The fact that MWC 2020 in Barcelona was cancelled wasn't enough to deter the company from making its announcement in Spain. Just 380 miles east, it held a press conference in Madrid to unveil the Realme X50 Pro 5G – which looks set to be one of the best 5G phones on the market.
While the X50 Pro 5G wasn't entirely unexpected (we predicted it when Realme teased the announcement), it's no less exciting for photographers seeking a powerhouse camera phone.
The new model features a Hawk Eye AI quad camera array, consisting of a 64MP main camera, a 12MP telephoto lens (with up to 20x zoom), an 8MP ultra wide-angle and macro lens (with 119° angle of view and 3cm close focusing distance), and a black-and-white portrait lens with "color filter system" and an f/2.4 aperture.
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That 64MP primary camera features some AI software enhancements, including Nightscape 3.0 and Ultra Nightscape Mode, which enable users to capture photographs even in challenging nocturnal conditions.
The camera on the face of the phone is equally impressive, boasting a dual selfie array with a 32MP wide-angle f/2.5 lens and an ultra-wide 8MP f/2.2 module 105° field of view, presented in a notch-free punch-hole display. The quad-camera array also supports 4K video with video stabilization "which is comparable to the professional sports cameras", along with "real-time bokeh effect".
Elsewhere the phone is packing similarly imposing specs, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G mobile platform. Its 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display boasts a 20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz sampling rate for minimal lag. The screen features in-display fingerprint recognition that can unlock in 0.27 seconds.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be available in April in multiple configurations, with 8GB RAM / 128GB storage for €599, 8GB / 256GB for €669, and 12GB / 256Gb for €749 (official US, UK and Australian pricing to follow).