A potential Redmi killer is come: meet the 90hz, 64MP, 50W Realme X2 Pro

Oppo’s budding value-oriented brand Realme has just launched their killer new value-flagship featuring all the top-end specs you could want plus a high-refresh display and uberfast charging.

The Realme arm of the Chinese mobile behemoth Oppo, who also owns OnePlus, is barely 18 months old and yet they have already launched a total of thirteen phones at roughly equivalent price-points, each featuring a few key improvements over its predecessor.

Now though, Realme has aped its corporate rival Redmi, a subsidiary of Xiaomi, and launched their very first value-flagship featuring a swathe of flagship and even more premium features in the increasingly valuable mid-range bracket, where Redmi’s own K20 Pro (or Mi 9T Pro, globally) resides:

Realme X2 Pro Redmi K20 (Mi 9T Pro)
Display 6.5inch 1080x2400p 20:9 SAMOLED, 90hz, HDR10+ 6.4inch 1080x2340p 19.5:9 SAMOLED, HDR10
Processor Snapdragon 855+ (1 x 2.96Ghz + 3 x 2.42Ghz + 4 x 1.80Ghz) with Aredno 640 GPU (700Mhz) Snapdragon 855 (1 x 2.84Ghz + 3 x 2.42Ghz + 4 x 1.80Ghz) with Aredno 640 GPU
RAM 6/8/12GB LPDDR4x 6/8/12GB LPDDR4x
128/256GB UFS3.0
64/128/256GB UFS2.1
Rear Cameras Standard 64MP F/1.8 1/1.7inch 0.8µm with PDAF autofocus
0.6x Ultrawide 8MP F/2.2 1.4µm with PDAF autofocus
2x Zoom 13MP F/2.5 1/3.4inch 1.0µm with PDAF autofocus RGB ‘Depth’ 2MP F/2.4 1/5inch 1.75µm
RGB ‘Depth’ 2MP F/2.4 1/5inch 1.75µm

Up to 4k60, 1080p120, 720p960 video

Standard 48MP F/1.8 26mm 1/2″ 0.8µm with PDAF autofocus
0.5x Ultrawide 13MP F/2.4 12mm 1/3″ 1.12µm
2x Zoom 8MP F/2.4 53mm 1/4″ 1.12µm with PDAF autofocus

Up to 4k60, 1080p960 video

Front Camera Notched 16MP F/2.0 0.8µm
Up to 1080p30 video
Motorized pop-up 20MP F/2.2 0.8µm
Up to 1080p30 video
Battery 4000mAh with 50W SuperVOOC fast charging, 100% in 35min 4000mAh with 27W Quick Charge 4+ fast charging
Software ColorOS 6.1 on Android Pie MIUI 11 on Android 10
Connectivity USB 2.0 Type-C, WiFi 802.11 a/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers USB 2.0 Type-C, WiFi 802.11 a/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack
Sensors Fingerprint (in-display), GPS (dual band), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint (in-display), GPS (dual band), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
Dimensions 161 x 75.7 x 8.7mm or 6.34 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm or 6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 inches
Weight 199g or 7.02oz 191g or 6.74oz
Colours Lunar White, Neptune Blue, Red Master Edition, Gray Master Edition Carbon black, Flame red, Glacier Blue
Prices 6/64GB: CNY2700/$380US/$600AU/€350
8/128GB: CNY2900/$410US/$600AU/€370
12/256GB: CNY3300/$465US/$700AU/€425
6/64GB: CNY2500/$360US/$500AU/€320
6/128GB: CNY2600/$370US/$550AU/€340
8/128GB: CNY2800/$400US/$600AU/€360
8/256GB: CNY3000/$420US/$650AU/€390

As you can see, the Realme X2 Pro has some insane specs at such a low price-point – offering as much if not more than its sister brand OnePlus 7T at 2/3 the price, with the same 90hz SAMOLED panel but significantly faster 50W SuperVOOC charging, which are two big wins over its rival Redmi K20 Pro aka Mi 9T Pro.

However, to be fair, the Realme X2 Pro does have slightly inferior camera hardware than the Redmi K20 Pro; don’t let the megapixels fool you, the X2 Pro’s 64MP Samsung sensor has been widely reviewed as slightly inferior to the 48MP Sony sensor in the Redmi, while the other cameras are all slightly disadvantaged also and the 2MP ‘depth’ camera is superfluous.

Also, the Realme X2 Pro retains a notched display vs the Redmi K20’s unperturbed design.

An of course Xiaomi also offers the somewhat cheaper non-Pro model of the Redmi K20 or Mi 9T whose only real sacrifice is a slight downgrade to the still-excellent Snapdragon 730.

Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro aka Mi 9T Pro

That said, the Realme X2 Pro obviously features those critical advantages over its Redmi competition too, with the slightly superior quality display at a faster and smoother 90hz (vs 60hz) refresh rate and doubly as fast 50W charging.

All-in-all, Realme’s debut value-flagship offers an excellent package at an arguably unbeatable price; though if you have a mind to purchase one I’d advise the sweet-spot 8/128GB model.

Epic. Value.

Source: GSMArena

Located in Melbourne, Australia, Oscar has been a tech enthusiast for a decade, though only finally getting his first smartphone with an HTC One M7, and moving to a OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, and now an Essential Phone. Now studying astrophysics and linguistics, Oscar has become immersed in the evolving phone industry, with a great memory for specs and details, he is always looking to find the greatest value and most innovative phones.

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