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Review of the realme X50 (5G) an alternative to the OnePlus Nord

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The realme X50 5G is a 5G phone, the realme brand itself emphasizes it in the name of the device, but it is not the only thing that stands out. As can be seen in the images, the new smartphone offers an attractive design that follows the lines of realme. It is a large mobile phone, somewhat heavy and with a huge screen: 6.57 inches diagonally and with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

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Available in two colours Jungle Green and Ice Silver, priced at £299 from realme and Amazon UK.

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REALME X50 5G
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
202 grams
SCREEN 6.57-inch IPS / LCD
FullHD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels)
Format 20: 9
Gorilla Glass 5
120 Hz
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 765G
GPU Adreno 620
RAM 6 GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 128 GB
BATTERY 4,200 mAh
VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 30W
REAR CAMERA 48 MP (1/2 ”) f / 1.8 25.4 mm
Macro 2 MP f / 2.4 4 cm
Ultra wide-angle 8 MP f / 2.3, 119º 15.7 mm
2 MP monochrome f / 2.4
FRONT CAMERA Wide-angle 16 MP f / 2.0 79.3º
2 MP f / 2.4 portrait
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 10 with Realme UI
CONNECTIVITY 5G NSA / SA
4G
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
GPS Dual Frequency
Dual nano-SIM
OTHERS Fingerprint reader on the power button
Dolby
USB type C sound

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The fingerprint reader moves to the side taking advantage of the power button and leaving the volume buttons for the left side of the phone.

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It has USB-C, lacks a headphone jack, has NFC with dual GPS, includes a huge 4,200 mAh battery with Flash Charge 4.0 fast charge (30 W charger) and comes with the option to complete the hardware with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

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All with dual nano-SIM but no SD card socket.

The realme X50 5G was one of the first phones to hit the market with one of Qualcomm’s new processors, the Snapdragon 765G. Specialized in providing 5G coverage, and with extensive processing capabilities, this SoC is enough and more than enough to power any phone with ease. 

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With the realme X50 5G, multiplies sensors and optics to offer a quad rear camera that includes a 48 MP main sensor, a wide-angle lens with an 8 MP sensor, and a third sensor with a telephoto lens. (up to 5x hybrid) and has a 2 MP macro camera to get close-ups of objects that are very close to the phone. And this is not all, that the realme X50 5G crops the screen to embed a dual 16 + 2 MP front camera: wide-angle and ultra-wide, respectively.

The realme X50 is just like the OnePlus Nord because it comes armed with a Snapdragon 765G SoC from Qualcomm that went through the 7nm manufacturing process, and is mated to an Adreno 620 GPU.

Display

The Realme X50 5G comes with a 6.57-inch IPS display with a 1080 x 2400 resolution. It’s got fairly slim bezels all around, measuring 3mm at the sides, 4mm on top, and 7mm on the chin. Colours were vivid thanks to its glossy display, and it has excellent detail and sharpness. Animations were also buttery smooth thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate.

Video

During the testing, I did a video loop test, which consists of looping a 1080p video at about 50% brightness in aeroplane mode and got a total of 20 hours and 32 minutes.

Battery Life

The battery supports the Dart Charge 4.0 quick-charging capability with 30 Watts of power via the provided USB-C cable and adapter. The charger I used during my review allowed me to obtain a full charge in just under an hour. The manufacturer’s promise of a full charge in 1 hour is therefore not an empty one. With a 4,200 mAh happens to be the same charging capacity as the more expensive Realme X50 Pro.

Camera samples

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Conclusion

What we liked:

  • High refresh rate display
  • Good overall system performance
  • Rear camera quality
  • Overall build quality

What we didn’t:

  • No expandable storage option
  • No 3.5mm audio jack

If we take the price/performance ratio of this model alone, isolating it from the rest of the market, then the realme X50 is an absolutely good choice, with a hard right punch in performs and price.

The 120 Hz screen is very smooth, the Snapdragon 765G chipset is tried-and-tested when it comes to mobile gaming, the battery life is more than capable of lasting throughout the day, all for under £300.

Score from TNC is 4.3/5

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