Realme x2 review| We have reached a time when it is almost not more important that a top of the range costs more than 890$ USD. Over the years, in fact, it seems that several companies have gone a little too far with prices, regardless of the fact that new emerging brands were starting to offer good devices with more competitive costs. However, these are not only smartphones belonging to the middle range of the market, but also to the highest one. Among these companies, therefore, Realme certainly stands out, which for several months has officially arrived in Italy with four main products, covering all price ranges. With Realme X2 therefore, it placed itself on the top step, trying to amaze not only users but also all the competition. Will he have managed to surprise us too? Find out in our full review.
Realme X2 review
Index: Realme X2
- Design & Materials
- Hardware & Performance
- Price & Conclusions
From what is shown in the sales package, we do not notice any particularities that distinguish the product from other competitors. Inside, therefore, we find:
USB / USB Type-C cable;
wall power supply, with European socket;
short instruction manual, also in Italian;
pin for the SIM slot;
soft TPU cover.
Realme X2 Design & Materials:
From the first moment you pick up this smartphone you will notice a detail that is not too exciting. Taking a look at the side edges, in fact, it can be seen how the distance between the front glass and the metal body is quite marked. To divide these two components, therefore, we think of a shiny plastic surface, which the company has wisely decided to make shiny. Despite this, however, the dimensions are important but not excessive, measuring 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm thick, with a weight of 199 grams. The latter is quite supported but, regarding this point, the device seems to be well balanced. It should be noted, then, the side surface, all satin, and the rear glass which does not, however, return any particular play of light.
Double LED flash:
It seems that the company, however, has really done its best to make this smartphone unique. On Realme X2, in fact, we find a very high attention to detail, with keys that return good feedback and are not dancers at all. On the back, however, we have a too protruding photographic compartment. Compared to the profile of the device, in fact, the difference is a good millimeter. This can be canceled, however, thanks to the cover present in the package. Staying on this point, therefore, we also have the double LED flash and the Realme logo.
On the upper part there is only the second microphone for the suppression of environmental noise, while at the bottom there is the mini jack hole for the headphones, the first microphone, the USB Type-C input and the system speaker. On / off button has been placed on the right, as well as the trolley for the SIM slot, while the volume rocker is located on the left profile.
In the plastic frame that divides the front glass from the metal body there is the ear capsule, assisted by the presence of proximity and brightness sensors, as well as by the selfie camera which has been set in a drop-shaped notch.
If we take a look at the technical characteristics of the display of this smartphone, we note that resides onboard unit Super AMOLED from 6.5 inches diagonally with refresh rate to 90Hz. Obviously, the resolution is in FHD + (2400 x 1080 pixels), with a density of 402 PPI and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. At most, this panel can reach a brightness of 1,000 nits.
Realme x2 review
Looking at the colors of this display, we notice a fairly good color fidelity. I would have expected, in fact, much deeper blacks, even if these in any case do not veer to slight inclinations of the smartphone. On all other shades, however, there is a typical rainbow effect, which even in this case I would have expected to see at greater inclinations. Despite everything, however, the color fidelity expressed by this unit is good, as well as the visibility in direct sunlight. From this point of view, in fact, the brightness sensor has always proved reactive and precise. Realme X2 review
Even the touch screen never showed any jamming, practically not losing any touch. During the most excited writing phases, in fact, you can also write very quickly without problems. If we take a look at the top, then, we notice a drop-shaped notch containing the selfie camera. This part of the screen, therefore, is practically unused for most of the time but, despite this, it does not create too many problems within the individual apps. On Instagram, for example, this component is inhibited, allowing any creator to manage all the options without critical issues.
Hardware & Performance:
Not everyone will know that on this smartphone there is a truly remarkable hardware sector, especially considering the price at which it is offered. Inside Realme X2, therefore, we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC (2.6GHz), accompanied by 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.0 internal memory (in our configuration). Different versions are also available, regarding the various memory cuts, with the 64GB model of storage that only has a USF 2.1 unit. Taking a look at the chipset, however, we notice how it is just an absolute top of the range, which is currently present on all the main high-end smartphones. Realme X2 review
Which is why you don’t have to fear anything about performance. This device, in fact, is able to manage practically every type of task well, even those that require some extra effort. During all the test days, therefore, I always managed to use the smartphone quickly, without incurring any jamming. Thanks to its SoC, moreover, the temperatures always remain low, heating very little in the back. With such a display, then, it will not be so difficult to view any video on the screen, as well as watch content on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. On board, in fact, we find a Wide vine L1 type certification, which will allow us to enjoy the highest possible quality. As you can see from the graphs in the gallery, he did not convince during the stress tests, going into termal throttling almost immediately.
In the management of RAM this product is placed on average performance, resulting not too conservative but not too permissive. After a short period of time, therefore, some applications will still be open in the background, allowing us to work without having to continually reopen our projects. Even after very intensive use of the machine, however, I did not experience any system slowdown. Only in some rare cases, however, I was able to witness a sudden closure of some application, a sign that optimization is still a sore point of this Realme X2 Pro. During the gaming phases, however, you will have no problems at any time. Thanks to the Adreno 640 GPU in fact, it will be possible to play even the best performing titles, such as Call of Duty Mobile, without any critical issues.
Realme X2 Software:
On Realme X2 a customization of Android 9 Pie has been installed, that is the ColorOS 6.1. Although the product has already been updated in this period, only the November 2019 security patches are on board. Despite this point, however, I did not find any disturbances with the software, managing to navigate more than satisfactorily within the whole system. With this interface, then, you will have to acquire a little familiarity, because in any case it is a very different style compared to that presented by many other brands. Only those who arrive from Xiaomi, perhaps, will be slightly more facilitated. Realme x2 review
As usual, therefore, the ColorOS presents itself with a very colorful style, starting right from the quick toggles that can be viewed by pulling down the notification curtain. Again, then, the settings are many and very confusing. A little more order would certainly be more useful, but perhaps for this aspect we will have to wait for the new version of this software. Therefore, there are some important tools system functions such as calculator, compass, weather and the “Clone phone” function. The latter will give you the opportunity to create a copy of your device, so that you can transfer all the data to another device. We will also have the application relating to the management of the phone, thanks to which to optimize the smartphone, check the security of its contents and little else.
Obviously, there are also all the full screen gestures, which work very well, as well as the “Smart Assistant” option, which will provide you with some shortcuts and various other quick functions. You can activate this menu by swiping to the right, starting from the home. However, there are still small inaccuracies in the system. Sometimes there are some small bugs and rarely there are also some sudden closure of the applications. We would not expect this from an excessively expensive device but, in this case, almost everything can be forgiven. Despite this, it is clear how it is a top of the range, but with due reservations.
Let’s take a first look at the whole photographic sector of this smartphone. Starting from the main sensor, a target space located Samsung GW1 from 64 mega-pixels with an aperture of f / 1.8. Below is a wide-angle lens from 8 mega-pixel, with a viewing angle equal to 115 ° and aperture f / 2.2, in order to continue with a telephoto lens from 13 mega-pixels with an aperture f / 2.5, which is able to offer a 2x optical zoom and hybrid zoom up to 5x. We also have a smaller 2 mega-pixel lens used for calculating depth of field. On the front, however, we find a 16 mega-pixel lens with an f / 2.0 aperture.
How do you take photos during the day? I have to say that Realme X2 doesn’t behave badly during the daytime. I would have expected more details though, especially when lighting is optimal. Despite this, the color reproduction is fairly faithful to reality, although these tend to return shades that are a bit too vivid. The 2x optical zoom did not convince me too much, because in my opinion it changes the colors of the original image too much, as well as the 5x hybrid zoom.
With the wide-angle lens, instead, you will not be able to get noteworthy photos, due to a really poor quality. However, all the functions related to artificial intelligence, responsible for recognizing some scenes, will be present. Precisely on this point, the software will tend to saturate even more some main colors, but the differences compared to the original shot will not be so evident. Nothing to report, however, regarding the HDR, which if kept automatic is activated very few times. Realme X2 review
In night shots the situation changes only when using night mode. In that case, in fact, a different lighting management is applied, which tends to make the image sharper. Without this option the photos are only sufficient, considering that the artificial lighting is not managed too badly by the system. Let’s say that with a photographic sector of this type we would have expected something better even at night.
Regarding the selfie camera, it must be said that the photos are bones for social use. We do not find a very high level of detail and the overexposure, when using the bokeh effect, is too high. Despite this, just this last feature, manages to crop the faces and the subjects in the foreground well, therefore it is promoted.
Realme X2 Pro can shoot movies in 4K at 60fps, but also in 1080p at 60fps. In the first case the images are not too different from those recorded in 1080p, also showing similar electronic stabilization. From this point of view, therefore, the videos are not too stable and show a quality already described by the photographic sector. By the way, it will also be possible to switch from one perspective to another, both in 4K and 1080p. Realme x2 review
In case you want to take advantage of the Ultra Stable mode, know that you won’t be able to take advantage of any of the other optics present, being able to record only in 1080p at 60fps. With 4K, in fact, this mode will be deactivated automatically. Despite this, I have not noticed too many differences compared to the normal stabilization of the smartphone, a sign that probably this option is not yet fully functional.
Although the price is really very low, on this smartphone practically nothing is missing from this point of view. Realme X2, therefore, first of all equips itself with a Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac module that manages to satisfy even in the most difficult areas of the house. In case you were out of a public place, however, you could rely on the LTE network, which with Fast web allowed me to surf almost always in 4G + (even within the walls of the house). Realme X2 review
There are, however, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo (dual frequency), USB Type-C input, dual 4G Nano-SIM. It is not possible, however, to expand the internal memory with a microSD. All these components, however, I have been able to personally test them and I have not encountered any problems with any of them.
I remind you that, also on this smartphone, there are two main unlocking systems. On the one hand, in fact, we have the fingerprint sensor that is positioned under the display and that works quite well. This is reactive but the covered area is really limited, not always being able to recognize our finger perfectly. With the facial release, however, we will have the opportunity to take advantage of the selfie camera to access the device. In this case, however, it is only a 2D technology, therefore not very safe. What pleasantly surprised me, however, is its infallibility even in completely dark areas. In case you keep it active, therefore, you can always use it, in any light condition.
From an audio quality point of view, this product does not deliver noteworthy performances. In fact, we do not have stereo audio, because all the sounds are reproduced by the speaker placed at the bottom. Despite this, however, its yield differs from that returned by mid – range devices, returning a high and low volume which, although not very marked, are present. Everything improves further with the use of special good quality headphones.
During the calls you will have no problem conversing with your interlocutor. On the other hand, in fact, they will always hear us clearly and without any disturbance. During all the tests, therefore, I have never encountered any problems, even in the most crowded places. Realme X2 review
On board this device there is a 4,000 mAh battery. I was not able to monitor it properly, however, due to a ColorOS that does not provide any graphics or information regarding this point. Using GSam Battery, therefore, I tried to take note of the use of this device, although some data are not precise. Despite this point, however, I must say that on the autonomy side this smartphone does not fear rivals. I have always managed to arrive until the evening, even with a very stressful use made of a mixture of Wi-Fi and 4G, several tens of minutes of active GPS, Bluetooth connected for a couple of hours with true wireless headphones and for the whole day at Amazfit Verge Lite, web browsing, intensive use of Instagram, WhatsApp and Telegram. I therefore reached 8 hours of screen on, on a basis of 18 hours of continuous use. Even if you exploited all its potential in a milder way, you would be able to cover almost two full days.
If you were worried about charging issues, however, just know that in just 30 minutes it goes from 10 to 100%. All this is made possible thanks to the Super VOOC and the 50W power supply included in the package. It will take very little, therefore, to get a satisfactory charge to reach the end of the day.
Price & Conclusions:
Realme X2 Pro presents a price of 556$ USD in Italy, in our 8GB / 128GB variant. This is a figure, therefore, much lower than any other smartphone with this type of hardware. Having a device with Snapdragon 855+ available for less than 556$ USD is a real feat. As we know, however, when you buy a smartphone you don’t just buy the hardware, but the whole system as a whole. Reason why I think that this device has yet to grow in certain aspects, to try to express even more its power.
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Realme x2 review