Gadget Reviews

GADGETS | Realme 2

Oppo is bringing to the market one of the mobile phones from their sub brands, the Realme 2. Designed for the competitive entry-level market, the Realme 2has a pretty decent hardware configuration compared to other entry level phones: Qualcomm Snapdragorn 450 and 3GB of RAM. 6.5” 720p display that has a 19:9 aspect ratio, dual rear cameras and a 4230mAh high-capacity battery.

Aesthetics

The phone’s design tries to steer away from the usual plain matte or glass back with what Realme calls the nanoscale design that reflects its diamond-like glass reflections. The phone’s body feels pretty good on the hands with its rounded edges. Though it doesn’t feel as premium, there is nothing much to expect on a phone in this price range.

On top of the camera you will find a distinct notch that has become the norm for most recent smartphones. The notch houses the front camera, earpiece, and sensors.

On the bottom of the phone you will find the micro-usb port, headphone jack, and bottom firing speakers.

On the right side you have the unlock button, volume rockers and hybrid sim tray on the left, and a fingerprint scanner on the back.

 Impressions

We’ve used this phone for a a while now and it has proven to be an impressive entry level phone with a Qualcomm processor. Being able to do the daily social media, messaging and YouTube is satisfactory as the phone’s user experience is very fluid thanks to it’s 3GB of memory and Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. Even though that the processor is quite dated, the custom OS which is based on the Android 8.1 is well optimized even for lower spec’ed out mobile phones. The phone also has a handy fingerprint scanner and face unlock feature.

 

 

Camera

The dual rear camera which uses a 13MP+2MP sensors is also a decent shooter but make sure you have enough lighting. The auto-focus is quite snappy and the depth of field using portrait mode blurs backgrounds quite nicely. Though it’s a little bit on the soft side, a seasoned mobile photographer can create wonders with it.

The front camera though is very Oppo as it uses the “beautification” feature, which on paper, says that, it is using AI to beautify the face and the body.

Here are some sample shots:

With enough lighting, the photos come out pretty good. But unfortunately, in low light situations, the photos become washed out as the camera tries to compensate by increasing exposure which causes bleeding within light sources.

The shots on the selfie camera comes out nicely and the depth of field effect adds a nice touch of bokeh though light tends to get overexposed.

selfie camera with depth of field turned on, and AI beautification turned on
selfie camera with depth of field turned off, and AI beautification off
Video recording

As for video recording, the phone can record up to 1080p 30fps but the video stabilization is not that good. A proper work around with this is you can use gimbal stabilizer. On our video recording test, we used the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 to help with video stabilization. The video recording quality is isn’t that impressive as the automatic compensation of the exposure tends to be all over the place as you will see on the sample clip below. But with proper planning and post production the quality is decent enough for simple stuff like vlogging.

Battery Life

As for the battery life, we are very impressed as we ran the battery benchmark around 9am this morning and it finished late in the evening scoring an impressive 16 hours and 12 mins on the Work 2.0 battery benchmark test.

So far so good. This is beyond what we are used to in entry-level smartphones as the processing power, camera features and battery life is decent. Unlike other mobile phones that are offering a much lower tier processor, the Snapdragon 450 is a killer choice. For this phone’s target market which are the entry level users, they will definitely find satisfaction in using this phone.

Ira James
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