RealMe 2 Vs RealMe 1 is a brutal faceoff! Apart from the Realme 2 launch today, OPPO said that its sub-brand Realme 2 Pro mobile phone will officially land in September with an estimated starting price of around Rs. 11,000/- (130 Euros).
The major change in the Realme 2 is the utilization of the Snapdragon 450 processor. Which was not really anticipated by the Indian users.
MediaTek Helio P60 rocked the Real Me 1 already. Now, the netizens were expecting a true upgrade to the Helio P60, such as the Helio P70 or equivalent Snapdragon processor. But instead, OPPO deployed a less-powerful processor (Snapdragon 450) than the Helio P60 Processor.
In addition to the processor changes, Realme 2 has a 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 720×1520 pixels. It comes in 3GB RAM + 32GB Flash Storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB Flash Storage options. The storage extension supports up to 256GB.
In terms of color, Realme 2 has three variants namely, diamond red, diamond blue, and diamond black. In photography section, the Real Me 2 adopts a rear 13 MP + 2 MP dual camera setup. On the front, it has an 8 MP camera supporting AI beauty, HDR, Large aperture mode, among other features.
In addition, the phone supports rear fingerprint recognition and face recognition. The battery capacity is 4230mAh. On the pricing side, the officially starting price in India is 9,000 Rupees.
RealMe 2 V RealMe 1
Snapdragon 450 Vs Helio P60 Vs Snapdragon 636
The Snapdragon 450 is not as powerful as the Helio P60 Processor. The latter is built on an advanced 12nm process node, comprises of better CPU configuration, Better GPU and AI capabilities.
At least, OPPO should have used the Snapdragon 625 which has already rocked many mid-range smartphones.
RealMe 2 Pro Vs RealMe 2 (Snapdragon 636 Vs Snapdragon 450)
As discussed earlier, Snapdragon 450 is powering the RealMe2. Netizens were expecting the successor of the Helio P60 which is the Helio P70.
If the Real Me 2 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 636 Processor. The following excerpts should bother you.
Snapdragon 636 (SD 636) and Snapdragon 450 (SD 450) both are built on the 14-nanometre design process. The SD 450 comprises of eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores instead of Kryo cores (as in Snapdragon 636). The Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz.
The custom Kryo cores in the SD 636 are responsible for faster calculations and better task sharing capabilities when compared to the Snapdragon 450. In terms of the positioning, the SD 636 falls in the “upper mid-range” segment and SD 450 falls in the “upper entry-level” segment.
In a nutshell, the Snapdragon 636 is significantly faster than Snapdragon 450 but slightly weaker than the MediaTek’s Helio P60. Technically, the Real Me 2 is a disguised downgrade.
Why RealMe 2 and RealMe 2 Pro? – the big-fish plan
The Lake (Indian Budget Smartphone Market)
In my opinion, this is a marketing gimmick, as OPPO’s attempt in rebranding it’s Chinese-made smartphone lineup in India is not going profitable due to the huge market activity in the budget segment.
The Bait (RealMe 1)
OPPO first lured the users by offering the Real Me 1 powered by the Helio P60 (an AI-centric mobile processor) which delivered good performance and photography features. Now they are downgrading the Real Me 2 with a Snapdragon 450 which is an old entry-level mobile processor.
The Big Fish (RealMe 2 Pro)
Further, Real Me 2 Pro will come with a better processor (probably the SD636) than the Snapdragon 450 with an increased price point.
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