February 5, 2020
Realme X50 Pro 5G
After dropping a blockbuster, realme X2 Pro challenging xiaomi and others, the company has again dropped a flagship killer, the Realme X50 Pro 5G.
The smartphone is not only Realme’s most expensive model yet but it’s also the first 5G phone and the first one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor matching the Samsung Galaxy S20.
It features an top notch chipset, excellent battery life, super fast 65W charging, 5G connectivity and lots more.
The Design and Display
It packs a similar design of it’s less premium sibling the Realme X50 5G with it’s front and rear are both made of Corning Gorilla Glass, with a dual-camera cutout interrupting the upper left corner rather than a notch.
The curve glass back has a semi-matte, frosty finish which is rather slippery clips to the metal corners, helps you grip the phone features a quad-camera stacked in vertical position and the brand name below.
On the front is a 6.44-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz screen refresh rate, delivers HDR 10+ support and a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels (409 ppi).
It’s measure a dimensions of 159 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm paired with a bulky weight of 205 g making the OnePlus 8 (180g) feels like a featherweight. Also it parades a 92% screen-to-body ratio but no IP rating for dust/water resistance.
The smartphone comes in Moss Green and Rust Red colourways.
The smartphone like other Flagship killer leaves more to be desired in it’s cameras.
The four cameras on its rear features a 64MP primary camera based on the Samsung GW1 sensor followed by an 8MP wide-angle camera which is now fairly common even on low-end phones, and also doubles as the macro camera with the biggest surprise been the 12MP telephoto camera which gives you 2X optical zoom and finally a 2MP monochrome depth camera.
This rear camera setup of realme X50 Pro 5G can shoot photos in HDR and Panorama mode and also shoots 4k videos at 30/60fps, 1080p videos at 30/60fps with 1080p slo-mo at 240fps/480fps.
The front-facing dual cameras features 32MP primary camera and an 8MP wide-angle shooter capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30/120fps coupled with HDR photo mode.
Hardware and Software
The screamer here is it top-end hardware spec sheet accompanied by Snapdragon X55 modem.
The smartphone is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and its companion with Adreno 650 integrated GPU for seamless cameras, AI processing, gaming, ambient sensors, audio performance.
Unlike the Huawei P40 Pro though, the X50 Pro 5G runs Google certified version of Android 10 operating system, complete with Play Store access and Realme’s custom UI 1.1 on top, which is a slightly customised version of Oppo’s ColorOS 7.
It RAM variants ranges from 6GB / 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5 RAM on 128GB / 256GB in-built UFS 3.0 storage but no microSD card support.
The Realme X50 pro 5G features a USB Type C (2.0) port, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 with the AptX HD audio codec but no 3.5mm headset jack.
Internet connectivity on the Realme X50 Pro 5G is furnished with 5G.
Powering this smartphone is a 4200mAh non-removable Li-Po battery which is packed with a 65W ‘SuperDart’ flash charger which the company claims can charge from 0% to 100% in just 30 minutes.
Realme X50 Pro 5G Price and Availability
The Realme X50 Pro 5G is sold at $519.99 which is about 202,541 Naira in Nigeria, 55,794 Kenyan shillings and 3,015 in Ghana cedi.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G was released on February 24, 2020, and is currently available for purchase.
Given its mid-range price, how ‘flagship’ can the specs really be? It’s got a top-end powerful Processor matching the Samsung Galaxy S20 hardware, a refresh rate like the Huawei P40 Pro-matching 90Hz screen tech, super fast charging beating most premium smartphones, and iPhone 11 Pro matching camera versatility, with a wide, ultrawide and zoom combo around the back.
For the most affordable 5G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is your best pick.
If wireless charging, an IP water and dust resistance rating, a super-sharp display and top-notch cameras, head jack are not on your ‘must have’ list, then the Realme X50 Pro 5G could be a bargain.