Realme 2 Pro first impressions: Good specifications, reliable camera

Realme 2 Pro, the Chinese brand’s third smartphone has arrived in the Indian market. The waterdrop notch-style Realme smartphone has been launched at a competitive price of Rs 13,990 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 15,990 and the top-model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs 17,990. The new Realme 2 Pro features a minimal bezel full HD+ display measuring 6.3 inches with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The front panel has a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 per cent. Underneath the hood sits Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, the mobile platform prevalent in the popular mid-range and upper mid-range smartphones in India including Xiaomi Mi A2, Nokia 7 Plus and Vivo V11 Pro. Realme 2 Pro will be available for purchase exclusively on the e-retail platform, Flipkart. We spent some time with the new Realme smartphone, and here are our initial impressions.

Realme 2 Pro first impressions: Design, display

Realme 2 Pro flaunts a minimal bezel display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 per cent. The backside of the phone is encased in glass with plastic surrounding the perimeters. The phone features dual rear camera setup aligned in horizontal position.

A circular fingerprint sensor is placed below the dual camera sensors. Realme 2 Pro offers dedicated microSD slot which is located on the left side above the volume keys while the power button sits on the right side. The phone houses a mono speaker grille, micro-USB port and 3.5mm audio jack, all of which are drilled at the base.

Realme 2 Pro features an elongated 6.3-inch full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a sleek chin and thin bezels on the edges of the front fascia. The display on the new Realme phone produces vivid colour and sharp details. The viewing angles are decent, however, the front panel is a tad reflective and reading content under bright sunlight was quite difficult.

At the top of the screen is the waterdrop style notch that includes the proximity sensor, front-facing camera and the microphone is placed right above the notch.

Realme 2 Pro feels slightly heavy in hand and the glass-encased body easily attracts smudge and fingerprint grease. Ergonomically, the new Realme phone is good with the thumb comfortably reaching the power button.

Even the volume rockers are well-placed on the left side below the SIM/microSD tray. The index finger reaches out both the keys even while operating the device single-handedly.

Realme 2 Pro first impressions: Processing hardware

Talking about Realme 2 Pro’s processing hardware, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 mobile platform paired with Adreno 512 GPU for rendering graphics. During our initial experience, the phone performed smoothly while opening a few tabs on Chrome browser.

Even while running a few casual games, for instance, Orbia, Alto’s Odyssey, the phone rendered smooth lag-free experience. However, we would like to hold back the final verdict about the phone’s performance until we put it through some more tests.

Realme 2 Pro first impressions: Camera

Realme 2 Pro houses a dual camera setup at the back comprising of a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor for depth sensing. Up front, it carries a 16MP lens for clicking selfies and making video calls. We found the focus to be quite accurate in broad daylight condition.

The dual lenses yielded vivid colours with rich green, blue and good details in outdoor shooting. Although we observed glare effect in a few low light shots, the image processing was quite fast.

Both the front and rear camera sensors offer Portrait mode. In addition, the native camera app on the phone offers a bunch of other features as well, for instance, Film LightMono Light etc, under Portrait mode; a Manual mode that allows adjusting ISO, exposure value, White Balance and focus as well.