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Realme officially enters SEA market with Realme 2 Series


By Jonnah Lynne Pante

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Smartphone brand Realme has officially entered the Southeast Asia market as it unveiled three new smartphones – the Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro, and Realme C1 in an event held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Initially known as a sub-brand of Oppo, the new Realme smartphones come with the announcement of Realme as an independent company. According to Realme Managing Director for Southeast Asia Josef Wang, aside from Indonesia, they’re bringing the Realme 2 Series and the Realme C1 in other neighboring countries.

“We’re coming in other markets in Southeast Asia like Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines very soon,” Wang said.

Poised as an affordable yet capable mid-range device, the Realme 2 flaunts a 6.2-inch screen in 1520 x 720 resolution with 19:9 display ratio planted with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Its internals come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506 GPU, a choice of either a 3GB RAM + 32GB onboard storage or a 4GB RAM + 62GB internal memory, both expandable to 256GB via microSD support.

Designed to entice young users who want an elegant-looking smartphone, the Realme 2 comes clad in a body with diamond cuts and carries the trendy notch as well. The device also has a fingerprint sensor for device unlock situated at the smartphone’s rear part.

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Despite being considered as a budget device, the Realme 2 comes with a dual rear camera setup comprised of  13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. For its selfie camera, the device has an AI-backed 8-megapixel front snapper with 266 facial points for beautification mode.

Since Realme was previously associated with Oppo, the new handsets released still carry the ColorOS 5.1. For Realme 2, this comes topped with Android 8.1 Oreo. The said device also has a huge juice of 4,230mAh.

Realme 2’s bigger brother, the Realme 2 Pro showcases itself in a much simpler yet elegant physique. One of its main selling points is its dual rear camera setup composed of a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel AI cameras capable of scene recognition. On the flip side, the said device has a 16-megapixel AI selfie camera which can produce natural-looking self portraits with bokeh effect. The Realme 2 Pro also has a 6.3-inch FHD+ design with a water drop notch.

Coming in with powerful internals, the Realme 2 Pro runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with a leading-edge 14nm technology that’s used for flagship devices. This is further amplified with generous options of RAM and internal storage which includes 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB. The larger 8GB RAM + 128GB internal memory is initially announced as an exclusive model for Indonesia.

Aside from the Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro, the Indonesia launch of Realme also hosted the Realme C1, which the company introduced as a model that will redefine the entry-level market.

The Realme C1 has specifications of 6.2-inch HD+ notched screen with an 88.8% screen-to-body ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD slot, Color OS 5.1 with Android 8.1 Oreo, and a large 4,230mAh battery.

The Realme C1 also has two main cameras with AI composed on a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel shooters with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. Sitting as its front camera is a 5-megapixel AI-backed shooter with f/2.2 aperture.

While the official local pricing and availability of the said smartphones are yet to be announced, the Realme 2 is priced at Rp 1,999,000 or around PhP 7,100 for the 3GB + 32GB variant, and Rp 2,399,000 or around PhP 8,500 for the 4GB + 64GB model.

The Realme 2 Pro, on the other hand, is tagged at Rp 2,899,000 (around PhP 10,290) for the 4GB + 64GB version, and Rp 3,299,000 (around PhP 11,700) for the 6GB + 64GB variant. The 8GB + 128GB model is priced at Rp 3,699,000 or around PhP 13,100.

The Realme C1 sells for around P4,900 for the 2GB + 16GB version.

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