Is India prepared for a 5G smartphone? The quick reply isn’t any. We’ve no business 5G networks and no clear indications that they are going to be rolling out in India within the close to future. Main telecom operators are struggling after having slashed tariffs thanks to cost wars over the previous few years, so we will not ensure that any of them will undertake main infrastructure upgrades throughout the nation this 12 months, after which in fact there’s the large value of 5G spectrum blocks. When 5G rolls out, it’s going to possible value greater than we’re all used to paying now, and will probably be some time earlier than 5G-enabled telephones are commonplace.

The lengthy reply is that 5G is coming anyway, and if you wish to be one of many first to have the ability to use it when towers do gentle up, you would possibly as nicely have a 5G cellphone now. Realme and several other different firms are hoping to seize this early adopter market. Apart from, it does not make sense to develop 5G-capable flagships for some components of the world and fully completely different merchandise for others. The Realme X50 Pro 5G will not be solely Realme’s costliest mannequin but in India, nevertheless it’s additionally the primary 5G cellphone and the primary one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor to formally be launched in India.

We cannot be capable to check its 5G performance however we are able to let you know whether or not it is value spending your cash on, and whether or not this cellphone affords potential future performance at the price of current-day usability.


Realme X50 Pro 5G design

In a comparatively quick span of time, Realme has established its model aesthetic and the X50 Pro appears so much like the corporate’s earlier fashions. This cellphone is slightly blockier than different Realme fashions nevertheless it nonetheless feels trendy. The entrance and rear are each product of Corning Gorilla Glass, and the display is interrupted by a dual-camera cutout within the higher left nook slightly than a notch. There’s additionally a noticeable chin beneath the display. 

As for the rear, Realme has gone for subdued stable colors and no gradients or patterns for this high-end machine though the glass does seem to have some depth and the color shifts slightly while you transfer the cellphone in your palms. You solely get a selection between Rust Pink and Moss Inexperienced, so there is not any fully sober choice. Whereas the feel of the rear glass seems frosted, it is really fairly easy and slightly slippery.

We’ve Realme’s acquainted vertical digital camera strip on within the higher left nook of the rear, although it does annoy us slightly that the 4 lenses are very erratically spaced. The facility button is on the fitting and quantity buttons are on the left, low sufficient to be inside attain. On the underside, we’ve the USB Sort-C port, speaker, and SIM tray. We’ve to level out that there is not any 3.5mm audio socket, which is irritating. Realme representatives advised Devices 360 that whereas followers of its finances telephones needn’t fear simply but, the corporate believes that high-end cellphone patrons are able to go solely wi-fi.

The body of the cellphone is product of metallic and the general development high quality is superb. The Realme X50 Pro 5G does really feel like a fairly high-end cellphone; not less than on par with present OnePlus choices in the identical value bracket. Sadly it is fairly a bit heavier than common at 205g. We discovered one-handed utilization troublesome due to how tall the 6.4-inch 20:9 display is and the way easy the glass again is.

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The rear of the Realme X50 Pro 5G is considerably slippery


Realme X50 Pro 5G specs and software program

The large information right here is in fact 5G, which is enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and its companion Snapdragon X55 modem. If used to its full potential on an acceptable 5G community, Qualcomm signifies potential obtain speeds of seven.5Gbps and uploads at 3Gbps, which is simply staggering. We do not know what requirements every service right here will undertake, however Qualcomm boasts of assist for mmWave and sub-6, the present main 5G implementations rolling out worldwide.

The Snapdragon 865 can be a model new flagship processor, which we’re very keen to check. It is constructed round 4 Qualcomm Kryo 585 Silver effectivity cores operating at 1.8GHz, three efficiency Kryo 585 Gold cores at 2.42GHz, and one extra Kryo 585 Gold core operating at as much as 2.82GHz. There’s additionally the top-end Adreno 650 built-in GPU, and improved subsystems for the cameras, AI processing, gaming, ambient sensors, audio, and extra.

Show high quality can be one of many X50 Pro 5G’s promoting factors. Realme has used a 6.44-inch Tremendous AMOLED HDR10+ panel with a 90Hz refresh price and 1080×2400 pixel decision. You may set the refresh price to 60Hz, 90Hz, or Auto, to steadiness efficiency and battery life. Talking of which, the battery capability is 4200mAh and Realme claims it may be charged from zero to 100 % in simply 35 minutes utilizing the included 65W ‘SuperDart’ charger.

Realme affords the X50 Pro 5G in three variants: the bottom providing priced at Rs. 37,999 has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage; you possibly can step as much as 8GB of RAM with the identical 128GB of storage for Rs. 39,999; and the top-end choice provides you 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage, however it’s going to set you again by Rs. 44,999.

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The 2 entrance cameras occupy a cutout within the higher left nook of the display


The corporate says it has used LPDDR5 RAM and UFS storage to make this cellphone fast and responsive. Nevertheless, you aren’t getting a microSD card slot. There is a vapour cooling system for the processor and varied different trendy conveniences resembling dual-frequency GPS in addition to NavIC assist, stereo audio system, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 with the AptX HD audio codec.

What you will not discover on this cellphone are wi-fi charging, an IP water and dirt resistance ranking, a extra unique choice of cameras, and a super-sharp show. Very similar to OnePlus with the OnePlus 7T (Review) and the upcoming Eight sequence, Realme has held again on options in an effort to hit a pretty value level.

As for software program, we’ve Android 10 with Realme UI 1.1 on high, which is a barely customised model of Oppo’s ColorOS. The UI is pretty easy and sticks to the final structure of inventory Android, however there are just a few modidications. The Settings app has plenty of extra classes and issues won’t at all times be the place you anticipate finding them. You additionally get numerous UI personalisation choices together with a selection of icon kinds, management over the icon grid density, and the flexibility to dispense with an app drawer so all icons are positioned in your cellphone’s homescreen.

A few of Realme’s personal options embrace Sport House, which now allows you to prioritise a recreation’s Web visitors; lighting results across the display’s edges for notifications; an ambient show mode (disabled by default); driving and using modes; app cloning; and the flexibility to feed dummy private data to apps to guard your privateness.

The preliminary cellphone setup course of features a step that tries to make you obtain extra apps. The default “lockscreen journal” reveals promoted content material, however this may be disabled simply. We seen plenty of clickbait spam notifications from the Realme UI’s net browser, and we weren’t thrilled about having a number of app and recreation shops plus preinstalled bloatware apps, a lot of which may’t be uninstalled.

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The facility button is on the fitting, whereas the quantity buttons are on the left


Realme X50 Pro 5G efficiency and battery life

We clearly had excessive expectations due to the Snapdragon 865 processor, which units a brand new customary for efficiency. Evidently, we had no bother in any respect with velocity and responsiveness when utilizing this cellphone. We have not felt any lack of efficiency from the previous few generations of flagship SoCs, so it is exhausting to inform that there is something new happening below the hood when going about your on a regular basis enterprise. The 90Hz display, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS storage additionally contribute to this cellphone’s total snappiness.

Benchmarks in fact exist for example what eyeballing a tool cannot adequately differentiate. AnTuTu gave us a stratospheric tally of 584,447, and Geekbench 5’s single- and multi-core scores of 905 and three,314 respectively. GFXBench’s T-rex and Manhattan 3.1 checks each maxed out at 60fps, whereas even the demanding Automobile Chase check ran at 45fps. 3DMark’s Slingshot Excessive and Limitless scores have been 7,263 and 9,837. The Realme X50 Pro 5G even has a transparent lead over the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review) with its Exynos 990 SoC, which is Samsung’s in-house equal.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G’s display is superb, with good vibrant colors and enough brightness. It is not as crisp because the 1440p screens you will see on costlier flagship-grade telephones, however we do not assume anybody will complain. The broad dual-camera cutout may be distracting when watching full-screen video, however not less than it is in a single nook and never centred. The stereo audio system on this cellphone are a really nice shock – sound may be very loud and wealthy, with an inexpensive quantity of bass, and distortion is below management until you max out the quantity.

We used this cellphone for all our on a regular basis actions together with streaming media, video games, images, and common leisure. We solely felt the rear get slightly heat when operating checks and recording 4K video for lengthy stretches. We performed PUBG Cell and have been in a position to bump the graphics high quality as much as HDR and the body price to Extremely with no noticeable discount in smoothness or responsiveness. Asphalt 9: Legends was additionally completely fulfilling with no stuttering in any respect.

Realme has managed to ship spectacular battery life as nicely. 4200mAh won’t look like so much as of late however the Realme X50 Pro manages to make that final for nicely over a full day. We did not need to cost our unit until halfway by means of the second morning after utilizing it all through the day. Our HD video loop check ran for 19 hours, Four minutes.

Tremendous-quick charging is considered one of this cellphone’s USPs and we did discover this very handy. The bundled 65W charger is cumbersome and heavy, and you may want to hold it round with you if it is to be helpful. We managed to go from fully lifeless to 25 % in roughly 7 minutes, 50 % in simply over 14 minutes, and 75 % in 22 minutes, after which the charging price started to scale back. A full cost took precisely 41 minutes, 16 seconds which is longer than Realme’s 35 minute declare, however nonetheless extraordinary.

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The Realme X50 Pro 5G has 4 rear cameras together with a 2X optical zoom digital camera


Realme X50 Pro 5G cameras

The Realme X50 Pro has 4 rear cameras, as is the norm as of late. First up is a 64-megapixel main digital camera primarily based on the Samsung GW1 sensor, with an f/1.Eight aperture. There’s additionally an 8-megapixel f/2.Three wide-angle digital camera which is now pretty frequent even on low-end telephones, however on this case doubles because the macro digital camera. The most important shock right here is the 12-megapixel telephoto digital camera which supplies you 2X optical zoom however has an f/2.5 aperture. Lastly, there is a 2-megapixel monochrome depth digital camera. On the entrance of the cellphone we’ve a 32-megapixel main digital camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle one.

All in all, this seems like Realme checking packing containers slightly than selecting {hardware} that pushes boundaries or delivers killer photographic capabilities. Alternatively, Realme is taking part in up many elements of the X50 Pro 5G’s digital camera software program. There’s Evening Mode with a Tripod setting that permits you to have an publicity so long as 50 seconds if the cellphone is steady. Video stabilisation is carried out on each entrance cameras, and there is additionally steady Portrait Mode for video supplying you with depth results, plus 120fps sluggish movement recording.

The digital camera app is pretty nicely laid out however has some quirks. You may faucet the dots above the shutter button to rapidly change between the wide-angle digital camera, customary, and optical zoom cameras, and there is one other dot for 5X hybrid zoom. You may transcend this to 20X digital zoom, however you would not know this with out long-pressing any of the dots. This brings up a extra granular zoom slider, however unusually you need to drag your finger again in the direction of the place the decrease zoom degree dots have been to zoom in farther.

Daylight photographs appeared richly detailed with crisp focus, however barely subdued colors. Slightly grain was seen when reviewing photographs at full dimension. The cellphone did deal with exposures nicely even when taking pictures in opposition to the solar, and we had no bother utilizing the digital camera app. The wide-angle digital camera works nicely sufficient and distortion on the edges was minimal. Photographs are ok to make use of and are not visibly worse than these taken with the first digital camera when seen on the cellphone’s personal display, however you possibly can’t count on the identical degree of element at full dimension.

Realme X50 Pro 5G daylight digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)


The telephoto digital camera can be helpful and the photographs we took at 2X have been nice when it comes to high quality. Issues do degrade while you get into the digital and hybrid zoom ranges however within the daytime not less than you would possibly be capable to select some element within the distance.

Prime to backside: Realme X50 Pro 5G wide-angle, customary, 2X optical zoom digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)



We had plenty of bother attempting to deal with macro topics and the app did not assist with prompts after we have been attempting to maneuver nearer to or farther away from what we have been taking pictures. Some trial and error is perhaps required, and it does not appear to work nicely for small topics even when the background is within the distance.

Alternatively Portrait Mode gave us some very spectacular outcomes, preserving nice particulars on our topics and gently blurring the background to make topics actually stand out. Even with out Portrait Mode, there was some very nice depth of discipline.

Realme X50 Pro 5G portrait mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


At night time, picture high quality was okay however not at all times nice. We did have to carry very nonetheless as movement blur might be a problem due to the shutter staying open very lengthy. Photographs have been shiny and colors have been nicely represented although. Surprisingly, Evening Mode gave us some extraordinarily bizarre outcomes with extraordinarily distorted colors, and particulars weren’t improved that a lot in some photographs. We would not rely upon this mode, and we hope software program fixes can deal with this sooner or later.

The wide-angle and telephoto cameras each did okay jobs if there was sufficient gentle round, and the outcomes have been murky however usable. We did typically discover that the Realme X50 Pro 5G could not determine whether or not to make use of the telephoto digital camera or default again to the first digital camera with a digital zoom, and the viewfinder could be caught visibly and quickly switching between the 2 views. The brink of sunshine required for the cellphone to determine between these choices may additionally use some tweaking.

Realme X50 Pro 5G low gentle digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)


Our most important criticism with the entrance cameras is that beautification is on by default and it takes plenty of tapping to show all of the supposed enhancements off. Photographs regarded good even at night time. Edges have been outlined nicely in portait photographs, however backgrounds have been typically overexposed.

You may shoot video at as much as 4K. Stabilisation is not nice although, and video that we shot whereas strolling was very jerky. Colors have been method overblown and oversaturated at 4K each within the daytime and at night time, making video look synthetic and ugly. The tone was far more impartial and pure at 1080p. We did discover some shimmer and jerkiness in clips shot at night time, however they have been shiny sufficient and element was surprisingly good whereas noise was below management.


The Realme X50 Pro affords 5G with out making it a premium function that you need to pay additional for. Positive, 5G is not a sensible actuality in India but, however you would possibly be capable to use it when touring overseas and it may’t damage to be prepared. We would have had reservations if different options had been compromised relative to different telephones at this value degree, however that does not appear to be the case.

This smartphone competes on the identical value degree because the OnePlus 7T and is in some ways extra trendy and succesful – we do not know the way a lot time Realme should capitalise on its first-mover benefit earlier than the OnePlus Eight sequence is introduced, however for now, its lead is evident.

Among the many Realme X50 Pro’s finest attributes are its super-fast charging, versatile cameras, highly effective processor, and slick total feel and appear. You aren’t getting wi-fi charging or an IP ranking, and we might have preferred a much less slippery again, however these are minor points contemplating the value.

If options and specs aren’t every part, you might try final 12 months’s Samsung Galaxy S10e (Review) or the newer Galaxy S10 Lite (Review). The iQoo 3, from the home of Vivo, affords 5G on one variant and will probably be fascinating to see how that mannequin stacks up. The iPhone XR (Review) may be value contemplating since its value drops to round this degree when it goes on sale.

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