After the success of Oppo‘s Realme 1 smartphone in the Indian market, Realme got separated from its parent company to become an independent brand. Today, the brand has launched a new smartphone in India — Realme 2, which is the successor of the Realme 1 launched earlier this year.
The phone’s pricing starts at Rs. 8,990, which roughly converts to $128, making it the cheapest smartphone in the Indian market featuring a notched display. It’ll be available for purchase exclusively through online marketplace Flipkart from 4th September. The company has also teased a Realme 2 Pro, which should get launched next month.
In terms of design, the smartphone still features the diamond-cutting design that we saw on its predecessor. However, the company says that this time, it has used the 2nd generation of Diamond-cutting Design with improved reflecting effect and 12-layer nanotech.
The Realme 2 features a bigger 6.2-inch display but the company has downgraded the screen resolution from Full HD to 720p HD+. The FullView 2.5D curved glass display with 18:9 aspect ratio offers a screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, which is also a step backward compared to the MediaTek Helio P60 which powers the Realme 1. The phone has two variants — 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for expanding the phone’s storage capacity.
The company has upgraded the camera configuration on the Realme 2 as it now comes with dual camera sensors on the back, featuring a 13-megapixel primary sensor paired with a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front side, there’s an 8-megapixel shooter for taking selfies and video calling.
Unlike its predecessor, the Realme 2 comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. It still has support for software-based Face Unlock feature. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box with the company’s own ColorOS 5.1 custom interface.
Connectivity options on the device include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, and USB OTG. The phone is fuelled by a bigger 4,230mAh battery.
The Realme 2 will be available in three color options — Diamond Black, Diamond Red, and Diamond Blue. While the Black and Red color goes on sale from 4th September, the Blue color will be available from October.
The 3GB RAM model is priced at Rs. 8,990 (approximately $128) while the 4GB RAM model costs Rs. 10,990, which roughly converts to $156. At this price point, the phone will compete against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Redmi Note 5, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Honor 7C, among others.