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The X50 Pro is definitely Realme’s most ambitious phone

Realme X50 Pro: A 5G-ready smartphone that takes on the likes of OnePlus 7T

Coming on the heels of the X2 Pro is India’s first Snapdragon 865 5G chipset-powered smartphone. The X50 Pro 5G is Realme’s second attempt at a flagship smartphone in India.

One may wonder why a 5G smartphone has been launched in India when network capabilities are at least a year away. The answer is simple. If a manufacturer wants to use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 processor in their smartphone then they must also pair it with the Snapdragon X55 modem (a 5G modem) whether they want to or not. That’s what Realme is doing here with the X50 Pro.

Design and display

The most striking feature of the X50 Pro is the design itself. The X50 Pro has a glass front and back and a frosted finish that is similar to the OnePlus 7T. It has a matte finish and comes in two low-saturated, crowd-pleasing colours: Rust Red and Moss Green.

The smooth matte finish provides a nice grip; though heavy, the phone’s weight has been equally distributed in a way that your hand never tires from holding it. The X50 Pro’s vertical quad-camera setup may not be different from the Realme smartphones released earlier, and neither is the dual-tone colour shifting gradient. What’s different this time around is the dual punch-hole camera on the front, a first for the company.

Realme follows a minimalistic approach in its button and port placements: the power button is on the right and volume rockers on the left. On the bottom, there is a SIM card slot and a USB Type-C port for charging and listening to music (Realme omitted the 3.5mm jack this time around).

The logo and the rear-camera setup are both on the left side of the rear panel, giving the X50 Pro a clean look. The X50 Pro sports a 6.44-inch Full HD+ (2,400×1,080 resolution) Super AMOLED screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The kicker is that the smartphone has a 90Hz high refresh rate for smoother transitions when scrolling through all your social media feeds, browsing the web, playing games, and watching videos.

The screen is certified for HDR10+playback. The screen is dull and does not stand out. However, it delivers for the price range. The X50 Pro’s display is vibrant and sports punchy colours. It’s got good viewing angles and just about average sunlight legibility. The high refresh rate is a welcome addition.

For those who use a 90Hz (or even a 120Hz) refresh rate, they just can’t go back to the days of 60Hz refresh rates. The animations are smoother and it’s a treat playing video games on 90Hz.

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