Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro: 5G Mid-Range Smartphones

The Realme X50 is a great offer when taking into consideration its price. It’s a 5G smartphone with a Snapdragon 765G chip, a 120Hz screen, a dual-band WiFi and a 64MP main shooter. But in this niche, there has been another king for a long time, Xiaomi. So today, we decided to compare the aforementioned Realme X50 with the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G.

Design: Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G

In terms of appearance, these phones differ a lot as they are using different screen solutions. The Realme X50 comes with a dual-punch-hole display, while the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G uses a waterdrop display. But if at first sight, the punch-hole screen looks more attractive than the waterdrop screen, we should admit that this true if the aperture is small. As for the Realme X50, it has a camera hole of 4.88mm. But in order to achieve such a small opening, the Realme X50 uses CCD alignment assembly technology, which can meet the high-precision internal stacking requirements, with a tolerance of about 0.03mm. Due to this technology, the hole of the Realme X50 is not only unique in appearance, but also prevents the lens from breaking the screen when the phone is dropped.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro adopts the same design as the Xiaomi Mi 9, coming with the waterdrop screen on the front and the 3D curved glass on the back. The thickness and weight of the body are slightly increased, and the texture is much more refined.

Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

In terms of screen, the Realme X50 sports a 6.57-inch LCD screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 90.48%, while the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro has a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 90.7%.

Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

The Realme X50 also has the industry’s forefront 1216 ultra-linear speakers, with loud and high sound quality. Moreover, the Realme X50 also supports Dolby Atmos. It has passed the Hi- Res “small gold standard” certification.

The Mi 9 Pro has dual stereo speakers and a horizontal linear motor.

The Realme X50 uses side capacitive fingerprint unlocking. The Xiaomi phone has an on-screen fingerprint scanner.

At present, Realme X50 has brought us two color combinations that are taken from nature. Under the electroplating process, it presents the luster of natural glacier pair.

The Mi 9 Pro provides two colors as well: “Dream White” and “Titanium Silver Black”. Among them, the new color “Dream White” is concentrated with 500 layers of 100 nanometer-thick transparent film, and the colorful appearance effect is realized through the multi-layer stacking method.

Finally, the Realme X50 uses a rear vertical quad-camera arrangement, in which the telephoto lens is surrounded by a circle of gold rim. The flash of the mobile phone is located in a row next to the camera module, between the main camera and the ultra-wide lens. The main camera of the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro is surrounded by a red border, but the triple-camera is slightly inferior in temperament compared with the quad-camera of the Realme X50.

In general, the Realme X50 is more avant-garde in appearance. Its front dual-camera punch-hole design, the side fingerprint scanner, the polar and glacier colors, all belong to the latest trend of 2020. The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro continues the appearance of Mi 9 and is more mature in terms of detail polishing.

Connectivity: Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G

In terms of 5G baseband, the Realme X50 uses a more mature technology, integrated dual-mode 5G chip – Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, while the Xiaomi 9 Pro only has a single-mode 5G chip. The 5G network speed of dual-mode mobile phones is better than that of single-mode mobile phones.

Simply put, 5G chips are divided into two networking forms, SA and NSA – Independent networking (SA) brand new 5G core network + brand new 5G base station. completely separated from 4G, it is easy to construct, easy to maintain, and more comfortable for users, but the disadvantage is that it costs money.

Non-independent networking (NSA) uses the original 4G base stations. Connecting them to the 5G core network can not only increase the utilization rate of 4G base stations, but also leave a lot of money.

Therefore, for single-mode mobile phones, theoretically NSA is more friendly to 5G network search. Of course, the optimal solution must be a dual-mode mobile phone that supports both networking forms.

Тhe Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G on the Realme X50 integrates the Snapdragon X52 modem and radio frequency system that supports 5G networks, with a peak download rate of up to 3.7Gbps and an upload rate of up to 1.6Gbps.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro only supports single-mode 5G networks.

After testing, the download speed of Mi 9 Pro is 479Mbps, while the upload speed is only 52.4Mbps; the Realme X50’s results are more impressive, the download speed is 845Mbps and the upload speed is 35.1Mbps.

Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

Camera: Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G

Realme’s model uses the flagship Hawkeye zoom quad-camera, a combination of 64MP main camera + 12MP 2x telephoto lens + 119° super wide-angle lens + 4cm super macro lens.

Among them, the Hawkeye ultra-clear main camera uses an f/1.8 large aperture, a 64MP 6P lens camera, which has an equivalent focal length of 26mm and a photosensitive element of 1/1.7 inches. The Samsung GW1 sensor supports QuadBayer pixel four-in-one technology. So the single pixel can reach 1.6μm, providing excellent dynamic range and ultra-clear and rich details.

The Mi 9 Pro is equipped with a 48MP + 16MP + 12MP triple-camera, still using the previous Sony IMX586 Sony sensor: f/1.75 aperture, 6P lens module. The Mi 9 Pro also comes with a 20MP camera. Looking at the overall lens parameters, the Realme phone looks better than the Mi 9 pro.

After turning on the highest-level 64MP mode/48MP mode on both phones, we can clearly see that the Realme X50 has more control in the details, and the white balance adjustment is more accurate. Although the Mi 9 Pro is a bit inferior, it is not too embarrassing. The color and detail performance still belong to the mainstream level of today’s flagship.

Zooming in, the Realme X50 has a good sense of layering. The bright places are brighter and the dark places are darker, which accurately restores the real scene. Of course, the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro also performs well in terms of resolution. In general, the samples of the two phones are in the first echelon of flagship models in terms of color reproduction and clarity.

Performance: Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G

The Realme X50 uses the Snapdragon 765G, while the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro uses Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The Snapdragon 765G uses Samsung’s 7NM EUV process technology, which is also the technology used by the flagship chips on the market. It uses the same Kryo 475 architecture as the Snapdragon 855. The highest frequency is 2.4GHz, and the GPU is Adreno 620. It is the same as that of the Snapdragon 855.

The Snapdragon 855 Plus uses an upgraded version of the Kryo 485 architecture, an octa-core design (1 super core + 3 large cores + 4 small cores), and the highest CPU frequency has been increased from 2.84GHz to 2.96GHz, an increase of 4%. Also, it integrates the same Adreno 640 GPU, of which the frequency is increased from 585MHz to 672MHz, an increase of 15%. The built-in baseband of the Snapdragon 855 Plus is still the Snapdragon X24 standard, the highest support LTE Cat.20, the maximum download speed is 2Gbps, and still supports the external Snapdragon X50 5G baseband.

Judging from the benchmark score data, the performance of the Mi 9 Pro is better than the that of Realme X50. Of course, we should test their gaming capabilities.

The first is the Honor of Kings, a MOBA team battle mobile game. In order to test the frame rate when the highest image quality is turned on, we set the image quality to ultra-high in the settings and turn on the high frame rate mode.

Through the frame rate record, the Realme X50 can reach 60 full frames without pressure, and the frame rate curve is very stable, with almost no fluctuations throughout the process. The full gaming process of the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro is also very stable, and it can stay at 60 frames for a long time.

Another difference between the two phones is the screen refresh rate. The Realme X50 supports a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, while the Mi 9 Pro only supports 60Hz. The Realme X50 system is not the default 120Hz refresh rate mode. It may be because the Snapdragon 765G does not support all applications in the high frame rate mode, or it may be to save power.

Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

In general, the Realme X50 can run games very smoothly without any pressure. Also, the Mi 9 Pro with a 60Hz refresh rate is indeed inferior to the 120Hz Realme X50 in certain scenarios.

Battery life: Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G

In order to bring a longer battery life, the Realme X50 comes with a new 30W VOOC flash charging 4.0 enhanced version, and a large 4200mAh battery. The battery adopts a lug-mounted design with lower resistance, enhanced operating current, and improved charging efficiency.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro sports a 40W fast charging head and has a 4000mAh battery. With the addition of the 7nm process of the Snapdragon 855 Plus, the battery life is not bad.

Realme X50 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

In the five-hour battery test, we can see that the overall performance of the Realme X50’s battery life and charging speed is more eye-catching. Of course, the battery life of the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro is not bad.

Verdict

Through the comprehensive ability and the strength of the hardware, the Realme X50 has almost smashed the main selling point of Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro’s cost-effectiveness. The two mobile phones are equally cost-effective, and they are both worth buying. But considering that the Realme X50 is a dual-mode 5G mobile phone, it is better in terms of signal search.

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