large and ultra-large angle).


Graphic: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Any six.forty four-inch handset is likely to be big, but the X50 Professional 5G doesn’t try any nifty methods to disguise its bulk: it really is on the thick aspect at eight.9mm, and also rather weighty at 205g. By way of comparison, the OnePlus eight Professional is eight.5mm thick and weighs 199g. But the OnePlus handset has a six.seventy eight-inch display screen and is taller (165.3mm vs 158.96mm), while the widths are very similar (seventy four.3mm vs seventy four.24). The OnePlus eight Professional appears to be neater many thanks to the curvature of its prolonged edges and curved display screen, whilst the x50 Professional 5G’s display screen is flat. Over-all, the OnePlus eight Professional appears to be smarter and feels much more comfy in the hand, but is much more high-priced (£799/$899 for 8GB/128GB, £899/$999 for 12GB/256GB).

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The electricity button has a gold accent, whilst the lozenge housing the 4 rear digicam lenses is framed in silver.


Graphic: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet  

Flip the X50 Professional 5G above and you will see possibly a Rust Purple or a Moss Green backplate. My evaluate device experienced the latter, and it really is a pleasingly demure colour for a cell phone. The finish is matte and admirably resistant to fingerprints, while it is rather slippery.

The chunky prolonged edges are populated by a pair of volume buttons on the left edge and a electricity button on the right, the latter adorned with a gold swatch along its centre. There is even more metallic highlighting on the back, this time in silver, to body the digicam lozenge and for the branding and other text. Either silver or gold would have labored perfectly employing the two is overkill, in my view.

The display screen has a lozenge in the prime left corner housing a pair of entrance cameras, of which much more afterwards. The structure isn’t really bezel cost-free, notably at the bottom: Realme statements a 92% display screen-to-body ratio, while our calculations place it at 84.eight%.

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The six.forty four-inch AMOLED panel has a resolution of two,400 by one,080 pixels (409ppi), which brightens up the knowledge of searching world-wide-web web pages, wanting at movie and examining ebooks. Movie consumption is improved by a great twin speaker array that pushes out seem from the two finishes of the chassis. Audio is rather loud, and quite bassy. The handset also options a 90Hz display screen refresh fee — a prime-conclude element that will issue most to players and movie viewers.

Considering the mid-range cost, the X50 Professional 5G’s important specs are remarkable. For £699 you get Qualcomm’s prime-of-the-range Snapdragon 865 chipset with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of inside storage, whilst £569 receives you the similar chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. I experienced the prime-conclude product, and right out of the box 18GB of storage was utilised leaving 238GB cost-free.

Benchmark overall performance was suitably extraordinary, with Geekbench five reporting scores of 915 (solitary core) and 3235 (multi core) — quite very similar to the 12GB OnePlus eight Professional, which scored 907 and 3375 respectively. Snapdragon 856 handsets presently head up the Geekbench rankings for Android handsets.

As much as battery daily life is anxious, the X50 Professional 5G’s four,200mAh battery  lasted for nine several hours two minutes underneath the Computer Mark rundown exam. Which is quite very similar to the OnePlus eight Professional, whose four,510mAh battery managed nine several hours 19 minutes. For the duration of tests I experienced no difficulty receiving by a entire working day, and charging is fast and quick many thanks to 65W SuperDart Demand know-how, which Realme claims will entirely demand a depleted battery in 35 minutes. I uncovered that ten- to fifteen-minute bursts of demand when the battery bought to forty% or reduce was plenty of to keep the handset ticking above. 

If you prepare to perform the X50 Professional 5G hard (most probable by pushing the processor in gaming periods), the Vapor Cooling Program — a vapor chamber, silica and copper foil sandwiched in between triple-layer graphite — provides a in depth heat dissipation system. Though I failed to game for several hours on conclude, I failed to observe the handset get even vaguely heat at any time. 

Other important specs involve guidance for two SIMs, a snappy in-display screen fingerprint sensor and Wi-Fi six. If you’re wanting for faults, you will find no IP score for dust and drinking water resistance, and those people who like a 3.5mm headset jack will be disappointed. 

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Realme UI: icon styler settings (left) and the swipe-out Clever Sidebar.


Photos: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

The Realme X50 Professional 5G operates on Android ten with the Realme UI sitting on prime. The common look is pretty clear, with the bespoke UI featuring a range of tweaks and extras. For instance, through setup you can make a selection in between unique icon models to assistance to personalise the handset’s appear. A Clever Sidebar can be popped up with a slide inwards from the right edge of the display screen, featuring a range of configurable shortcuts to apps and settings. This is unique only in name from the Brief Instruments popout uncovered on Oppo handsets like the Locate X2 Professional.

As noted previously, there are two cameras at the entrance — 32MP f/two.five large angle and 8MP f/two.two ultra-large angle (105°). If you’re into innovative selfies, the X50 Professional 5G provides you much more scope than most handsets. There are 4 much more cameras at the back: 64MP f/one.eight large angle, 12MP f/two.five telephoto (2x optical, 20x electronic zoom), 8MP f/two.3 ultra-large angle (119°) and macro (3cm aim), and a 2MP f/two.four monochrome depth sensor. 

It can be difficult in the recent circumstances, with restrictions on outdoor action, to exam the cameras entirely. However, preliminary impressions advise moderately great level-and-shoot capacity, while image excellent suffers in small gentle ailments. The quoted 20x electronic zoom was disappointing: pictures were blurred and unusable even for social media. Steer apparent. 

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Graphic: Realme

Conclusions 

The Realme X50 Professional 5G is an impressively perfectly specified handset, offered its mid-range cost. The structure may not be at the major edge, and the cameras go away a little bit to be wanted if you want to do much more than level-and-shoot, but you will find a ton to like below: a prime-conclude chipset, a good deal of RAM and storage, a great six.forty four-inch display screen, great battery daily life and fast charging, Wi-Fi six and 5G. If prime-notch cameras and an IP score are not on your ‘must have’ list, then the Realme X50 Professional 5G could be a bargain purchase.

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