September 24, 2023

High Options

Sturdy construct with diamond-cut glass again design

Lengthy battery life

Good gaming efficiency

When Oppo launched its sub-brand Realme earlier this yr, it was clear that it had the market chief Xiaomi in sight. With the Realme 1 handset, the Chinese language smartphone maker didn’t precisely handle to create a stir available in the market however did get observed, which isn’t a nasty begin to make. Nevertheless, since then the model has turn into a separate entity and has now launched Realme 2. It’s a finances smartphone that – as soon as once more – is gunning to make a dent in an area which is dominated by Xiaomi.

Realme has launched its new handset Realme 2 at present in an Indian market already flooded with smartphones at a beginning price-tag of Rs 8,990. The bottom variant that gives 3GB RAM prices Rs 8,990, whereas the 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 10,990. It has been launched in three colors: Diamond Black, Diamond Pink and Diamond Blue. We reviewed the Diamond Black 4GB+64GB variant. Did it stand as much as our checks and can be a worthy purchase? Learn on to search out out.

Realme 2 Design

Realme 2 has bought staid appears sans a shiny design. The telephone comes with a sturdy construct in a matte-finish steel physique sandwiched between a 2.5D entrance glass and a glass again. Design-wise, it’s fairly eerily much like Realme 1 and Oppo F9 Professional. Like Realme 1, it additionally is available in a diamond-cut design which may evoke blended set of responses. The telephone weighs round 168 grams and its dimensions (in mm) are 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 (peak x width x thickness).

On the entrance panel, the telephone incorporates a notch design on the highest with the selfie digital camera and the earpiece aspect by aspect inside the notch whereas beneath the underside bezel lie (from the left) the speaker (5 round vents aligned horizontally alongside the telephone physique), a micro-USB port, a microphone (two round vents) and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Alongside the left aspect of the telephone physique lie the twin nano-SIM card slot (with a devoted slot for microSD card) and the amount buttons whereas the best aspect carries the ability button.

The rear glass panel options the diamond-cut design with the twin color scheme of black and blue and homes a 13MP + 2MP twin digital camera setup with an LED flash on high left and a fingerprint sensor within the high center. In the direction of the underside could be discovered the ‘Realme’ brand.

We might have appreciated the design extra if the amount buttons and the ability button would have been placed on the identical aspect of the telephone. Dealing with of the telephone would have been smoother had they been on the identical aspect, actually, however, on this case, they’ve been positioned on reverse sides. The telephone could be held comfortably with one hand and doesn’t slip from the grip. The matte end on the edges of the telephone physique truly helps to carry it securely with one hand whereas taking images. The foremost a part of telephone physique, leaving the edges out, registers smudges and fingerprints.

Realme 2 Show

Realme 2 sports activities a 6.2-inch HD+ show with 88.8% screen-to-body ratio, a decision of 1520 x 720 pixels and a 19:9 side ratio (~271 ppi density). It helps 16.7 million display screen colors. Its Auto-Brightness characteristic retains the brightness optimum indoors and open air. For a hotter color setting to assist scale back dangerous blue mild emission, there may be the Night time Defend setting. With completely different viewing angles, the show appears principally the identical. The show colors are sharp however not punchy. General, the show is nothing exceptional however doesn’t disappoint you as effectively. It’s maybe a theme that runs with nearly all points of the smartphone.

Realme 2 Efficiency

Powered by an octa-core 1.8GHz 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon (SDM) 450 processor and Adreno506 GPU, the telephone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB inner storage which could be expanded as much as 256GB through microSD. Aside from 4GB+64GB mannequin, the telephone is available in a lighter 3GB+32GB variant too.

The smartphone runs ColorOS 5.1 working system which is predicated on Android 8.1.0 Oreo. The accessible connectivity choices are 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and OTG. The varied sensors are mild sensor, G-sensor, acceleration sensor, magnetic induction sensor and proximity sensor.

To your most popular navigation key format, you’ll be able to select from Digital Key Navigation and Swipe-up Gesture Navigation. We didn’t come throughout any points whereas utilizing the ColorOS 5.1.

The telephone comes with some user-friendly options like these below Sensible & Handy setting. With Full Display screen Multitasking characteristic, swiping inwards from the sting of the notched space permits for fast entry to apps. To make use of this characteristic, the telephone ought to be in panorama mode. There’s a 3-Finger Screenshot characteristic too which, because the identify implies, wants you to swipe down with three fingers to take a screenshot. Another options are Assistive Ball, Sensible Driving, Sensible Name and Sensible Assistant. There’s additionally the Clone Cellphone setting may help you switch all the information from one telephone to a different whereas Clone Apps characteristic permits utilizing two social media accounts concurrently from one telephone.

The telephone affords these safe login choices: fingerprint sensor, face unlock and passcode. Aside from these, the Sensible Lock characteristic means that you can maintain the system unlocked in trusted places like residence, workplace and many others. All of the security measures labored effectively.

The telephone audio on audio system could be advisable for watching small movies in a room. Nevertheless, it can’t be advisable for watching a movie or listening to music as a result of the background sound begins distorting at excessive volumes. For that, you would need to use an earphone or headphone.

For gaming fanatics, the telephone incorporates a Realme Recreation Area setting that facilitates lag-free gaming with the assistance of options like Gaming Acceleration, Community Safety and No Disturbance. It additionally helps gaming by releasing reminiscence. Excessive-end video games don’t lag however after enjoying constantly for 2-3 hours, the telephone again will get heated up a bit of. Throughout a sport, the “small ear” space of the notch full display screen permits for fast screenshot and display screen recording.

The telephone bought a single-core rating of 768 and a multi-core rating of 3658 on Geekbench 4 whereas it bought an AnTuTu Benchmark (v7.1.0) rating of 75973. General, the smartphone delivers fairly passable efficiency. There weren’t many noticeable lags or stutters and the efficiency is at par with what one expects from a smartphone on this value vary.

Realme 2 has a simple-to-navigate consumer interface; it doesn’t come inundated with loads of bloatware and individuals who don’t want to tweak a plethora of settings can relaxation simple whereas it might really feel missing for individuals who love customizing their telephone. Underneath one File Supervisor, you’ll be able to entry the audio, video, images and paperwork and you’ll even clear up cache with the Clear Storage possibility which can be current inside File Supervisor solely.

Realme 2 Digital camera

The simplicity issue can be there within the digital camera phase. While you faucet open the telephone digital camera, fast choices like HDR, Time-Lapse, Video, Picture, Portrait, Sticker and Pano could be seen. You don’t should faucet another icon on the display screen to get to those choices. The rear digital camera could be zoomed as much as 2x. You may shoot in Normal, Sq. and Full Display screen mode and swap the depth impact on/off as per your requirement.

Throughout daytime, the 13MP+2MP twin rear digital camera setup gave us some clear and detailed outside photographs with very much less grain. Distant objects within the background like bushes and automobiles register a bit of grain and that may be seen solely while you zoom out the photograph whereas the remainder of the photograph comes out to be sharp and clear. Realme 2 employs PDAF part focusing expertise which the corporate claims reduces the time taken to focus whereas taking images and we additionally felt that the main target time taken by the digital camera sensors was much less. The rear digital camera photographs taken indoors, even in amply-lit setting got here out to be grainy.

Open air within the night time, the selfie digital camera disappoints. With the Fill mild setting (the display screen flash) on or off, the pictures got here out to be very grainy, with the colors of the picture mixing into one another.

When utilizing the entrance digital camera (HDR on, Depth impact/Bokeh on) open air and indoors (in well-lit environments), the selfies that have been taken have been clear however had considerably much less sharpness. Once we used the the AI beautification (affords six ranges to beautify the picture), we felt a barely uneven smoothening of the picture after we zoomed out the shot.

In video mode, you’ll be able to shoot movies in 1080p and 720p. Movies taken through the day are fairly clear however not a lot when taken at night time.

Realme 2 Battery

For one full cost from zero to full, the telephone took round 3 hours. On mild use (gaming for 2-3 hours, streaming movies for 1-2 hours, e-mailing, social media use for round 2 hours and many others.), the smartphone’s battery lasted for a powerful one-and-a-half days. On heavy utilization (gaming for 3-4 hours, watching a movie on Wi-Fi, video calling and many others.), the telephone gave a battery backup of 9-10 hours.

For the reason that telephone comes with a 4230mAh battery, we have been anticipating it to final for a day and a half or much more on mild utilization, which it did. On steady heavy use, the telephone rear begins heating up after about 2 hours.


For a smartphone to achieve a class the place competitors is cut-throat, it has to have quite a bit going for it. With the Realme 2, it has a 4230mAh battery, and that’s maybe its forte. Nevertheless, in the case of different points, there aren’t too many issues that stand out. The design side is nothing out of the abnormal however on the similar time it delivers fairly ample efficiency. In a nutshell, the telephone at a sub-10k value vary affords what a lot of the mid-range fashions are providing at present. Until you suppose that the notch is a “standout” characteristic. If we miss the twin rear cameras photographs in daylight, different digital camera points are left wanting and as such, the digital camera phase can’t be stated to be laudable. Going by the worth, if you’re not a digital camera fanatic and desire a finances telephone mannequin with sturdy construct and lengthy battery life, Realme 2 can be a sensible choice. In any other case there’s all the time Xiaomi. Or Honor. Or maybe a couple of different manufacturers.


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