Realme 2 leaked on official website with notched display and dual rear cameras
In Feburary, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first lower mid-range smartphone to launch in India in 2018 with a superb value proposition. It was followed by the launch of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 in April. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 competed with the Redmi Note 5 Pro in specifications while substantially under-cutting it in pricing. However, in terms of the price/performance ratio, even the ZenFone Max Pro M1 was beaten with the launch of the Realme 1 in May. The Realme 1 was Realme’s first smartphone. At that time, it was an online exclusive sub-brand of Oppo, but Sky Li, former Oppo VP and head of the company’s overseas business, formed Realme as a new technology brand last month after resigning from Oppo.
The Realme 1’s list of specifications includes the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC with the Mali-G72MP3 GPU, 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM with 32GB/64GB/128GB of storage, 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and a 3,410mAh battery. It ships with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. In terms of value, the Realme 1 offered incredible value as its base 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant had a price tag of just ₹8,990 ($128). The 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant and the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant cost ₹10,990 ($156) and ₹13,990 ($199) respectively.
In July, Realme revealed that the Realme 1 has sold 400,000 units in 40 days in India. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant is still sold via flash sales, via the 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage variants are available via open sale. Realme has also stated that it will roll out the Android Pie update to the Realme 1.
The Realme 1, therefore, is only three months old, but an official render of the Realme 2 was leaked on Realme’s website. The render was titled “A Notch Above,” which confirms that the Realme 2 will have a notched display. Dual rear cameras are also visible, which will be an upgrade over the Realme 1’s single rear camera. The phone will have the same diamond-pattern design as the Realme 1, and the render shows that at least one of the color options offered will be blue. In terms of design, it looks quite similar to the Oppo F7 as the phone has a notched display and has a similar diamond pattern on the back. As of now, it’s unknown whether the back will be made of fibreglass or glass.
Interestingly, the official render shows that the Realme 2 has a back-mounted fingerprint sensor. One of the major flaws of the Realme 1 was that it skipped on providing a fingerprint sensor, leaving users only with software-based face unlock (said to unlock the phone in 0.1 seconds). The Realme 2’s fingerprint sensor will be a welcome and much-needed improvement for both security and convenience.
The leaked render has now been taken down from Realme’s website, along with a leaked retail box image of the Realme 2. GSMArena was able to download the box image before it was taken down. The leaked retail box image proclaims the Realme 2 branding, with no mention of the Oppo logo. However, it’s probable to expect the Realme 2 to run Oppo’s ColorOS user interface just like the Realme 1.
We expect to learn more about the Realme 2 in the coming weeks.