Oppo Realme 2 review

GSMArena team, 28 August 2018.


The biggest mistake anyone could make is to think of the Realme 2 as a sequel to the Realme 1. It's not. Despite what the model name implies, the Realme 2 is more of an alter ego came to be than a successor to the popular Realme 1.

Oppo has hit the jackpot with the Realme 1 in India - a powerful smartphone with cool design and features, which is priced unbelievably low at INR 8,990. And now it's time for the trendy addition to the affordable series - the Realme 2.

The slogan chosen for the Realme 2 PR campaign is A Notch Above, rather obvious, isn't it? Indeed, the notched screen is the trendiest of trends today and makers are racing to launch phones with notches. We have our doubts about these aesthetics, but there is the Realme 1 if you are not into them notches.

Oppo Realme 2 reviewRealme 1 and Realme 2

The camera on the back got a trendy upgrade as well - there is now a secondary shooter on the back to relay some helpful depth information for high-res portrait shots. Finally, a huge battery lies beneath all that diamond beauty - a 4,230 mAh unit.

Oppo Realme 2 review

A few cuts had to be made, of course, to keep the price the same. The screen is now of lower 720p resolution, and there is a less powerful chipset - the Snapdragon 450 - but the combination of the two should allow a similar performance to the Realme 1 with its Helio P60 and 1080p screen.

Oppo Realme 2 Specs

  • Body: Plastic body, Gorilla Glass 3 front; 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2mm; 168 grams
  • Screen: 6.2-inch, 19:9, HD+, IPS LCD
  • Rear Camera: Primary 13MP, f/2.2 lens; Secondary 2MP - serving as depth sensor; LED flash; 1080p@30fps video recording
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.2; 1080p@30fps video recording
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 - octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 506 GPU
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB, dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo; ColorOS 5.1 on top
  • Battery: 4,230mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, microUSB 2.0
  • Misc: rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

It was only three months ago that we reviewed the Realme 1 and found it to be worthy of every single penny (or rupee in this case). It offered unmatched bang for buck ratio and on top of that - it was beautiful.

Today, the Realme 2 arrives as an equally intriguing product, as it brings some of the hottest trends on the market on a downright bargain price - a notched screen, a dual-camera, and a massive battery. And it doesn't skimp on the fingerprint reader. But will it live to the Realme 1 glory? That's what we'll explore on the following pages.

Unboxing the Realme 2

The Realme 2 retail bundle is the same as the Realme 1's - a microUSB cable, a 10W charger, and a soft transparent case.

Oppo Realme 2 review

Oppo isn't providing a headset, but the Realme 2 has a 3.5mm audio port so you can use your favorite pair of headphones.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 21 Dec 2020
  • YUU

My thoughts exactly...a 10 year old can come up with a better name.

  • Saif ali
  • 24 Mar 2019
  • rJx

Good phone. Good battery

  • Kathi
  • 23 Mar 2019
  • D0g

My phone is real me 2 in this phone the ios theme has support or may be cause the hanging problem