After so many teasers and leaks, the Realme 2 was officially launched today in India but don’t think it as a successor to the Realme 1. The phone does come with some great upgrades like a huge battery, a 19:9 display, dual rear cameras, and a fingerprint scanner. But, if you were hoping to see a phone from Realme that will compete with the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro or the Mi A2, then this is not the one.
The phone retains the Diamond-cutting design that we saw with the Realme 1, but this time, all the three color variants (Red, Black, and Blue) feature the same design. So, it is not limited to just one color variant. Just like the Realme 1, the back is not made up of glass, and it is plastic with a glossy finish. Design-wise, this is undoubtedly the best looking phone in this price segment. In case you don’t know, this is a rebranded Oppo A5, so all the specifications and design elements are the same, except the branding.
There is a dual camera setup on the rear, and there’s a fingerprint scanner as well. On the front, the phone has a 19:9 display with a notch, which the company teased a lot in the past couple of weeks. Due to the notch, the overall screen-to-body ratio is 88.8%.
The Realme 2 has a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. We were expecting a better chipset than the Helio P60 on Realme 2, but the company decided to go with the less powerful 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 processor. This chipset, in no way, is better than the Helio P60 and the P60 easily destroys it in every case, whether it is the power efficiency or the performance. So, if you want a phone with good performance, then the Realme 1 is still the best under Rs 10K in India.
There are two RAM options – 3GB and 4GB. Similarly, the phone has two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. This time, we have no 6GB RAM option since it makes no sense to launch a phone with Snapdragon 450 above Rs 10K in India. The storage can be expanded up to 256GB, and there is a triple card slot.
Realme 2 has a dual camera setup on the back that includes a primary 13MP f/2.2 lens, coupled with a 2MP f/2.4 lens. There is Bokeh Mode, AR Stickers, HDR and AI Beautification 2.0. On the front, the phone has an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, AR Stickers, AI Beautification 2.0, HDR and AI Face Unlock. The rear camera can shoot up to 1080p videos at 30fps.
Just like the first generation, the Realme 2 features the Color OS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. After the company announced that it is a standalone company, we were expecting stock Android on next device but seems like Realme still has no plans to go for stock Android. The battery is perhaps one of the best things about this device as it has a 4,230mAh battery that supports 5V/2A charging. There is a 10W charger inside the box so no fast charging with this device. Also, the micro USB port is still there so no USB Type-C yet.
Finally, coming to the pricing and availability, the Realme 2 was launched in three colors today – Diamond Black, Diamond Red, and Diamond Blue. The phone is Flipkart Exclusive in India and here is the pricing –