Realme 2 offers stunning design on a budget

03rd September 2018
Realme 2 offers stunning design on a budget

Realme 2 comes with diamond-cut design and a notch --  for under Rs. 10,000
Bangalore, September 3 2018: This is the scheme of things today: The so called flagship phones come with great design and great specs at more than Rs. 50,000, mid-range devices create a concoction of specs and design at Rs. 20-30,000 and then there are the entry-level value players that  shun design and focus on bare minimum specs to woo  buyers  on a budget. Realme has decided to disrupt this last segment. 
At its global launch in Delhi recently, the company revealed its design-first approach  in theRealme 2. Priced at around Rs. 10,000, the device has  a classy  diamond cut design made from a 12-layer nano-tech composite material on the back panel,  with a notch, and an AI-powered 4230 mAh battery. Realme believes that for a first-timer, the look and colour of the device is probably what drives purchase decisions.  Specs matter but not at the expense of design. After taking the Realme 2 out for a spin, we  agree that the device has premium looks for a budget phone. AI in battery management has been the exclusive forte of expensive phones and it is heartening to get this feature at this price. The device also leverages AI for selfie shots and gaming acceleration. The notch screen houses shortcuts to many popular apps as well. 
With a 6.2 inches full screen, the Realme 2 is powered by the Snapdragon 450 processor and comes with  a 12 MP + 2 MP back dual camera  with an 8 MP front camera.  It  also offers small but interesting features like the AI-powered Smart Drive mode that detects via Bluetooth that you are driving and customizes your calls accordingly. You can also choose to go into do-not-disturb mode while you are driving. The phone has three unlock options. Besides the regular fingerprint and face unlock, the device allows you to unlock via Bluetooth or when you are in your own Wi-Fi zone.
The Realme 2 is available exclusively on Flipkart from tomorrow (September 4) and is priced at Rs. 8,990 (3 GB + 32 GB), and Rs. 10,990 (4 GB + 64 GB).  It is available in red, black and blue. While the blue variant will be available from next month, it is a tough call to choose between red and black. At its asking price, the Realme 2 gives you a phone with a premium look  and an interesting mix of specs.VISHNU ANAND