While the first generation of the phone never saw a release locally, the Realme 2 series has finally arrived in Malaysia. Being ‘Proud to be Young’, it’s ready to be in the hands of the youth of the nation with the Realme 2 Pro boasting ‘max power and max style’.
The main body of Realme 2 Pro is made of plastic, which contributes to its light weight at 174 g. The reflective shine of the body actually looks very polished - we had the Ice Lake version, and I was surprised to discover that it was plastic. I’ve held cheap plastic phones before and this certainly doesn’t feel like that. And though it doesn’t have the heft as if it were made of glass, the plastic build should make it more durable. However, we will leave the durability testing to your own discretion.
Right away, you can tell that the Realme 2 Pro is distinct in that it has a ‘dewdrop’ notch design which is so much less obtrusive than generic notches you see nowadays. A notch’s a notch but I’d rather have this than to hide it with an overlay where most apps are not even optimised for.
The display is 6.3-inch that can get pretty bright with colours that just pops. And, again, the notch just makes it a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio for a more pleasant viewing experience for videos, gaming or anything going into landscape mode. Also, the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 3, so you’ll have some protection to scratches and drops.
The Realme 2 Pro is equipped with Snapdragon 660, which is one of the best mid-range processors out there. Playing PUBG Mobile was a smooth experience even after over an hour of gameplay, and while there was a detectable increase in heat but that didn’t noticeably slow down its performance. If you are doing anything less than gaming, you will be good to go. Multitasking or doing split screen was fine as well, and we had no issues with 6gb of RAM, but you can also opt for the 8gb version of the phone for added boost if you’re keen.
You can get the phone with either 64gb or 128gb of storage, however the 128gb exclusive to the 8gb RAM version. Regardless, the storage is expandable up to 256gb through a dedicated micro-SD slot.
As for the cameras, the phone has 16MP f/1.7 AI dual rear camera with the Sony IMX398 sensor, which produces tack sharp images if given enough light. There is a lot of detail for the shots we took and the colour reproduction is just lovely. The front camera is 16MP as well which again, can take some stellar photos. For video capabilities, it takes up to 4k and 1080p at 30fps.
In terms of privacy and security, the Realme 2 Pro comes with a fingerprint sensor on its back and also a face recognition feature - both of which are very snappy. In fact, the face recognition was so fast, I didn’t even notice that it was trying to detect my face so kudos to Realme for that.
The Realme 2 Pro carries a 3500mAh battery, which is coupled with AI to efficiently manage your power usage. Starting off the day at full charge with moderate usage like web browsing and social media - maybe sneak in some videos and gaming, it was enough to last until the end of the day. A component I’d love in future Realme models is USB-C faster charging because currently with the micro-USB, a full charge takes about 2 hours which is a tad bit too long.
The Realme 2 Pro is a great smartphone that definitely suits the needs of most smartphone users out there while having all the features and aesthetics that appeal to a younger audience. Great looks, great performance and great camera that can last you through the day. At MYR 1,099 for the 8gb RAM + 128gb storage, you’ll find it hard to get any better. If that’s over your budget, the 4gb or 6gb RAM + 64gb storage are MYR 849 and 949 respectively.
The Realme 2 Pro is available now the Realme digital store on Shopee, with other retailers coming soon after.