Realme has unveiled a new smartphone in the Realme 2, which might delight fans of a fancy, notched design but also frustrate those who are after a faster sequel. In any case, the OPPO sub-brand will again compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 in the bargain segment, as the Realme 2 has been priced the same as the outgoing original.
Like the Realme 1, the new model will start at ₹8,990 (roughly P6,832 or $128) in India for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while ₹10,990 (P8,352 or $157) bumps things up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Diamond Black and Diamond Red color options will go on sale first from September 4. Those who are hoping to purchase the Diamond Blue version will have to wait until October.
And surprise, the Realme 2 will be available in Southeast Asia and the Middle East later this year. We have a feeling it will be launched in the Philippines — the same case as devices of sub-brands of other manufacturers, such as Huawei’s Honor and Xiaomi’s Pocophone.
The phone itself upgrades to a dual-lens setup on the back, where the fingerprint reader, which its predecessor did not have, is located. The front of the phone, meanwhile, adds a bigger, 6.2-inch LCD screen with a notch at the top to a body that doesn’t look bigger than what came earlier. Unfortunately, the display also drops to 1,520 x 720 resolution.
For taking photos, the main setup pairs a 13-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel one for portrait-style shots with convincing depth of field, whereas the selfie camera stays at 8 megapixels and can still be used to unlock the device.
The battery is larger, upgraded to a 4,230mAh cell, and is said to provide up to 18 hours of music playback and an impressive 10 hours of uninterrupted gaming. However, this time around, Realme has opted to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, which is inferior to the MediaTek Helio P60 in the Realme 1, both in terms of computing and gaming performance.
On a more positive note, the company teased a Realme 2 Pro variant sporting Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 internals with more memory, which could be announced next month.
Realme 2 specs
- 6.2-inch LCD display, 1,520 x 720 resolution (19:9)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
- 3GB/4GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB expandable memory
- Dual 13- and 2-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted)
- 4,230mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
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