To grab the title of "Flagship killer" somewhat neglected by OnePlus since its rise in price range, Xiaomi and Realme seem the most serious competitors. Positioned in starting price at less than 600 euros, but advancing premium assets, the Poco F2 Pro and the Realme X50 Pro, both 5G, have enough to roll mechanics and make the eye of those who seek an excellent report value for money … with compromise!
In the battle for the best value for money, Xiaomi and Realme have something to elbow with their latest comer. The Poco F2 Pro on the one hand, the X50 Pro 5G on the other, arrive with serious arguments in the segment at less than 600 euros and compete for the title of "Flagship killer".
Screen, autonomy, design, performance… they should not be overlooked in the face of market leaders. But their pricing positioning is also justified by small faults or shortcomings which do not yet make them very high-end. It remains to be seen which of the two smartphones suffers the least.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro and Realme X50 Pro 5G Datasheets
Elegance with full nude or not
The sobriety of the moment or the return to an attempt a few months ago? This is the dilemma between the two devices. The Poco F2 Pro marks the return of the full screen, without a camera. And for good reason, it was hidden in a pop-up camera that comes out of its hatch on demand (with a little melody as a bonus). There remains a screen that occupies the entire front of a chassis with a particularly neat design (even in the colored unlock button!), Notably with its glass back which houses, in a circled insert, the quadruple camera. The Poco F2 Pro is a beautiful and elegant smartphone, but a little bit massive and heavy (218 g). It will not be intended for small hands.
For its part, the Realme X50 Pro plays on sobriety with a flat screen and a more classic design. Note the screen bezels that look slightly thicker than those of the Poco F2 Pro, but reduced all the same. An impression may be given by the presence of a double punch on the screen, a format that we thought had been forgotten. On the back, there is also a quadruple sensor positioned vertically on a colored frosted glass back. Very pretty, but which will easily take your fingerprints.
Like its competitor, the Chinese smartphone requires good pockets and good hands. It is smaller than the Poco F2 Pro (15.9 against 16.3 cm), but also quite heavy (205 g) and slightly thicker (9.36 mm against 8.9 mm). The thickness in a template is also explained by the presence of a substantial battery (see below).
If the presence of a headphone jack is essential for you, the Poco F2 Pro will delight you while the X50 Pro has mourned. Likewise, the former continues to favor the slot for a dual SIM card while Realme only opts for a single nanoSIM card. Bad news, however: neither of the two smartphones can expand the storage space. And syears surprised, because of its camera drawer, the Poco F2 Pro is not waterproof … but the X50 Pro either and it is more surprising.
The importance of the 60 or 90 Hz screen
The two smartphones have chosen the OLED, of a similar definition (2400 x 1080p). The Poco F2 sports a beautiful 6.67 inch full screen, rather efficient, well balanced and with very good color rendering, perfect contrast and maximum brightness, which still peaks at 757 cd / m². Note that the screen's colorimetry benefits from an Auto mode to adjust according to the ambient light, an option that you can also adjust as desired to warmer or cooler tones.
The Realme X50 Pro almost looks like a small smartphone next door with its 6.44-inch screen. Its slab is pleasant without being optimal. It adapts perfectly to the strong external light. But in the default calibration mode, the colors tend to turn blue. By switching to soft mode, if the hues are warmed, the colors become duller.
If you give importance to the refresh rate of the screen, which has become a new battleground for manufacturers, then the duel is unbalanced: the Poco F2 Pro is content with 60 Hz and does not go above while the X50 Pro files with great fluidity at 90 Hz. This is especially felt in internet browsing or on apps with news feeds like Twitter or Facebook where scrolling is not necessary. You'll also appreciate avoiding screen stuttering when scrolling through your application drawers. And it is possible to return to the rate of 60 Hz on the X50 Pro to save a little battery in particular.
Fluid interfaces but stupid faults
The Poco F2 Pro, like the Realme X50 Pro, has an interface based on Android 10, but rewrapped in homemade sauce. At Xiaomi, this is called MIUI 11 and the Poco F2 Pro is entitled to it with the whole range of usual customizations (gesture navigation, dark mode …) and the presence of Google services preinstalled. The only specificity: the Poco Launcher does not allow you to deactivate the application drawer. And some translation errors or confusions in the interface tarnish the use.
The Realme X50 Pro offers Realme UI which borrows a lot from Oppo's ColorOS 7, its not-so-distant cousin. And it only takes good elements. A neat and more intuitive interface, less mess too. But Realme UI is mainly a tweak of appearances and the addition of many features (customization and modification of icons, dark mode, gesture commands, application drawer, etc.). One of the black spots will be the discomfort sometimes caused by the double punch which penalizes the display of the notification bar and reduces it. And also the intelligent assistant screen far from being aptly named …
On the biometric side, the two devices choose the fingerprint reader under the screen. Positioned naturally high enough for Xiaomi and quick to execute, it is a little more effective at Realme, but not necessarily well placed for many users.
The Poco F2 Pro has integrated facial recognition into its pop-up camera. It is incredibly quick to fire to unlock. Maybe too much to be completely reliable. It just combines your face with a 2D photo to give Go, which sometimes lets some approximations work like recognizing an ear if you're not really in front. Realme has nothing to show off either because the firm has made the same bet of a less secure 2D biometric recognition.
Who can do more during the day can do a little less at night
Four or nothing! The Poco F2 Pro and X50 Pro have chosen a four-sensor camera to offer maximum possibilities and versatility. On the first, the sensors are much more centered on the upper part and placed in a circle, just above the flash. On its competitor, they are vertical and the flash positioned just to the right of the strip.
To the main sensor (64 MP) and to the ultra wide angle, the Poco F2 Pro adds a macro and a depth sensor.
- 64-megapixel main sensor (f / 1.89);
- 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle, 123 degrees (f / 2.4);
- sensor with macro lens of 5 megapixels for a focus of 3 to 7 cm;
- 2 megapixel depth sensor (f / 2.4).
By day, the Xiaomi smartphone takes quality photos, with a slightly saturated but pleasant color rendering, a good level of detail and the very correct exposure of the scenes. AI mode can be used as a backup to optimize the result. Macro mode is hardly impressive and its definition is rather limited. But overall, the Poco F2 Pro is doing well with the honors in the photo.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro:
The Realme X50 Pro has opted for a telephoto lens with x2 optical zoom (hybrid x5, digital x20) and a black and white depth module.
- 12 megapixel telephoto module, 54 mm equivalent (f / 2.5), x2 optical zoom, x5 hybrid zoom
- 64-megapixel wide-angle module (Samsung Isocell GW1 sensor), 26 mm equivalent (f / 1.8)
- 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle module, 15.7 mm equivalent (f / 2.3)
- 2 megapixel black and white depth module (f / 2.4)
The Realme X50 Pro does well on these different focal lengths. He still manages to capture enough detail. But there is sometimes a marked disparity in colors between the different lenses.
Realme X50 Pro 5G:
When the light goes down, the Poco F2 Pro will need a boost to get better and get good color consistency. Image quality remains good, but exposure is not always optimal. Night mode will be a shock ally at nightfall. Realme side, the X50 Pro does not score much more points. The ultra-wide angle is on the exposure side, the x5 zoom loses details. The smartphone will try to rely on its Night Shot mode to compensate, but without shining more, if not at the level of the white balance.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro:
Realme X50 Pro 5G:
The portrait mode of the Poco F2 is fairly precise in its treatment of the difference in depth between the subject and the background. But he still finds it difficult to interpret rebellious locks on hairstyles. Bad point already noted, his crazy tendency to force the sharpness of the face which can have the opposite effect of marking even more the contrasts and therefore intensifying fatigue. The Realme X50 Pro combines portrait mode and HDR. It is able to crop the face correctly, even in complex backgrounds. Skin gain and shade are well respected, without excess.
With its dual front sensor (32 MP + 8 MP ultra wide angle), the Realme X50 Pro is betting on the ultra wide angle selfie to immortalize your group photos. And portrait mode is also available, but for wide-angle photos only. The Poco F2 Pro relies on its 20 MP pop-up camera for selfies. The rendering is good, but the camera tends to overexpose darker scenes.
In terms of video, the Poco F2 Pro is clearly taking the lead. he can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second (versus 4K / 30 fps or Full HD / 60 fps for the Realme X50 Pro), and an option even lets you enjoy 8K recording. It is not yet decisive in a purchase, for lack of suitable equipment. But it still offers working comfort for good 4K videos. In any case, a tripod will prove to be quite useful.
Snapdragon 865 for everyone
Power, do you want, here it is! Both models opted for the high-end, namely Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865, the most powerful chip available for Android. The Poco F2 Pro comes with 6 or 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of storage like the Realme X50 Pro. But the latter rather puts on 8 or 12 GB of RAM to boost it.
Suffice to say that games like Fortnite or Call of duty, video, etc., everything is fluid with the two competitors. However, in the game of power comparisons, the X50 Pro takes the lead over the Poco F2 Pro in all the benchmarks. And the latter tends to heat easily.
Endurance and speed
We are dealing with two serious autonomy level candidates. The Poco F2 Pro has a 4,700 mAh battery and the Realme X50 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery. Enough to have more than a good day, even when playing or opting for a high screen refresh rate at 90 Hz.
The Realme X50 Pro has one big advantage: one of the fastest recharges on the market (10 to 100% in less than 30 minutes). It must be said that it comes with a 65 W charger, the same as that of the Oppo Find X2 Pro. The Poco F2 Pro must be content with a 33 W charger which allows to go from 6 to 100% in 1h20.
A big lack for the two models which also justifies their status: neither has wireless charging.
Which smartphone to choose between the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro and the Realme X50 Pro 5G?
It will all depend on your priorities. If the screen is important for watching videos, navigating comfortably or otherwise, the Poco F2 Pro has an advantage. If power and autonomy are essential, the Realme X50 Pro takes the upper hand. The price can also be a deciding factor and in this game, the newcomer of Xiaomi takes the top. Positioned 50 euros less in its initial version, but with only 6 GB of RAM (against 8 GB of RAM at Realme) and 128 GB of storage, it seems a better compromise with an equal configuration 8 GB of RAM / 256 GB of storage ( € 599.90 versus € 669.90).
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The Poco F2 Pro is a beautiful smartphone, embedding important technologies that can be found on the premium, does not have to be ashamed in photos or in terms of autonomy. Like the Realme X50 Pro, it fishes for small details that can be annoying at times, but its price is like a reminder of excellent value for money with compromise so as not to increase the bill. The X50 Pro can do well with those who want a more versatile smartphone, ultimately effective in all areas.
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As for the future 5G promised by the two manufacturers, it is a draw that will not make you decide in your decision. The Poco F2 Pro like the Realme X50 Pro will be content with the frequency bands below 6 GHz (sub-6) and will not work with millimeter waves. In any case, these will only be deployed in France in a few years.
To learn more about these two smartphones, do not hesitate to read our full tests:
Price and availability of the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro and the Realme X50 Pro 5G
The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro is available in two configurations: 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for 549.90 euros; 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for 599.90 euros.
The Realme X50 Pro is offered in three configurations, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (599.90 euros) or 256 GB of storage (669.90 euros). A more advanced version offers 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for 749.90 euros.