August 12, 2022
realme x2 pro master edition first impressions

Realme’s current flagship offering is the X2 Pro, and with this, the company has also launched two special edition variants which it refers to collectively as the ‘Master Edition’. This is the second time that Realme has launched such a series for its phones in India, the first being the Master Edition of the Realme X (Review), which features ‘Onion’ and ‘Garlic’ finishes. The Master Edition of the Realme X2 Pro is inspired by the architecture, and hence the two special finishes are ‘concrete’ and ‘red brick’.

The Realme X2 Pro Master Edition recently went on sale in India, for a slightly higher price tag of Rs. 34,999, as compared to the standard variant with the same configuration which costs Rs. 33,999. We’ve got our hands on the Red Brick version, so let’s see what makes it special.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the retail package is a little different. We have a dark colored box with the picture of the phone on it instead of a white box with just the name of the phone embossed on it. The theme inside the box is also similar but the contents are fairly standard. You get a silicone case, a SIM eject tool, a quick-start guide, a USB Type-C cable, and Super VOOC Flash Charge adapter.

The Realme X2 Pro Master Edition has been designed by renowned industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, who was also responsible for the onion and garlic versions of the Realme X. The Red Brick version we have has a wine colored frame with a similar shaded textured glass. Back, to mimic the look and feel of a brick. Realme says that it has used lacquered glass coating technology to achieve this finish.

The end result feels quite good to hold, as the slightly rough texture provides a good grip and doesn’t easily attract fingerprints, unlike the standard version of the phone. This is a very unique shade of red, which helps this device stand out. According to Realme, the brand logo near the rear camera module and Fukasawa’s signature glass have been laser engraved.

realme x2 pro master edition logo realme XTRealme X2 Pro Master Edition has a unique finish for the back panel

On the software side, the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition has only one wallpaper that matches its exterior finish, but there is no further customization. Apart from looks, it’s a regular X2 Pro in every sense. The Master Edition is available in only one configuration, with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The internal memory is of UFS 3.0 type, but cannot be expanded as there is no microSD card slot.

Rest of the specifications remain the same as the standard version of the Realme X2 Pro (Review). You get a large 6.5-inch display with a small dewdrop notch and slim bezels all around. The Super AMOLED panel has a full-HD+ resolution and produces decent colors and contrast, making videos very enjoyable to watch. It also supports 90Hz refresh rate, so scrolling through menus feels fluid, and it supports the HDR10+ standard for better dynamic range in compatible videos. The in-display fingerprint sensor works great and we found the face recognition to be equally fast.

Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC on the inside, the performance is pretty fast too. We’ve seen it on several flagship phones this year, including the standard edition of the X2 Pro. 12GB of RAM allows apps to run in the background, so you can quickly switch to previously used apps.

realme XT with realme x2 pro master editionApart from the color and texture, it’s a standard X2 Pro on the inside

Benchmark performance is also solid and we got the same numbers as the 8GB version of the X2 Pro we reviewed earlier. In AnTuTu, the X2 Pro Master Edition scored a score of 490,356, while in Geekbench, we got single-core and multi-core CPU scores of 644 and 2,612 respectively. Our unit of X2 Pro Master Edition was running ColorOS 6.1 and had the November 2019 security patch.

We didn’t test the cameras in depth this time, as the hardware and software are exactly the same as the standard version. On the back, we have a 64-megapixel primary camera; 13-megapixel telephoto camera with 5x hybrid zoom; an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera; and 2 megapixel depth camera. Selfies are handled by a 16-megapixel sensor on the front. For a detailed analysis of the camera performance, be sure to check out the full review of the Realme X2 Pro.

Realme is charging a slight premium for the Master Edition of the X2 Pro over the Standard Edition, which could be worth springing for if you’re looking for something a little different than the Standard Edition. With we constantly discounting, the base variant of the OnePlus 7T (Review) is often priced the same as the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition. Both the phones offer very similar features and specifications, but Realme’s offering gives you more RAM and storage for the same price.

Which one would you pick? We would love to know your thoughts in the comment section.

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