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Pros

120Hz AMOLED curved screen

Large main camera with Superzoom

Battery life and power efficiency

100W fast charging

Cons

No IP certification

No wireless charging

CPU performance could be better

Our Verdict

If you’re someone who loves photography but doesn’t have the budget to buy a premium smartphone that costs €1,000 or more, you’ve come to the right place. This is the best camera phone Realme has ever mde, and its quality is quite frankly astonishing.

For yet another year at this time, Realme is back with the launch of handsets from one of its most emblematic families of mobiles, the series that evolves every year with the numbering increasing by one more digit.

There are two models arriving on the European and international markets, costing €399 for the cheapest model and €519 for the most expensive, which is the one we are reviewing below.

Design and build

Premium design

Lightweight

Super-fast fingerprint sensor

As a taste of what we will see from the Realme 11 Pro+, it is worth noting that one of its main assets is the design that the brand has prioritised in this new development of a mid-range phone with very premium touches.

We say this because the back of the phone has a very premium feel, with a vegan leather finish (the model reviewed here in ‘sunrise beige’ tones), offering a pleasant feel that emulates real leather very well, eliminating the presence of fingerprints and offering a certain resistance to the passage of time.

It is a mobile phone ready to be used without a case. Realme plays with the fold of the white stitching and golden tones that start at the bottom and cross from top to bottom the set of cameras as if it were a beam of light.

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The effect is remarkable, in addition to the fact that the arrangement of the camera bump is very central giving the phone greater stability if it is placed on a flat surface.

Both the front glass and the back are slightly curved, both surrounded by a gold-coloured frame that makes the phone stand out visually from afar. All of its volume and power buttons are on one side, leaving the other side completely free.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the bottom of the display, while the dual-SIM slot and USB-C connector are located at the bottom. There are also speakers on the top and bottom bezels of the phone, ensuring Dolby Atmos stereo sound.

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Compared to traditional fingerprint unlocking, Realme claims to have combined an improved system that provides better adaptability to the environment if you use it in low temperatures, in the heat or even with a wet finger now that the hot weather is here. The speed of response and reliability was great in my use.

The model with the vegan leather finish is not a phone to use with a case

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Realme 11 Pro+ doesn’t exhibit any kind of IP certification to guarantee water or dust resistance, which is to be expected considering the price range it’s in.

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If you’re looking for a mobile phone that offers guarantees, you’ll have to go for the similarly priced Google Pixel 6a with IP67 water and dust resistance. Check out our updated ranking of the best mid-range phones you can buy.

Display and speakers

6.7-inch curved AMOLED panel

2412 x 1080p FHD+ resolution

120Hz refresh rate

Dual Atmos stereo speakers

The phone has a screen-to-body ratio of 93.65%, which gives you an idea that you’re looking at an all-screen device with hardly any bezels, not even those more common ones that emerge from the bottom of the screen.

The front selfie camera is centred at the top, allowing notifications and vital operating system information to be displayed on either side of it, without interrupting the key viewing area.

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On the brightness level of the Realme 11 Pro+, it is worth noting the effort made by the brand to dim the display and maintain the most accurate colour tones in any situation, whether in low light or when the sun’s rays are shining on it.

Thus, when the screen brightness drops below 90 nits, the phone switches from traditional DC mode to PWM dimming in order to maintain an enhanced display while avoiding negative impact on the user’s eyes.

The 120Hz refresh rate is simply as expected, with smooth and fluid animations.

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The speakers are offset to the frame of the phone’s screen and manage to emit high sound power, albeit with their limitations. They sound loud and clear and handle bass well, the result of their equalisation carried out in conjunction with Dolby Atmos, but don’t expect amazing sound.

Performance and specs

Dimensity 7050 5G processor

12GB RAM + 12GB dynamic

360-degree NFC

Matrix System 2.0 antennas

The phone uses the Dimensity 7050 chipset which features a 6nm manufacturing process and includes two clusters, so that the two main Cortex A78 cores run at 2.6GHz, while the other six lower-powered A55 cores clock down to 2.0GHz.

This makes the Realme 11 Pro+ a very efficient phone (as we’ll see in the battery life section), ensuring performance that’s up to the task at hand, whether it’s handling social networking and productivity apps, or typical gaming.

It’s a mid-range phone, let’s not forget, but that doesn’t stop it from offering a generous 12GB of RAM, expandable via dynamic RAM to an extra 12GB, a figure that it captures from its storage and which allows it to deliver Cinebench multi-core values above most of its competitors.

It’s a mid-range phone, let’s not forget, but that doesn’t stop it from offering a generous 12GB of RAM, expandable via dynamic RAM to an extra 12GB

Once we run the battery of benchmark tests , which allow us to compare its results with those of the other smartphones, we see that graphics-wise it is also able to tackle games with a fairly acceptable fps rate with 23fps in Vulkan or Car Chase, and reaching 56 fps in Manhattan 3.1.

The results are very much on a par with the Samsung Galaxy A54 which performs very well for a similar price, and with the Nothing Phone (1) which costs less but has a great Snapdragon 778G+ processor.

So it’s clear that the processor is one area where Realme has chosen to be a little more conservative, integrating a chipset that is cheaper than comparable Snapdragons, but investing that money in other areas such as photography and battery life.

Cameras

Largest aperture sensor in its price range

Focal length f/1.69

Built-in Autozoom function

Speaking of cameras, we come to one of the most exciting points of the new Realme 11 Pro+. Unlike its smaller sibling, the 11 Pro, the ‘plus’ tag implies that it has notable differences in several areas, including photography.

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This phone has a 200Mp ISOCELL HP3 sensor with Superzoom that can detect autofocus information in both the vertical and horizontal planes. As a result, Realme claims this is its best camera phone to date. We’ll see how true that is.

Recall that the company has previously put out models like the (higher priced) GT 2 Pro at launch, and while that phone has better overall performance, its cameras are outclassed on a number of fronts.

Realme seems to have worked its camera suite so that the main camera offers as standard and in auto mode up to 4 different zoom levels to play with out of the box (0.6, 1x, 2x and 4x).

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If you choose to force the digital zoom, the mobile can reach the 20x level (not very useful in any case due to the level of noise that is picked up). In any case, as you can see in the captured images, the details are very appreciable, as shown by the statue of Velázquez posing at the gates of the Prado.

I am very pleased with the white balance and colours offered by the Realme 11 Pro+ camera

I am very pleased with the white balance and colours offered by the Realme 11 Pro+ camera, reflecting on the screen quite faithfully a close approximation of what my eyes are actually seeing in real life.

On bright, clear days, the shots appear very vivid but without deviating from reality or burning out certain tones, something that is immediately noticeable in reddish objects or sunsets.

I’ve mentioned this in previous smartphone reviews and it’s something I look for when testing cameras; the fact that they all maintain a homogeneity in tonalities, regardless of whether you use the wide angle, the main camera, or the telephoto lens (the latter is not represented here).

The images I was able to take of the Ministry of Agriculture building, located next to Madrid’s Atocha Station, are a clear reflection of how well the Realme 11 Pro+ performs, although I did notice that the capture and exposure time in automatic mode is longer than with other phones like the brand’s Realme GT 3.

However, the wide-angle camera is of lower quality, so you will inevitably find that the appearance of noise is more visible than when using the main camera. It is also possible to use it for close-up shooting with a macro mode that has room for improvement, but also finds balance in focus.

Within the main menu, Realme has incorporated a ‘High Resolution’ mode with which we can vary between the 200Mp supported by the sensor, or lower the quality to 50Mp which is already good enough to get large prints without losing quality.

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The crop shown by the selfie photos is also at the height of the best in its range, offering with a 32Mp camera a quality that is very close to compete head to head with the most premium phones of a higher price.

Battery life and charging

5000 mAh battery

100W charger included

Exceptional power management

No wireless charging

With a high-capacity 5000mAh battery inside, the Realme 11 Pro+ also differs from its smaller 11 Pro sibling in this section in that the charging speed is faster on the one under review here.

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Included in the box is its cable and corresponding adapter to guarantee up to 100W of charging speed, which allowed us to charge the phone in less than 30 minutes (28 to be exact), as well as reaching 56% in just 15 minutes.

In addition to this good news, with the PCMark benchmark we managed to reach 15 hours and 38 minutes, far surpassing the Galaxy A54 that capped at 10 hours and 57 minutes, or the 10 hours and 49 minutes of the Pixel 7a of very similar price.

The long battery life is the best complement to long photography sessions

Making a typical use of communication apps, social networks and other tasks such as answering emails while simultaneously browsing the web, the mobile arrived at the end of the day with a charge that in most cases exceeded 60%.

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If you happen to be a real battery eater with games and intensive use applications, such as Tik Tok, remember that you have the SuperVooc S fast charging system as an ally. However, the Realme 11 Pro+ does not include the possibility of wireless charging.

Software and updates

Realme UI 4.0

Based on Android 13

2 years of updates (3 of security updates)

For the launch of the GT 3, Realme had deployed the latest version of Realme UI 4.0 on Android 13, so the latest version of Google is present in this phone too.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, there’s an interesting GT mode that you can activate in specific situations such as playing games with the phone, which is activated automatically in order to get extra performance.

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Looking back at the GT 3 model launched earlier this year by Realme, we miss the LED notification system that this phone has on the back, which is very useful in your day-to-day life so you don’t miss important messages or app notifications.

In any case, we already know that the company is an expert in this type of implementations, testing in each product range with functions that can be innovative and that can captivate the end consumer.

Price and availability

The recommended retail price of the Realme 11 Pro+ direct from Realme with a configuration of 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is €519. However, during its launch period until 30 June, the price is reduced to €469.

You can find them with three different finishes on the back, either the ‘Sunrise Beige’ with vegan leather materials, or the more traditional ‘Oasis Green’ or ‘Astral Black’, the most classic of them all.

You can always opt for the more economical normal model, but we anticipate ‘as a spoiler’ until we publish the final review , that the lens system chosen for its cameras is of inferior quality, and that its battery charging technology remains at 67W, a figure that is not bad either.

Verdict

We have before us the company’s phone with the best set of cameras you can find to date, and it seems that on this occasion, inflating the figures to integrate a 200 MP Samsung ISOCELL HP3 sensor with SuperZoom is a real success for the brand.

This camera package is nicely wrapped up in a great mobile design, as well as excellent battery life so you can enjoy outdoor photography without having to worry about running out of charge, for which you can make use of its 100W system.

If we had to improve something about the new Realme 11 Pro+ it wouldn’t be the screen, as the AMOLED type and 120Hz refresh rate are more than enough to be among the best in its range.

The only thing that could be revised is the processor. Although as we’ve seen, the Dimensity 7050 5G is up to the task, gamers are likely to miss a slightly higher refresh rate in games.

Otherwise, it’s a fantastic mobile phone that, one of the best in its price range.

Specs

6.7-inch curved AMOLED screen

FullHD+ display with 2772 x 1240 resolution

Brightness of 500 nits (maximum 1200 nits)

124 Hz refresh rate

Dimensity 7050 5G processor

Model with 12 GB RAM + 512 GB storage

Cameras:

Main Samsung ISOCELL HP3 200 MP SuperZoom

SuperZoom, f/1.69 focal length with OIS + EIS

8 MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle

32 MP front selfie camera

5000 mAh battery

Dual 5G, Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC connectivity

100W SuperVooc S charging

Dual Stereo Dolby Atmos speakers

Realme UI 4.0 operating system with Android 13

Dimensions of 161.6 x 73.9 x 8.2 mm

Weight of 183 grams

This article originally appeared in Spanish on Tech Advisor Spain.

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Review Del Realme 11 Pro+

Pros

Panel curvado AMOLED de 120 Hz

Gran cámara principal con Superzoom

Autonomía y eficiencia energética

Carga rápida SuperVooc S de 100 W

Contras

Sin certificación IP

Sin carga inalámbrica de batería

Rendimiento de CPU mejorable

Nuestro veredicto

Si eres de los que le encanta la fotografía pero no dispones de un presupuesto elevado para comprarte un smartphone premium de 1000 € o más, has llegado al lugar correcto. Estamos ante el móvil con mejor cámara que Realme haya ofrecido hasta la fecha, y su calidad francamente es sorprendente.

Un año más por estas fechas, Realme regresa con el lanzamiento de terminales de una de sus familias de móviles más emblemáticas de la marca, la serie que evoluciona cada año con la numeración incrementando un dígito más. 

Por el momento, son dos los modelos que llegan al mercado Europeo e Internacional, ofreciendo un abanico de precios que oscila entre los 399 € del más económico, y los 519 € del más caro, que es el que a continuación analizamos. No obstante, podrás encontrarlo a un mejor precio durante el período de lanzamiento.

Descubre todas las novedades con las que llega al mercado.

Diseño y calidades

Diseño premium en gama media

Ligero y manejable

Sensor de huella super rápido

Como anticipo de lo que veremos del Realme 11 Pro+, cabe destacar que una de sus principales bazas es el esmerado diseño que la marca ha priorizado en este nuevo desarrollo de teléfono de gama media con tintes muy premium. 

Decimos esto porque su trasera apunta maneras, con unos acabados en piel vegana (el modelo aquí analizado en tonos sunrise beige), para ofrecer un tacto que resulta agradable y emula muy bien al cuero vegano, eliminando la presencia de huellas dactilares y ofreciendo cierta resistencia al paso del tiempo. Tal es así, que el modelo con acabados en cuero vegano no es un móvil para usar con funda.

Se trata de un móvil listo para ser usado sin funda. ¿Lo estás tú? Realme juega con el pliegue de la costura blanca y tonos dorados que nacen en la parte inferior y atraviesan de arriba a abajo el conjunto de cámaras como si se tratara de un rayo de luz. 

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El efecto final es muy sorprendente y reseñable, a lo que se añade que la disposición de los sensores es muy lineal y guarda la perspectiva al estar ubicadas en la parte superior central, aportando al móvil una mayor estabilidad si se apoya sobre cualquier superficie. 

Tanto el cristal frontal como su trasera están ligeramente curvadas, rodeadas ambas por un marco de color oro que hacen destacar visualmente al teléfono desde lejos. Toda su botonera de volumen y encendido están en un lateral, dejando el otro totalmente libre. 

El sensor de huellas dactilares se encuentra integrado en la parte baja de la pantalla, mientras que la ranura dual-SIM y el conector USB C se localizan en la parte inferior. Hay además altavoces situados en los marcos superior e inferior del móvil, lo que garantiza un sonido estéreo Dolby Atmos. Hablaremos sobre esto más adelante.

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En comparación con el desbloqueo por huella dactilar tradicional, Realme afirma haber combinado un sistema mejorado que proporciona una mejor adaptabilidad al entorno si lo usas a bajas temperaturas, con calor o incluso con el dedo húmedo ahora que llegan los calores. Francamente, la velocidad de respuesta y fiabilidad me ofrecieron un buen feedback.

El modelo con acabados en cuero vegano no es un móvil para usar con funda”

Por último, mencionar que el Realme 11 Pro+ no exhibe ningún tipo de certificación IP que garantice resistencia al agua o al polvo, algo que por otra parte era de esperar si tenemos en cuenta el rango de precios en el que se mueve. 

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Puestos a comparar, si buscas un móvil que ofrezca garantías, deberás apostar por el Google Pixel 6a de similar precio y con resistencia al agua y al polvo de tipo IP67. Echa un vistazo a nuestro ranking actualizado de los mejores móviles de gama media que puedes comprar.

Pantalla y sonido

Panel AMOLED curvado de 6,7 pulgadas

Resolución FHD+ de 2412 x 1080 píxeles

Frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz

Altavoces estéreo Dual Atmos

El nuevo móvil tiene una relación de pantalla y cuerpo que alcanza la cifra del 93,65 % lo que te ofrece una idea de que tienes ante tí un dispositivo que es todo pantalla sin apenas marcos, tampoco esos más habituales que emergen de la parte baja de la pantalla. 

La cámara frontal para selfies se encuentra perforada y centrada en la parte superior, dejando que las notificaciones y la información vital del sistema operativo pueda mostrarse a cada lado de la misma, sin interrumpir el área de visualización clave. 

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Sobre el nivel del brillo del Realme 11 Pro+, cabe destacar el esfuerzo llevado a cabo por la marca para atenuar la visualización y mantener los tonos de colores más precisos en cualquier situación, ya sea con baja luminosidad o cuando inciden los rayos del sol sobre la misma. 

De esta forma, cuando el brillo de la pantalla baja de los 90 nits, el móvil pasa del modo tradicional DC a manejar una atenuación PWM con el fin de mantener una visualización mejorada a la vez que evita un impacto negativo en los ojos del usuario. 

La frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz es simplemente lo esperado, la cifra justa para no penalizar su puntuación en la pantalla. 

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Los altavoces están desplazados al marco de la pantalla del smartphone y consiguen desarrollar una alta potencia sonora, aunque con sus claras limitaciones. Suenan alto y claro y manejan bien los bajos, fruto de su ecualización llevada a cabo junto a Dolby Atmos, pero no esperes sonidos sorprendentes. 

Rendimiento y especificaciones

Procesador Dimensity 7050 5G

RAM de 12 GB + 12 GB dinámica

NFC 360 grados

Antenas Matrix System 2.0

El móvil cuenta con el nuevo conjunto de chipset Dimensity 7050 los cuales presentan un proceso de fabricación de 6 nm e incluyen dos clústeres, de manera que los dos núcleos principales Cortex A78 corren a 2,6 GHz, mientras que los otros seis de menor potencia A55 bajan a los 2,0 GHz de velocidad. 

Esto hace que el Realme 11 Pro+ sea un móvil muy eficiente (como veremos en el apartado de autonomía), garantizando un rendimiento que está a la altura de las circunstancias para acometer cualquier tipo de tarea, tanto para manejar redes sociales y apps de productividad, como para los juegos típicos. 

Es un móvil de gama media, no lo olvidemos, pero eso no le impide que ofrezca una generosa cantidad de RAM de 12 GB, ampliables mediante RAM dinámica a otros 12 GB extra, cifra que captura de su almacenamiento y que le permiten arrojar valores en Cinebench multinúcleo por encima de la mayoría de sus competidores. 

El ratio de fps nos dice que irás un poco justo para abordar juegos de triple A”

Una vez que llevamos a cabo la batería de pruebas benchmark, que nos permiten comparar sus resultados con las del resto de smartphones, vemos que a nivel de gráficos también es posible abordar juegos con una tasa de fps bastante aceptable con 23 fps en Vulkan o Car Chase, y alcanzando los 56 fps en Manhattan 3.1. 

Los resultados están muy a la par de lo conseguido por el Galaxy A54 que rinde francamente bien para un precio similar, y con el Nothing Phone (1) que cuesta menos pero  tiene un gran procesador Snapdragon 778G+. 

Así pues, es evidente que el procesador es un punto en el que Realme ha optado por ser algo más conservador, integrado un chipset que a priori es más económico que lo que cuestan los Snapdragon equiparables, pero invirtiendo ese dinero en otras áreas como la fotografía o la batería.

Según lo visto en este apartado, el ratio de fps ofrecido por el Realme 11 Pro+ nos dice que irás un poco justo para abordar juegos de triple A si estás pensando en los juegos.

Cámaras

Sensor con mayor apertura en su rango de precios

Distancia focal f/1.69

Función de Autozoom integrado

Hablando de cámaras, llegamos a uno de los puntos más apasionantes del nuevo Realme 11 Pro+. A diferencia de su hermano menor también presentado, el 11 Pro, la coletilla de ‘plus’ implica que tiene diferencias notables en diversos apartados, entre los que se encuentra la fotografía. 

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Este móvil tiene un sensor ISOCELL HP3 de 200 MP con Superzoom que puede detectar información de autoenfoque tanto en el plano vertical como en el horizontal. Como resultado, Realme afirma que se trata del móvil con mejor cámara que haya fabricado hasta la fecha. Veremos qué hay de cierto. 

Recordemos que la compañía anteriormente ha puesto en el mercado modelos como el GT 2 Pro (de precio superior) en el momento de su lanzamiento, y aunque tiene un mejor rendimiento global, las cámaras se ven superadas en diversos frentes. 

Realme parece haber trabajado su conjunto de cámaras de manera que la principal ofrece de serie y en el modo automático hasta 4 niveles de zoom diferentes con los que poder jugar de manera inmediata (0,6, 1x, 2x y 4x). 

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Si optas por forzar el zoom digital, el móvil puede llegar a alcanzar el nivel de los 20x (poco aprovechables en cualquier caso por el nivel de ruido que se recoge). En cualquier caso y como podrás observar en las imágenes capturadas, los detalles son muy apreciables, como demuestra la estatua de Velázquez posando a las puertas del Prado. 

Excepcional balance de blancos y colorimetría la ofrecida por este móvil”

Me gusta gratamente el balance de blancos y la colorimetría ofrecida por el Realme 11 Pro+, reflejando en la pantalla con bastante fidelidad una gran aproximación de lo que realmente están viendo mis ojos en la vida real.. 

En los días claros y con gran luminosidad, las tomas se muestran con gran viveza pero sin llegar a desviarse de la realidad o quemar ciertos tonos, algo que enseguida puede apreciarse en los objetos rojizos o atardeceres. 

Por su parte, aprovechamos uno de los días nublados y con lluvia que nos ha dejado este año el mes de junio (con tormenta eléctrica incluida), para poner a prueba sus lentes y comprobamos como el nivel de detalles es sorprendente. 

Ya lo he mencionado en anteriores reviews de smartphones y es algo en lo que me fijo cuando pongo a prueba las cámaras; el hecho de que todas ellas mantengan una homogeneidad en las tonalidades, independientemente de si manejas el gran angular, la cámara principal, o el teleobjetivo (este aquí no está representado).

Las imágenes que pude tomar del edificio del Ministerio de Agricultura, ubicado junto a la Estación de Atocha de Madrid, son un claro reflejo de lo bien que se desenvuelve el Realme 11 Pro+, a pesar de que he apreciado que el tiempo de captura  y exposición en el modo de automático se incrementa con respecto a otros teléfonos como el Realme GT 3 de la marca.

Los enfoques son rápidos y precisos, sin necesidad de pulsar varias veces en la pantalla buscando un mejor resultado, y aprovecha al máximo los sensores de tamaño superior para conseguir que las fotos sean nítidas y llenas de detalles cuando haces zoom sobre la fotografía.

En cualquier caso, la cámara gran angular es de inferior calidad, con lo que es inevitable comprobar que la aparición de ruido se hace más visible que cuando manejas la principal. También es posible utilizarla para disparar de cerca con un modo macro que tiene margen de mejora, pero que también encuentra el equilibrio en el enfoque. 

Dentro del menú principal, Realme ha incorporado un modo de ‘Alta Resolución’ con el que podemos variar entre los 200 MP que soporta el sensor, o bien, bajar la calidad a los 50 MP que ya está bien para luego conseguir impresiones de fotografías a gran tamaño sin perder calidad.

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El recorte mostrado por las fotografías selfie también está a la altura de los mejores de su gama, ofreciendo con una cámara de 32 MP una calidad que está muy cerca de competir de tú a tú con los terminales más premium de precio superior. 

Autonomía y carga

Batería de 5000 mAh

Cargador de 100 W incluido

Excepcional gestión de energía

Sin carga inalámbrica

Con una batería de gran capacidad que alcanza los 5000 mAh dispuesta en su interior, el Realme 11 Pro+ también se desmarca del hermano menor 11 Pro en este apartado en el hecho de que la velocidad de carga es superior en el aquí analizado. 

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Incluye en la caja su cable y adaptador correspondiente para garantizar hasta 100 W de velocidad de carga, lo que nos permitió cargar el móvil en un tiempo que no llegó a los 30 minutos (28 para ser exactos), así como alcanzar el 56 % en apenas 15 minutos. 

Además de estas buenas noticias, la mejor la descubrimos después de pasar la prueba de batería del Realme 11 Pro+, que con el benchmark PCMark hemos conseguido alcanzar las 15 horas y 38 minutos, superando con creces al Galaxy A54 que se quedó en los 10 horas y 57 minutos, o las 10 horas y 49 minutos del Pixel 7a de precio muy similar.

Opté por repetir la prueba y llevar a cabo otra adicional que habitualmente desplegamos, la de batería con GeekBench con el nivel de brillo situado al 120 % de su capacidad, y obtuvimos un excepcional tiempo de 14 minutos y 41 segundos, un nivel que muy pocos móviles pueden emular. 

La gran autonomía es el mejor complemento para tus largas sesiones fotográficas”

En la vida real, aprovechando que en esta ocasión hemos tenido el móvil cedido unos 20 días antes de su presentación, he podido usarlo diariamente lo que me ha permitido llevarme una grata sorpresa de lo eficiente que se comporta su batería y procesador Dimensity. 

Haciendo un uso típico de apps de comunicaciones, redes sociales y otras tareas como contestar a correos electrónicos simultaneandolo con navegación web, el móvil me llegaba al final del día con una carga que en la mayoría de los casos superaba el 60 % de su capacidad. 

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Si resulta que eres un auténtico devorador de batería con juegos y aplicaciones de uso intensivo, como pueda ser Tik Tok, recuerda que tienes como aliado el sistema de carga rápida SuperVooc S. Eso sí, el Realme 11 Pro+ no contempla posibilidad alguna de carga inalámbrica. 

En cualquier caso, la gran autonomía parece ser el mejor complemento para tus largas sesiones fotográficas.

Software y actualizaciones

Realme UI 4.0

Basado en Android 13

2 años de actualizaciones (3 de seguridad)

Para la puesta de largo del GT 3, Realme ha desplegado la última versión de Realme UI 4.0 sobre Android 13, con lo que la última versión de Google está presente en este teléfono que aterriza ahora en el mercado. 

Como ya hemos mencionado en anteriores ocasiones, resulta interesante el modo GT que puedes activar en situaciones concretas como pueda ser la de jugar con el móvil, algo que se activa automáticamente con el fin de obtener un rendimiento extra. 

Alfonso Casas / Foundry

Echando la mirada hacia el modelo GT 3 lanzado a principios de año por Realme, echamos en falta el sistema de notificaciones LED que tiene este móvil situado en su parte trasera, lo cual resulta muy útil en tu día a día para no perderte mensajes importantes o notificaciones de apps. 

En cualquier caso, ya sabemos que la compañía es experta en este tipo de implementaciones, probando en cada gama de producto con funciones que puedan resultar innovadoras y que puedan cautivar al consumidor final. 

Precio

El precio de venta recomendado del Realme 11 Pro+ con una configuración de 12 GB de memoria RAM y 512 GB de almacenamiento asciende a los 529 €. No obstante, durante su período de lanzamiento que dura hasta el 30 de junio, el precio se rebaja hasta los 469 €. 

Puedes encontrarlos con tres acabados diferentes en su trasera, ya sea el aquí analizado ‘Sunrise Beige’ con materiales de piel vegana, o bien, el más tradicional ‘Oasis Green’ o el denominado ‘Astral Black’, el más clásico de todos. 

Siempre puedes optar por el modelo normal más económico, pero te anticipamos ‘a modo de spoiler’ hasta que publiquemos su review final, que el sistema de lentes elegido para sus cámaras es de inferior calidad, y que su tecnología de carga de batería se queda en los 67 W, una cifra que tampoco está nada mal.

Veredicto

La baza de la compañía para sus nuevos Realme 11 Series radica en potenciar el apartado fotográfico. Quizá en el modelo 11 Pro la compañía consiga avances notables (es algo que tendremos que esperar a su review), pero en el Pro+ sin duda alguna consigue dar un golpe sobre la mesa. 

Tenemos ante nosotros al móvil de la compañía con mejor conjunto de cámaras que puedas encontrar hasta la fecha y parece que en esta ocasión, lo de inflar las cifras para integrar un sensor Samsung ISOCELL HP3 de 200 MP con SuperZoom es todo un acierto para la marca. 

Este conjunto de cámaras se ve muy bien arropado por un gran diseño de móvil, así como por una excelente autonomía con el fin de que puedas disfrutar de la fotografía al aire libre sin tener que preocuparte de que puedas quedarte sin carga, para lo que podrás hacer uso de su sistema de 100 W. 

Si tuviéramos que mejorar algo del nuevo Realme 11 Pro+ no sería la pantalla, ya que de tipo AMOLED y con 120 Hz de frecuencia de refresco, son datos más que suficientes para encontrarse entre lo que ofrecen los móviles de su gama. 

El único apartado que podría ser revisado es el del procesador. Aunque como hemos podido ver, el Dimensity 7050 5G está a la altura de las circunstancias, es probable que los más jugones echen en falta una tasa de refresco de fps algo superior en los juegos. 

Por lo demás, es un móvil fantástico que por méritos propios, pasa a formar parte de nuestro ranking de los mejores móviles del mercado situados en la gama media, con precios que rondan los 500 €.

Especificaciones

Pantalla curvada AMOLED de 6,7 pulgadas 

Pantalla FullHD+ con resolución 2772 x 1240

Brillo de 500 nits (máximo 1200 nits)

Frecuencia de refresco de 124 Hz

Procesador Dimensity 7050 5G

Modelo con 12 GB RAM + 512 GB almacenamiento

Cámaras:

Principal Samsung ISOCELL HP3 SuperZoom de 200 MP

SuperZoom, focal f/1.69 con OIS + EIS

Ultra gran angular de 8 MP y f/2.2

Cámara frontal selfie de 32 MP

Batería de 5000 mAh

Conectividad 5G dual, Bluetooth 5.3 y NFC

Carga SuperVooc S de 100W

Altavoces Dual Stereo Dolby Atmos

Sistema operativo Realme UI 4.0 con Android 13

Dimensiones de 161,6 x 73,9 x 8,2 mm

Peso de 183 gr

Realme X2 Pro Review: A Phone That Will Surprise You

Our Verdict

 Although it may sound cliché, Realme is trying to redefine the mid-range phone market with the X2 Pro, offering an unprecedented level of performance that will only be surpassed by much more expensive handsets. We especially like the variety of models and configurations to choose from, something which means you can get a 90Hz screen for under £400. For this and many other reasons which are outlined below, this phone is easy to recommend.

Although the initial lineup of Realme phones in Europe is somewhat limited (they can be counted on the fingers of one hand), the brand’s reputation and popularity has grown relatively quickly.

The Realme X2 Pro is the company’s most expensive model, but it is still among the most competitively priced phones at under £400. Also check out the Realme X50 Pro 5G.

In return you get the latest Snapdragon 855+ processor from Qualcomm, which reaches a clock speed of 2.96 Ghz and so will be free from any performance issues whatsoever. Let’s run through the different models and pricing.

Pricing and availability

The Realme X2 Pro is aiming to be the brand’s flagship model, combining speed, power and performance whilst maintaining a design that you typically only find in premium smartphones.

Realme has positioned the X2 Pro at a very interesting price point, and it comes in two different finishes – Neptune Blue and Lunar White. We tested the latter, which is particularly striking as the tones changes as they reflect the light.

We like the fact that there’s a variety of configurations to choose from, with Realme allowing you to choose between three different combinations of RAM and storage.

This is, of course, reflected in the price. The phone starts at £399 (€399) for 6GB/64GB, with another 8GB/128GB model and the maxed-out version we tried, which gets you 12GB/256GB for £499(€499).

Unfortunately, the only place we could find to buy the phone in the UK is Clove Technology, where you’ll pay £539.99 for the 8GB/128GB version. However, it might be worth importing from Spain, where you can pick it up the highest-specced model for just €449 on Amazon.

When you buy the phone, there are also additional discounts on some accessories, including two generations of wireless earbuds and a more robust cover to add to the one already in the box. Head to the Realme website to see the full range. 

Nonetheless, it faces strong competition from the best mid-range phones on the market.

Design and build

During its unveiling in Madrid, which we had the opportunity to attend, the company compared the X2 Pro to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Xiaomi’s Mi 9T Pro, specifically in the areas of photography, battery life, charging speeds and screen quality.

If you’d like, you can read our in-depth reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.

There are plenty of notable design choices with the X2 Pro. Aesthetically we can’t ignore the generous 6.5in screen, but this shouldn’t make the phone unmanageable for most people. However, at 199g it is among the heaviest phones of 2023.

It differs slightly from other Realme phones on the back, with the quad camera setup moved to the centre of the phone as opposed to one side. The four lenses are aligned in a vertical row, although the camera module does protrude slightly from the back of the device. This can easily be fixed by applying the included silicone case.

The phone is a notorious fingerprint magnet, although the effects less noticeable on the lunar white model. The screen also suffers from smudges, but they are only visible when the screen is off. There is a teardrop notch here to house the 16Mp selfie camera, alongside an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

The glass back blends seamlessly into the curved edges of the device, which help with gripping the device when case-free.

It’s worth mentioning here that we were pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness of the device, as well as its strong performance in benchmark tests.

90Hz screen

At 6.5in, the X2 Pro adds just 0.1 in to the screen size of the regular X2, coming in with a 2400×1080 OLED panel. However, the most surprising thing here is the 90Hz refresh rate, something which is very surprising to see on a phone at this price point. Realme has likely been inspired by its successful implementation on the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro.

Additionally, a maximum brightness of 480 nits means that outdoor visibility should be fine, even in direct sunlight. This should also help people who suffer with chronic tiredness or eye conditions such as presbyopia, as it makes reading on the phone easier.

The higher refresh rate can be toggled in settings, and makes a surprising difference when playing intense games or certain videos. However, it’s worth remembering that the 20:9 aspect ratio will leave black bars at either end of regular video, which is produced in a 16:9 format.

There are also options in settings to activate a blue light filter to combat visual fatigue. This is in addition to changing font sizes and customising the display to suit your tastes.

In everyday usage, you will notice the fast and smooth performance throughout the user interface, and there’s no latency even when multitasking or playing graphic-intensive games. Having 12GB of RAM definitely helps in this regard.

Performance

In terms of performance, the X2 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus, its flagship processor for 2023. Combined with an Adreno 640 GPU, graphics performance is similarly impressive.

Qualcomm say this chipset is suitable for elite level gaming, so it should be able to compete with some of the best gaming phones on the market. The phone has some features perfect for mobile gaming, such as specific vibrations and excellent haptic feedback.

It offers a number of other useful tools, including the ability to respond to messages without leaving the game and easy screen capture and recording tools at your fingertips.

The UFS 3.0 memory storage also ensures data transfer speeds are among the best out there.

This stellar performance is exemplified in the chart below, where it is compared to some similarly priced handsets. These even include major players like OnePlus and Google.

Cameras

The four rear camera setup is headline by a primary 64Mp sensor. Raw files shot with this lens will be in a stunning 9280×6944 resolution, meaning you could print a 3.6m poster without losing resolution.

A second 13Mp telephoto lens provides 2x optical zoom, which can be extended to 20x with the help of software. We loved the UI in the camera app, which allowed us to quickly switch between modes at the touch of a button.

2x optical zoom is the standard so it’s nice to see that here, but we would recommend using the 20x hybrid zoom sparingly as sharpness can quickly be lost.

The third sensor, an 8Mp wide-angle, extended the field of view to 115 degrees, while the fourth and final time-of-flight (ToF) lens allows for greater depth measurements. As a result, sharpness is impressive both at the point of focus and the edges of the images.

Looking at the same image from above zoomed to 5x, the variation in brightness and colour information (known as noise) is much more noticeable.

In portrait mode, it’s nice to be able to choose how much background blur you want in your shots. You can choose anywhere between 0 and 100%, with it set to 60% by default.

There’s also some special modes available here, including Beauty, Nightscape and Chroma Boost. We were pretty impressed with the results, as they allow a lot of flexibility when shooting even before filters are applied.

The X2 Pro supports slow motion up to 960fps, and you can even use the ultra-wide camera to achieve this effect. You can get some great shots as a result, particularly with an ultra-stable mode activated.

The aforementioned Nightscape mode is quite impressive, but it can’t compete with the dedicated low light modes on the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro or Google Pixel 4.

Battery and fast charging

In order to compensate for the 90Hz display on the X2 Pro, Realme has included a large 4000mAh battery.

However, the more surprising thing here is the included Super VOOC Flash Charge, which supports an incredible 50W. This technology is known for its use in Oppo phones, where it has had great success.

The X2 Pro charged unlike anything we’ve seen before, reaching a full 100% in just 30 minutes. We can confidently say it’s the fastest charging we’ve ever tested on a phone, and should be a key factor in the decision over whether to purchase this phone.

What’s more, the X2 Pro includes a new heat dissipation process that allows it to cope with any significant temperature rises. A gel helps spread heat across the whole device, ensuring no one component will overheat as a result. This should help it cope with more intensive graphical processes, as well as the staggering new charging standard.

The battery itself lasted 8 hours and 37 minutes in our testing, meaning it should be able to comfortably exceed a day’s usage for most people. This is a similar result to the Redmi Note 8T, but significantly less than the incredible 13 hours and 13 minutes we recorded on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

Android Pie with ColorOS 6.1

ColorOS also has better optimisation for bezel-less screens, with easy access to the most popular functions and an improved notification bar that can be customised, depending on the style of display cut-out.

The aforementioned Hyper Boost allows you to easily switch between high performance and power-saving modes as it adapts to your own usage patterns.

The game assistant mode allows you to simplify managing notifications and creates easy shortcuts to the most common functions while gaming.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom was one of the first phones to come with this new version of ColorOS 6, and you can read our review of that phone here for a more in-depth look at the new software.

Verdict

The Realme X2 Pro has plenty of notable strengths, and the fact so many of premium features are being offered at this price point makes it easy to recommend.

We can’t think of any other phone which is offering a 90Hz display at this price point, not to mention the ultra-fast charge which will give you nearly 100% battery in the time it takes to have a shower or eat lunch.

It is worth mentioning some of the deficiencies with the X2 Pro, including the absence of an official IP rating for water and dust resistance, and no support for wireless charging. However, you can quickly forget about the latter when the wired charging is so impressive.

The quadruple rear camera system does not disappoint, producing photos with great sharpness and vivid colours that stand out. It has everything and more that most people are looking for in a phone, including great cameras, superb gaming performance and super-fast charging.

We are extremely satisfied with the end result, even if there is room for improvement in some aesthetic and design aspects. At 199g, we hope the next device is just a little more lightweight too.

Note: This story was originally published in Spanish on our sister site, PC World Spain.

Related stories for further reading Specs Realme X2 Pro: Specs

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, dual stereo speakers

Main cameras: Quad sensor w/ 64MP (main), 13MP (tele), 8MP (wide), 2MP (depth)

Display: 6.5in 90Hz Super AMOLED Full HD+ (2400×1080) screen

Storage: 64GB (UFS 2.1)/128GB (UFS 3.0)/256GB (UFS 3.0)

Battery: 4000mAh w/ 50W SuperVOOC fast charging

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+

Colours: Neptune Blue, Lunar White

OS: Android 9 Pie w/ ColorOS 6.1

Dimensions: 161 x 75.7 x 8.7mm

RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB

Front camera: 16MP

Weight: 199 grams

Lenovo Moto G4 Real Life Usage Review

This phone is aimed at budget-conscious emerging markets, and big screens, big batteries, and big megapixel counts. Moto G-series devices has been always a good choice for the people who want stock Android experience and periodic updates with a budget price tag. Sadly this time around, Motorola has skipped some of the good features like waterproofing, and stereo speaker feature and this phone is just splash proof. It comes in White and Black color options. Moto G4 is priced at INR 12,499 and is available exclusively on Amazon India.

Moto G4 Specifications

Key Specs Lenovo Moto G4

Display 5.5 inches IPS LCD display

Screen Resolution Full HD (1080 x 1920)

Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 617

GPU Adreno 405

Memory 2 GB RAM

Inbuilt Storage 16 GB

Storage Upgrade Yes, up to 256 GB via microSD card

Primary Camera 13 MP with dual-LED flash

Video recording [email protected]

Secondary Camera 5 MP

Battery 3000 mAh

Fingerprint Sensor No

NFC No

4G ready Yes, on one SIM

SIM card type Dual SIM

Waterproof No

Weight 155 g

Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm

Price Rs. 12,499

Moto G4 Coverage

What are Usage Reviews, Tests and Opinions?

This review is based on our quick tests and usage done with the phone, we try to push the device to its limits and find out the results which will matter if you plan to buy this phone. We hope this review helps you to get your queries answered about the device.

Performance App Launch Speed

The app launch speed on the Moto G4 is quite fast. The apps took almost negligible time to start. Even the apps in memory opened pretty quick

Multitasking and RAM Management

Multitasking is quite good in this phone. The stock android enhances the performance when it comes to multitasking and RAM management. Even with a lot of apps running in the background, switching between apps wasn’t a problem. There was occasional reloading of few apps with the heavy apps running in the background. We didn’t face any lag or stutter while switching between casual apps.

Scrolling Speed

For testing the scrolling speed, I loaded the GadgetsToUse homepage on the smartphone and scrolled top to bottom and back on the phone. The web page rendering speed was great and the page managed to scroll easily without any problems.

Heating Benchmark Scores

Benchmark App Benchmark Scores

AnTuTu (64-bit) 45334

Quadrant Standard 26663

Nenamark 2 59.3 fps

Geekbench3 Multi-Core- 2991

Camera

The Moto G4 is equipped with a lower resolution, 13 MP Primary camera unlike the 16 MP Camera in the Moto G4 Plus. The Primary Camera comes with Color balancing dual LED flash, ƒ/2.0 aperture, Quick Capture, 4X digital zoom etc. It supports 1080p HD video @ 30fps and features various modes like Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR and Panorama among others. The pictures came out to be pretty decent with natural colors, great detailing and great saturation.  I have already covered the camera aspect of the Moto G4 in a separate dedicated camera review, where you can find this information in details.

Camera UI

Day Light Photo Quality

Low Light Photo Quality

Selfie Photo Quality

Moto G4 Camera Samples Video Quality

When recording videos with the primary or the secondary camera on the device, the videos came out to be great. The audio in the videos was also good, with good active noise cancellation when there was noise coming from the surroundings. We’ve already included a sample from the front camera and the rear camera of the device in our dedicated camera review.

Battery Performance

Battery performance from the Moto G4 is about average. The G4 packs a 3000mAh cell that keeps the 1080p 5.5-inch screen powered the entire day. I regularly got through to the end of the day without having to put the Moto G4 on charge, with 10-20% of juice remaining. You will easily get around an average of 4 hours of screen-on-time with moderate usage. I Played Modern Combat 5 for 30 minutes and noticed a battery drop of 13% when the Wi-Fi and cellular data was off.

Charging Time

The charging on this device is carried out with a micro-USB port unlike USB Type-C port that we  see on most of the devices these days. Motorola has also taken steps to improve things on the battery front by including fast-charging technology for the first time but the compatible charger isn’t included in the box. It takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get charged from 0% to 100% with the turbo charger. Without the turbo charger that is provided, it would take little bit of more time.

Screen on Time Looks and Design

A lot of handsets flaunt metal body these days but Motorola decided to stick to plastic. The phone features an all plastic build, and a brilliant 5.5-inch display on the front. Even though its totally a plastic, it doesn’t feels cheap. It actually feels good in hand and the plastic used here is of good quality. The phone feels solid and comfortable in hand. It’s back is textured which adds an extra grip while holding the device. Back cover is removable but battery is still non-removable. The phone does looks and feels good, but still the use of metals here would have been appreciated.

Moto G4 Photo Gallery Quality of Material

Unlike most of the phones, this phone has got a total plastic build. Even though it’s made out of the plastic, it feels solid and good in hand. It has also got a good grip and removable back cover. This is also one of the lightest 5.5-inch phone available in the market. Its Dimensions are 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm and it weighs just 155 grams.

Ergonomics

Coming to the one-handed usage of the device, I’d say it’s easy to handle the device with one hand if you are comfortable using any other 5.5-inch device. I have big hands, and thus, I can’t really say if it’s a one-handed device or not, but for me, it is definitely a one-handed device.

Display Clarity, Colors and Viewing Angles

The Moto G4 has a big 5.5 inch IPS LCD Display with a Full-HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display comes with a pixel density of 401 ppi and color depth of 16M colors. The Display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. Color reproduction and viewing angles were really very good with accurate color balance. I could see the phone at extreme angles without any problem at all and overall we loved the display.

Outdoor Visibility (Full Brightness)

When putting the phone on full brightness and seeing it under direct sunlight, the display was visible.  Sunlight legibility was good overall and we didn’t face any issue while viewing it under direct sunlight.

User Interface

The UI is quite basic and stock with Google Now Launcher and the Google Now features. The app switcher is the usual 3D rolodex with a searchbar on top and the app drawer is vertical scroll-able. Even the icons looks quite stock apart from the few ones. People who love stock UI will definitely going to love it else you can always go for the third party launchers like Nova.  It is running on Android Marshmallow (6.0) and will also going to get the next update as well.

Sound Quality

Sadly, Motorola has dropped the stereo speaker setup and has got only single speaker which is positioned on the front. The perk of having a front firing speaker is that you don’t cover them up while holding the phone in landscape mode unlike most of the phones. The sound is loud enough and clarity of the Moto G4 audio is also impressive, considering it’s a budget device. While not the loudest, the G4 offers a strong and clean sound for listening to music.

Call Quality

While testing the call quality on the Moto G4, I used a Vodafone SIM card with it in New Delhi, where we don’t have 4G yet, and thus the phone was on 3G. When on a call, I could hear the other person without any problems, and even the other person could hear me without any issues. I would be on calls for around 2 hours a day, and even then, during such long calls, I wouldn’t notice any problems with the call quality. The call quality is top notch, no doubt there.

Gaming Performance

We know that the G4 comes with the same hardware found in the G4 Plus and we also know it is quite capable. I played Modern Combat 5 on this smartphone and the game play was very smooth and did not show any lag in the beginning of the game. As the game proceeded, I noticed that the game was turning out to be a little slow in graphic intense areas but closing all the background apps fixed this problem at once. Overall I had a good experience while playing games and it rendered the graphics pretty well.

Game Lag & Heating Verdict

It packs a good hardware with a Snapdragon 617 processor, a average camera with the 13-megapixel and the 5-megapixel shooters and a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full-HD chúng tôi stock Android, and light weight built is something we don’t see in every device. Overall this device impressed us ignoring few minor areas. Also, considering the price at which the phone is offered, I’d say that this is a great device to go with. Though the devices like Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 2 gives it a tough competition.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: The Galaxy S9 Killer

Whatever your palate, HUAWEI has a P20 color for you.

There are four or five colors depending on which model you choose, with the regular P20 coming in a champagne gold color that’s not available with the Pro. For the P20 Pro, HUAWEI offers black, a majestic midnight blue, and pink gold. The twilight color offers a new kind of color gradient — it actually shimmers in the light. The pink gold version also has a gradient, but its range is much more muted. Whatever your palate, HUAWEI probably has a P20 color for you.

Beneath the screen is HUAWEI’s fingerprint sensor, which is flat, wide, and allows you to unlock your phone while it’s laying face up on a table. I’m normally a bigger fan of HUAWEI’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensors thanks to their added support for summoning the notification shade, but the P20 Pro’s scanner is still fast and reliable and supports gesture controls for navigation.

Display

The HUAWEI P20 Pro offers a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a rather awkward 18.7:9 aspect ratio. That extra 0.7 is due to the notch. Let’s get this out of the way: I’ve used the iPhone X for months and after a while, the notch just doesn’t matter. More phones are adopting the notch design, and you’ll have to get used to it eventually. If you really hate it, you can also turn it off on the P20 Pro, rounding the corners and turning off the extra pixels for a more standard-looking experience.

The P20 Pro’s got a great panel, offering the vibrant blacks and deep colors all AMOLED panels do. The biggest issue for me is the resolution. Like with the Mate 10 Pro, HUAWEI opted for a Full HD+ panel. HUAWEI CBG CEO Richard Yu has told us several times the company chooses Full HD+ over Quad HD+ due to battery life concerns, but there’s likely another reason.

Considering how the Mate 10 Pro also had a Full HD+ display, it seems HUAWEI saves a few features for its luxury flagship. On top of the better fingerprint sensor position, the Mate RS has a Quad HD+ AMOLED panel.

We put the HUAWEI P20 Pro through its paces in our testing lab and it’s bright — very bright. Its top brightness of 600 nits under bright lights bests the Galaxy S9 by 26 percent, which achieves just 475 nits. Most surprising, the LCD display on the P20 is actually 23 percent brighter than its Pro counterpart, albeit with a cooler display. The HUAWEI P20 Pro achieves a color temperature of 7,212 Kelvin. The P20 is 9 percent cooler at 7,841 Kelvin. After testing Samsung’s latest flagships, we found HUAWEI’s displays are set to be about 200K warmer than the Galaxy S9s.

Samsung is known for having the best displays, but the AMOLED panel on the P20 Pro is up there as one of the best on a smartphone. It’s a pleasure to use and ticks all the right boxes. The eye comfort mode works really well. Despite only being a Full HD+ display, it’s fantastic for anything you throw at it. As always, there’s a bevy of color-tuning options in the settings if you don’t like the look out of the box.

Performance

The P20 Pro is packed full of the hardware we’ve come to expect from a flagship HUAWEI device. It’s powered by HiSilicon’s Kirin 970 chipset and, like the Mate 10 Pro, has a lot of AI features thanks to the built-in NPU. It’s backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, alongside the Mali-G72 MP12 which handles most tasks well. The GPU isn’t quite on par with the Adreno 630 in the Snapdragon 845 on the Galaxy S9, but it held its own in our HUAWEI P20 Pro review testing. The regular P20 drops the RAM to 4GB, which doesn’t have too much effect on performance, at least according to the benchmark scores.

The P20 Pro beats the best flagships of 2023, including the Mate 10 Pro and OnePlus 5T, but the Galaxy S9 produces results from another world. A large part of this is likely to be the Snapdragon 845 CPU, as the Galaxy S9 results are on par with our initial testing on Qualcomm’s latest processor. The P20 Pro’s benchmark performance is great right now, but it’ll likely be bested many times in the coming months. A lot of devices are going to launch with the Snapdragon 845, so we’ll have to wait until HUAWEI’s next Mate device to see how good its 2023 performance can get.

These benchmarks show how good the performance of the Snapdragon 845 is. Like our initial benchmark scores, the Snapdragon 845 sets a new standard for AnTuTu performance. The Kirin 970 inside the P20 Pro is significantly better than the same processor inside the Mate 10 Pro (which scored 178466), but as a generation older, the Kirin 970 can’t keep up with the Snapdragon 845.

These two benchmarks show that while there is a gap between the performance scores of the Snapdragon 845 and the Kirin 970, it’s a smaller difference than it has been in previous years. In particular, the Mali G72 GPU inside the Kirin 970 is close to the performance of Qualcomm’s Adreno 630 GPU, and this is reflected in actual usage of both devices.

In day-to-day usage, the P20 Pro never misses a beat. The phone is fast regardless of what you throw at it. 6GB of RAM usually results in about 2.5GB to 3.5GB of free RAM at any given time. I’ve yet to see the phone stutter at all, even with a lot of apps running in the background. HUAWEI claims the AI allows it to remain fast over a longer period compared to other flagships, but we’ll need a longer time with the P20 Pro to confirm if this is true.

Hardware

Camera

They say big numbers help sell phones. If that’s the case, HUAWEI has plenty of these to lean on in the P20 Pro’s camera. There’s the world’s first triple camera, a 40MP main sensor, 3X Optical Zoom, 5X Hybrid Zoom, 4D Predictive Focus, 102,400 maximum ISO, 2μm pixel size, 4-in-1 Hybrid Focus system, 960 frames per second slow-motion recording, and more. The camera also has HUAWEI’s new AI-assisted stabilization (AIS), which lets the P20 Pro take long-exposure shots without a tripod.

The three cameras combine to make an incredible trio that produce great shots in all conditions.

Each camera serves a different purpose. The main 40MP sensor captures rich color, the 20MP secondary monochrome sensor captures additional details, and the third 8MP telephoto lens is used for zoom and additional focal length.  They make for an incredible trio which produces great shots in all conditions. Kris goes into more depth on the make-up of the camera in the video review, and Adam has rounded up all the facts on HUAWEI’s triple camera in our walkthrough below.

The 40MP main sensor will be a draw for many users. I remember working retail when the Nokia 1020 was launched. I experienced first-hand how many customers came into the store asking for the phone with the 40MP camera. The P20 Pro’s camera will likely have the same effect for HUAWEI, at least outside the U.S. where it will appear on store shelves, but without the turn-off of Windows phone OS.

By default, the camera shoots images at 10MP, which is where the 2μm pixel size kicks in. The main camera actually has 1μm pixels, but by default, the P20 uses a process called pixel binning to combine the light information from four 1μm pixels into a larger 2μm super pixel.

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Once you understand which scenes the phone is good at tweaking, the results can be fantastic. The AI can automatically detect food, dogs, and cats (with separate modes for each of these pets), and it can boost colors to provide a more vibrant image. Similarly, the greenery mode really makes grass pop out of an image and the blue sky mode makes even dreary skies look nicer. It’s not the most accurate look, but it’s amazing on social media, which appears to be HUAWEI’s goal.

Personally, I liked it when it automatically switched to portrait and night mode, but Kris found it a nuisance as there are already dedicated modes for these. I also like it when it switches to greenery, food, or dog scenes. The results are usually much better for social media.

The HUAWEI P20 Pro also captures 960 frames per second slow-motion video recording like other recent flagships. It’s a fun feature to use and it’s relatively easy to get the timing right — I struggled a little at first, as it happens almost instantly when you press the capture button — but it’s not as fun as the Galaxy S9 Plus. Samsung’s flagship brings an automatic slow-motion mode, so you don’t need to perfectly time the shutter, which makes taking slow-motion video a lot more fun.

Before the HUAWEI P20 Pro was announced, the rumors had me excited. Since the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I and many others have been waiting for a replacement. Back then I wouldn’t have pegged HUAWEI as the company that would offer it, but the P20 Pro has the camera we’ve all been waiting for.

The HUAWEI P20 Pro is the flagship smartphone camera we’ve all been waiting for… It features all the hardware you could want in a camera and takes stunning photos.

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It features all the hardware you could want and gives you the tools to take visually stunning photos. The AI features get in the way a bit, but once you learn how to make it work for you, the results are amazing. The 5X hybrid zoom is a highlight, but the night mode has me wanting to go out and take pictures just to see what it produces.

Read Next: Afternoon with the HUAWEI P20 Pro triple camera

Specs

Surface Pro (2024) Vs Surface Pro 4 Comparison Review

Our Verdict

Until we’ve properly tested the new Surface Pro, we’ll reserve judgement on which 2-in-1 is the best.

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It’s been a pretty long wait, but the update to the Surface Pro 4 is here. Oddly, it’s not called the Surface Pro 5 but as you’ll see there are clear reasons for this.

Whether you’re thinking of upgrading from your Surface Pro 4 or trying to decide which device to buy as an upgrade from something else, our comparison of the two hybrids will help you make the right choice.

See our chart of the best hybrid laptop/tablets to buy.

You can pre-order the new Surface Pro now from Microsoft.

What are the differences between Surface Pro 4 and the 2023 version?

Compare the key specifications (see our table below) and you could easily come to the conclusion that very little has changed.

The two tablets look the same, have the same 12.3in screen, selection of ports and – aside from very minor changes – the same chassis.

During the launch, Microsoft said the new tablet was thinner and lighter. However, that’s not exactly true. Its own website lists the same dimensions for the two and, depending in the configuration you choose, the new device is either a couple of grams lighter or heavier than the equivalent old model.

So it’s not thinner and no-one is going to notice that miniscule weight difference. Can you spot which is which?

Not everything remains the same, of course. The main difference is that the new Surface Pro includes the latest seventh-gen Intel Core processors, which also means upgraded integrated graphics.

Battery life is also improved from ‘up to 9 hours’ for the old model to ‘up to 13.5 hours’ from the new Surface Pro.

The last notable change is the new kick-stand hinge which now reclines to an almost-flat 165 degrees. This position is called ‘Studio mode’ and lets you use the Surface Pro like the Surface Studio – it’s a more comfortable angle to use for sketching and drawing.

Other minor improvements are better sound quality from the speakers and more rounded corners.

The Surface Pro 4’s stand allows it to tilt back to 150 degrees – the same as the Surface Pro 3. The extra 15 degrees sounds like a small change, but until we’ve properly tested the two devices, it’s hard to know if it really makes a difference or not.

As before, there’s a choice of ultra-low-power Core m3, i5 and i7 processors. The fanless Core m model is available from launch this time – it came later with the Surface Pro 4.

If you opt for the flagship model with 1TB of storage, that’s an NVMe SSD which should improve performance even more compared to the equivalent Surface Pro 4.

That covers the main tablet, but both the keyboard and Surface Pen have been updated for 2023 as well.

Like the recently announced Surface Laptop, the Type Cover keyboard is now skinned with Alcantara – a man-made suede-like material.

This costs £149 (US$159) and comes in three colours to match the new shades for the tablet: Cobalt Blue, Burgundy and Platinum. They go on sale 30 June, a couple of weeks after the Surface Pro.

The new Surface Pen comes in the same colours, plus black. It costs £99.99 (US$99.99) – yep, it’s not bundled in the box any more – but there’s no confirmed release date yet.

It’s longer than the old Surface Pen and does away with the clip. New is its ability to detect when you’re tilting the pen at an angle (similar to Apple’s Pencil) and can therefore more accurately reproduce the effect of that on screen.

Depending on the type of pen you’ve selected in an app, it could mean you get a thicker line the more you tilt.

Which processors and storage can you get with the new Surface Pro?

The table below shows how the old and new Surface Pro models compare for their main specs.

How do they compare on price?

The Surface Pro 4 has dropped in price now that the new version has been announced, and the Core i7 versions are no longer on sale in the US.

The Pro 4 comes with the older version of the Surface Pen (unless you go for the Core m3 model), so don’t forget to add £99.99 (or $99.99) to the price of the new Surface Pro if you know you’ll need a stylus.

Surface Pro (2024):

Core m3, 4GB, 128GB: £799, US$799

Core i5, 4GB, 128GB: £979, US$999

Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £1249, US$1299

Core i7, 8GB, 256GB: £1549, US$1599

Core i7, 16GB, 512GB: £2149, US$2199

Core i7, 16GB, 1TB: £2699, US$2699

Surface Pro 4 (UK):

Core m3, 4GB, 128GB: £636.65

Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £917.15

Core i7, 8GB, 256GB: £1104.15

Core i7, 16GB, 256GB: £1231.65

Core i7, 16GB, 512GB: £1529.15

Core i7, 16GB, 1TBGB: £1869.15

Surface Pro 4 US models:

Core m3, 4GB, 128GB (no pen): US$699

Core i5, 4GB, 128GB: £979, US$849

Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £1249, US$999

Core i5, 16GB, 256GB: £1549, US$1399

Core i5, 8GB, 512GB: £2149, US$1399

Core i5, 16GB, 512GB: £2699, US$1799

Pre-order the Surface Pro 5 here.

Should I buy the new Surface Pro?

It is, overall, very similar to its predecessor. That’s probably why it isn’t called the Surface Pro 5. The new processors mean better performance and battery life, but those are the significant two improvements.

Microsoft says the screen on the new tablet is better, but hasn’t yet specified how.

In the UK at least, the Core i7 versions of the Surface Pro 4 are significantly cheaper than the equivalents from the new range, and they’re even better value because they include a Surface Pen.

If you already own a Surface Pro 4, there’s no real incentive to upgrade unless you’re going from a low-powered model and are planning to buy a Core i7 version.

Specs Microsoft Surface Pro (2024): Specs

Windows 10 Pro

12.3in PixelSense display, 2736×1824, 267ppi

Up to Intel Kaby Lake Core i7

Up to 16GB RAM

Up to 1TB storage

USB 3.0

Mini-DisplayPort

Micro-SD card reader

11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.0

5Mp front camera

8Mp rear camera

292x201x8.5mm

786g

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