Realme 2 Pro Review – A Powerful Device at a Tempting Price

Back in May, Oppo has unveiled its new sub-brand called ‘realme’ with the launch of Realme 1 smartphone. This brand catered to budget range segment, however, later this year, the Realme has become a separate company after which, it has announced the new Realme 2, and subsequently, now, it has already unveiled its Pro version – the Realme 2 Pro. Priced at Rs 13,990, the Realme 2 Pro is a successor to the earlier launched Real Me 1, which offered a unique design and was a decent value for money. Let’s see what the Realme 2 Pro has offer –

Design and Display

The first thing that would draw attention on the new Realme 2 Pro is the display. With a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen, which the company calls it – the ‘Dewdrop Full Screen’ offers a new resolution of 19.5:9 and a screen-to-body-ratio of 90.8%.

The notch, which the company calls it – the dewdrop boasts a front camera along with an earpiece and a couple of sensors. This new impressive display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The bezels on display are precisely thin and offer an extensive full-screen real estate – thanks to the 2.5D curved screen. In spite of the LCD panel, the viewing angles are decent, and the colors are quite vivid, the binge-watching is quite comfortable. Though the notch on the device is smaller, it still gets in the way while watching a video when opted out to a full-screen mode.

The back of the Realme 2 Pro is made of multiple laminated layers to give the glossy glass finish that blends into all rounded edges. However, similar to a glass panel the rear design catches fingerprints easily. The back also boasts dual cameras along with a fingerprint sensor. Despite the bigger screen, the phone feels sturdier and a tad bit heavier in hand. The phone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual sim slots, and microSD slot but, still sports a micro USB for charging which, is a bummer.

Performance

Under the hood, the Realme 2 Pro packs in a Snapdragon 660 AIE SoC, the other contenders who share this chipset are the Xiaomi A2 and the Vivo V11 Pro. We tested out the maxed out version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage, while the company also offers variants that include 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB devices.

The AI-powered Snapdragon 660 SoC has already been proven to be a powerful chipset, and it does indeed help in performance for real-time translation, Face Unlock, split-screen multitasking and also the navigation gestures. The 8GB variant of the Realme 2 Pro is quite sufficient for handling the regular day-to-day tasks efficiently.

The device equips with Adreno 512 GPU, which when paired up the octa-core processor helps you handle games smoothly, however, the resource-intensive titles are set to medium by default.

There’s also a Game Space mode on the Realme 2 Pro that has some performance modes and also handles which notifications to pass through while gaming.

On the software front, the Realme 2 Pro ships with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and with a heavily skinned ColorOS 5.2. As stated earlier, it offers real-time translations, the latest navigation gestures by hiding the regular navigation buttons and also the split screen multitasking, which is quite an advantage to utilize this bigger screen space. Similar to Huawei and the Xiamoi phones, the Realme 2 Pro also comes with Phone manager app that helps you clear storage, scan for viruses and also has a common problems detection mode. Though the ColorOS is far more polished than the earlier versions, which we have seen, it still is densely skinned with larger icons that take up the screen space and having too many apps makes the big display look clunky.

The one thing where the Realme 2 Pro stands out is the facial recognition – it is as fast and intact as the fingerprint sensor. When picked up, the Realme 2 Pro wakes up and the face unlock takes you into the phone almost instantly.

On the whole, the Realme 2 Pro is quite a performer in handling daily mundane tasks such as scrolling through social media apps, better gaming with additional performing modes and the faster authentication systems. The only drawback regarding performance for the Realme 2 Pro would be the DRM rating which is L3 Widevine; this means it doesn’t support the HD capabilities of Netflix and other streaming services.

Camera

Since dual cameras are such a norm in 2018, just like any other mid-range phone the Realme 2 Pro also boasts dual cameras on the rear – a 16MP primary sensor paired with a 2MP depth sensor.

The Sony IMX398 16MP sensor comes with an aperture of f/1.7, and the 2MP depth sensor comes with an aperture of f/2.4. Phase-detection autofocus and an LED flash are also present on the dual rear cameras.

The UI of the camera app seems to be heavily inspired by the iOS and also comes with a bunch of AI enhancements. The rear cameras offer 2X digital zoom and portrait modes along with the trendy light-effects as well. The Realme 2 Pro captures good quality images in the day – the images colors are vibrant and accurate with lots of detail and also have the right amount of contrasts levels.

The dynamic range of the images is mediocre, and the HDR mode certainly helps in highlighting pictures and makes images look sharper and less noisy. The camera is also capable of capturing decent low light photos as well. The 2X zoom also does a fair job in keeping the details of the image captured. Some of the landscape images with zoom and without it look good provided there’s enough light. As for the video, the Realme 2 Pro is capable of recording videos upto 2160p at 30fps, but, there isn’t any EIS for the 4K video capture.

As stated earlier, the Realme 2 Pro front camera hosts a 16MP sensor in the dewdrop notch, which has an aperture of f/2.0. The 16MP sensor captures decent and sharp enough selfies – thanks to the auto HDR mode. The images are bright and vivid and also cover a subtle amount of detail.

The selfie camera also features the usual Beauty mode that takes the help of AI, and there are a bunch of effects including the simulated bokeh effect. All in all, the camera capabilities are on par with the rivals that offer at this price-segment and the video recording is stable and above average.



Battery

Usually, the battery on the devices in this price range provides a decent battery life, same goes to the Realme 2 Pro. It is fuelled by a good 3500mAh battery, which certainly does the job in handling the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset. On average, the Realme 2 Pro gets through the day without any hassle with the regular usage of social apps, taking photos and browsing activities. On the whole, the battery life is impressive, and the device has an excellent standby time as well.

However, there are downsides, the charging port is still micro USB, which is still unacceptable especially when compared to the competition. For instance, Nokia is offering USB-Type C for its devices at this price-segment. The other downside would be the lack of fast charging although the chipset is capable of it. Henceforth, this results in a slow charge with the standard 5V/2A adapter provided in the box.

Verdict

The Realme 2 Pro is inevitably undermining the competition with its top-of-the-line specifications that includes the powerful Snapdragon chipset, more RAM, excellent battery life and a decent camera performance. The build quality is undoubtedly beautiful on this mid-ranger with its glossy rear design and the large screen with a dewdrop design showcases greater viewing angles.

The Realme 2 Pro is indeed a potential successor to the Realme 1 that comes at a tempting price starting at Rs 13,990 for the base variant and goes all the way up to Rs 17,990 for the maxed out variant which we have tested.

As stated earlier, the Realme 2 Pro is available in the following variants:

– 4GB of RAM/64GB comes at Rs 13,990
– 6GB of RAM/64GB comes at Rs 15,990
– 8GB of RAM/128GB comes at Rs 17,990

You can get these on Flipkart, and the company is also offering the Realme 2 Pro in Blue Ocean, the Black Sea, and Ice Lake color variants.

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