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Realme X50 Pro 5G first impressions: the harbinger of 5G in India

You know the competition is fierce when brands fight tooth and nail to be the first to launch a smartphone, even when their USP is irrelevant for the market. Case in point, the race to become the first brand to launch a 5G-enabled smartphone in India, with Realme and Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO in the reckoning. The former has gone ahead and launched the X50 Pro 5G in the country, becoming the first to do so. Pricebaba was present at the launch event held in Delhi today and here’s a brief account of our first impressions of the Realme X50 Pro 5G.

Design-wise, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is very similar to the Realme X-series of smartphones launched by the brand in the past. You get a glass-sandwich build with a frosted finish on the back, which lends it a premium feel in the hand. The smartphone has a uniform weight distribution and as such, it has a confidence-inspiring heft to it despite being on the heavier side. You will find the quad-camera module in the top left corner with dual-LED flash and the Realme branding along the same line in the bottom. There’s no physical fingerprint scanner because the handset features an in-display module, which was quite fast and accurate during my short stint with the phone.

As for other elements, the USB Type-C port, speaker grille and the dual SIM tray is located on the bottom, while the top edge is home to a single noise cancellation mic. The physical power and volume keys are located on the right and left edge, respectively. Unfortunately, the brand has skipped the 3.5mm audio jack as well as the microSD card slot.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G’s window to the world is 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with dual-punch hole design. The screen flaunts an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent, thanks to the punch-hole design. Realme has equipped the smartphone with features like HDR 10+ support, Blue Light filter, 90Hz refresh rate and more. The smartphone features 1,000nits of brightness, which is bright enough to be legible in both indoor and outdoor lighting. I found the screen to be very sharp and vivid during my short time with it, so no qualms there. As expected, there is Widevine L1 certification, which means you can enjoy streaming on your favourite OTT platform in high resolution.

Coming to the performance, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is rocking the latest and greatest, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC at its core. Realme is offering the 5G smartphone in three variants – 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB. There’s also Vapor Chamber cooling system for improved thermals. Additionally, the smartphone boots the newest Realme UI based on Android 10 out of the box, which we first saw on the Realme C3. As I observed in my review, the UI is a mishmash of Samsung’s One UI, stock Android interface and optimisations from ColorOS. The phone has minimal bloatware, which also can be uninstalled thankfully. During my short stint with the handset, the Realme X50 Pro 5G came across as a performance beast with super-smooth multitasking. However, I would reserve my judgement for the full review. Powering the handset is a 4,200mAh battery, which comes with the support for a mind-blowing 65W SuperDart fast charging support. Realme claims that the SuperDart can offer 100 mins of movie watching time, up to 4 hours of calling and 40 songs playback in just three minutes of charging.

The quad-camera module on the back comprises of a 64MP primary camera backed by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera that also doubles up as a macro lens, 13Mp telephoto sensor and 2MP portrait camera. The telephoto lens offers up to 20x digital zoom with  2X optical zoom and 5x Hybrid Zoom. For selfies, the smartphone offers a 32MP f/2.4 camera with an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle secondary lens. The camera interface is loaded with usual features like night mode, portrait, 64MP mode, HDR, AI scene recognition, Ultra Macro and more. The initial pictures captured inside the launch venue were pretty promising, however, stay tuned for a detailed analysis.

Realme has launched the X50 Pro 5G in India for a starting price of Rs 37,999 and the smartphone is currently the only Snapdragon 865 offering at the moment at this price point. For the price, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is a commendable value for money offering. However, it would be wise to see what iQOO unveils tomorrow and how it fares against the Realme offering. The jury is still out on which one of these is a better smartphone, first 5G phone or not.

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