Our Opinion

The realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM)  realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
55.8
59.7
Value for Money Score
91.3
87.7
Price ₹ 13,912 onwards ₹ 17,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2018 Oct, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.26 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 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 IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 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 #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 8 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 12MP: 1.4um Pixel Size; F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, Enhanced Low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, EIS for Video Recording, Dynamic Bokeh 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; Dual Pixel Focus; EIS, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, AI Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 20MP + 2MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 20MP: 1.8um Pixel Size; F/2.0 Aperture, 2MP: 1.75um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Portrait Selfie, Selfie timer, Face recognition F/2.0 Aperture, AI Beauty Selfie
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 182 gm 174 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, P2i Water Repellent
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby 390 hrs 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 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Video Playback Time: 15hr, Gameplay Time: 9hr, Audio Playback Time: 190hr Audio Playback Time: 12 hrs, Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 12.5 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Dual VoLTE; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sturdy, tried-and-tested design
  • Curved back makes it comfortable to hold
  • Water-resistant P2i coating, similar to the Poco F1
  • Excellent, large, 'notch' display - it has superb contrast, good brightness levels, and tiny bezels - one of the best displays you will get in this price bracket
  • MIUI is one of the better, more refined, and more optimised Android UIs around, and is packed with many features and customisation options
  • There is also an option to switch to fullscreen navigation gestures instead of the on-screen Android navigation buttons
  • Solid mid-range performance - backed by the Snapdragon 636 which is still very good for the class
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras at the back, which improve upon the already very good cameras of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • The rear cameras perform well regardless of the conditions you’re shooting in - Low light, artificial light, portrait shots, landscapes, it’s got you all covered
  • Very good set of dual cameras on the front as well - selfies taken with the Redmi Note 6 Pro have good details, and the edge detection in portrait mode is good too
  • Overall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is now arguably the best camera experience under Rs. 20, 000
  • Excellent battery life with a 4000mAH battery pack
  • Has an interesting Wi-Fi pass through feature that lets your phone act as a Wi-Fi repeater
  • Thoughtful anti-rust coating inside 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port
  • The Redmi Note 6 Pro again ticks all the right boxes for a best-seller in its class and price segment, continuing a tradition of the Redmi Note line in terms of excellent value for money
  • If you want a very good all-rounder with best camera in the mid-range, you need to look no further
  • 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 ratio - 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
  • 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 power and the volume buttons are both on the right - the power button is easy to hit, but the volume buttons need a bit of a stretch to reach
  • While the design is sturdy, it's also now a bit boring, with a lot of great looking phones now available in the budget segment
  • One of the issues with MIUI in recent times has been the annoying ads in MI's own apps, and that still continues with the Redmi Note 6 Pro (these can be disabled but it's a complicated procedure)
  • If you are a heavy gamer though, then the Redmi Note 6 Pro is no longer the best performer for it's price segment (like the Redmi Note 5 Pro was) - you will want to look at the Mi A2 or Realme 2 Pro instead
  • Video recording on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is decent but maxes out at 1080p which is a bit disappointing, considering that other smartphones in this price range are capable of 4K video recording
  • The phone also has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 but Xiaomi only ships a 10W charger in the box - you will need to buy a quick charger separately to enable fast charging
  • Uses the outdated microUSB port, instead of a modern USB-C port
  • Having said that though, it's not quite a clear, outright winner as the Redmi Note 5 Pro was, simply because of the much tougher competition in this segment now - there is the Realme 2 Pro (has a much better take on how a notch should look like, and is more powerful with a SD660), the Xiaomi Mi A2 (No notch, Android One, all-metal design, SD660), Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (better battery, arguably better value for money), and the Motorola One Power (Android One, better battery) - so all in all, there are lots of good choices around
  • 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. The Redmi Note 6 Pro ticks all the right boxes for a best-seller in its class..But it's not the only one
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Xiaomi has improved slightly on a product (Redmi Note 5 Pro) that was already good
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Offers exceptional value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It’s still offers good value for your money...though it is no longer a leader in the mid-range segment like the Redmi Note 5 Pro was
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you are in a market looking for a smartphone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 6 Pro should definitely be in your list
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. With the feature-rich Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi once again reaffirms as the true leader of the mid-range phone market of India
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Redmi Note 6 Pro certainly does not boast of the best hardware at the price...But it’s the camera alone that makes the phone worth buying.
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidauthority.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. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. Oppo's Sub-Brand Makes A Splash In The Budget Sector
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. If performance is what matters, the Realme 2 Pro will work for you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another example of how these days you can get a very appealing smartphone without spending a small fortune
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Definitely earns the “Pro” moniker over the Realme 2...But the UI is a bit of a letdown
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A no compromises phone available at some great, disruptive prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Value for money
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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