realme 2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 9,499 onwards

launchSep, 2018

30.3

excellence score

81.3

value for money score

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Design

  • Stunning, unique design, carrying on the design language of the Realme 1 - the first thing you notice about this device is the back panel - it is made of fibreglass body with a Diamond-like finish at the back, which reflects light in attractive ways - continues to be one of the best-looking devices you will find in the budget segment
  • The rounded edges provide good grip
  • Now includes a fingerprint sensor, which was missing in the Realme 1
  • The back panel is prone to scratches and fingerprints (you will probably want to use the included case)

Display

  • The display is now a slightly larger 'notch' panel - it provides an immersive experience, decent colours, and wide viewing angles
  • While the display is slightly larger, the resolution is actually a degrade over the Realme 1
  • At the same time, the display is also reflective and not the most bright, which means sunlight legibility is not the best

Software

  • ColorOS UI adds some useful features like an AI board (which can be accessed by swiping left on the Home and shows stuff like steps count, photos, favourite contacts, travel tickets), smart driving mode, app cloning, privacy password, and tons of customisation options - though, having said that, it can get somewhat cluttered too in areas such as the Settings panel, and is not quite as simple as stock Android

Performance

  • While the phone works perfectly fine as a daily driver, it's performance is definitely not the best in class owing to its Snapdragon 450 internals

Camera

  • Decent dual-camera setup - does reasonably well in good lighting conditions (similar to the Realme 1) and can also additionally give some decent bokeh shots thanks to the secondary camera
  • Decent selfie camera too in daylight, again very similar in quality to the Realme 1 selfie camera

Battery

  • Excellent battery life - the combination of a 4230mAh battery, and AI battery management means that the phone can comfortably last the day even with heavy use - and go up to 2 days with light to moderate use
  • No fast charging support

More

  • On the whole, the Realme 2 is another good phone in the Realme series, with a beautiful design, and is essentially an alternative to the Realme 1 (as opposed to a 'better' successor) - it gains over the Realme 1 in terms of a slightly larger 'notch' display with Gorilla Glass protection, and better battery life - and lags behind it in terms of display resolution, and speed/performance - which one you prefer might be down to what you value more

Expert Reviews

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  1. If you are shopping for the best bang for your money, look no further
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a phone in this price range, there are better options
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A handy phone for someone who isn’t a power user, and looks for a device that looks good and offers a lot of features
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone in this price that offers a stellar battery life, and a design that you can flaunt, the Realme 2 is a good option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Still good value for money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Impresses with its design, battery performance and it is one of the cheapest phones to come with a notched display
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The premium-looking phone comes with too many compromises
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great-looking smartphone
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The cheapest phone with a notch
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. There are better options out in the market
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If you are not a camera enthusiast and want a budget phone model with strong build and long battery life, Realme 2 would be a good choice
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Realme 2 has a couple of compromises, but it is still one the best phones you can buy right now at this price
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »

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realme 2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.2 inches
Screen Resolution720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • IPS LCD
  • FullView Display
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • G-sensor
  • Accelerometer
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #57 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 506
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4230 mAh
Other Battery Parameters
  • Gaming time: 10 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 15hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: 18hrs
  • Internet Browsing Time: 18hrs
Dimensions
Weight168 gm
Thickness8.2 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture
  • 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture
  • PDAF
  • 5P Lens
  • Bokeh mode
  • Live AR sticker
  • AI beautification 2.0
  • HDR
Secondary Camera8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • AI beautification 2.0
  • AR sticker
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Dual VoLTE

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