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Realme X2 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G: which one to choose?

Both phones Realme X2 PRO and Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G are being launched in Europe. It is hard to choose between these phones. Realme X2 PRO has a 90Hz display and a 64 MP main camera when Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO has a 5G. Therefore let’s see the pros and cons of these premium budget phones.

Realme X2 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
Realme X2 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G

The Main Differences

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
🔸 90Hz Display
🔸 UFS 3.0
🔸 Headphone Port
🔸 1000 Nits Max Brightness
🔸 Better Camera Performance
🔸 Faster Charging
🔸 5G Feature
🔸 Gorilla Glass 6 Protection
🔸 Better Selfie Camera
🔸 Wireless Charging
🔸 Reverse Charging

Price

There are 3 versions of Realme X2 PRO and 4 versions of Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G. Here are the prices of all versions:

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
64GB, 6GB RAM, UFS 2.1 – €399
128GB, 8GB RAM, UFS 3.0 – €449
256GB, 12GB RAM, UFS 3.0 – €499
128GB, 8GB RAM, UFS 2.1 – €474
256GB, 8GB RAM, UFS 2.1 – €486
256GB, 12GB RAM, UFS 2.1 – €525
512GB, 12GB RAM, UFS 2.1 – €551

As you can see Realme X2 PRO is a little cheaper and has a better UFS than Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G at the same storage level.

Realme X2 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
Realme X2 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G

Special Deals

Banggood offers a special deal for Realme X2 PRO 128GB, you can preorder it for €410 with coupon:

Realme X2 PRO 128GB

Realme X2 PRO 128GB
Realme X2 PRO 128GB



Banggood coupon code:
BGX2P128
€397.67 from Banggood with coupon




Design

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm
199 g
Front/back Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum frame
Dual SIM
USB-C, headphone port
157.2 x 74.6 x 8.5 mm
196 g
Front/back Gorilla Glass 6
Aluminum frame
Dual SIM
USB-C

Both phones have very similar stunning designs. One, as well as the other phone, is covered by Gorilla Glass. Except that, Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G has a newer Gorilla Glass 6, which is better at withstanding falls (up to 2x times better of surviving multiple drops from 1-meter height).

Moreover, Realme X2 PRO is a little bit longer, than Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G. And its main camera is at the center of the top side of the back of the Realme X2 PRO. While Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G main camera is on the ride side of the top of the back.

Many people will be glad to hear, that Realme X2 PRO has a headphone port. Because most of the smartphones are lack of this feature nowadays.

Also, both phones have a waterdrop notch for a selfie camera on the top of the screen.

Display

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
6.5-inch
Super AMOLED panel
90Hz refresh rate
HDR10+
1000 nits max brightness
6.39-inch
Super AMOLED panel
60Hz refresh rate
HDR10
600 nits max brightness

The biggest difference of Realme X2 PRO from Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G is that its display’s refresh rate is 90Hz. This Realme X2 PRO improvement makes everything on the phone display look smother – either you playing games, watching videos or either you switching between pictures/text or either you just simply scrolling on the phone.

Apart from all that, you have a larger screen and HDR10+ on Realme X2 and almost the double of nits max brightness. 1000 nits max brightness of Realme X2 PRO will make pictures/videos look far better than Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G on a sunny day or in the bright room. Realme X2 PRO display looks brighter and clearer.

Performance

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
Snapdragon 855 Plus
Adreno 640
6GB or 8GB or 12GB of RAM
UFS 2.1(64 GB)
UFS 3.0 (128/256GB)
AnTuTu 470000*
Geekbench 10400*
Snapdragon 855 Plus
Adreno 640
8GB or 12GB of RAM
UFS 2.1
AnTuTu 447000*
Geekbench 10300*

*Realme X2 PRO 12/256GB vs Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G 12/256GB were compared.

Both phones have Snapdragon 855 Plus and the same amount of RAM, so there performance on AnTuTu and Geekbench are similar. On the other hand, the Realme X2 PRO has a UFS 3.0 on 128 and 256 GB versions. UFS 3.0 makes 2 times faster write/read speeds over UFS 2.1, while at the same time lowering power consumption. This means, that Realme X2 PRO is loading/copying video games, apps, and other files much quicker than Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G.

Software

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
 Android 10.0; ColorOS 6.1 Android 10; MIUI 11

ColorOS 6.1 vs MIUI 11, which software is better? It is hard to say. Because both softwares are quite similar. ColorOS 6.1 is simple, fast and smooth. While MIUI 11 is more detailed, stable and highly oriented in user experience.

Camera

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
Main Camera:
64MP sensor, f/1.8
8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
13MP telephoto 2x zoom, f/2.5
2MP depth camera at f/2.4
Selfie Camera:
16MP at f/2.0
Main Camera:
48MP sensor, f/1.8
16MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
12MP telephoto 2x zoom, f/2.2
Selfie Camera:
20MP at f/2.0

As you can see from technical stats Realme X2 PRO’s main camera is superior over Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO’s main camera, except for the ultra-wide camera.

Technical stats do not lie, because Realme X2 PRO’s quad-camera setup brings more real colors and details of the photos and videos compared with Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO’s triple-camera setup. So Realme X2 PRO’s main camera is superior over Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO’s camera.

For the objective conclusion, we have to wait for DXOMARK tests of Realme X2 PRO and Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO results. Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO tiple-camera setup is the same, like Xiaomi Mi 9 (PRO version has only improved algorithms to make photos/video look better). So Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO DXOMARK score has to be 110 or slightly better. As for Realme X2 PRO, I am guessing, that with this quad-camera setup the score will be about 116-117. This would put the Realme X2 PRO on the list of TOP 6 phones.

Selfies are slightly better with Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G’s front camera. But the difference is not so big, because Realme X2 PRO’s front camera, also takes good selfies. Although sometimes there can be a problem with edge detection.

Battery

Realme X2 PROXiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G
4000 mAh
Fast battery charging 50W
4000 mAh
Fast battery charging 40W
Fast wireless charging 30W
Reverse charging 10W

Realme X2 PRO and Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G have the identical capacity batteries and fast charging. But Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G has wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, both these features are stunning.

I like wireless charging for its simplicity and comfortability. It is easy to put a phone on the charger pad in your house or car and wait till the phone would be fully charged. As for reverse wireless charging, it is good to know, that your phone has this ability, especially if you have two phones or you like to camp with your friends when there is no place to charge the phone. Although these features bring more comfortability to phones, those are not essential to the phone as the ability to charge a battery really fast.

Realme X2 PRO can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes using a 50W charger. As for Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G, it can be fully charged in less than 48 minutes by 40W charger and less than 1 hour 9 minutes using a 30W wireless charger.

So for Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G, you have these cool features like Wireless charging and reverse charging. But with Realme X2 PRO you will save about 18 minutes every time you will need to fully charge the phone.

In a Nutshell

Realme X2 PRO – a practical phone, with whom you can easily watch videos of a new generation. This phone without any problem runs the latest games at high fps and takes high-quality photos/videos. Without all that, you can fully charge this little beast in less than 30 minutes.

Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G – an innovative phone, one of the first to be able to use the fifth generation of cellular network technology. As 5G availability is increasing, it is a really important feature especially if you are buying a phone for the long term – 2 years or more. Moreover, Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G is covered in Gorilla Glass 6, so it is more resistant to drops and damage. And has cool features like wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

So which one to choose depends on you. If you want a better video, gaming and photography experience – Realme X2 PRO is your choice. And If you like to have the ability to use 5G, wireless charging and reverse charging, then choose Xiaomi Mi 9 PRO 5G.

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