India gets its first 5G phone – but there’s still no 5G

The Realme X50 Pro 5G.
(Image credit: Realme)

Realme India has revealed that it will launch its flagship 5G phone, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, in India on the 24th February. The Realme X50 Pro 5G is being touted as India’s first 5G phone, which becomes less of a selling point, when you consider that India doesn’t have any live 5G networks yet.

Whilst the addition of 5G will make the Realme X50 Pro future-proof, it’s unlikely to be a huge selling point amongst consumers. Three Indian carriers are only just ready for 5G trials, meaning that the country won’t have 5G officially rolled out for quite some time yet. 

Realme X50 Pro 5G features 

But 5G isn’t the only thing that Realme’s latest device is packing. It will be powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 processor, and the company has also confirmed that the phone will feature a 90Hz AMOLED display with dual hole-punch cameras and 65W SuperDart fast charging technology.

The 5G smartphone is set to come with a total of six cameras: two on the front; and four at the back, with pricing yet to be revealed.

Stealing iQOO’s thunder 

Realme hasn’t been afraid to step on the toes of its competitors, either, by deciding to release the X50 Pro 5G on day before the release of the iQOO 3 5G. iQOO plans to release its 5G device in India on the 25th February, and has been marketing it as the first smartphone in India having Snapdragon 865 SoC and 5G support.

However, iQOO’s competitor, Realme, is looking to steal the company’s thunder, by launching its flagship 5G device just 24 hours before.

Whilst this may be frustrating news for iQOO, it is unlikely to dramatically impact sales, considering that India doesn’t have the networks to support 5G phones yet.


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Fiona Leake

Fiona discovered her love for investing and making money from a young age. Since then this interest has grown and now she loves writing about investing and business, and follows the 5G market closely. She is also a technology enthusiast, and so they tend to be her favourite investments.