Oppo Realme 2 an upgrade over Realme 1? Not really

oppo realme 1 vs 2

Amidst much fanfare, Oppo has released Realme 2 in India as the successor to critically and commercially acclaimed Realme 1. Besides the monicker and the change in exclusivity partner online from Amazon to Flipkart, the successor has a number of other changes (no pun) to attract customers in a segment where they are already spoilt for choice. However, not all of these changes are for the better and it seems like the company has clearly tried saving costs to make room for other features that usually catch the public’s eye.
 

What’s gotten better

The Realme 2 isn’t without its share of improvements over its predecessor. The phone packs a beefier 4,230mAh battery which is a significant upgrade over the original’s 3,400mAh juice pack. With such a mammoth battery, you can expect anywhere between a day or two’s battery life depending on your usage.

The phone also gets a dual camera which was absent from the original. A 2MP snapper accompanies the original 13MP lens on the back which should ideally help capture more detail in your pictures.

Oppo has also decided to throw in a fingerprint scanner which was sorely missing from the Realme 1.

Lastly, if you consider the notch an improvement (because we don’t) you can count that too.

 

What’s the same

The price for starters. The phone starts at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB memory variant and costs Rs 10,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

The memory options as you’d see above remain the same too, although, there’s no 6GB RAM variant at launch.

The phone also borrows the front camera from Realme 1, which wasn’t bad to begin with.

 

What’s gotten worse

The Snapdragon 450 is nice, but then, the original’s P60 was better. In fact, much better. Yes, the Snapdragon 450 could possibly be more battery efficient, but the P60 is only marginally slower than the SD 636, that too only in some benchmarks.

The SD450, on the other hand, is a repackaged SD625 which is 2 years old now. Why Oppo?

More glaringly, Oppo decided to use a HD+ display on the Realme2 instead of full HD+ unit seen on the first one. We’d happily trade the notch for extra pixels.

 

Conclusion

It’s rather difficult to pick between the two phones at this moment. On one hand the Realme 2 promises slightly better pictures, but more importantly, a fingerprint scanner, Realme 1’s better processor and display cannot be ignored.

We would have a hard time choosing between the two, but you can, depending on your priorities. The Snapdragon 450 isn’t bad, not is HD+ a terrible display resolution. But we can also say the same about the missing fingerprint scanner and the 2MP additional camera on the first model.

 

Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 15000 - realme 1

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display resolution
    1080 x 2160
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MediaTek 6771 octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery
    3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor
What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually underpowered and overpriced. Not this sub-brand though. The RealMe 1 is a winner under 15k that comes with a processor that beats the Snapdragon 636, class-leading RAM and internal memory, and Android 8.1 out of the box. This phone ticks all the checkboxes.

 

What could have been better:
We are yet to find one.

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Oppo RealMe 2

Realme 2
3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display resolution
    720 x 1520
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery
    4,230mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Display
What’s good:
Here’s what’s improved in RealMe 2 over its predecessor: it comes with dual cameras and a bigger battery. We always liked the RAM and storage options for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
When you reduce the resolution of the display or replace the processor with a slower one, RealMe 2 can’t really be called an upgrade over the RealMe 1. Don’t believe us? Check these benchmarking results. No wonder there’s no 6GB RAM variant.

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