Realme, a sub-brand of Oppo which had later cut ties with the parent company is now going out on his own to create a dent in the market. When the Realme 1 was launched was officially launched on May 15, we could see the hints of the Oppo on the first device but the Realme 1 was still able to successfully create its mark for both its design and price. Now the company is back with the successor of the Realme 1 and it is clearly mindblowing.
Realme 2 Design: In terms of design, the Realme 2 has followed the tradition and has the similar the trademark diamond cut back design. The colour which we had for review was the Diamond Red variant, which undoubtedly appeared pretty and created its presence. The body of the Realme 2 is made of an acrylic plastic body which did not fail in attracting fingerprints and smudges. Moreover, the phone can be slippery because of the body material, hence we recommend using a cover. On the rear, the dual camera setup is accompanied by the flash and the logo of Realme at the bottom. The power button is on the left, while the volume button is placed on the right. The speaker as well as the Micro- USB charging port on the bottom. Hence switching to the device won’t be an issue for any Android user. The phone which was touted for the notch has it paired with a relatively thick chin bezel which looked decent. In terms of design, the Realme 2 is an attractive phone for those who are fond of bright and vibrant colours known for making a statement. The Realme 2 has a 6.2-inch display which is normal and thankfully Realme has not notched up the screen size.
Performance: The Real Me 2 has Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450. This does not fail in giving the best results when it comes to the speed of the smartphone. Moreover, anyone using the Realme 2 only to multitask between application will be satisfied. Now the catch with Realme 2 is the notch at the price of Rs 8,990(base variant). In simple words with the notch being a primary focus on most of the smartphone, for a phone at the price of Rs 8,990(base variant) with a notch, will undoubtedly attract consumers.
The Realme 2 comes in two variants; 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. We had 4GB RAM variant for the review which had ensured that the phone does not lag while running the apps we use on a daily basis. When it comes to operating system, the Realme 2 runs on Android 8.1 which is prevailing in most of the smartphones hence most of the latest features were available. Though we do not know when will we receive the Pie update. The phone also boasts AI features but it is limited to the camera. Realme has included most of its signature features including Clone Apps,’Quiet Time’ gesture and motion support such as 3-finger screenshot. Now these are some features which we used on a daily basis and they did provide for what they were created but it was not a necessity of any kind. In terms of security, this device has face unlock, fingerprint reader and the smart unlock, out of all of which the fingerprint reader was the most reliable and fastest.
Battery: What gave the Realme 2 an edge was the battery life. With a whopping battery of 4230mAh, the device was at the top of the game when it came to the battery. After using it continuously for a day, the phone battery sustained well and the use included multitasking, Netflix and GPS tracking. But for those who use their smartphone for gaming, they will have to charge their phone though we would not suggest graphics intensive gaming on the Realme 2 as it immediately starts lagging.
Camera: To catch up with the lot, this time Realme 2 has provided a dual camera setup of 13 MP+ 2 MP which was average in terms of producing natural colours. When we switched on the HDR mode, the colours were too saturated even when we shot in good lighting. The Bokeh effect could easily make out the difference but the colours were just too unnatural. Talking about the front camera, the selfie shooter worked just fine in good lighting conditions. But the AI feature can overwork and result in photos which have been edited multiple times. The camera performance was average when compared to other phones in the same price variant.
Verdict: The Real Me is a good phone in the price segment. The company has included most of the smart features in this powerhouse and has equally compromised at certain aspects to pack it all together at the same price. The Real Me 2 clearly has the potential to cement its position amongst the budget segment for masses.