Realme is stepping up its recreation with its newest providing, the Realme X2 Professional. With a beginning value of Rs. 29,999, the Realme X2 Professional affords lots of the options present in higher-priced mid-range flagships, which mechanically boosts its worth proposition. That is additionally the corporate’s first ‘true’ flagship providing, and is the primary time that Realme is venturing above the over-Rs. 20,000 value section in India. Thus far, the corporate has earned a fame for making budget-friendly telephones, however with the X2 Professional, can it persuade its fanbase and new potential consumers to spend this a lot cash for its top-end providing? We have been testing the X2 Professional for a few week, and it is now time to see if this premium smartphone has managed to tug it off.
Realme X2 Professional design
We have lined a lot of the design and value points of the Realme X2 Pro in our first impressions of it, so we’ll be transient right here. Realme has lastly moved past the polycarbonate our bodies we have seen to date on its telephones, for an aluminium physique with Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front. This makes the X2 Professional really feel superb to carry. All the things is put collectively properly. The system generally is a little slippery and the glass again attracts smudges simply, however the bundled case ought to assist with each these minor points.
The brand new Neptune Blue color appears to be like nice in our opinion and helps this cellphone stand out. The X2 Professional can also be obtainable as a Grasp Version, in ‘Purple Brick’ and ‘Concrete’ finishes. The brand new distinguished placement of the Realme brand, adjoining to the digicam module, is a daring selection, however helps this cellphone stand out from the remainder of Realme’s choices, in a manner. Button placement is nice, and you will find the headphone socket, a USB Sort-C port, and a speaker on the underside. The earpiece additionally doubles as a second speaker for stereo sound, which is a welcome function.
Realme telephones have historically had good shows, and it is the identical story with the Realme X2 Professional. This cellphone has a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a claimed 500nits of sustained brightness and 1000nits of peak brightness. The show is sharp, viewing angles are good, and colors have good saturation. What’s particular although, is that this show can run at 90Hz as a substitute of the same old 60Hz. This larger refresh fee affords a extra fluid really feel when scrolling via content material, whether or not in Android’s UI or in apps. The X2 Professional has slim borders across the show (together with the underside chin) and a comparatively shallow notch — all of which reminds us lot of the OnePlus 7T (Review).
The vertically organized rear digicam module creates a little bit of bump on the again of this cellphone, however that may be evened out with the usage of a case. The Realme X2 Professional is a bit on the thicker aspect at 8.7mm however the curved again tries to compensate for this. It is also fairly heavy at practically 200g however the weight is distributed properly so the cellphone does not really feel too unbalanced.
The retail field of the Realme X2 Professional comprises a 50W SuperVOOC wall charger plus the same old equipment equivalent to an information cable, a SIM eject instrument, a case, a guaranty leaflet, and a fast begin information. The cellphone ships with a display screen guard pre-applied however you continue to do not get any earphones or a headset within the field.
Realme X2 Professional specs and software program
As we said earlier than, the Realme X2 Professional is a correct flagship which implies it makes use of Qualcomm’s top-end processor — the Snapdragon 855+ SoC. This is similar chip utilized in a number of latest mid-range flagships such because the Asus ROG Phone 2 (Review) and the OnePlus 7T. It is a barely souped-up revision of the unique Snapdragon 855, with larger clock speeds for the one quick CPU core and the GPU.
The Realme X2 Professional is offered in two variants in India; one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 29,999, and the second with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 33,999. We’re reviewing the lower-priced possibility immediately. Each variants use the newer UFS 3.zero storage customary. Realme additionally says it has used a brand new tactile linear vibration motor for extra nuanced haptic suggestions, and a vapour chamber cooling system for the CPU. Different specs embody dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, help for 3 satellite tv for pc navigation methods, and all of the anticipated sensors.
The Realme X2 Professional lacks expandable storage, similar to the Realme X (Review). The cellphone can accommodate two Nano-SIMs, and twin 4G VoLTE is supported. You additionally get an optical in-display fingerprint sensor and customisable unlock animations. Face unlock is supported, and works properly even in low gentle. The X2 Professional affords NFC and contactless fee choices, though the latter is not of a lot use right here in India since providers equivalent to Google Pay do not use it.
The Realme X2 Professional ships with ColorOS 6.1, based mostly on Android 9. This model has some new options equivalent to a darkish mode and Google’s Digital Wellbeing app. Our unit had the November safety patch preinstalled, which is nice. The feel and appear of the interface is similar as what we have seen on different latest Realme telephones. You get the identical customisation choices, gestures, and shortcuts, and even the identical preinstalled apps equivalent to Sport House and ORoaming. Realme’s App Market has the tendency to spam your notifications with promotions, however this may be turned off within the app’s settings. There are additionally nonetheless loads of preinstalled third-party apps, and you’ll uninstall all of them.
The X2 Professional has Widevine L1 DRM certification which implies there are no restrictions on the streaming decision in apps equivalent to Netflix. Darkish Mode continues to be a “labs” function nevertheless it labored properly in our expertise. It is enabled for all put in apps by default, however you may manually disable it if wanted. There’s additionally help for Dolby Atmos, which works when taking part in audio via the audio system in addition to wired or wi-fi headphones.
Realme X2 Professional efficiency and battery life
We did not have any main complaints with the Realme X2 Professional for day by day utilization. We obtained accustomed to its heft and weight after some time, so that they weren’t large offers. We discovered the show to have superb daylight legibility and the audio system get actually loud, so alerts are simply audible even in noisy public areas. We did not face any points with name high quality both. The fingerprint sensor and face recognition did their jobs reliably in our assessments. The AMOLED panel permits you to benefit from an always-on-display mode, however its use is restricted because it solely reveals notifications from sure default apps.
The cellphone ran cool generally however the sides and again obtained fairly heat when gaming and even with heavy digicam utilization. This was noticeable particularly on scorching days, however we did additionally really feel it when testing the cellphone indoors, in an air-conditioned workplace. A case ought to dampen this impact a little bit bit nevertheless it’s nonetheless one thing to concentrate on.
The stereo audio system on the Realme X2 Professional sound nice. The underside one is little louder than the earpiece however you continue to get an honest stereo impact. In movies with Dolby Atmos-encoded audio, the encompass impact is considerably perceptible. Full-HD and higher-resolution movies look sharp, and colors have good saturation.
ColorOS has a video enhancer known as ‘OSIE Imaginative and prescient’ which affords a slight increase in brightness and distinction, so video appears to be like a bit extra vivid. We have seen earlier than as an possibility on the Realme XT, nevertheless it by no means actually labored there. On the X2 Professional, it’s practical and could be enabled for a handful of apps equivalent to MXPlayer, TikTok, and Amazon Prime Video. You possibly can toggle this impact on or off by way of a slide-out menu.
The highly effective processor within the Realme X2 Professional permits it to deal with heavy video games and multitasking. We tried heavy titles equivalent to PUBG Cellular and Name of Obligation: Cellular, each of which ran simply nice with the visuals cranked up. Video games equivalent to Rayman: Adventures also can benefit from the 90Hz show. The cellphone did get heat once we had been taking part in video games, however to not an uncomfortable extent. Benchmark numbers had been fairly strong too. We obtained a rating of 4,59,562 factors in AnTuTu, whereas the T-Rex check in GFXbench returned 60fps.
The X2 Professional has a 4000mAh battery, which was reliable. On common, we simply obtained a few day and a half of runtime on a single cost. This is able to dip once we had been testing the digicam closely or taking part in a whole lot of video games, and even then we obtained via a full day comfortably. In our battery loop check, the Realme X2 Professional ran for a complete of 14 hours and 49 minutes, with the display screen set to 90Hz.
Charging is especially spectacular. With the bundled SuperVOOC charger, we managed to completely cost the battery from zero in solely about 31 minutes. The excellent news is that you simply’re not simply restricted to Realme’s proprietary charging customary, because the X2 Professional additionally helps Qualcomm’s Fast Cost 3.zero and USB Energy Supply for comparatively quick charging.
Realme X2 Professional cameras
The Realme X2 Professional makes use of the identical 64-megapixel f/1.Eight main digicam because the Realme XT, however with totally different companion sensors. The two-megapixel macro digicam has been ditched for a extra helpful 13-megapixel telephoto digicam. That is able to 2X optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom, and a complete of 20X digital zoom. There’s additionally an 8-megapixel wide-angle digicam with an f/2.2 aperture and a 115-degree discipline of view, and at last a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is no optical stabilisation on any of the cameras, however your do get digital stabilisation for video.
The digicam app in ColorOS 6.1 has some new options. Nightscape now works for the selfie digicam; you may lastly regulate the extent of background blur in Portrait mode; and the wide-angle digicam can be utilized to shoot video. Realme has additionally added an ‘Extremely Regular’ taking pictures mode, very like what we noticed on the Oppo Reno 2 (Review), for enhanced stabilisation.
The first sensor captures 16-megapixel oversampled images by default. Below good gentle, our samples regarded detailed. Colors had been vivid and HDR did a superb job of balancing the exposures of sunshine and darkish areas. Objects to the perimeters of the body exhibited noticeable grain however objects within the focus space did not have this subject. You possibly can shoot on the full 64-megapixel decision in case you want the next diploma of zoom afterward. Portrait mode labored properly too, with good edge detection.
The telephoto digicam captured good particulars and colors in daylight. The 5x hybrid zoom labored properly and managed respectable ranges of element beneath good gentle. Finer textual content and smaller objects appeared a little bit blurry once we actually zoomed into a picture shot at this (5x) magnification degree, nevertheless it regarded good as is. Utilizing the total 20x zoom vary, the extent of element dropped considerably, however largish textual content and greater objects had been nonetheless recognisable so it was considerably helpful. On the highest zoom degree, the digicam app helped us preserve the picture within the viewfinder regular, however you will want be very nonetheless to keep away from movement blur.
The wide-angle digicam saved barrel distortion across the sides of frames to a minimal, however particulars and color accuracy had been noticeably weaker in comparison with photographs taken with the telephoto or the first cameras. Colors regarded a bit paler and objects weren’t as sharp. This sensor is used when taking pictures Extremely Macro images. As soon as once more, you will want regular palms, as taking pictures from very near your topic is hard. Picture high quality is nice although, when you have ample gentle round.
In low gentle, images captured by the first digicam regarded good. There was good element, colors had been punchy, and noise was beneath management. Darkish areas tended to look a little bit hazy however this was fixable utilizing the Nightscape taking pictures mode. This additionally took care of minor gentle metering points which we detected when taking pictures in Auto mode. Nightscape was the handiest when there have been respectable gentle sources round. Nevertheless, it tended to make darkish scenes artificially vivid and particulars had been typically worse than when taking pictures within the Auto mode.
The wide-angle digicam was understandably weaker in low-light photographs as a result of its slender f/2.2 aperture. You need to use Nightscape for this sensor too, which helped us get extra usable images. In weak lighting circumstances, the X2 Professional does not swap to the telephoto digicam if you attempt to zoom in, as a substitute merely utilizing 2x or 5x digital zoom. Nevertheless, if attempt to zoom in all the best way to 20x, it would truly swap to the telephoto digicam irrespective of sunshine circumstances.
The 16-megapixel selfie digicam wasn’t too spectacular. Exposures had been a little bit of a hit-or-miss and when taking pictures towards the sunshine, and HDR wasn’t dealt with very successfully. Switching to Portrait mode, the digicam saved 8-megapixel photographs, however vivid areas had been all the time blown out and edge detection was fairly poor. In low gentle, particulars had been a little bit mushy, however the brand new Nightscape mode helped repair the color accuracy and lightweight metering a bit. The display screen flash is pretty highly effective however picture high quality was as soon as once more fairly common.
Due to the highly effective SoC, the Realme X2 Professional can shoot as much as 4K 60fps movies. Video high quality was good in daylight, and picture stabilisation labored decently properly, even at 4K. With Extremely Regular enabled, the view from the first digicam is cropped closely, and it shoots at 1080p 60fps by default. The stabilisation was as soon as once more respectable however not nice, as minor jerkiness was nonetheless noticeable. Movies photographs utilizing the wide-angle digicam had respectable element and was additionally stabilised.
Sluggish-motion video is offered at 480fps and 960fps, apart from the usual 240fps. Larger frame-rate movies are recorded at 720p, so picture high quality was fairly common. The cellphone can solely shoot quick bursts at 960fps.
The X2 Professional wants a whole lot of enchancment in terms of video recording in low gentle. Whether or not at 1080p or 4K, there was a lot of noise and artefacting in darkish areas. We additionally seen some unnatural artefacting round gentle sources, and the stabilisation triggered very evident shimmer once we walked. The wide-angle digicam shot significantly darker footage, as a result of its narrower aperture.
The Realme X2 Professional is a superb providing at Rs. 29,999. You basically get a lot of the options of the OnePlus 7T, barring the leaner software program, at a way more inexpensive value. The upper-end variant continues to be good worth, as even at Rs. 33,999 for the 12GB RAM model, it is nonetheless higher priced than the most cost effective OnePlus 7T.
In fact, this cellphone is not with out its shortcomings. It does warmth up fairly a bit when taking part in heavy video games and with intensive digicam use. We did not discover the selfie digicam to be notably spectacular, and low-light video efficiency generally could possibly be higher. Aside from these points, there’s rather a lot to love concerning the X2 Professional. You get wonderful construct high quality, a vivid 90Hz show, a top-of-the-line processor, and a flexible set of cameras with a helpful zoom perform, in beneficial lighting after all. Let’s not neglect the superb audio system, super-fast charging, and the truth that you continue to get a headphone jack.
General, the Realme X2 Professional makes a superb various to the OnePlus 7T, in case you’re on the lookout for that degree of design and efficiency however did not need to spend a lot.
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