While we’re pretty much done with all the major flagship smartphone announcements for 2019, the mid-range and budget segments continue see new phone launches in the lead-up to the next big holiday season in December. After its recent debut in China, Realme has brought the Realme X2 Pro to India. This is the company’s first phone with a ‘true’ flagship processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which makes it its most premium offering yet.
So far, Realme has established a comfort zone in the sub-Rs. 20,000 segment, but with the Realme X2 Pro, it’s stepping into the premium segment, where brands such as OnePlus and Asus have dominated for a while. The Realme X2 Pro looks impressive on paper, featuring things such as vapour cooling, a tactile linear motor for haptic feedback, stereo speakers, a 90Hz display, and extremely fast charging. We’ve been using the Realme X2 Pro for a few days, and here’s what we think about it so far.
The Realme X2 Pro is easily distinguishable from the rest of the company’s lineup thanks to the centre-mounted camera strip and the new position of the Realme logo at the back. This phone is available in a slightly different colour than what we’ve see before, called Neptune Blue, though you could also pick the more familiar Lunar White option.
Build quality is excellent and the Realme X2 Pro feels very premium. There’s Gorilla Glass on the front and back of this phone. As for the new placement of the logo, it did look a little odd at first but we guess it’s just a matter of getting used to it. Considering how smartphones look so similar these days, a logo this prominent is sure to stand out, which could be one of the reasons for this design change.
At the front, you get a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display, which Realme refers to as ‘fluid AMOLED.’ Sound familiar? That’s because, just like the OnePlus 7T₹ 37,999 (Review), the X2 Pro features a 90Hz refresh rate, a small notch, and slim bezels all around. In fact, the overall design of the front reminds us a lot of the OnePlus 7T, which isn’t a big surprise considering that both brands are ultimately part of the same parent company. Unlike OnePlus though, Realme has kept a headphone jack. However, the X2 Pro does not allow for storage expansion, just like OnePlus phones and also the Realme X₹ 16,790 (Review).