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Review: Realme X2 Pro

Realme recently entered the UAE market with the launch of three smartphones, one of which is the X2 Pro. At first sight, the Realme X2 Pro seems like a beast on paper. But how does it perform in the real-world? Let’s find out.

When you first pick up the X2 Pro, you cannot help but notice the excellent build quality and overall design. The X2 Pro has a premium look and feel, though it does not command the premium price tag most flagship phones on the market are available at.

Coming in at AED 1999, the X2 Pro features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, which is coupled with a generous 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. You get a dual SIM slot on the device, though a storage expansion slot is sorely missing.

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But that isn’t a biggie since the phone also offers 256GB worth of storage space. On the front of the device, you get a 6.5-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display, that offers a refresh rate of 90Hz. What’s more, you also get Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, while the phone itself is Hi-Res Sound certified.

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Inside the box, you get a 50W charger, a USB A-C cable, and a clear TPU case. The phone is available in two colours: Neptune Blue and Lunar White. The phone also features a quad-camera setup at the back. This setup includes a 64MP primary (f/.18) camera, a 13MP telephoto (5x optical zoom, 20x hybrid, f/2.5) lens, an 8MP wide-angle (115° FoV, f/2.2) lens, and a 2MP portrait (f/2.4) lens.

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The X2 Pro is capable of shooting videos up to 4K at 60fps and slow-motion content up to 960fps. The smartphone also features a 4,000mAh battery and a 16MP front camera.

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You also get an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is fast and accurate. The phone also features vapour cooling, a tactile linear motor for haptic feedback, and the extremely fast SuperVOOC Flash Charge, which promises a full charge from 0% to 100% in about 35 minutes.

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On the bottom edge, you will find a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB-C port. On the left is where the volume rockers are, while on the right edge you will find the power button and the dual-SIM slot. The phone is powered by Android 9 Pie operating system, with Color OS 6.1 running on top of it.

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In our AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks, the Realme X2 Pro performed quite well, thanks to the abundant RAM and the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. We did not find any lag or screen freezes when viewing content and flipping through multiple open app windows.

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The camera is also the phone’s biggest strength. Under good lighting conditions, we ended up with excellent images. Even under low light conditions, the X2 Pro performs quite well.

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The front camera does a good job of capturing good-looking selfies. Videos shot using the rear cameras turned out very well.

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So should you buy the Realme X2 Pro? Definitely, if you crave premium-level design, build quality, and specs at a very pocket-friendly price tag.

Price: AED 1999

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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