Realme 2 Pro Review: Good Display, Powerful Performance and More
Realme recently launched its new device Realme 2 Pro. We are a bit late in reviewing the device because the sale started two weeks after the announcement and we had to buy it before we could review. If you haven’t bought the device yet, don’t miss my review of Realme 2 Pro and know everything about this phone.
Realme 2 Pro impresses with its specs for an aggressive starting price of Rs. 13999. Before you read the review, have a look at its specifications.
- 6.3-inch, 19.5:9, FHD+, IPS LCD
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with AI- octa-core Kryo 260 CPU, Adreno 512 GPU
- 4/6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB storage with dedicated microSD card slot
- ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
- 16MP+2MP rear camera
- 16MP front camera
- Dual SIM 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, microUSB 2.0
- The fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock
- 3500 mAh battery, 10W charging
Realme 2 Pro Review
Here are the things you get within the box.
The phone looks really good in terms of design. It has polycarbonate build with glass finish on the back. So, it feels to use a glass panel, but it is not. It is also not slippery as it looks The phone has a tiny notch at the top of the display that the company calls dewdrop notch. The 6.3-inch display has Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display also has a pre-applied screen protector that can offer protection against scratches.
The power and volume button on the right side. Volume rocker along with SIM slot is on the left. The SIM slot is a triple card slot where you can add two nano-SIMs and a microSD card. It has a single speaker into on the base side with micro USB port and 3.5 mm audio port.
The back panel has dual camera setup on the top left side along with a fingerprint sensor on the top center. At the bottom side of the back, it has realme branding.
The phone looks really beautiful and impresses with its looks. At the time when most of the phones have become boring due to the same kind of metal build, Realme has taken another route to give customers a design they can be proud of.
The Realme 2 Pro features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with dewdrop notch that we saw in Oppo F9. The 1080p display panel has 19.5:9 aspect ratio and offers a decent pixel density of 409ppi. The display performs well and offers good viewing angles. The color reproduction is also good. It also performs good in outdoors and offers good legibility under sunlight.
Realme 2 Pro runs on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 and it comes with recent September security patch. Before I talk about anything else, I want you to know that I really hated the annoying two-step process for dismissing a notification.
The UI comes with several features and a custom look that many people would like. UI is clean but not as fluid as you wish to have. There is a dedicated ‘Smart Assistant’ feature that can be accessed by swiping right on the home screen. Other notable feature called Smart Sidebar that allows you to add up to 12 most frequently apps and access them quickly just by swiping a thin sidebar at either edge of the screen.
You can either use virtual navigation keys or switch to gesture-based navigation. There is also an option to clone apps and use multiple accounts of Facebook or WhatsApp in the same app. There is also a Kids Space to control what your kid can see in the phone. Other notable features are Anti-harassment, fake base station blocking, identification of unknown numbers and find my device.
The game space option allows you to boost the gaming performance and it really works. You will feel the optimization made by it.
Realme 2 Pro packs octa-core Snapdragon 660 with AI engine and the phone is optimized for delivering good performance. I used the 4 GB Variant that really performs well. Apps load faster and you can quickly switch from one app to another. Not just in day to day tasks, it is also really good at gaming and you will enjoy games like Asphalt, PUBG, Mortal Kombat X, Dead Trigger and others. You could feel minor lag but the overall experience is better than you expect from a phone of this price segment. The phone also doesn’t heat up too much. So, you can enjoy long gaming without any issue. The only issue with the gaming I find was the notch. Games run on the entire screen and the tiny notch blocks some content. It could be an issue in a few games, but not all. A software issue can fix this and I hope to see it soon.
The phone comes with 64 GB of storage. If you buy 8GB RAM variant, you get 128GB storage. Storage is expandable with a dedicated microSD card slot. So, you will never out of storage.
Realme 2 Pro comes with a 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera set-up and a 16MP front camera. I have already talked about the camera in Realme 2 Pro camera review. If you want to know about the camera in detail, you should not miss that article.
In short, the camera is good and performs well in both daylight and lowlight. The video recording capability is average. EIS is there for 1080p videos, but you need gimbal or tripod to record stable 4K videos.
The Face Unlock feature of the phone is really fast and even works fine in low light. It is faster than the Face Unlock feature of Zenfone Pro Max M1 or Redmi note 5 Pro. The fingerprint sensor is also fast and quickly unlocks the phone.
The phone has a single bottom firing speaker. It sounds good and is pretty loud. When connected to an active external amplifier, it delivers a clean output. Same goes with wired earphones.
It comes with dual 4G VoLTE connectivity. The device also supports the 5GHz network, along with a conventional 2.4GHz band of WIFI. It lacks NFC but that is not something Indian people use. It supports Bluetooth 5.0, so data transfer is faster. Call quality was good and I couldn’t find any network reception issue. There’s call recording built into the dialer app
Realme 2 Pro has 3,500 mAh battery capacity that is low capacity from Realme 2’s 4230 mAh battery. The phone comes with a 5V/2A charger. The phone easily lasts for a day with regular usage including calls, social media, music streaming and a bit of gaming. The battery takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes to charge completely from zero percent.
Realme 2 is certainly the best device in the price range of Rs. 15000. The phone offers good looking design, solid build, lag-free smooth performance, good camera, brilliant display, and good battery. There are some software related issues but you will surely adjust with the time. If you are not looking for good video recording, this phone will not disappoint.
I personally recommend this phone for being something different in terms of looks without compromising in performance.
Realme 2 Pro
"Realme 2 Pro is the beautiful beast in the midrange."
- Solid and good looking build
- Bright display
- Smooth performance
- Decent cameras for the price
- Good Display
- Fast Face recognition
- Average Video recording
- Unrefined OS
Design and Build 80%
Value For Money 85%