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Realme 2 Pro Offers: Purchase Realme 2 Pro (4GB+64GB) worth Rs.14990 at Rs.13990. The Realme 2 Pro is a treat for all you entertainment and gaming addicts. With a large 16 cm (6.3) FHD screen and a high screen-to-body ratio, this phone has a futuristic design and ensures that nothing comes between you and the screen. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine) processor and 4 GB of RAM, this Realme smartphone ensures enhanced efficiency and intelligent performance. Now no need to wait Realme 2 Pro Next Sale date, as it is available now on open sale. You can buy it anytime.
Being one of the top sellers in India after Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO has been actively pushing the boundaries all thanks to their selfie centric phones, and impressive hardware, value for money smartphones. Starting off its new phase, the company introduced RealMe sub-brand (which is now a separate entity) which shook the market with its pilot phone; the Realme 1 earlier this year. Following the success streak, the company introduced the sequel some time ago and very recently it launched the Pro variant dubbed as the RealMe 2. In our today’s review, we shall find out if it lives up the expectations and hype surrounding the success of RealMe 1. Let’s get started.
RealMe 2 Pro specifications: The RealMe 2 sports a 6.3-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) 19.5:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform SoC clocked at 2.2GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 512 GPU. It packs 4/6/8GB RAM with 64/128GB internal memory that is expandable up to 256GB with microSD.
It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top. In terms of camera, the RealMe 2 Pro features a 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX398 sensor, Dual Pixel focus, EIS, and has a secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, it has a 16MP selfie-shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The phone comes with a Fingerprint sensor, and a face unlocks. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. A 3500mAh battery.
The RealMe 2 Pro is a looker by all means. Thanks to the glass-plastic look, it looks incredible, especially in the blue color. The 6.3-inches size despite being very big is very comfortable to hold in hands, without hurting your hands even after extended usage. The frame running on all corners is metal and offers a good grip to hold in hands. The glass back design looks stunning. Since the glass back is very glossy, it attracts fingerprints very quickly making you continuously wipe it.
Though you can use the phone with one hand, it is not very easy to reach all corners of the phone unless if you have massive hands. The phone isn’t very heavy at 174 grams. The company did a good job by including plastic frame all on corners which brings good grip and hold in hands. Moving to placements, up front, the RealMe Pro packs a water-drop like a notch on the front where the 16MP selfie shooter is present, along with earpiece in the frame The phone comes with a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio and a 19:5:9 aspect ratio.
The volume rockers are present on the left side along with SIM tray and dedicated microSD card slot, while the power button is present on the right side. On the top, it has a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, and at the bottom, there is 3.5mm audio headphone jack, main speaker grill, microUSB port, and a microphone. On the back, it has a 16+2MP dual cameras, LED flash, RealMe logo, and fingerprint sensor. Overall, the RealMe 2 Pro design and build are definitely superior considering the pricing.
The RealMe 2 sports a 6.3-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) 19.5:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Following the trend of notch designs, the RealMe 2 Pro also has a notch; but unlike the tradition rectangle bar, the notch on it is a tear-drop consuming very little space on top. It comes with 90.8% screen-to-body ratio offering incredible user experience looking at the display. The almost bezel-less display offers a fantastic experience while playing games or watching videos. Since it is a 1080p panel, it was able to play Full HD videos and games with intensive graphics.
It offers close to natural colors, and incredible viewing angles. We didn’t notice any color shift while tilting or distortion when viewing from extreme angles. Since it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, it can prevent scratches and smudges to some extent, but applying a screen guard helps. The touch response is smooth, and we didn’t notice any lags while scrolling or browsing on Chrome either. Thanks to a 1080p panel, there are no signs of pixilation issue as text and images looked sharp and crisp when browsing or looking at pictures on your phone.
It comes with an auto-brightness sensor, so you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time once it is enabled. Overall, the display of the RealMe 2 Pro is very impressive and lives up to the expectations.
The RealMe 2 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz Octa-Core Processor and 6/8GB RAM. Snapdragon 660 is no less than a flagship chipset. It can handle everything and anything you can throw at it. With no surprises, the RealMe 2 Pro was able to manage our day-to-day activities efficiently. Apps open up fast, and they load pretty fast as well. We didn’t notice any lag or stutters in the interface while switching between apps or when navigating through the interface. Thanks to the whopping 6/8GB RAM variants, the RAM management is smooth, and never an app ran out of memory during our testing period.
Thanks to the tall displays, Split-Screen functionalities are a treat to the eyes. There are no heating issues as well, which is a good thing. During heavy usage as well, the device was able to keep up with no frame drops in graphics or during navigating through the U.I.
We played games like PUBG, Asphalt 8/9, Modern Combat 5, Nova Legacy and more. The gameplay is smooth even with graphics set to high. Adreno 512 GPU is powerful enough to handle most games without causing bad user experience. We didn’t notice any frame drops. As said above, there is no heating issue. It has a fingerprint sensor, and it unlocks the phone almost instantly. The device also comes with a face-unlocking system, and it is fast as well. Overall, the performance of the RealMe 2 Pro is excellent and doesn’t let you down.
The RealMe 2 Pro packs a 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX398 sensor, Dual Pixel focus, EIS, and has a secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, it has a 16MP selfie-shooter with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with features like real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) sensor, AI Beauty 2.0 and A.I scene-detection. Since it features dual-rear cameras, there is portrait mode both on the front and rear cameras.
Moving to the camera performance, given the excellent lighting conditions, the device can click good images with an ample amount of lighting and colors. The pictures look alive with life-like colors with right details and sharpness. The dynamic range is pretty impressive too, thanks to the A.I, the color rendering is again on point. There is no noise in the image, but zooming in results in slight noise which is nothing to worry. The portrait mode is decent, and the edge detection is on point, but occasionally depending on the lighting, the edges become blurry. In terms of low-light, the camera does a far better job than we expected. The noise levels are on point. It doesn’t disappoint you. The rear camera can record 4K videos, and the quality of the video is good.
On the front, there is a 16MP shooter which yet again takes advantage of the A.I. Unlike with most OPPO phones, the RealMe 2 Pro doesn’t over smoothen your skin and tries to keep accurate and as natural as possible. While it can’t click wide-angle selfies, the solo clicks are good enough with acceptable edge detection in portrait shots. Overall, the camera of the RealMe 2 Pro is decent enough, but we felt the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a better camera in this price segment.
Surprisingly, the company didn’t bundle earphones within the box, so you will have to invest some more in a pair of decent earphones for the better sound experience. The sound experience is decent when tested with the headphones we had with us. The loudspeaker which is present on the bottom was able to cover an entire room, and we never missed a call. The default audio player was able to play most audio formats without any issues, and for the rest, you can install a third party player for the better experience. We didn’t hear any distortion in audio when volume levels are maximum.
In terms of video, the RealMe 2 Pro was able to handle 1080p videos without any heating or freezing issues. We installed MX Player to adjust the aspect ratio better. Even with 4G turned on, we didn’t notice any heating issues. Overall, as we mentioned above, invest some more on headphones for better audio and video experience.
The RealMe 2 Pro comes with 3500mAh built-in battery with no support for fast charging. Given the price point, what the company is offering is quite moderate, and we would have hoped for a slightly bigger battery. Our usual working day includes use cases like taking calls, listen to music, play games, GPS navigation, click pictures, stream videos. With this kind of usage, the phone was able to last until the evening without any issues. This is a good feat considering the moderate 3500mAh battery. Interestingly, we didn’t notice any idle battery drain or a drastic drop.
On the other hand, our heavy usage that includes continuous gaming, watching movies or browsing with 4G, GPS navigation, edit photos, the phone had no issues lasting until the evening, with a screen on time of around 4-5 hours. Either way, you will have to charge once again to pull through to the end of the day. As mentioned above, the battery doesn’t drain much on heavy usage as well. While the screen time is not the very exceptional, but then again it isn’t very bad either.
Since it doesn’t have any fast charging support, despite the chipset supporting it, with the bundled charger, the phone took close to 2 hours 30 minutes of time to charge fully from 1% to 100%. Overall, the battery department of the RealMe 2 Pro is decent but it can be better considering Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers better battery backup.
The RealMe 2 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based on ColorOS 5.2 on top. The company didn’t promise Android Pie upgrade but said that it is working on improving the U.I. Moving along, much like any other Chinese OEM, the interface is a single hierarchy with no app drawer. All the icons and widgets are present on the home screen. It doesn’t have an app drawer. If you are into the stock look, you can install a custom launcher from the PlayStore.
Additionally, the phone comes with a theme store where you can download themes and change the look and feel of the U.I if you get bored with the existing interface. In terms of features, it has long-press for quick actions, quick switching, multi-window, and also iPhone X style full-screen gestures. It comes with a phone manager app which lets you manage RAM, storage, clean junk, and optimize the phone. Apart from Google apps, there are a bunch of third-party apps like UC browser, Facebook, Zing MP3, Zalo and others. These apps can be removed if you don’t want them on your phone. The downside to ColorOS is that it doesn’t offer clear battery stats and usage numbers like with most Android phones. The battery section shows battery percentage and option to enable power saver mode but no battery stats to get an idea on the usage.
As said above, the phone comes in three variants; 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB, 8GB+128GB storage variants. They are available in different price points, so depending on your budget you can pick one. If you are flexible on budget, you can get the 8GB variant as it comes with more storage and RAM. The one we tested has 6GB RAM out of which around 4GB is usable and out of 128GB storage, around 103GB storage is available to users. The available RAM is more than enough to run most apps and multitask as well. It was able to handle most of your essential daily tasks without any issues. The U.I animations and transitions are smooth, and the OS seems to be perfectly optimized. We didn’t notice any app crashes. Overall, the software experience of the RealMe 2 Pro is good, but if you are someone who likes stock U.I, then you wouldn’t appreciate the Color OS 4.5.
In the age of Xiaomi and Asus, the RealMe 2 Pro with its fantastic design, powerful chipset and decent battery shines all the way. For starters, the Snapdragon 660 at this price point is a bang for the buck. It can handle whatever you throw at it without any issues. The design, thanks to its glass/metal combination feels premium and looks stunning. While the battery life is decent, the cameras on the RealMe 2 Pro are average so is the software experience. If not for these two drawbacks, the RealMe 2 Pro is a perfect smartphone that everyone would want. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone under the 15,000 price segment, the RealMe 2 Pro is it.
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