Do not confuse it with the Realme X50 Pro 5G, the Realme X50 5G is a mid-range smartphone. Launched today in France at a price of 379 euros (excluding promotion), this device hopes to appeal to young people thanks to its modern design, its Snapdragon 765G processor and its screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. What is it really worth? Here are the first results from our laboratory.
A screen that ruins everything
At first glance, the Realme X50 5G looks like a great smartphone. Its very modern design gives it a carefree high-end appearance despite its low price. We particularly appreciate the slight curvature of its back which greatly improves the grip of the device. Too bad its 202 grams place it among the heavyweights in the industry. The latter is all the more surprising as the mobile’s 4200 mAh battery is quite classic. It is usually the devices with gigantic batteries that stand out for their weight.
Fortunately, autonomy side, Realme is doing honorably. The device resisted 14h49 to our versatile autonomy test and 11:20 a.m. in video streaming, which places it slightly above average each time. These results are moreover almost identical to those of the OnePlus North, its main rival (399 euros).
Unfortunately, not everything could be perfect. The Realme X50 5G is the victim of what could be described as excessive pride. Indeed, instead of settling for a screen with a 60 Hz or 90 Hz refresh rate as on most mid-range smartphones, Realme wanted at all costs to have 120 Hz. To offset the costs of this feature, the Chinese brand (which also belongs to the same group as OnePlus and Oppo, it is worth remembering) has chosen a 6.57-inch LCD panel which, in our opinion, is of poor quality. Its maximum brightness of 370 cd / m2 without hesitation deserves the catastrophic attribute. This is the worst result in the category of smartphones sold between 200 and 500 euros in a year… The contrast ratio, 1457: 1, is also below our expectations. The screen really pulls this smartphone down. Is having 120 Hz really worth it if the device is hard to use outdoors?
5G at a low price
Realme’s cheapest 5G smartphone, the X50 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, like the OnePlus Nord. The latter belongs to the mid-range category and makes the use of the device very smooth, despite some software flaws in our opinion such as slowdowns in the animations (which are due to the Realme UI overlay). Nothing alarming however, the device works very well.
On the photo side, the smartphone is rather versatile for its price. In addition to a 64 Mpix main sensor, the device has a telephoto lens with x2 zoom (12 Mpix) and an ultra wide-angle (8 Mpix). The fourth sensor, more dispensable, is used to take macro photos. We admit that we haven’t had time to test them yet, so we’ll come back to them later.
At 379 euros, the Realme X50 5G is undoubtedly very good value for money. However, it would be difficult for us to recommend this device to you as is. The poor quality of its LCD screen really pulls the device down, especially since the competition in this segment is fierce this year. The Google Pixel 4a (349 euros) and the OnePlus Nord (399 euros) are two much more interesting products for our taste. We can nevertheless salute the efforts of Realme, which is launching its new device with resellers such as Fnac or Darty, proof of its desire to invest in the French market.