Xiaomi has long been the brand of reference when it came to offering phones at the best value for money. But that was before. Because now you can also count on Realme. Launched in France in 2019, the Chinese firm born in the bosom of Oppo quickly made a name for itself in France and put an end to Xiaomi’s hegemony, not only at the entry-level, but also at higher prices. Here we explain the brand’s best terminals.
The right choice
Launched in the spring of 2020, the Realme 6 is Realme’s entry-level smartphone. It succeeds the Realme 5 from the previous year. In our opinion, it is the best product of the brand. Not because of its stunning technical specifications, but for its excellent price-performance ratio, even better than that of Xiaomi.
Offered at 229 euros, the smartphone is simply unbeatable. Its main specificity is the presence of a 90 Hz LCD screen. Today it is the only smartphone for less than 250 euros to offer a high refresh rate panel, traditionally reserved for high-end phones, or even flagships. In detail, it is a 6.5-inch screen displaying QHD+ definition (2400 x 1080).
The other big strong point of the Realme 6 is its processor with the Mediatek Helio G90T which offers very interesting performances for its price since it allows to run many 3D games in good conditions. The photo module has a main sensor of 64 Mpx as well as an ultra-wide-angle and offers quite satisfactory results. Finally, the autonomy is good and the fast recharge is also present.
REALME 6 PRO
Evolution without passion
The firm has released its Realme 6 in an improved version, the Realme 6 Pro, with two main changes: a Qualcomm processor in place of Mediatek and a more accomplished photo module. The first choice is frankly debatable since according to our tests, the Snapdragon 720G does as well as the G90T, so the power gain is negligible for a significantly higher price.
On the photo part, the improvement is more noticeable thanks in particular to the addition of a 2x “telephoto” sensor for those who want to zoom and a second sensor at the front. This is a significant gain in versatility and the rendering is always good during the day, but not so good at night. Not surprisingly, it retains the 90 Hz screen, which is 0.1 inch to 6.6 inches higher, still LCD, and still FHD+.
The other good points remain the autonomy and the fast recharging. That being said, while this Pro version is a good smartphone as such, it suffers from its little brother’s competition. The improvements being in the end rather timid for a significantly higher bill, the Realme 6 “tout court” remains in our opinion a better value for money.
REALME X50 PRO 5G
The Flagship Killer of 2020.
This time we’re moving up the range with the Realme X50 Pro 5G. Like Realme 6 Pro, it is an improved version of the X50, the latter is not marketed in France at the time of writing. This makes a rather big hole in the range between the Realme 6 Pro and this X50 Pro 5G. Marketed initially at around 600 euros, 250 euros separate them, but the price/quality ratio remains intact. And don’t worry, there are many smartphones between 400 and 500 euros.
Because for this tariff, it has everything of a big, even to the point that we can consider this terminal as the “flagship killer” of 2020. This is all the more true since OnePlus has decided to market its OnePlus 8 at 699 euros… leaving the field open to Realme. As its name indicates, the X50 Pro is 5G compatible and this currently makes it one of the cheapest phones on the market supporting the future telecommunications standard. It is made possible by the presence of the Snapdragon 865, particularly powerful.
The Amoled screen also adopts a refresh rate of 90 Hz and extends over a diagonal of 6.44 inches, which also makes it a relatively compact terminal, too bad it’s a bit thick. One regrets, however, a photo part that could have been better. In this price range, the defects are less excusable, and one feels that Realme still has some efforts to make on this point although they remain obviously honourable. Finally, faithful to its habits, the firm offers a solid autonomy and an efficient quick recharge.
REALME X2 PRO
The Reasonable Choice
The Realme X2 Pro is not part of the firm’s 2020 range. Although released in November 2019, it remains a good choice today. Like the X50 Pro, it adopts the best processor available at the time. At the time, it was the Snapdragon 855 Plus (+12GB RAM), which still has a lot to offer in the second half of 2020, it still handles everything you ask of it without flinching.
It too has a 6.4-inch 90 Hz OLED screen displaying Full HD definition, which is also quite well adjusted. One also appreciates a photo part quite well worked out and a sufficient autonomy to last a day of use without too many problems. Its big plus is the ultra-fast recharge: we went from 10 to 100% in less than 30 minutes. Impressive.
On the other hand, as this X2 Pro is of the previous generation it was launched under ColorOS and not RealmeUI, but an update is now available. Good, because it was a weak point for this smartphone. We explain everything in our test of the Realme X2 Pro.
The floor price
If you are looking for the lowest possible price for the brand, you can turn to the Realme C3. The smartphone was sold for 149 euros in France. For this price you will get a SoC Mediatek Helio G70, 3 RAM and 32 GB of storage behind a 6.5 inch screen with a definition of 1600 x 720 pixels. That’s quite correct considering its price.
Its 5000 mAh battery should allow it to offer on paper a very nice autonomy, but we have not yet verified it during our tests. You will finally be able to take pictures with two rear sensors, the main one is 12 Mpx. The data sheet is relatively promising in theory. It will however be necessary to confirm this during a complete test, you can consult our handling of the Realme C3 in the meantime.
WHICH IS REAL?
Realme is a brand of the BBK Electronics group, which officially established itself in France in 2019. An electronics giant in China, BBK also owns companies such as Vivo, OnePlus and OPPO. Realme was launched with the support of the latter, but it has since distanced itself to the point where it can now be considered as an independent company.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT REALME SMARTPHONES?
Like many Chinese brands that are just starting out, as we have seen with Huawei, OnePlus or Xiaomi, Realme stands out for smartphones with an excellent quality/performance/price ratio. A strategy that has paid off, since it now overshadows Xiaomi in this segment that was once its preserve.
I’M TORN BETWEEN REALME AND XIAOMI, WHICH TO CHOOSE?
As we have seen in this article, Realme and Xiaomi have quite similar proposals. If you hesitate between the two, we can also advise you to take a look at our selection of the best Xiaomi smartphones.