realme goes 5G for the realme X50 Pro
There's no MWC, so Chinese brand realme launched its new 5G flagship online instead.
The cancellation of Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2020 left a number of phone manufacturers with handsets to launch and no ready crowd of journalists to show them off to. So what's a Chinese phone maker to do in that scenario?
Why, launch it online instead, of course! That's what realme did, launching its new flagship phone, the realme X50 Pro, via a live streamed event.
While its existing product line, including phones such as the realme C2, realme 5 and realme 5 pro have focused strongly on the budget/value side of the market, the realme X50 Pro is a much more ambitious entry.
The realme X50 Pro is a 6.44-inch phone which realme revealed in a Moss Green or Rust Red finish with a Super AMOLED Samsung display and a dual hole punch camera design.
That camera hole houses a primary 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor alongside an 8MP ultrawide angle camera for group selfies. At the back, you'll find a quad camera array, with a 64MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide/macro, 12MP telephoto and monochrome portrait sensor in play. The realme X50 Pro supports up to 20x zoom, although that's hybrid zoom not actual optical zoom.
The realme X50 Pro runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor, which means that it's a 5G-ready phone, and realme's first entry into the 5G space. Realme is also promising a new "realme UI" built on top of Android 10 for the new handset.
There was no specific mention of Australian pricing and availability, but it will go on sale in April in Spain, with pricing at €599 for an 8GB RAM/128GB ROM version, €669 for 8GB/256GB or €749 for the 12GB/256GB variant. At current exchange rates, that would place them between AUD$983 and $1,229 or thereabouts. That would still place realme in the lower tier of 5G phone pricing for now, although it's expected that we'll see more affordable 5G handsets later in 2020.
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