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Back in May this year Oppo announced a new sub-brand Realme for the Indian customers. The first Realme branded smartphone Realme 1 was announced on May 15th. Despite being a budget-friendly smartphone the Realme 1 features a stylish diamond cut finish design. Like most of the latest phones, it has trimmed bezels design to fit in a larger display.
On the rear side, you will get a single snapper on the top left corner with LED flashlight. The device was available exclusively via Amazon India. The company marketed the device as a "Make In India" product. The solid hardware, attractive design helps the company to sell this device like a hot cake. After 40 days of release, the company confirmed they sold more than 4 Lac units of Realme 1. It was a huge success for a new sub-brand. The company also confirmed Android Pie update for the Realme 1.
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As expected after the success of Realme 1, the company introduced the second gen of Realme smartphones in India. The latest gen is much better as it features trendy notch design, dual sensors on the rear side, a gigantic battery cell and much more. Before competing against the other competitors, the Realme 2 will face stiff competition from the Realme 1.
Today we will put the latest Realme 2 in a head-to-head comparison against the Realme 1 to know the real differences and similarities between the two devices. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better understanding whether you should go for the Realme 2 or not if you own the first gen Realme phone. On paper, the Realme 2 isn't a huge upgrade instead it brings all those features which were missed on the first gen phones. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices as it is first aspect buyers consider while making a choice.
75.2 x 156.5 x 7.8 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
75.6 x 156.2 x 8.2 mm
6.2 inches - 1520x720 px
Both the Realme phones feature unibody plastic design. You will get attractive color options but the device doesn't look as premium as mid-rangers with glass or metal rear. It is pretty much understandable considering its a budget-friendly option. Although the plastic rear can resist more accidental drops it also attracts scratches easily. The good thing is both the devices have curved edges from the rear side.
The Realme 1 is available only in Diamond Black variants whereas the Realme 2 can be purchased in Diamond Black, Blue, and Red colors. Undoubtedly all the color variants are quite attractive. The Realme 1 lacks the fingerprint scanner instead the company relies on Facial recognition only. On the other hand, the Realme 2 has a fingerprint scanner on the rear.
Both the Realme phones have ultra-thin bezels design, however, the Realme 2 has a notch at the top of the display instead of the complete bezel. The Realme 1 features a 6.0-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch.
Due to notch design, the Realme 2 has a larger display of 6.2-inches with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The bezels are extremely thin around edges that's why the Realme 2 screen-to-body ratio is 81.2%. However, due to a lower resolution, its pixels density is 271 pixels-per-inch. So if you stick to complete bezels design you will get a respectable display with pretty good pixels density whereas the notch design will result in lower pixels density display.
Undoubtedly one of the key-selling aspects of Realme 1 was its solid mid-range hardware. Under the hood, the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC was powering the device. The Helio P60 SoC is the MediaTek's upper mid-range series like the Qualcomm's 600 series. Like most of the Chinese phones, the Realme 1 was available in a number of configurations.
The base variant has 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, the standard variant has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and the top of the line model with 6GB RAM and 128GB native storage. All variants support memory expansion via MicroSD. If you want to grab Realme 1 as a daily driver phone, it is certainly a pretty good in this pricing.
Surprisingly the Realme 2 not only lags behind in the display department but also it is not as fast as the Realme 1 in the hardware section. The Realme 1 has the mid-range MediaTek chipset whereas the Realme 2 has the Qualcomm's entry-level Snapdragon 450 chipset with max clocking at 1.8Ghz. The base variant has 3GB RAM with 32GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It also supports memory expansion. Although the Realme 2 is a good daily driver but certainly not as much powerful as the first gen of Realme phone.
|Specs||Realme 1||Realme 2|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels||720 x 1520 pixels|
|Chipset||MediaTek P60||Snapdragon 450|
|Storage||32,64, 128GB Expandable via MicroSD||32,64GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1||Android Oreo 8.1|
As mentioned above the Realme 1 has a single snapper on the rear whereas the Realme 2 has dual rear cameras. The Realme 1 primary rear snapper is a 13MP module with f/2.2 aperture and digital image stabilizer. The single sensor is accompanied by one LED flashlight.
On the other hand, the Realme 2 has dual cameras setup on the rear side. The primary sensor remains 13MP module with f/2.2 aperture whereas the secondary module is 2MP depth-sensing sensor. The dual sensors bring portrait mode support and also it comes with PDAF. Up front, the selfie snapper on both the devices is an 8MP module with f/2.2 aperture. The camera was certainly one of the low-point of the Realme 1, however, the company improved the camera's performance with the second gen Realme phone. Still, the cameras on both the devices are not amongst the best, you have to compromise on this aspect.
As OS both the devices is pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box. Being the latest, the Realme 2 has ColorOS 5.1 layer over it. The latest version of ColorOS brings a lot of goodies including new gestures support, improved AI engine, split screen, new UI for the gallery and ultra-fast facial recognition. Despite the fact both the devices are on Android Oreo, the latest custom version of OS certainly brings a lot of new goodies for the Realme 2 which aren't available for the first gen customers.
The good thing is Realme didn't compromise on the battery department. Despite the fact both the Realme phones are mid-rangers but both have larger battery cells under the hood. The Realme 1 has 3,410mAh battery which easily lasts one day on single charge whereas the Realme 2 has 4,230mAh battery. Roughly the Realme 2 has 25% more battery juice to keep its lights on. The Realme 2 is capable to last more than one day on single charge, on moderate usage, the device could give two days battery life thanks to the power efficiency of Snapdragon 450.
The Realme 1 has three variants, the base variant with 3GB RAM can be purchased at INR 8,990. The 4GB RAM model costs INR 10,990 and the top of the line model are available at INR 13,990. All the variants are available in Moonlight Silver, Solar Red, and Diamond Black colors.
The Realme 2 is announced only two variants. The base model has 32GB storage and 3GB RAM, it is available at INR 8,999 whereas the top tier model has 4GB RAM, it can be grabbed at INR 10,990. It is available in Diamond Red, Black, and Blue colors.
If you are living in India, the Realme 2 is certainly a mid-range phone that everyone wants to purchase due to its stylish notch design, diamond cut finish, dual rear cameras, later version of ColorOS and the gigantic battery cell. Despite the fact the Realme 2 brings improvement in design, cameras, OS and battery but still it lags behind from the predecessor in the display and hardware department.
The Qualcomm's entry-level SoC isn't as efficient as the MediaTek mid-range chipset. So if you are looking for a daily driver and you don't have an issue with HD display, the Realme 2 is a pretty good option. Otherwise, the first gen of Realme outclasses the latest phone in the display and hardware department.
Last but not the least, both the Realme phones fall in the budget-friendly segment. At such price tags, the Realme 1 and Realme 2 are providing the best value for your hard earned money. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Realme 2 vs Realme 1 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.