Realme is now a separate company. Now Realme 2 Pro has been launched, which was told during the launch of Realme 2 (review). The use of the name ‘Pro’ in Realme 2 Pro smartphones is a reference to the powerful hardware of this smartphone. Through this phone, the company wants to woo students and youth. On paper, the handset looks very powerful. How is its performance in the real world? Let’s know ….
Realme 2 Pro Design
Realme 2 Pro gives the feeling of growing up in the hands. We had difficulty using this phone with one hand, but it is not very heavy. A thickness of 8.5 millimeters would be considered wide, but the grip is good due to the curved polycarbonate edges. There are several layers of lamination on the back of the phone, which gives the feeling of being a glass panel. In reality, “Crystal-like Dewdrop” effect. Fingerprints fall easily on it.
The phone comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD + display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Bezels are extremely slim all around. The edges are slightly rough when touched with hands, especially with a previously provided screen protector. The ‘Dewdrop’ notch design is slowly coming in trend. It consumes very little space and looks good too. Despite having less space, it has space for the front camera. There is no notification LED. The earpiece is just above the front camera. The sensors are on the right.
The power and volume buttons are on different sides of the phone. Fingers do not have difficulty in reaching them. The SIM tray has separate slots for two Nano SIMs and a microSD card (up to 256 GB). The phone supports dual 4G VoLTE. But due to getting a Vietnamese unit for review, it could not be tested. Dual 4G worked on using two Airtel SIMs. But there was no toggle for VoLTE. Realme says that the retail unit will have support for dual 4G VoLTE.
At the bottom is a speaker grill, micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone socket. Holding the phone in landscape mode increases the chances of the speaker being blocked. You can avoid this by flipping the phone to the other side. The fingerprint sensor is on the back. It works fast. The dual camera module on the back side emerged out of the surface. But during use, there was no scratch marks on its glass. The retail box will have a 10 watt charger, micro-USB cable, SIM ejector tool, silicon cover and instruction manual.
Realme 2 Pro specification and software
The specifications of Realme 2 Pro are very strong. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor is used in all variants, which is a powerful octa-core chipset. In the price range of less than Rs 20,000, this chipset is available in Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) and Vivo V9 Pro. Benchmark scores also justify its strong specification.
There are three variants of phones based on RAM and storage – 64 GB storage with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage with 8 GB RAM. It does not have FM radio or NFC support. The top variant of Realme 2 Pro is the first phone to come with 8 GB RAM in this price range. Other specifications include Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, USB-OTG, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, and accelerometer. It does not have FM radio or NFC support.
Realme 2 Pro runs on ColorOs 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The security patch for the month of September was also present in the phone. The latest version of ColorOS also has a two-step process of dismissing notifications that bothers. Apart from this, the OS is quite polished and the user gets many customization options with gestures. Our review unit was the Vietnamese model. Many Vietnamese apps were pre-installed in it. These apps will not remain in the retail units sold in India, but whether or not there will be any other apps already, nothing can be said about it.
Apart from fingerprint sensor, the phone also has face unlock. It quickly identifies you. It works only when the eyes are open, that is, it is very secure. The screen lights up to help with low light. If you want, you can also use face recognition to lock apps and private space. This will unlock the phone.
Realme 2 Pro performance, camera and battery life
We used Reality 2 Pro for several days. To be honest, we have no complaints. The UI is generally smooth except for some shortcomings of ColorOS. While loading a game with multitasking or powerful graphics, we never felt slowed down. The phone does not get too hot. The area around the fingerprint sensor is slightly warmer, after playing games or using the camera for a long time. Call quality is good and call recording is also built in the dialer app.
Realme 2 Pro has a 16-megapixel primary camera on the back which is F / 1.7 aperture. It captures photos with details in daylight. We got a good dynamic range in the landscape shot. Smaller objects also come with a lot of detail and accurate colors. Wide aperture brings good bokeh effect in close up shot. We had trouble getting a clear shot of the moving object, but apart from this the autofocus was working fast.
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Secondary 2 megapixel sensor does not work in image capture process. Its job is to measure the depth. Photos are good in portrait mode. Edge detection is obvious. The sharpness of the object is also evident in artificial lightning. You have several lightning modes to choose from which give good effect. Photos are a little grainy in low light. The details are also reduced, especially in landscape shots. Closeup shots have less sharpness. But overall the photos are usable.
Videos with 1080 pixels come in good quality. There is electronic image stabilization that works fine. There is also support for 4K recording. The quality is very average and there is no stabilization. Videos shot in low light are granny.
Realme has also given a 16-megapixel front camera. It comes with Bokeh effect, HDR and screen flash. The image quality is fine. Details could have been slightly better. Screen flash is very effective. But it messes up your skin tone. There is also a stickers shooting mode, with the help of which you will be able to put different AR stickers on the selfie or the face of others.
The 3500 mAh battery easily lasted the entire day. In our video loop test it lasted 10 hours 22 minutes which is slightly better than the average. The phone does not support fast charging. But the charger provided with the phone charged the battery 64 percent in one hour. It took about 2 hours and 20 minutes for full charge to be zero.
Realme 2 Pro meets the claim of being a powerful phone. We think it will tempt many, especially its price. The phone’s 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant is Rs 18,990. If seen, it looks more appealing than Mi A2 or Vivo V9 Pro. Both these phones come with Snapdragon 660 processor. The initial variant of the phone is Rs 13,990. It will challenge the 6 GB RAM variants of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (review), Nokia 6.1 Plus, Motorola One Power, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and 6 GB RAM variants of Realme 1 (review).
Sharp and Vivid display, good build quality, solid app and gaming performance go in favor of Realme 2 Pro. Low-light photography and video performance can be improved. We want to get rid of the annoying process of dismounting realme (and oppo) notifications.
By the way, if you are looking for an all-round phone in the price segment of Rs 20,000, then this is a great option.