The Realme Pro shows just how good mid-range phones have become in , because you really don t have to spend a fortune to get a very capable handset. The use of ColorOS and slightly lesser battery performance are issues, but this is otherwise an excellent value budget buy.&#;
&#; The good Varied camera mostly works well
Quick fingerprint sensor
Design looks premium
The bad Battery life could be better
Plastic body attracts fingerprints
ColorOS is intrusive where it shouldn t be
While it s launched in Australia with the realme XT as its flagship offering, the realme Pro sits just underneath, both in pricing and specification terms.
However, the drop in power isn t one that really makes an exceptional difference for that price drop, making it a better bet overall than the realme XT was.
Given the realme XT was and is in essence a cheaper Oppo phone, that makes the realme Pro a genuine standout device.
Design Sparkling Blue or Crystal Green finishes
.-inch LCD display
Rear mounted fingerprint sensor
Put the realme Pro next to the realme XT and you might initially struggle to pick which is the cheaper handset. That s because the realme Pro runs with a .-inch display, slightly larger than the .-inch screen on the more expensive realme XT.
You get more screen, but with a slight loss in colour reproduction, because it steps down from an AMOLED into LCD territory. Like so many Chinese-produced phones the default colour scheme is on the brighter side, and that s accentuated by the default ColorOS icon scheme, which tends towards the garish. The realme Pro s screen has a , x , pixel resolution, identical to that of the realme XT, although that extra . inch diagonal means it s got a slightly lower pixel per inch count at ppi. Unless you re particularly eagle-eyed, you re not going to notice that in day to day usage.
Like the realme XT, you re also looking at a teardrop notch at the top centre of the display, but you won t find an in-glass fingerprint sensor. Instead it s located around the back of the realme Pro s body, which is where you ll also find your colour choice at play. In Australia, realme sells the realme Pro in either Sparkling Blue or Crystal Green finishes. They re both bold colour choices, if not particularly innovative in this space.
The plastic rear frame of the realme Pro does rather give away its budget nature, as does its habit of picking up every fingerprint within a -metre radius when you pick it up.
On the left-hand side of the realme Pro you ll find the volume buttons and SIM card tray. Like the XT, it s a triple-card tray, allowing for dual SIM action as well as MicroSD expansion. That s a true rarity in any phone, let alone a budget-to-mid-range model like the realme Pro.
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Camera Four rear cameras, although the layout is odd
MP lens, but you re better off combining pixels
Low light shooting isn t great
In a rather bold move, realme describes the realme Pro as the Quad camera speedmaster . Slightly ridiculous marketing names aside, its primary rear camera features a MP f. sensor, partnered up with a MP f. degree wide angle camera, MP portrait camera and MP macro camera. Like so many budget phones there are lenses here you never really interact with that much, with the portrait lens used for depth effects most notably.
As numbers go, MP does sound impressive at this price point, but like many other phone cameras, by default you re not shooting at that full range. Instead, it s combining pixels to give it better light sensing abilities and longer hybrid zoom distance. You can elect to shoot at full MP if you must, but the results really don t often bear out for the additional image size you ll create.
As with the realme XT, the default camera app is simple and somewhat evocative of Apple s camera app, with most of the secondary features hidden behind either a hamburger menu or range of icons at the top of the display. It s not terribly well laid out – you might realise that MP photos or macro mode are enabled from the hamburger menu but miss that the wide-angle lens is actually switched on from an icon at the top, for example.
Still, having come from the realme XT, I was taken by the fact that there really wasn t much distance between the two phones in camera terms at all. What you re looking at here is perfectly adequate mid-range general performance, combined with the flexibility of those lenses to create specific photo types.
Not that this is quite a flagship camera phone. Macro shots have a tendency to be a little soft, and low-light performance tends to seriously oversaturate colours in dark environments in a way that appears entirely artificial.
Still, at its price point, the realme Pro offers genuinely good photographic features.
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Performance Snapdragon provides good mid-range performance
ColorOS is still messy
Default apps ask for odd permissions
Where the realme Pro trails the XT in pure camera and screen technology terms, there s no such divide when you peel back the screen and look at the internal components on offer.
It s running on the same Snapdragon processor with the same GB of RAM, which means, not surprisingly, that it offers essentially the same performance as the more expensive flagship phone.
We can see that rather clearly in its benchmark results. Here s how the realme Pro compares to similarly priced mid-range handsets using Geekbench s CPU test:
And here s how it compares running DMark