Hands-on: Realme X50 Pro 5G review

This could be the 5G quad-camera phone for the masses

Realme X50 Pro 5G
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

Bang for buck; that’s the overriding theme that’ll surface over and over again as you use the Realme X50 Pro 5G more and more. The first clue’s in the name - 5G, a total luxury that usually costs the earth - but not on the Realme X50 Pro. Additionally, the phone packs a 64MP primary camera, with a quad-camera setup around the back, and a dual-selfie camera. Combine all that with a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, and we’re not sure how Realme did it, but we reckon the X50 Pro 5G might break the price/spec continuum - now you’ve just got to figure out where you can actually buy one.

Pros

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    5G at an affordable price

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    Across the board flagship spec

Cons

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    No headphone jack

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    Not available in the US

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The Realme X50 Pro 5G costs €550, but take a glance at its spec sheet, eye over that intimidating quad-camera array and slide a finger along its frosted glass back or blasted metal sides, and it will leave you scratching your head. This phone should cost more than it does - and we haven’t even turned it on yet. 

Fire up its zingy OLED screen, swipe through its silky 90Hz interface and revel in its mind-bogglingly fast charging, and the price gets even more confusing. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.