We now have a true Realme flagship on the local market. After posting a bunch of teasers leading up to today’s virtual launch event, Realme took the stage to announce the Realme X50 Pro 5G alongside the Realme Watch S and Realme Buds Air Pro in the Philippines.
(Update, December 5: Here’s our review of the Realme X50 Pro 5G!)
But the company’s latest noise-cancelling earbuds and smartwatch weren’t the biggest announcements of the night. All eyes were on the X50 Pro 5G, which is driven by a flagship-grade Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem for super-fast internet in supported locations. Moss Green and Rust Red are your color options, and both come with a matte finish to keep the glare and fingerprints away.
In the Philippines, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is endorsed by Filipina cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao. It will be offered through Smart Communications’ Signature Plan 1499 with a one-time device payment of P6,900 and a P400 monthly amortization over a 24-month contract. Plan 1499 comes with a 10GB monthly data allocation, unlimited texts and calls to all networks, plus 100 minutes of calls to PLDT landline numbers.
Preorders are already open on Smart’s website until December 10, with shipping and in-store availability from December 11. Those who purchase the device during the pre-sale window will receive a free Realme Watch smartwatch worth P3,990.
The #LeapToNextGen became more eXciting with realme’s newest face- Alodia Gosiengfiao!— realme Philippines (@Realme_PH) December 2, 2020
Catch her tomorrow along with the amazing Smartphone Companion on December 3, 6:00 PM
Mark your Calendars here: https://t.co/2S9Nrq4Gae#realmeX50Pro #real5GFlagship pic.twitter.com/9lX82wLTFd
A behind-the-scenes look at the shoot of Alodia Gosiengfiao for Realme and its X50 Pro 5G
As for the Realme Watch S and Realme Buds Air Pro, both devices are priced at P4,990 each and will be available at the company’s official brand stores on Lazada and Shopee with a P1,000 “launch day” discount on December 3 at 7 p.m. and during the upcoming 12.12 sale events on both platforms. Offline release starts December 4 at select Realme stores and kiosks nationwide.
We can confirm that the Realme X50 Pro 5G works perfectly well on local 5G networks. Of course, the availability of 5G, and its coverage across the country, will improve over the coming years. So even if the next-gen wireless standard is not available in your area at the moment, things could change soon.
Check out our unit’s speed-test results below. In general, results can vary wildly depending on where you are.
This 5G speed test on the Realme X50 Pro 5G was done in Rizal. It should be faster in areas like Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City
Another thing to be excited about is the Realme UI 2.0 custom overlay based on Android 11. The X50 Pro will run Google’s newest operating system when it arrives here, making it the first Realme device to launch with UI 2.0 in the Philippines. The new software brings a more consistent and “close to stock Android” experience, along with customizable always-on lockscreens and an improved Game Space app, which introduces an Immersive mode that reduces distractions while playing.
Besides Android 11 and 5G (and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset the modem is attached to), another attraction is the camera system. The Realme X50 Pro has four camerasont the back and two on the front for a total of six cameras.
The primary camera uses a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor, while the secondary cameras have dedicated hardware for ultra-wide, telephoto, and portrait shots. Phase-detect auto-focus is available in the main and telephoto cameras.
Just a sample picture shot on the Realme X50 Pro 5G, which we posted on Instagram before the launch of the smartphone in the Philippines
The zoom camera pairs a 12-megapixel sensor with a 52mm-equivalent lens capable of 2x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom. The “in-between” option, where you get a decent amount of detail and range, is called hybrid zoom. It combines optical and digital zooms with clever processing to get 5x magnification while keeping the image quality decent.
Like other Realme devices in the midrange and the top-end market, the X50 Pro 5G’s low-light performance looks promising. What’s more, its improved Night mode comes with a tripod feature that allows the phone to shoot for as long as 50 seconds.
And here are three sample night shots! More in our review
Additionally, the handset records video at up to 4K resolution with its main camera, which can also capture full resolution at both 30fps and 60fps. The ultrawide-angle and telephoto options max out at 1080p/30fps.
We’ll have more about the Realme X50 Pro 5G in our full review. In the meantime, if you have any questions, fire away in the comments.
Realme X50 Pro 5G specs
- 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display, 2,400 x 1,080 resolution (20:9), 90Hz refresh rate, dual punch hole
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G
- 12GB RAM
- 256GB storage
- Quad 64-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultra wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 2-megapixel (depth) rear cameras
- Dual 32-megapixel, 8-megapixel (ultra wide), front cameras
- Fingerprint reader (under display)
- 4,200mAh battery with 65-watt fast charging
- Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11
- Colors: Moss Green, Rust Red
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