Our Opinion

The realme 2 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 2 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM)  realme 2 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro realme 2 Pro
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Excellence Score
50.3
60.7
Value for Money Score
89.6
91.4
Price ₹ 13,405 onwards ₹ 15,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2018 Oct, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode LCD, Dewdrop Full Screen, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; Dual Pixel Focus; EIS, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, AI Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 20.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, AI Beauty Selfie
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.05 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 181 gm 174 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time: 12 hrs, Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 12.5 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice, utilitarian (though not exceptional) design and good build quality, as has been the case with the entire Redmi Note series
  • Nice looking, modern 5.99 inch 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - has good viewing angles, brightness levels, and colour reproduction - looks pleasing in day-to-day use
  • In spite of the large screen, the phone remains quite ergonomic because of the tall, minimal-bezel form factor
  • MIUI interface over Android is snappy, and offers some added features such as dual apps and second space - with dual apps, one can run separate accounts of the same service/app and the second space functionality provides separate user experiences for example for work and home
  • Stellar performance - the single most defining aspect for the Note 5 Pro may be the excellent new chip that powers it - the Snapdragon 636 - in short, in terms of both benchmarks, and real life use, it blows every other phone in the price bracket out of the water - be it the loading times for heavy games, opening multiple apps or just switching between multiple heavy apps and games - the phone simply sails through everything
  • The heat management is excellent too - the phone hardly gets warm even after playing games on the phone for an hour straight
  • Very good set of dual cameras at the rear - you have a 12MP primary camera (Sony IMX486) with a sensor size of 1.25um and an aperture of f/2.2 - the secondary 5MP camera is used for depth sensing only and has a sensor size of 1.12um with f/2.0 aperture - in ample lighting conditions, the camera captures a good amount of details and has a punchy colour reproduction - low light image capabilities are equally good and the camera has good dynamic range - even the portrait (bokeh) images look better than most of its competitors - they carry plenty of details and the background blur is also quite good
  • Overall, this is the arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket now, having a slight edge over the existing top camera phones in the bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Very good front camera too - takes good images in all kinds of lighting conditions - you also get software based portrait image, which lets you take that ‘Bokeh’ image with background blur and is decent
  • Good audio quality through both headphones, and the speaker
  • Good call quality
  • Stellar battery life - still runs for two days straight, continuing the tradition of the Redmi Note series
  • Decent (though not great) charging speed - takes a little over two hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4, 000mAh battery
  • On the whole, Redmi Note 5 Pro offers everything you need from this price bracket - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera - simply put, this is almost a complete package when it comes to mid-range smartphone
  • The Realme 2 Pro, takes a different design philosophy compared to previous Realme phones, and is more about refined, premium, understated aesthetics - it all comes off quite well - and makes for easily one of the best looking devices in the mid-range segment
  • The paintjobs themselves are pretty catchy, and have a slight depth effect, which looks nice
  • The glossy rear panel is plastic but looks like glass
  • It is made via an injection molding process which requires 15 layers of sectional lamination and is claimed by Realme to be heat and impact resistant to a certain extent
  • The body of the phone is all smooth curves - the edges are curved ever so subtly and they perfectly merge with the metallic rim without any sharp corners whatsoever
  • When it comes to in-hand feel, the Realme 2 Pro is a joy to use
  • The device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is quite fast and easily recognizes fingerprints in less than a second
  • The Realme 2 Pro also has support for Face Unlock functionality, which is surprisingly fast too, though it is more reliable when used in a well-lit environment
  • The Realme 2 Pro packs a gorgeous 6.3-inch FullHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio - the side and top bezels are virtually non-existent, with only a 5.5 mm thick chin at the bottom with rounded edges, granting the device an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body - the Realme 2 Pro’s signature design element of course is a waterdrop-shaped notch at the top - only previously seen in significantly more expensive phones like the Oppo F9 and the F9 Pro - and it looks equally stunning on the Realme 2 Pro - the minimalist appeal of the tiny, waterdrop notch is striking and arguably looks way better than the wide notches we have come to see on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max trio, as well as an increasing number of Android smartphones - as for the display quality itself, it's quite brilliant when it comes to color reproduction, hues appear punchy and saturation is never an issue - sunlight legibility is good too - this is easily the best display in it's price bracket
  • Color OS adds plenty of useful features to the Android experience - such as the 'Smart Assistant' (which can be accessed by swiping right on the homescreen, and basically acts as a command center where users can access tools such as Quick Functions for quickly launching frequently used apps, check the weather, track health vitals such as steps walked, and do a lot more), 'Smart Sidebar' (which allows users to populate it with certain apps they use frequently and always want them at their disposal - the ‘Smart Sidebar’ can be accessed by swiping a thin sidebar at either edge of the screen), 'Kids Space', and navigation gestures
  • Very good, butter smooth performance, backed by a fast Snapdragon 660 processor - the device delivers on any task you throw at it, including heavy games - notching up performance scores similar to the Snapdragon 660 equipped Mi A2
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras, with strong image output in both good lighting conditions, as well as indoors - the images have good details, vibrant colors and adequate depth - bokeh shots come out well too with rich details and vibrant hues
  • Decent selfie camera too - takes good quality images, even though they are slightly over-exposed - and had a decent software bokeh effect
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 Pro cameras are pretty much on-par with the 2 best camera phones currently ruling the mid-range, the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2
  • Good battery life - the phone comfortably breezes past a day, even with heavier use
  • Decent charging speed (takes about 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%), even though fast charging is not supported
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 definitely looks like another winner from the Realme camp and will give some tough competition to the phones ruling across the mid-range segment like the Redmi Note 5 Pro (larger battery, better software, but Realme 2 wins on design, display, and performance), Zenfone Max Pro M1 (larger battery, stock Android, but again Realme 2 wins on design, display, performance, and cameras), Mi A2 (stock Android, but Realme 2 wins on a better design, a better display, a larger battery, and headphone jack), Nokia 6.1 Plus (stock Android, but Realme 2 wins on a better design, a better display, better cameras, and a larger battery), and finally the Poco F1 and the Honor Play (they both have better performance with flagship chipsets, but Realme 2 wins on better design) - everything considered, Realme has very likely another champion phone on its hands - in the meantime, the mid-range in India keeps getting more and more competitive!
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The design is simple and works, but is largely a continuation of the old Redmi Note design - it's not a gorgeous, stand out device by by any means
  • While MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, it does have some bloat in terms of unneeded apps - and a lot of people still prefer a more stock Android approach
  • While the cameras are excellent in still photography, they are only average as far as video recording goes
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
  • The downside to all the glossy charm of the rear panel is that the Realme 2 Pro is also a fingerprint magnet - if you don’t use a protective cover, you’ll find yourselves cleaning the rear panel multiple times throughout the day
  • The display is not flawless though - it is evident that Realme utilized a rectangular LCD panel which has been covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top and a thick chin of bottom bezels with rounded edges - the rounded bezels hide a little bit of content at the two bottom corners of the LCD panel, which can create an issue in apps which hold important control at these points - for example, in case of the PUBG game, the rounded bottom bezel covered a significant portion of the ‘x’ button used to go back in the game’s UI
  • Aesthetics wise though, Color OS is not the most refined, or clean Android UI, and this is one area where Realme falls a little behind stock Android, or MIUI phones in this price bracket
  • There are some UX quirks too in Color OS, like an annoying 2-step process to clear a notification
  • Video recording is a bit of a weak point, given the otherwise high quality of the camera - even with EIS, the videos tend to come out shaky if you are moving
Expert Reviews
  1. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It takes the title of our favorite mid-range smartphone of 2018
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you need a new phone and want the best bang for the buck - the Realme 2 Pro is the new champ in its category
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has a lot going for it...a solid option under 20k, if you are looking for a good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Oppo's Sub-Brand Makes A Splash In The Budget Sector
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Realme 2 Pro is certainly powerful....if you have a budget of around Rs 14,000, the 4GB RAM variant is a no-brainer
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Another example of how these days you can get a very appealing smartphone without spending a small fortune
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Definitely earns the “Pro” moniker over the Realme 2...But the UI is a bit of a letdown
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A no compromises phone available at some great, disruptive prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. A beautiful smartphone...has a lot of things going in its favor, but poor video recording capabilities and an unrefined Android skin are drawbacks
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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