The Realme brand introduced a new mid-budget smartphone model in October this year, but I was only now able to test it. As you guessed from the title of the article, this is Realme Q2 Pro.
In this review, I will share with you my emotions from use, I will conduct several benchmark performance tests, and also show a sample of photos of the main and selfie cameras.
If we talk about cost, then the price tag on the Realme Q2 Pro is around $ 320. If this is expensive for you, then I can recommend looking at the Realme Q2 version without a prefix Pro, which costs $ 250.
The new mid-budget smartphone has received many high-tech qualities. For example, this is a 7-nanometer processor with 5G network support – Dimensity 800U. In addition, the screen has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED, and the device also received a 4300 mAh battery with 65W fast charging.
At first glance, you might think that the Q2 Pro model is a real flagship. This is not entirely true, because there are some simplifications and comparisons with flagship models. Thus, I propose to already begin my in-depth and detailed review.
Realme Q2 Pro: Specifications
|Realme Q2 Pro:||Specs|
|Display:||6.4 inches Super AMOLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 60Hz|
|CPU:||MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G Octa Core 2.4 GHz|
|Cameras:||48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 16MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS|
|Dimensions:||160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
Absolutely any smartphone from the Realme brand comes with the usual but bright yellow packaging. On the front of the box, only the name of the model and brand is located.
Everything inside the package is standard and no questions asked. The first thing that meets me is an envelope with a protective silicone case and an instruction in Chinese. Since I have a Chinese version, it is not surprising that the instruction was also in Chinese.
Slightly below was the smartphone itself in a protective film, and on it, there is a 65 W power adapter, a Type-C charging cable, and a needle for a SIM tray. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this powerful power adapter. Not every manufacturer can boast of such capacities. Later I will tell you how long it took to fully charge, and now I propose to talk about the appearance.
Design, build quality and materials
Nowadays, it is difficult to find a fairly compact and thin smartphone that will not only be easy to operate, but also use. The new smartphone Realme Q2 Pro has received a very surprisingly small size and weight. For example, the dimensions of the device were only 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1 mm, and the weight was about 175 grams. Yes, the case is only 8.1 mm in thickness and even flagship models are even thicker.
Thus, using this model was very comfortable and convenient, despite its large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD resolution. I really liked the quality of the screen, which has very realistic colors and high contrast. That is, black is very deep and natural.
The aspect ratio of the screen was 20: 9, and the pixel density per inch was 411 PPI. Also, the brightness level is high around 600 nits. Therefore, watching any information on the screen will not be a problem even in sunny weather.
In the display settings, you can see many useful features. For example, this is the presence of the Alway-on Display function, black theme, color gamut adjustment, and much more. But the screen received only a 60 Hz refresh rate and therefore I cannot call the smartphone a flagship.
The bezels of the screen are pretty minimal, but you can see a rather large chin at the bottom. At the same time, there is a round cutout in the left corner for the front camera on top.
On the backside of the Realme Q2 Pro, a very interesting and beautiful pattern is used. It has an interesting play of colors, ranging from white to blue or orange. In addition, here you can see a module of quad cameras and an LED flash. The brand also placed its brand logo and slogan: “Dare to Leap”.
On the right side, the smartphone has a power button, and on the opposite side, there is a volume rocker. The main speaker, Type-C port, microphone hole, and slot for dual nano-SIM cards were installed on the bottom end. There is only one additional microphone on top.
I want to note that Realme Q2 Pro uses only one speaker, so there is no stereo sound here. This is one reason why the device cannot be called a flagship. But I want to say that the sound quality is quite high and there is good bass and volume headroom is enough for everyday use.
Another disadvantage is the lack of a memory card slot. Although the built-in memory in 128 or 256 GB versions will be enough for most users.
As for the build quality, the device is assembled very well. The buttons got good responsiveness and pleasant touch. The body is made of plastic, but I don’t see much of a disappointment in this. Another thing I forgot to say is about the fingerprint scanner.
It is located under the screen on the front. It works accurately, but the response speed is not as high as, for example, a physical fingerprint scanner.
Performance, benchmarks tests, and OS
Realme Q2 Pro received a flagship processor from MediaTek, namely Dimensity 800U 5G. It has 7-nanometer technology and shows good results both in everyday life and in benchmarks.
I also note that this chipset has eight cores, where four Cortex-A76 with a frequency of 2.4 GHz, and the other four energy-saving Cortex-A55 cores with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz.
As for the gaming possibilities, I did not find any difficulties at all. I’ve run demanding and heavy games like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9, Call Of Duty, and others. At medium and even high graphics settings, all games ran well and without lag. At the same time, I did not find any strong overheating after one hour of playing.
As I already mentioned, there are two modifications used on the Realme Q2 Pro smartphone. This is 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, there is no slot for a memory card.
The smartphone uses the Android 10 operating system with the Realme UI. This is one of my favorite types of the interface as it contains a lot of useful functions and features. In terms of the quality of the operating system, I did not find any delays or freezes. That is, scrolling through the menu is very fast, and applications open quickly.
The wireless features I can attribute are the presence of a dual-band Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth with version 5.1, and even a fast and high-quality GPS connection. But the big drawback is the lack of an NFC module for contactless payments.
Camera and sample photos
The main camera of the Realme Q2 Pro has received a resolution of 48 megapixels and has an aperture of f/1.8. You can see the quality of the photos below in the album. But on my own behalf, I want to note that the smartphone takes fairly high-quality photos, both in the daytime and at night.
The second camera module is designed for ultra-wide shots and has a resolution of 8 megapixels. Yes, the photos are of good quality, but it’s hard to call them perfect. In addition, using this mode at night will be problematic, since the quality drops significantly.
The third and fourth sensor on the Realme Q2 Pro is used for macro and portrait photography. Both modules received a 2-megapixel resolution. In this case, the bokeh mode works adequately, but I don’t see much sense in macro shooting.
On the front of the Q2 Pro device is a selfie camera with a 16-megapixel resolution with an aperture of f/2.5. The photos are rich and well-detailed.
In addition, I want to note that the main camera shoots video with a resolution of 4K and 30 frames per second and has gyro-EIS stabilization. But the selfie camera can shoot at a maximum resolution of 1080p and there is no video stabilization.
Battery and run time
Most modern smartphones have nearly identical battery life, which goes up to two days in daily use. The new model Realme Q2 Pro has the same result.
Thanks to the low consumption of the processor with 7-nanometer technology and the energy-saving AMOLED screen, it will not be difficult to achieve in 2 days of work.
But I used the device in rather difficult conditions, as I played games, conducted synthetic tests, and even tested video and photo cameras. Therefore, at the end of the first day, I had only 25% of the 100% charge level left. I think this is a good indicator of a mid-budget smartphone.
But, the main feature of the Realme Q2 Pro is the presence of a fast power adapter with a power of 65W. At the same time, a full charge took me about 55 minutes.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Realme Q2 Pro is another of the inexpensive smartphones that I not only liked, but I can also recommend it for purchase.
First of all, I liked this smartphone because of the high-quality assembly, low weight, and a thin body. In addition, the smartphone received an almost flagship processor with good performance and energy efficiency. I also got a bright and rich Super AMOLED screen.
Of course, the advantages can still be enumerated and enumerated, but now let’s talk about the main disadvantages of this model. Yes, and there are also quite a few of them. For example, this is the lack of stereo sound, NFC module, 3.5 mm audio jack, as well as a slot for a memory card.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now you can purchase Realme Q2 Pro at an attractive price for only $ 319.99 and with a 9% discount. I also want to draw your attention to the more budgetary version of the Realme Q2, which costs $ 70 cheaper, but also has good features.
Of course, if you compare this Q2 Pro model with the Poco X3 line of smartphones, then the latter will have a lower price tag, but the specifications will also be slightly inferior. Therefore, the choice is only yours and your budget, but I can easily recommend a smartphone from the Realme brand.