It’s time to see what the mid-range category business can do. Realme is a well-known brand in Asia, especially in India, but now that it has started selling in Europe, it must once again make a name for itself. And what better way to do it than with an inexpensive and well-equipped midrange like the Realme X2.
The X2 is definitely not a Pro, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t kick. When shopping on a budget, it’s really hard to ignore the combination of an upper mid-range SoC, an OLED panel, a premium build, and a versatile quad-camera setup at a regular mid-range price.
The Realme X2’s development is quite similar to a few notable differences to the Pro version. For example, however, the side frame is made of plastic rather than steel, it imitates real metal very nicely. Gorilla Glass 5-protected front and back glasses. The tipping of the scale at 182 g is also considerably lighter.
The quad-camera set was moved to the panel’s upper-left corner, and the bump is a thick one. When putting on its back, it makes the device wobble. However, with the grip, the rounded back form helps, and the glass sheet blends smoothly into the metal frame with a barely noticeable distance.
The accented power button is on the right side, the volume rocker and the SIM card tray are on the left side, and a speaker grille and a 3.5 mm audio jack are flanked by the bottom USB-C connector.
Considering that the SoC is more energy-efficient and the screen refresh rate is 60Hz, we expect the vanilla X2 to get more out of the 4,000 mAh system with the same battery as the Realme X2 Pro. The standby score is about average, but the screen-on tests are what boosted the phone to a respectable 105h rating, particularly the time of video playback.
During charging, Realme X2 gets a little warm. There’s nothing to worry about, but it may raise some concerns about the battery’s longevity as Li-Ion and Li-Po batteries don’t like prolonged heat exposure.
The mobile has a single speaker in the middle, which is loud enough, but not one of the loudest handsets around. On the other hand, the loudspeaker sounds pretty simple, so you get a pretty good sound quality that makes up for the lack of loudness.
The Realme X2 provided consistent output with good loudness when connected to an active external amplifier in our audio output quality test via the audio jack.
Like most of her stablemates, however, when headphones came into play, she lost a fair amount of accuracy. Stereo separation suffered significantly, with some distortion of intermodulation creeping in, while slightly shaky frequency response. The size also drops on average, so it’s a little bit.
The Realme X2 is built around an especially powerful mid-range SoC-the Snapdragon 730G. Due to the higher clock speeds, the chipset is a variation of the Snapdragon 730 vanilla but with a slightly more powerful GPU. Though, it is still the same Adreno 618 GPU. It’s just that the 730 G has clocks 50 MHz higher than the Snapdragon 730 vanilla clocked 500 MHz.
On the front of the CPU, we have 2x Kryo 470 Gold core (Cortex-A76 derivatives) ticking at 2.2 GHz and 6x Kryo 470 Silver core (cortex-A55 derivatives) for less challenging power-saving activities. They’re 1.8 GHz clocked. The CPU is based on the LPP node of 8 nm.
There is a quad-camera system in Realme X2. The configuration here, however, is quite different from the X2 Pro-it replaces the lens for a dedicated macro camera, and the ultra-wide system often uses a different sensor. But if you look at it from an upgrade point of view, the X2 adds an ultra-wide and dedicated macro lens because they were not both onboard the first Realme X.
The main camera is a 64MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture, 0.8μm pixels and the sensor itself is one of the largest in the smartphone industry — 1/1.7.’ The ultra-wide camera is 8MP with f/2.3 aperture and 1.12μm pixels, the macro camera is 2MP with f/2.4 with relatively large 1.75μm pixels, and the last one with relatively large 1.75μm pixels.
The Realme X2 supports capturing up to 120fps of the video in [email protected] and 1080p. It also supports ultra slow-motion with a video resolution of 720p at 960fps, which is quite impressive given its price tag.
Anyway, here’s how the [email protected] mode looks-with nice natural-looking colors but due to overexposing clipped highlights. We think the range of dynamics looks fine.
Realme X2 is nice to see it taken in the mid-range seriously and we believe it adds to the overall user experience. At the same time, it’s precise and strong-something you’d expect to see on a real phone flagship.
But one thing is for sure-it’s a simple recommendation, and we can’t really think of a reason why you shouldn’t get the X2 vanilla.