Realme is off to an aggressive start in 2020. After the recent launch of the Realme C3 (Review) in the budget space, the company is now setting its sights on the premium tier with the new X50 Pro. This phone was all set to debut at the Mobile World Congress trade show but now that it has been cancelled, Realme decided to debut the phone in India.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G is the company’s most premium (and most expensive) offering yet, as it’s also the first Snapdragon 865-based smartphone to launch here. Think of this phone as a beefed-up Realme X2 Pro (Review). Compared to it, the X50 Pro offers the latest 5G capabilities, a bigger battery, faster charging, dual front cameras, and new software. We’ve haven’t spent enough time with the phone yet to be able to write a full review but we can share our initial thoughts, so here goes.
Realme hasn’t gone too crazy with design and the X50 Pro 5G has a familiar look with some subtle improvements. The most noticeable is the hole-punch display that you get on the X50 Pro 5G, which looks modern and in line with other premium phones on the market. It’s a dual hole-punch, similar to what we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (Review), but in the upper left corner of the display. We haven’t found it to be too intrusive yet when watching videos or playing games. The display also curves at the sides, so swipe gestures aren’t obtrusive against your skin.
The phone feels very well built and sturdy. There’s Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. The 6.44-inch AMOLED panel is bright, and the full-HD+ resolution keeps everything looking sharp. It also has a 90Hz refresh rate, just like on the Realme X2 Pro.