Oppo‘s sub-brand Realme recently launched their next-generation budget smartphone Realme 2 Pro. Alongside, the brand also unveiled an entry-level smartphone dubbed Realme C1. The Realme 2 Pro offers impressive specifications at an aggressive price tag. It directly competes with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. With already overcrowded budget smartphone market, choosing the right product becomes a massive brainer. In this article, we’re listing five features that leveraged the Realme 2 Pro to beat Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Better Performance and Hardware
The Realme 2 Pro packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with Adreno 512. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with Adreno 509. No doubt, the Realme 2 Pro clearly takes the lead thanks to the faster chipset under the hood. The Snapdragon 660 has higher clock speed than the Snapdragon 636 that results in an impressive performance of Realme 2 Pro. The Snapdragon 660 comes with a slew of improvements over Snapdragon 636 which includes cameras, display resolution, charging speed, and AI (Artificial Intelligence). On top of that, the Realme 2 Pro is also available in a top-end variant that features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
Both the smartphones come with a dual camera setup at the back with different sensors. The Realme 2 Pro has a 16MP primary sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 2MP secondary sensor. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has 12MP primary and 5MP secondary sensor. On the front, the Realme has 16MP selfie shooter and Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 20MP selfie camera. The Realme 2 Pro is killing the camera game in the budget segment. The daylight camera performance of the device is far better than the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro. Realme’s camera has artificial capabilities inside the cameras giving the device an edge over its competitors.
Coming to the display department, the Realme 2 Pro has a large 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a screen-to-body ratio of 84%. The device was able to achieve this ratio with the help of a teardrop notch. On the contrary, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a slightly smaller 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 77.4%. Unlike Realme 2 Pro, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has no notch at all on the front. Even in terms of pixels per inch, Realme takes the lead with 409 PPI than the latter’s 403 PPI. Although it isn’t that much of a difference, it is still worth mentioning. Other than that, the Realme 2 Pro has an added protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 compared to unspecified Gorilla Glass shield on the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s .
Realme 2 Pro looks more attractive than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It has multiple layers of lamination giving users a glass-like in-hand feel. The brand is calling it “crystal-like dewdrop effect”. The Redmi Note 5 Pro looks more like any other Xiaomi Redmi series lineup. It has aluminum on the back, which when compared to Realme 2 Pro looks a tad bit dull. The smartphone is lighter than the Note 5 Pro weighing just 174 grams, which gives it better mobility.
Optimised Software, Battery
Coming to the last aspect of this comparison, both the smartphone runs on the custom skin on top of Android OS. Realme’s budget offering runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box while the Redmi Note 5 Pro runs Android Nougat. Of course, Note 5 Pro users can still upgrade it to Android Oreo. The battery life on the Realme 2 Pro has AI capabilities packed inside which is something the Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn’t feature.
Realme 2 Pro comes with a price starting from INR 13,990 which is actually cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Considering the overall specifications, Realme 2 Pro clearly is a better pick than any other smartphone under this price bracket. The device is exclusively available on Flipkart under flash sale.
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