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Published on February 3rd, 2019 | by Abdullah Sulehri

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Realme 2 Pro [Review]




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Unboxing

Realme 2 Pro was recently launched in Pakistan. Real me is Oppo’s subsidiary company, so you can consider it as a Oppo phone. I got a review unit and kept it for a few weeks to monitor its performance. Here is the unboxing video which I uploaded on twitter the day I received it. If you follow the thread you will see many comparisons and sample pictures taken during the mobile testing.

 

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Body

Realme 2 Pro highly resembles predecessors i.e. Realme 1 and 2 and has a diamond like pattern on its back. It is available in colour Black, Deep Blue & Light Blue colours. Realme 2 Pro has a water drop like camera notch which can’t be hidden permanently. But you have an option to hide it while using applications. Its body totally consists of plastic but gives a glass-like look. The phone is not waterproof and I don’t even expect waterproofing at this price tag.  The Realme 2 Pro is equipped with a large 6.3″ bezel-less Gorilla Glass 3 screen and it comes a pre-applied screen protector.

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There is a small hump on back for the rear dual-camera.  The Realme 2 Pro spreads at 156.7 x 74 x 8.5 mm, it weighs 174g. It has single speaker at the bottom. Its screen resolution is 1,080 X 2,340 and aspect ratio is 19.5:9. The screen has good sunlight legibility. I was happy to find 3.5 mm jack as it is not available in some new flagship phones. It’s charged using standard Micro-USB port.

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User Interface

The Realme 2 Pro operates on ColorOS 5.2 user interface, based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Full-Screen Gesture model is available for the Realme 2 Pro for navigation, you can also use standard android navigation bar instead. Clone apps and file safe functions are on board but lacks FM radio. There is no App drawer which means all apps will appear on home screen. Theme store is also missing in the Realme 2 Pro. It has an improved gaming space to make your gaming experience better, it allows you to limit notification from different apps and to lock the brightness to have better gaming experience. Realme 2 Pro supports Face-unlock feature which is quite fast and accurate, though it doesn’t work well in low light. It uses 120 unique recognition points and theoretically can’t be fooled by a picture. Comparing it to face recognition of iPhone X is not a just comparison. Few instant shortcuts are available in edge bar, including screen recorder and screenshot shortcut. Though I feel more comfortable in taking screenshots with power and volume down buttons. It has 128 GB on Internal memory and still supports memory card. 3H3A0517

Battery

Its 4,230 mAh battery lasts for long-time though it is much smaller compared to the Realme 2’s giant battery. It supports regular 5V/2A charging which means VOOC charging is missing in this smartphone. Its battery can last 1.5 to 2 days with normal use and 1 day with heavy use. I used Geekbench to benchmark its battery performance and the results were quite impressive. Screenshot_2019-01-18-23-41-07-47

Performance

Realme 2 Pro is equipped with Snapdragon 660 and AI chip by Qualcomm, which is quite powerful. It is packed with an octa-core Kryo 260 CPU in a 4×2.0GHz + 4×1.8GHz configuration. It has Adreno 512 GPU for 1080p screen. The most amazing feature of Realme 2 Pro is its 8 GB RAM. The high-performance cores are clocked at a lower rate of 1.95GHz instead of the standard 2.2GHz. Before considering the benchmark results it’s important to keep in mind that the high-performance cores are clocked at a lower rate.

Geekbench:

The single core performance of Realme 2 Pro is par with its peers having Kryo 260 cores. It’s a major improvement over the Realme 2’s A53 core. We can see in the chart that its performance is even better compared Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 which has a superior processor. The Multi-core scores are even better for Realme 2 Pro. Its results are near to Galaxy S8 which is a competitively expensive smartphone.

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AnTuTu:

AnTuTu scores for most of the phones are available online. Realme 2 Pro’s performance is just above its competitors Xiaomi Mi A2 & Redmi Note 5 Pro according to scores. The Realme 2 Pro is still the fastest Realme smartphone till date. It’s a great advancement over its predecessor Realme 2. Its overall performance is lag-free. I don’t like its user interface much but at no point, it got slowed down during my use. Realme 2 Pro’s gaming experience is really smooth. I played my favourite Shadow Fight 3 on it which was lag free. I also tested Asphalt 9 on it and I am sure playing demanding games like PUGB will not be an issue on it.

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Camera

The Realme 2 Pro is equipped with 16MP+2MP cameras, the 2MP module is used for depth detection. The primary sensor has been upgraded to a 16MP Sony IMX398 one with 1.12µm pixels. The aperture has been enhanced from f/2.2 (Realme 2 Pro) to f/1.7 lense which can capture more light and it’s a remarkable improvement. The camera app UI is same as Oppo’s which greatly resembles iOS app. The camera has the recently introduced AI mode. It claims to recognise different scenes and automatically adjusts settings according to the respective scene. It recognizes food, snow, pets (dogs and cats), sunsets, grass, among other scenes. I am not much impressed with AI as the accuracy of colours seems to be better without AI in most of the cases.

 

Panorama Mode

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Low Light Photography

IMG20190121105730 IMG20190121100330Lowlight Realme 2 Pro’s daylight shots are quite sharp and detailed, colours are accurately captured and contrast is really great. Rest of the trivial issues are easily catered by its HDR mode, while using camera I constantly used HDR mode as it really improved the camera’s output and reduced noise. The primary camera’s brighter f/1.7 lens helps capturing better and brighter pictures. Its low-light performance is one of the best in this price range.

Portrait mode

The Portrait Mode has good subject separation which works fine in most of the cases. Of course it doesn’t work very well in complex situations. I compared it with my One Plus 6 Portrait mode and found major difference. The price difference in two smartphones can justify this difference.  

Selfies

The Realme 2 Pro has a high-resolution 16MP selfie camera with a f/2.0 lens. The selfie camera is capable of capturing great quality selfies. Oppo phones are known for their superior selfies so Realme 2 Pro’s front camera also includes AI mode for selfies. I don’t recommend selfies with AI mode as it makes your face look like an animated character. Yeah! It may be more useful for people who want their faces to look “artificially flawless” in selfies.

Outdoor Selfies

AI Mode Selfie                                              Normal Selfie

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Indoor Selfies

Normal Selfie                                               AI Mode Selfie

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Video recording

The Realme 2 Pro is capable to record videos in 2160p, 1080p and 720p at 30fps. Digital stabilization is available for the 1080p videos which does an excellent job in stabilizing the footage. EIS is unfortunately not available for the 4K videos. The 4K videos are captured at 42Mbps with stereo audio. The overall video quality is average.

 

 

The Verdict

The Realme 2 Pro has inherited cool looks from its predecessors with an improved screen, performance, cameras, and storage. If you are looking for a powerful mid-range phone with elegant design and long-lasting battery Realme 2 Pro is what you need.

Pros

  • Snapdragon 660 coupled with 8 GB RAM
  • High Screen to Body ratio
  • Long lasting battery
  • Elegant design
  • Good camera performance

Cons

  • No VOOC charging
  • No NFC or FM radio
  • Plastic body
  • Not VFM

 

Credits:

Mobile’s Product Shoot by Ahmed Sheikh 

Realme 2 Pro [Review] Abdullah Sulehri

Performance Score

Build and Design
Software & UI
Performance
Camera
Battery Timing
Value For Money

Summary:

3.4


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About the Author

is a Chartered Certified Accountant by profession, loves gadgets, technology, sleeping, movies, food, and poetry. He is a tech-blogger and can be reached at abdullah (at) sulehri (dot) com



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