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Realme X50 Pro 5G Review

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The Realme X50 Pro 5G is one of the few flagship phones that Realme offers. But despite being a newbie, the company did a good job in forging this smartphone.

However, it arrived in the Philippines a little late. Powered by a Snapdragon 865 CPU, it will go against Snapdragon 888 and 870-powered devices already out in the horizon. So, should you wait? Or does it have enough to compel you from buying? We find out in our Realme X50 Pro 5G review.

Realme X50 Pro 5G Specs

  • Android 10, Realme UI
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~408ppi
  • 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G octa-core processor
  • Vapor Cooling System
  • 12GB LPDDR5
  • Adreno 650 GPU
  • 256GB UFS 3.0 internal storage, non-expandable
  • 32-megapixel (f/2.5) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide) front cameras
  • 64-megapixel (f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (telephoto, f/2.5) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide/macro) + 2-megapixel (monochrome) rear cameras
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • 4G LTE, 5G
  • WiFi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NAVIC
  • Dimensions: 158.96 x 74.24 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 205g
  • Colors: Moss Green, Rust Red
  • 4,200mAh non-removable battery, 65W SuperDart charge

What’s in the box?

The Realme X50 Pro comes with a 65W SuperDart charger in the box, similar to the Realme 7 Pro. There’s also a matching USB Type-C cable with yellow color on the port. Plus, a free smoked clear case that matches the device’s design.

Of course, we also have the SIM ejector tool, the warranty card, and the Important Info booklet.

For a flagship device, we wish Realme included a free set of earphones. Instead, you need to get them separately. You can check the Realme Buds Pro, or any other audio products from Realme or other brands.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X50 Pro 5G ticks all the right boxes in terms of design. It has uniform bezels on the front, thanks to the AMOLED panel and the pill-shaped punch-hole for the dual selfie camera.

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It’s sandwiched with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the front and back. Plus, a premium aluminum chassis makes it really premium in the hands. Still, there’s a pre-applied screen protector just in case.

Speaking of glass, the CG5 on the back has a matte finish, which makes fingerprint smudges almost invisible in most angles. But despite the matte glass, the paint job behind it has a shiny finish, with reflections as it reacts to light. The one we have here is the Rust Red color, while a Most Green is also available.

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Albeit, the overall back design looks pretty basic. It’s similar to Realme’s other flagship offering, the X3 SuperZoom, with the quad cameras in a single vertical lens adjacent to the bottom’s Realme logo.

Still, it feels really smooth in the hands. And if you’re planning on using it for years to come, we suggest using the free case, which is low profile enough to be less intimidating.

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The Realme X50 Pro feels really solid, no weird squeaking sound when we tried flexing it. However, it does feel really chunky. But not too much, just enough to let you feel that it has a lot of solid hardware on the inside.

It weighs 205g, while most flagships average at 180g and are 8.9mm thick, while most phones are only around 7-8mm. We wish it has an official IP rating or water protection.

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Other than the dual selfie cameras, we have the fingerprint scanner in the screen and a thin opening on the top bezel for the earpiece, which doubles as the second loudspeaker.

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We then have the noise-isolating microphone on the top. While on the bottom, we have the loudspeaker, USB Type-C, and the primary microphone. Being a real flagship phone, it lacks a headphone jack. What’s sad is, it doesn’t come with a free USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter on the box.

The hybrid SIM tray is also on the bottom. Sadly, it can only fit two nano-SIM cards, with no space for a microSD card for storage expansion.

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Overall, we really like the design and build of the Realme X50 Pro 5G. The layout is generic, but the colorway, ergonomics, and premium materials make it pass as a proper flagship smartphone.

Display and Sound

In terms of the display, the Realme X50 Pro is rigged with all the bells and whistles you’d expect on a 2020 smartphone. It uses a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a fast 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling for increased responsiveness, as well as HDR10+ and Widevine L1 DRM.

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We’ve seen budget phones with 90Hz screens, but the experience is just different when it’s partnered with a flagship processor. Together with the AMOLED panel, everything looks fast, colorful, and contrasty on this device.

The color mode is set to Vivid for richer color, but you can set it to Gentle if you want something more accurate. The refresh rate is set to Auto, which automatically switches between 60Hz and 90Hz depending on the task at hand to conserve battery.

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As for the audio, the stereo speaker setup gives audible stereo separation to make games and watching videos immersive. If that’s not enough, the quality itself is clean, with audible bass, with acceptable volume, but definitely not the loudest.

The Realme X50 Pro also has Dolby Atmos. We also tried pairing a pair of Realme Buds Air Pro and used its AAC codec for a better listening experience.

Hardware and Performance

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor powers the Realme X50 Pro. Not the Snapdragon 865 Plus nor a Snapdragon 888. But if you don’t care much about the numbers, you’d still be heavily satisfied with this thing.

Realme X50 Pro 5G benchmarks:

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Together with its fast display and enormous 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, Adreno 650 GPU, and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage (which is disappointingly unexpandable), every task you want to do here can be done fast and quick, with no noticeable lags or anything.

Gaming is also top-notch. The fast and responsive screen really makes the gameplay experience seamless. Top titles like Call of Duty Mobile and League of Legends Wild Rift ran smoothly on the Realme X50 Pro 5G.

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Bottom line, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is a flagship phone with a high-end processor, so expect a fast and seamless performance out of it. It should also be enough to last you for years to come.

Software and User Interface

The Realme X50 Pro 5G is one of the firsts to come with Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0, and it looks really clean, sleek, and feature-packed.

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It has all the cool features you’d expect on a modern smartphone. For one, there’s the Always-on feature that takes advantage of its AMOLED screen. What’s interesting is, the AOD settings are pretty packed, and let you choose from custom patterns, text online, text and image, and analog and digital clocks.

The home screen is clean, almost identical to the stock Android look. You can easily swipe up to reveal the app drawer, swipe down for the search tab, and swipe to the farthest left of the desktop for the Smart Assistant.

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Being an Android phone, it’s heavy in customization. You can check how the app icons look and choose from different wallpaper styles such as Static and Live.

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Navigation buttons and gestures available depending on your preferences.

We also notice the new suggested widgets on the settings menu that lets you easily adjust the stuff that needs adjusting.

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Smart Sidebar can be easily summoned via a slit on the corner of the screen. Giving you access quick access to screenshots, screen recording, screen translate, and selected apps.

Phone manager is present that lets you optimize the system to remove junk and keep it running in top condition. But considering how powerful it already is, you might never have to use it.

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Like its predecessors, the Realme UI 2.0 uses Google Keyboard. It’s familliar and easy to use. But for first time users, it may take a day or two for you to get used to it. The camera app looks pretty intuitive, too.

Overall, like what we’ve said before, Realme is one of our favorites because of how clean and straightforward it is. No nonsense.

Related: Realme price list in the Philippines 2021

Camera

The Realme X50 Pro 5G has the standard set of cameras for a flagship phone. We have the 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and Quad-Bayer sensor. There’s also the 8-megapixel ultra-wide that doubles as a macro lens with f/2.3, 12-megapixel 2x telephoto that’s great for portraits, and lastly, the obligatory 2-megapixel depth sensor.

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Overall image quality, despite not the best in the market, is really great. Colors are accurate, contrast is deep, and dynamic range is impressive. A few software tricks make details less appealing but aren’t noticeable unless you examine them closely.

If you want a more vibrant and Instagram-ready image, Realme’s ChromaBoost feature enhances the colors to make it look more vibrant and appealing. Low light images are also acceptable — which can be improved with the Night Mode feature.

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The telephoto, ultra-wide/macro, and depth sensor does their job well. Giving you more options to shoot whatever subject you want. The ultra-wide even has an autofocus feature.

Overall, the images are acceptable from these cameras. Again, not the best, but we have no complaints.

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We then have the dual front-facing camera. The 32-megapixel selfie camera takes images with decent colors, contrast, and dynamic range. But ironically, the details are not the best. Still, it’s more than enough for selfies and video calls. We wish autofocus becomes a norm on front-facing cameras, especially on a flagship like this.

On the upside, the secondary 8-megapixel lens makes the portrait mode work better, letting you blur the background for a more professional look or if there’s a distraction in the background.

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32-megapixel front camera
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8-megapixel ultra-wide front camera

It also has an ultra-wide lens, letting you take a group shot, or a selfie with a view, without the need of a monopod. But obviously, the overall quality is a step-down.

Connectivity

5G connectivity is yet to go mainstream. Unless you’re one of the few locations to have 5G coverage already, then maybe it’s a big deal. But if not, it shouldn’t be a big factor, considering how data and power-hungry it is. But whatever your preference is, the Realme X50 Pro 5G has it, in case you want it or not.

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This device also has the latest WiFi 6 standard. Again, not a big deal unless you have a WiFi 6 router at home. But still, if you plan on keeping the device for three to four years, the X50 Pro 5G is futureproofed enough once these latest network technologies become widely available.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G also has dual-frequency 5G, and Bluetooth 5.1 with SBC, AAC, APTX, APTXHD, and LDACAPTX-TWS+ support.

Battery

The Realme X50 Pro 5G has the bragging right of being the first from the company to come equipped with a 65W SuperDart fast charger. And unlike the Realme 7 Pro, this one actually comes with a 65W charger in the box.

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Realme promised that a full 100% charge would take only 35 minutes, and our test results are close to that. Essentially, if you’re not used to fast chargers, you’d be blown away by this one.

At one time, I plugged it at 3%, took a quick 5-10 minute break, and went back with 25% juice.

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The quick charging time also due to the X50 Pro 5G’s not-so-large battery. Unlike other flagships with a 5,000mAh capacity, this one only has 4,200mAh.

PCMark’s battery loop test gave it a score of 15 hours and 8 minutes with the WiFi and Bluetooth off and the screen brightness and volume at 50%. In real-world use, you can expect the usual whole-day battery out of this but can be drastically shortened if you browse on 5G a lot.

Verdict

So, does it make sense to own the Realme X50 Pro 5G in 2021? Personally, the answer is yes. It still has high-end specs that should make it last for another year or two.

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Despite the existence of new processors, the Snapdragon 865 is still ultra-fast and reliable, and we bet you’d notice the difference in performance. Pair that with a smooth screen, ultra-fast charging, capable cameras, a clean interface, and a solid build, and you have a powerful workhorse for years to come.

The only caveat is, despite being technically cheaper than its top competitor, the Mi 10T, you’d be tied in on a postpaid plan to get this device. But if you plan to get a plan anyway to take full advantage of the 5G future, this might not be a problem.

Realme X50 Pro 5G pricing and availability in the Philippines

Like a couple of new 5G phones that entered the market, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is exclusively available on Smart and Globe postpaid plans.

Its total price may vary depending on the plan you’re getting. To give you an idea, say, you’re getting the device under Smart Signature Plan M. That’ll be Php1,899 for two years.

If broken down, the Smart Signature Plan M only costs Php1,499, which means the phone mortgage will be Php400/mo or a total of Php9,600 for a two-year lock-in period. Add the Php6,900 cashout price, then, technically, you’re paying Php16,500 for the device.

Pros

  • Fast, vibrant display
  • Reliable performance
  • Good cameras
  • Ultra fast charging
  • Solid build

Cons

  • No OIS
  • No IP rating
  • Postpaid plan exclusive

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