Realme X50 Pro Review: Is This 5G Phone Worth For 2020

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Realme offers a cost-effective killer, which is the protagonist of this review Realme X50 Pro 5G. This is the first Snapdragon 865 flagship released by Realme in less than a year from the return of India to China. The price starts from 3599 yuan, and the entire series is equipped with a 65W gallium nitride charger as standard. “It looks similar, but the two are indeed in completely different positions.

The previous Realme X50 was a mid-range 5G sub-flagship, and this time the Realme X50 Pro is the beginning of Realme’s flagship in 2020, and its importance is self-evident. So how does it actually perform? Next, let’s enter this realme X50 Pro review.

Design & Appearance

Sandwich structures with double-sided glass and medium-frame metal are not uncommon at present. The realme X50 Pro 5G follows the design ideas of the realme x50 5G and makes a look that almost everyone can accept. This means that from a distance, the X50 Pro 5G does not look much different from the realme 5 Pro.

In the author’s experience, the most obvious change I can feel is that the grip of the realme X50 Pro 5G is much better than the previous realme X50 5G. This is because the back process is upgraded and the back cover uses a more expensive AG coating. The matte touch has less damping, making the back of the phone smooth and delicate. And it will not leave fingerprints easily during use, and keep the back clean at all times.

The realme X50 Pro 5G’s body is very round and there are almost no edges and corners. After the 8.9mm body has undergone a round transition, it is easy to ignore the thickness on the touch with a one-handed and two-handed grip, and the curved glass on the back fits the handgrip.

It is worth mentioning that compared to the X50, the X50 Pro also has an obvious change, which is the return of the screen fingerprint unlocking, eliminating the fingerprint recognition area that was “homestay” on the power button, and it is a step up in aesthetics.

What makes the realme X50 Pro 5G recognizable is the two new colors additions-red rust and moss. The inspiration is said to be from the Morandi color system. For the first time, the mature and restrained expression of realme is shown. , Low-profile matte, compared with the high-saturation flamboyant color matching in the past, it is much more durable.

These color changes also depend on the reflection of light on the mirror glass, which looks quite deep, which is the flagship temperament. The X50 Pro is equipped with a 6.44-inch Samsung Super AMOLED screen, E3 light-emitting material, and a maximum excitation brightness of 1,000 nits. This high-quality screen is regarded as the flagship standard this year.

Refresh rate

It also comes standard with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The most direct experience is smoothness, reduced visual lag when sliding, reduced text smear when reading, and very easy operation. It also has a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. The touch sampling rate affects the touch sensitivity of the screen. The higher the touch sampling rate, the higher the touch sensitivity of the screen.

If you are more concerned about realme mobile phones, you may find that why the real self X50 is equipped with a 120Hz high refresh rate screen, but when the Pro version refresh rate is changed to 90Hz? The reason is explained in detail in the experience section. The desktop default wallpaper just obscures the front dual camera opening in the upper left corner. If you change the interface on a white background, you can see the opening.

Thanks to the replacement of the screen from the X50 LCD to the OLED material, the area of ​​the double openings has been reduced. Naturally, the effect on the screen’s integrated look and feel has been much lower than the previous generation. When playing a game or watching a video, you can turn the direction so that the game/video control buttons avoid this area. There is no need to cut the screen to a 16: 9 ratio display.

The bottom of the phone has a USB-C port, a microphone, a main speaker, and a dual SIM card slot. There is a microphone on the top.

This time the Realme X50 Pro does not retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. On the one hand, it reduces the openings, and on the other hand, it allows more space inside the fuselage to accommodate other more important components. We must know that the Realme X50 Pro 5G machine The body size is smaller than the X50, which means that the space pressure will be greater than the latter.

Realme X50 Pro Screen

We just raised a question that realme followers may have in the external viewing analysis section. The real self X50 is equipped with a high refresh rate of 120Hz. Why does the Pro version become 90Hz?

The reason for this is not difficult to explain. The real self X50 and real self X50 Pro have completely different screen materials: the X50 uses an LCD screen, and the X50 Pro uses an OLED screen.

Especially in low-temperature conditions, whether it is the iPhone 11 up to nearly 6000 yuan or a low-end entry phone down to several hundred yuan, any LCD screen is relatively prone to smear, which is because of the screen response time Long, it is not a real stutter, but relatively slow response.

Here we must first talk about the response time of the LCD screen: the speed at which each pixel of the liquid crystal display responds to the input signal, that is, the time required for the pixel to change from dark to bright or bright to dark, that is, the liquid crystal molecules rotate and return to the original position. The time needed.

LED

At the same time, it is also necessary to understand the principle of the LCD screen: under the action of the electric field, the arrangement direction of the liquid crystal molecules is changed to change the transmittance of the external light source, complete the electrical-optical conversion, and then use the three primary colors of R, G, and B. The different excitations of the signal pass through the three primary color filter films of red, green, and blue to complete the color reproduction of time domain and space domain.

In other words, as long as the LCD screen uses liquid crystal technology, liquid crystal molecules cannot be deflected. The time required from receiving the driver chip command to changing the state can only be as fast as possible.

The OLED screen’s light-emitting principle is different. It realizes self-emission by driving the organic thin-film itself by electric current. Technically, independent pixels can be turned on and off, and the light and dark changes of the pixels can be directly controlled, which avoids the flow of liquid crystal molecules’ deflection. Therefore, the response speed is far better than that of LEDs, and almost no afterimage can be seen by the naked eye.

Therefore, in the author ’s actual experience, the real-life X50 at the refresh rate of 120 Hz and the real-life X50 Pro at the refresh rate of 90 Hz can hardly see the smear phenomenon, but the sliding speed of the X50 will be faster, and the overall visual performance no big difference.

In addition, the real-world X50 Pro’s screen color adjustment is more restrained. It only provides two options: “P3” and “sRG”. It does not provide a vivid but unrealistic “bright” mode. In other words, the X50 Pro does not show strong display effects due to the use of AMOLED screens, and the color adjustment tendency is as restrained as its back.

Example of a 90Hz screen versus a 60Hz screen

Finally, let’s intuitively feel the smoothness of the high refresh rate screen compared to the traditional 60Hz refresh rate screen.

5G experience

We have already briefly introduced the appearance part. The body size of the X50 Pro is even smaller than that of the X50. This also means that the machine is facing tighter space pressure for 5G function implementation. After all, 5G is not a plug A simple thing that an X55 baseband chip can accomplish.

Realme X50 Pro also has to deal with extremely complicated antenna layout and RF deployment. Realme X50 Pro 5G also chose a more difficult solution to challenge. Like the realme X50, this game is not missing in frequency band or mode, including n1, n3, n41, n78, and n79.

This means that whether it is domestic or in most parts of the world, you do n’t need to worry about the “mobile phone does not support this band” when holding the real X50 Pro. For this reason, the X50 Pro has paid a very high price. Realme designed 12 antennas for this phone.

Speed

For the heat dissipation problem faced by a more compact body, the realme X50 Pro 5G has a complete set of heat dissipation mechanisms, which is officially called a five-dimensional ice-cooled heat dissipation Pro. , Heat dissipation silicone grease and other multiple heat dissipation materials. Among them, the area of ​​VC liquid-cooled soaking copper plate is as high as 1821 mm2. Compared with the previous generation heat pipe, the area is increased by 339%, which can cover the core heat source 100%, significantly reduce the temperature, and greatly improve the heat dissipation capacity.

These are all necessary guarantees for the real X50 Pro 5G network experience. Next, in the area covered by the 5G signal, we use the mainstream test tool Speed ​​Test for speed measurement under the 5G network.

The realme X50 Pro 5G network speed is currently stable at around 487Mbps near the author’s home. This rate is due to the fact that I got early engineering machines and the operator’s network was not stable. Even so, the speed experience of the X50 Pro is still much faster than 4G. In particular, compared with the 24.9 Mbps downlink rate of ordinary 4G networks, 5G networks have almost increased to 20 times the former.

Not only that, but the latency under 5G networks is also lower.

As the current 5G networks of the three major operators have not yet achieved large-scale full coverage like 4G networks, there must be some 5G network signal blind spots (such as in underground parking lots and elevators), and 5G and 4G switching scenarios will be encountered. Realme X50 Pro provides Smart 5G technology to solve the network stall that may occur during the 4G and 5G mutual switching process.

The most obvious performance is that when the 5G signal is weaker than 4G, the real X50 Pro will automatically switch back to 4G standby. At the same time, the 5G network can also speed up the network when the Wi-Fi signal is not good. After enabling the dual-channel acceleration of 5G and Wi-Fi, it can provide “dual insurance” for daily use, especially mobile games. Features have covered mainstream applications.

Hardware & Performance

Realme’s fastness is not just related to high refresh rate screens. I can persuade you to buy a realme X50 Pro. The main reason is the core hardware configuration based on the starting price of 3599 yuan. The X50 Pro is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. The most powerful mobile SoC.

At the same time, the Real X50 Pro National Bank Edition also provides a large memory starting with 8GB RAM, up to 12GB, and the specifications also use the top LPDDR 5 of the current Android camp. To match it is 128GB or 256GB of dual-channel UFS 3.0 storage.

These top-level hardware bases make this phone have the top speed and high performance of the Android camp. With the freshly released realme UI, it can be said that the X50 Pro is currently the fastest and smoothest mobile phone under realme.

Master Lu

Master Lu can evaluate and compare the five core hardwares of CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, and display. It is more suitable for ordinary white users to understand mobile phone related information.

CPU

Compared with the Snapdragon 855 Plus, the top pillar of the Qualcomm camp in 19 years, the Snapdragon 865 powered by the X50 Pro is more direct on the CPU.

Specifically, the CPU core used by the Snapdragon 865 is the same as the Snapdragon 855 Plus with a 1 + 3 + 4 architecture, with frequencies of 2.84GHz, 2.42Ghz, and 1.80GHz, and the cache capacity has not changed. With the Coterx-A77 architecture, the L3 cache has doubled to 4MB, and the four small cores are still the Cortex-A55 architecture, with a frequency of 1.8GHz.

Although the core frequency and L2 cache have not changed, compared with the Snapdragon 855 Plus based on the Cortex-A76 core improvement, Qualcomm’s main change on the Snapdragon 865 is to use the ARM Cortex-A77 architecture directly on the CPU core.

In the GeekBench5 test, the Snapdragon 865 used by the X50 Pro benefited from the new A77 architecture. Both the single-core and multi-core performance tests have achieved very good results. Among them, the single-core is 18 times ahead of the Snapdragon 855 Plus. %, Leading 19% on multicore.

GPU

Next, we look at the changes in the GPU. Adreno 630/640 GPUs are 2-core GPUs, each GPU core has 256 and 384 ALU units, and the performance of Adreno 650 has achieved a 50% improvement, which means that it may Is composed of three 256-ALU cores or two 512-ALU cores.

In terms of texture filling, the previous generation of Adreno 640 has performed well. Each core doubled from 12 groups of TMU units to 24 groups of TMU units, for a total of 48 groups of TMU units. This also makes the texture fill rate: the pixel fill rate reaches a rare 3: 1 ratio. The Adreno 650 GPU brings a 50% improvement in pixel processing performance over the previous generation, and now its pixel fill rate performance is on par with ARM’s Mali GPU.

Qualcomm has pointed out that the Adreno 650 GPU has improved performance by an average of 25% in different tests and loads. It should be noted that Qualcomm clearly indicates that the performance increase will be higher in some loads, such as the high load test Aztec Ruins in GFXBench. At this time, there may be a performance improvement of more than 25%.

Dual-channel UFS 3.0

Thanks to the dual-channel UFS 3.0, in the AndroBench storage test, the sequential reading speed of the Real Me X50 Pro was 1715.51MB / s and the sequential writing speed was 685.41MB / s. The random read speed is 238.74MB / s and the random write speed is 233.93MB / s.

The test data in each sub-item is much higher than the previous generation UFS 2.1. Even if you ignore the paper parameters, you can feel the faster game loading brought by the Snapdragon 865 + LPDDR 5+ dual-channel UFS 3.0. Speed ​​and application installation speed.

It is worth mentioning that official news claims that the realme X50 Pro uses UFS 3.0 + Turbo Write + HPB flash technology. Specifically, the Realme X50 Pro uses Samsung ’s standard UFS 3.0 + Turbo Write technology. Which is technically consistent with the JEDEC standard UFS 3.1 (UFS3.0 + Write Booster), which maximizes sequential writing. In the performance speed, only the name is different. The X50 Pro has added HPB technology to the entire system. Which can further improve the random read performance after long-term use?

Antutu

Antutu introduces mobile / tablet hardware performance evaluation tools. Which can comprehensively inspect the performance of various aspects of the device? Including user experience, and perform visual rankings. Support multiple mainstream platforms, running points can be compared across platforms. AnTuTu’s running score will provide a total score and multiple sub-item scores.

Realme X50 Pro Cameras

In previous years, dual- and triple-cameras were rare. Now four-cameras will almost become the standard for mobile phones. The main purpose is to enrich the photography scene and bring a more comprehensive photography experience through multiple cameras.

The rear side of the Realme X50 Pro uses a four-camera combination of 64MP main cameras + 12MP pixels 2x telephoto lens + 119 ° super wide-angle lens + black and white portrait lens.

The main camera is our old friend Samsung ISOCELL GW1. This sensor has a 1 / 1.72-inch photosensitive area and can take 64MP effective pixel photos. It is an evolutionary upgrade of Samsung GM1. And it has more pixels (from 47MP to 64MP). ), Due to Samsung ’s DTI pixel segmentation and other technologies. The overall signal-to-noise performance and low-light performance will also be improved.

The 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 main camera also supports QuadBayer pixel 4-in-1 technology. A single pixel can reach 1.6 μm, which brings better resolution and low-light performance. The ultra-wide-angle lens in the four-shot can capture ultra-wide-angle images of 119°. It also supports 3cm macro photography; the telephoto lens supports up to 2x optical zoom. 5x hybrid zoom, and 20x digital zoom; as for black and white portrait lenses. They can also play a role in shooting portraits.

It is worth mentioning that in the shooting experience. The author found that when the realme X50 Pro 5G is in poor light. The main camera with a larger aperture will be used to crop the image to obtain a zoom proof. Only if the ambient brightness is acceptable, the mobile phone ’s telephoto head will be called.

Battery

Not only does the 90Hz screen make brushing the phone visually fast, but the Snapdragon 865 + LPDDR 5+ dual-channel UFS 3.0 is fast. This time the 65W flash charge used by the X50 Pro makes charging faster. 35 minutes full. This is currently the fastest 65W charging record in 5G mobile phones.

The X50 Pro is equipped with a 65W flash charge, with a maximum current of 6.5A. And the most important thing is that this machine comes standard with a 65W gallium nitride charger-this charger currently costs at least 149 yuan in China. It is still very sincere.

In terms of charging speed, realme said that the X50 Pro takes only 35 minutes from 0 to 100% full. Which saves half of the charging time compared to some 30W flagship phones on the market. The reason why it is so fast is that the battery capacity is 4200mAh. Which is not too high. Secondly. SuperDart technology further improves the algorithm. The charging power is more balanced, and the trickle charging speed is greatly improved.

Among the previous smartphones. The fastest from 0 to 100% full charge is OPPO’s Reno Ace, which can be filled with a 4000mAh battery in 28 minutes. But this is a mobile phone last year, and the battery capacity is relatively small.

With such a fast charge, the X50 Pro can achieve 100 minutes of movie playback. 4 hours of phone calls, and 40 songs of battery life after 3 minutes of charging. 100 minutes is almost the time of a movie.

Online video battery life

I use the Bilibili client to play online barrage videos, 20% volume, 70% brightness, turn on the GPS switch. And keep QQ and WeChat in the background. Use a WiFi network, and the data network is in 5G state, starting from 100% power. And after 1 hour, the remaining power is 92%. Power consumption is 8%.

Game battery life

Keep QQ and WeChat in the background, turn on GPS, start from 100% power, and after 1 hour. The remaining power is 85%. The power consumption is 15%, but it should be noted that the picture quality is HDR and the frame number is set to ultra-high. If adjusted to the limit frame rate, battery life may be further reduced.

Realme X50 Pro Verdict

If in 2019, if you ask me if I will consider buying a 5G flagship. And seeing a crowd of 5G flagships that have almost doubled in price. And are relatively unchanged from 4G phones except for the network, I will shake my head.

However, let me look at this problem again now, and I will be excited by 5G flagships like realme X50 Pro. Because even without considering the 5G network. Its high refresh rate screen. Top performance and experience have reached a level that is very different from last year’s 4G mobile phone. Reaching the level that a high-end flagship should have. Under this premise, the 5G network is integrated. Characteristics have a very strong appeal.

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In the context of increasing sales without increasing prices starting from 3599 yuan, it is difficult for people with related needs to refuse early adopters of 5G flagships. From its selling price, we can also see that as a realme with strong Internet brand attributes and positioning close to young people, it continues to focus on the less expensive strategy.

Of course, at the same time. Realme is also constantly approaching the top flagship products of giant manufacturers. On the realme X50 Pro, we can see the Snapdragon 865 top mobile platform. 90Hz high refresh rate Samsung AMOLED screen. 65W SuperDart super flash charge ( Or even give away gallium nitride chargers) and many other flagships.

Although the Realme X50 Pro 5G looks like an upgraded version of the Realme X50 in the name. The two are two completely different products in terms of experience. The convergence between the two is only a product idea without shortcomings and no mistakes. It can be said that the realme X50 Pro is a high-end “bucket machine” in the Android flagship camp.

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