We are just a few days into 2020 and Realme is already set for multiple smartphone releases in the Asian continent. Today, the company unveiled the Realme 5i budget smartphone in Vietnam. The same phone will launch in India on January 9. And tomorrow, Realme will have one of the most important launches in the first quarter of the year, the Realme X50 5G. The phone is not only the first 5G smartphone from the brand but also the direct rival to the world’s cheapest 5G smartphone right now, the Redmi K30 5G.
It’s shouldn’t come as a surprise that the X50 5G is launching on the same day as the Redmi K30 5G goes on sale in China for the first time. And as we wait for the Realme X50 5G launch on January 7 i.e. tomorrow, let’s take a quick look at Realme X50’s specs and features, right before its official launch. Unsurprisingly, we already know a lot about the device, including its design and specifications. So tomorrow’s launch event is mainly for its price and availability details.
Realme X50 5G Design
The Realme X50 5G is confirmed to adopt a familiar design at the back. This includes a pill-shaped quad-camera setup on the top left corner and a special high-gloss back finish. The phone is expected to come in a single color finish in Blue, Purple, Black, and Gold color options. Note that these are not plain solid colors. The Realme X50 looks to have undergone a series of processes to create fancy patterns on its back that change according to the light. It remains to be seen if there’ll be any gradient color options for the model.
There are two things that particularly stand out about the Realme X50. First, the phone features a dual punch-hole camera setup on the top-left corner of its display. In case you are wondering, Redmi K30 5G‘s dual punch hole shooters are located on the top-right corner of the screen.
Another feature that stands out is the presence of a side-mounted fingerprint sensor present on the right side of the device. Again, we have to add that the Redmi K30 5G also features a side-mounted sensor on its right side.
It looks like manufacturers are warming up to the idea of side-mounted fingerprint sensors. Traditionally, both the brands have stuck to a rear placed physical fingerprint sensor or an in-display sensor whenever possible (read: AMOLED display phones).
We expect the phone to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but this feature is yet to be confirmed.
Realme X50 5G Specs
The Realme X50 5G is a lot more interesting in this department. The phone is confirmed to feature the new Snapdragon 765G 5G integrated processor. We expect RAM and ROM combination to start at 6GB and 64GB respectively and go all the way up to 12GB and 256GB. According to TENAA, the X50 5G will feature a 6.57-inch 2400 x 1080p display. TENAA failed to reveal the type of panel on the device but it’s safe to say that its most likely going to be an IPS LCD panel, similar to the Redmi K30 5G. A 4100mAh battery is expected to power the device with 30W fast charging. This should fill up the battery up to 70 percent in around 30 minutes. You should also get Android 10 out of the box as well as a liquid cooling setup.
The Realme X50 5G will feature a quad-camera setup at the back. There will be a 64MP primary shooter along with an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, and a 2MP depth camera for portraits. Up front, the dual punch-hole camera setup should consist of a 16MP primary shooter paired with an 8MP wide-angle shooter for selfies.
5G is going to the big feature on the Realme X50. It will support both SA and NSA networks with support for Band 41, 78, 79. The company also confirmed that you can use the 5G network along with its Wi-Fi network simultaneously to boost data speeds (very similar to what Redmi K30 does).
Apart from the Realme X50 5G, the company has confirmed that it will be launching a ‘LITE’ version of the handset called the Realme X50 Youth Edition in China. This is likely going to be a 4G handset. No other details about the device are available at the moment.
Also, the Realme Buds Air that was announced in India last month will also launch in China tomorrow.
Pricing information of the Realme X50 5G is still not available but it is rumored that the phone could start at 2199 yuan ($315). We are not so sure about this figure since the Redmi K30 5G starts at a cheaper figure of 1999 yuan ($287).