By Jonnah Lynne Pante
We’ve known Realme as a brand associated with Chinese smartphone giant OPPO but the former took a big leap and announced its separation from OPPO. One of Realme’s initial agenda after being an independent firm is the unveiling of three new devices, one of which is the Realme 2 Pro. We recently flew to Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the SEA launch of the said smartphone along with two other devices — the mid-ranger Realme 2 and the entry-level Realme C1. Luckily, the MB TechNews team is one of the very firsts here in the Philippines to have a hand on the Realme 2 Pro. Let’s take a look on what it has to offer.
While Realme has ended its association with Oppo, the history between two brands remain apparent in the design of the Realme 2 Pro. On the outside, particularly on its front physique, it looks exactly like the Oppo F9 with the same dewdrop notched design and the similar 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD screen in 2340 x 1080 resolution. The display produces crisp images in vivid colors, which is a delight especially when playing games and viewing images and videos.
At the rear part of the device sit its two main cameras and a fingerprint sensor, which we must say unlocks the device very fast and smooth, same with the smartphone’s facial unlock feature.
In terms of its overall build, the Realme 2 Pro feels a bit thick and heavy when held, although we liked that its back part has a metallic finish that adds a premium feel to the device. We also appreciated that the Realme 2 Pro comes with a dedicated microSD card slot in addition to two SIM card slots on its tray, therefore we didn’t have to sacrifice expanding our storage in case we’d like to have a dual SIM setup. The tray is located at the left cheek of the smartphone, along with its volume rockers, while on the opposite side sits the power button. On the bottom are its single speaker grille, an ageing microSD port, microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Using the Realme 2 Pro as a daily driver proved how capable and powerful its internals are for an affordable, mid-range device. We had little to none instances of lags and setbacks and we attribute this to the device’s generous RAM and internal memory. What we had was the 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM model, which is initially announced as a variant exclusive only to Indonesia. Other memory and storage options of the Realme 2 Pro which are likely what we’ll have soon in the Philippines are the 4GB + 64GB and the 6GB + 128GB models.
The Realme 2 Pro runs on a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with Adreno 512 GPU — a decent combination that’s capable of running games with rich and heavy graphics like Free Fire, PUBG, Mobile Legends and Tekken with little traces of rough frames. It also helped that the Realme 2 Pro’s speaker produces sound with minimal distortion even when set to high volume.
Like any other smartphones poised to entice the youth, the Realme 2 Pro takes its cameras as one of its main selling points. The device comes with a 16-megapixel, f/1.7 plus a 2-megapixel f/2.4 main cameras with a 16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie shooter. All three cameras come with AI feature, thus improving images captured through machine learning. With AI, the main cameras of Realme 2 Pro has scene recognition and automatically adjust camera setting depending on the shooting subject and environment. It has the usual camera modes, with an AI beautification option for its front camera.
The cameras of Realme 2 Pro fared well in well-lit environments. The images we took using this device achieved accurate colors with just the right amount of sharpness. It also gave us portraits with natural-looking bokeh effect. While the device has undoubtedly good cameras when used during the day, we noticed its struggle when used at night. Shots taken in dim places appeared foggy, and it somehow lacked in showing the ample level of color accuracy and sharpness of details.
Here are some of our sample photos:
Putting further the Realme 2 Pro on test, we ran a number of benchmark which the device aced with acceptable numbers. The Realme 2 Pro scored 134,248 on AnTuTu, 1,520 for Single-core and 5,568 on Multi-core of GeekBench 4, 1,217 on Slingshot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 and 960 on Slingshot Extreme Vulkan of 3DMark, and 7,820 on Work 2.0 of PCMark.
We also liked that the Color OS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 OS of the Realme 2 Pro didn’t feel heavy for our everyday use. For its juice, the 3,500mAh battery of the Realme 2 Pro tallied a score of 5h20m on the Work 2.0 battery life test of PCMark. Based on actual usage, though, the said device lasted around 8 hours of medium to heavy usage.
Considering its pros and cons, the Realme 2 Pro can pass as one of the decent choices in its price bracket. Although local pricing and availability is yet to be officially announced, the Realme 2 Pro is expected to be priced starting at PhP 10,000 depending on storage and memory configurations.