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Realme X2 Pro review: Incredible value, but plenty of room for camera improvements

Realme might be the newest and least well known of the BBK Electronics family that includes Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus, but it’s certainly no less ambitious. After starting out as an Oppo sub-brand it was given license to operate more independently in 2017, and since then Realme has sold so many devices that it’s now the fastest-growing smartphone maker in the world. Its foray into the European market only really began in earnest this year, but aggressive pricing looks to be to paying dividends as it goes after more established Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi and Honor/Huawei.

The X2 Pro is the company’s first proper flagship, and it quickly grabbed our attention when it was introduced to the European market in October due to the insane spec to price ratio.

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Realme unveils X50 5G with 120Hz display alongside snazzy Master Edition version

Former Oppo sub-brand Realme is the world's fastest-growing smartphone manufacturer with good reason — its phones offer insane specs for not a lot of money. The company is now getting into the 5G game in its homeland China thanks to Qualcomm's new upper mid-range 5G mobile platform, the Snapdragon 765G. The other standout feature is the bump up to a 120Hz display, something we're sure to see a lot of in premium handsets this year.

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TWRP now available for Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery for Android devices, allowing you to do anything from flash ROMs to perform full storage backups. Now the project has officially added support for more phones, including the Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and others.

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Realme copies a little too much from Redmi, puts ads on its phones

Some folks see the Chinese budget brand Realme, a BBK subsidiary and OPPO spin-off, as something of a Xiaomi/Redmi clone — even just the names share more than chance would allow. Whether they are or aren't, true to that badge, they're set to ape one unappreciated feature from those devices: ads built right into the OS. At least you can turn them off if you want to (for now).

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Realme’s AirPods clone supports wireless charging, USB-C, and costs $56

Despite being late to the party, the AirPods undoubtedly managed to remodel the true wireless earbuds category. Though they play nice only with Apple devices, many Android users have secretly wanted those iconic white stems sticking out of their ears. To fill that gap, Realme, like many other brands, has stepped in with a pair of AirPods (1st gen) clones, called Buds Air, that bring a few premium features to the table without breaking the bank.

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(Update: International schedule) Color OS 7 will soon bring Android 10 to Oppo phones

Oppo has made a concerted effort to sell more products in Europe recently, with its Reno 10x Zoom fronting its campaign. The hardware has been pretty impressive, but the software experience still leaves a little to be desired — Color OS isn't as well received by western users. This situation could be set to improve soon though, as Oppo has unveiled the latest version of its skin, based on Android 10.

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The Realme X2 Pro is now on sale in Europe for €399

It might be the least known of the BBK family of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, but Realme is making a splash in the European market with the launch of its X2 Pro flagship, which is now on general sale in Europe. The sister company of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo looks to continue with a trend we've seen from many Chinese phone makers in recent years by offering insane specs for a ridiculously low price.

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Realme is the world's fastest-growing smartphone brand, 7th overall in Q3 2019 shipments

If you weren't that aware of Realme up to now, it's about time to start taking notice. The Chinese brand is part of the BBK family that also includes OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo, and it recently made a big push to start selling phones in Europe with the announcement of its latest phones in Madrid earlier this month. And even before we really see the fruits of this expansion, Realme is up to 7th in global smartphone shipments, making it the fastest-growing brand around.

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Realme unveils X2 Pro with SD 855+, 90Hz display, 50W charging, and 64MP camera for €399

At an event in Madrid today, Realme officially introduced three new smartphones that share one particular attribute in common: they all have 4 cameras on the back. The Chinese brand — part of the BBK family along with OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo — is marking its entry into the European market with the new devices, including the powerhouse X2 Pro.

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