Realme, an emerging smartphone brand that specializes in providing high quality smartphones. Designed with today’s youth in mind, Realme’s tagline, ‘Proud to Be Young’, is focused on revolutionizing the smartphone for the younger generation, combining top notch performances with contemporary style.
‘Power meets Style’,
Realme 2 Pro Specs
- Body: Plastic body, Gorilla Glass 3 front; 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2mm; 168 grams
- Screen: 2-inch, 19:9, HD+, IPS LCD
- Rear Camera: Primary 13MP, f/2.2 lens; Secondary 2MP – serving as depth sensor; LED flash; 1080p@30fps video recording
- Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.2; 1080p@30fps video recording
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 – octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 506 GPU
- Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB, dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo; ColorOS 5.1 on top
- Battery: 4,230mAh
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, microUSB 2.0
- : rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Unboxing the Realme 2 pro
The Realme 2 pro retail bundle is the same as the Realme 1’s – a micro USB cable, a 10W charger, and a soft transparent case.
The Realme 2 pro has a 3.5mm audio port so you can use your favorite pair of headphones.
Today it’s finally the head-turner it was designed to be. The Realme 1 is available in three colors, and the Diamond Black is the one with the cool effect. But the Realme 2 fully embraces the glamorous shapes and is all-in with Diamond Red, Diamond Blue and Diamond Black options
The Realme2 pro is as plastic as the Realme 1. We are not denying them the achievement – the back is stunning, unique and memorable, but it’s still scratch-prone plastic. So, without robbing realme of their efforts – the Realme 2 pro has a back that is both premium and cheap at the same time. How about that?!
The frame was also made of plastic, but still rather nicely looking. Its curvy shape though isn’t helping the grip – the Realme 2 is as slippery as it looks. And with the fact that the materials are very scratch and fingerprint-prone, it’s thoughtful of realme to bundle a transparent yet grippy case with the phone.
While we are still talking about that shiny back, let’s mention the two new additions here – the secondary 2MP camera for depth sensing and the fingerprint sensor. The latter is always-on and works flawlessly.
Moving on to the front we are greeted by one of the season’s favorite features – the notched screen. It’s 6.2″ in diagonal – 0.2″ larger
The notch houses all the necessities, as expected. The earpiece sits at the center, flanked by the 8MP selfies cam and a couple of sensors. The Realme 2 omits a notification LED if you were wondering
There is nothing at the chin – the Realme 2 pro relies solely on onscreen navigation for its Android OS. You can opt for virtual keys, a gesture bar, or full-screen gesture navigation. More on that later.
As we mentioned the Realme 2 pro is as big as the Realme 1 even though it brings a bigger screen. The Realme 2 spreads at 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm and weighs 168g – a hair thicker and 13g heavier.
Realme 2 Pro Camera
The camera on the back got a trendy upgrade as well – there is now a secondary shooter on the back to relay some helpful depth information for high-res portrait shots. Finally, a huge battery lies beneath all that diamond beauty – a 4,230 mAh unit.
A few cuts had to be made, of course, to keep the price the same. The screen is now of lower 720p resolution, and there is a less powerful chipset – the Snapdragon 450 – but the combination of the two should allow a similar performance to the Realme 1 with its Helio P60 and 1080p screen.
The Realme 2 pro has a single speaker at the bottom, next to the old-school micro USB port. The speaker resides in a so-called all-in-one chamber made to highlight the mid-tones distinctive to the pakistani music – or at least, that’s what PR claims. There is also a 3.5mm audio port, a dying feature, unfortunately.
A cool feature of the Realme 2 pro is its tri-card slot. The thing easily accommodates two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card.
The Realme 2 pro delivered perfectly accurate output in the first part of our audio test – the one where we hook it to an external amplifier – even though its loudness was about average. Headphones sent the loudness in the below average category, while also introducing an average amount of stereo cross talk. This is certainly not the best performing smartphone out there, but for its price range it’s more than adequate.
The Realme 2 pro is powered by a large 4,230 mAh battery. It supports regular 5V/2A charging, which restores about 22% of the battery in 30 minutes and 30% in 40 minutes. Not exactly fast, but as fast as you can expect in this price segment.
The Realme 2 pro has the energy-efficient Snapdragon 450 chip, and it easily aced our battery test with a 121-hour Endurance rating. It did a great job in all tested scenarios – video playback, calls, web browsing and had an outstanding stand-by performance.
Color OS 5.1 and Android 8.1 Oreo
The Realme 2 pro runs on a heavily-modified Android 8.1 Oreo core, with Color OS 5.1 on
top. The Chinese OEM hasn’t really extended any effort to customize the UI to differentiate
the Realme sub-brand. Instead, Realme fans will find a familiar sight and should feel right at home. The user interface is very familiar. There’s no app drawer on the default launcher. Instead, every app you install appears onto the home screen.
The fingerprint sensor is always-on, and it’s fast and accurate. You can also set up face unlock in addition to fingerprint security – it’s equally fast as the Realme 2 pro wakes up the moment you pick it up
Performance and benchmarks
The Realme 2 pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip. It’s somewhat of a reworked Snapdragon 625 and comes to replace the Snapdragon 435. The 450’s processor has eight 1.8GHz Cortex-A53, while the GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 506. The Realme 2 pro comes with either 3 or 4 gigs of RAM depending on the storage model you buy.
The Snapdragon 450 is a considerable step down from the Helio P60 in the Realme 1 regarding performance, and this is one of the major differences between the two devices. That’s the reason the Realme 2 pro can’t be considered as a sequel but as an alternative.
The lower screen resolution is the other reason, but it should also be the equalizer of the performance – the low-end GPU should be able to deliver the same punch on this 720p screen as the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU on the Realme 1’s 1080p display.
But no Cortex-A53 can match the A73 processor in the Realme 1. The Helio P60 has 4x A73 and 4x A53 – one of the best offers you can get in the budget and mid-range classes. While the A53 are still very capable processor cores, the downgrade of the processor in the Realme 2 is still a big letdown.
There isn’t a better-looking or more jam-packed with features phone 46,000 PKR can buy in Pakistan right now. We can’t speak for other markets, but if you are shopping for the best bang for your money in Pakistan – look no further. The Realme 2 pro is what you should get. Unless you don’t fancy the notch – then kindly refer to the Realme 2 pro next of kin and grab the Realme 1.
- Stunning design
- A notched screen with thin bezels
- Extraordinary battery life
- Snappy gaming performance
- Fingerprint scanner, among other goodies as 3.5mm port, FM radio
- A dual-camera with native portrait shots and good image quality
- Plastic, prone to scratches and fingerprints
- Low-res screen
- Omits a second mic for noise-cancelling in calls
- Unimpressive processor performance
- Uninspiring selfies, mono audio in videos
- Slow to charge
Sharp pull on both online and offline
Raising the ante at the launch, Realme also announced its collaboration with the leading e-commerce platform – Daraz in Pakistan. Realme’s ‘Flagship for Youth’, the Realme 2 Pro, will be sold exclusively on Daraz platforms “on amazing competitive prices. And it hopes to break all past records”.
The retail price of Realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM + 128GB ROM) is Rs. 46,999,