As you might be already aware, Oppo’s sub-brand Realme announced its second handset for the Indian market, the Realme 2 earlier today at an event in Delhi. I was at the launch event where I managed to spend some time with the device. The second device from Realme comes in two versions with the base 3GB RAM + 32GB version priced at Rs.8990 and the top of the line 4GB RAM + 64GB variant priced at Rs. 10,990. At the event, I was able to take a quick look at the handset and used it for a while as well. Before I start, let’s start off by talking about the specifications.

Oppo Realme 2 Specifications, hardware

The Realme 2 is powered by the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC and as mentioned earlier in this article, comes in two storage and RAM versions. The display on the handset is large 6.2-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels in the tall 19:9 aspect ratio. And yes, this panel now gets a notch at the top. The handset has a high screen to body ratio of 88.8%. The display also gets Gorilla Glass 3 for added durability.

The camera department is handled by a 13MP+2MP setup at the rear with support for PDAF. The 13-megapixel shooter gets an aperture of f/2.2 and uses a 5P lens as well. The secondary camera is a depth sensor like the one we saw on the likes of the Honor 7X and the Honor Play. The selfie camera shoots at 8-megapixels with the same f/2.2 aperture.

Powering the handset is a large 4230 mAh battery that will guarantee day long battery even with relatively heavy usage. The phone supports Dual SIM cards and gets a triple slot that takes in two SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time.

Realme 2 Hands-On: Look and Feel

While the Realme 2 might not blow you away with its spec sheet, the design of the handset certainly should. The handset is premium to look at and hold. The display, while not as high res as the ones you will see its competition sport is actually not bad at all. Only upon closer glance, would you notice the lower resolution of the panel. We really wished Oppo had crammed in a  higher resolution display on the device – especially for the pricier 64GB version. The rear panel of the Realme 2 looks classy thanks to the diamond glossy finish that has been achieved thanks to 12 layers of nanoscale composite materials. I liked the overall premium-ness of the device.

Realme 2: UI and Software

Being an Oppo sub-brand, the Realme 2 runs Oppo’s own ColorOS 5.1 which is built around Android 8.1 Oreo. During my brief time with the device, the phone felt quick and snappy. People not used to Color OS might take a while to get used to the interface. On Realme 2, Color OS integrates several new features like AI Board, Game Space and AI Album. I should be able to tell more about the handset after we get a review unit of the phone.

Realme 2: Initial Conclusions

The Realme 2 arrives in a very competitive market. At its base price of Rs. 8990, it competes with the Redmi 5 which also gets the same processor. The higher priced 64GB version, however, finds itself at loggerheads with two very capable devices – the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (base version) and the Redmi Note 5 (higher version). Both these devices get a more powerful chip when compared to the Realme 2. That said, none of these devices boasts of the premium finish and looks of the Realme 2.

The Realme 2 is a Flipkart exclusive and will go on sale starting September 4 at 12 noon. Would you be buying this?

Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.

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