“The Realme 2 comes as the first smartphone with display notch under Rs 10,000”

Initially launched by OPPO as an online-exclusive sub-brand, Realme is now an independent smartphone brand. And after the success of its debut offering, Realme is now targeting a different price segment with the launch of a lighter variant of the Realme 1. Dubbed the Realme 2, the smartphone comes with a sub-Rs 10k price tag and goes up against some serious contenders, with one of them being Xiaomi’s Redmi Y2. While both devices seem neck-to-neck, what if we tell you that Realme 2 comes out ahead in many of the crucial aspects. Curious to know how? Read on ahead.

A design that commands a second look

One biggest grouse for a prospective buyer of a budget smartphone is that all of them look the same. Devices in this segment can be seen sporting either a plastic or an all-metal garb. The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is no exception, as it comes with a polycarbonate back and a generic design. However, that’s not the case with the Realme 2. The handset flaunts a glossy body made of 12-layer nano-tech composite material, which also happens to be scratch-resistant.

While the Realme 1 also featured a diamond-cut pattern, its successor goes a step further and bounces more light to reveal different colours from different angles. Additionally, the Realme 2 is available in interesting colour options of Diamond Black, Diamond Red, Diamond Blue to meet your personality. All in all, the Realme 2 is easily the best-looking smartphone in its price segment.

Brings the notch display to the budget segment

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The Redmi Y2 was one of the first few smartphones in the budget segment to come with an 18:9 HD+ display, which measures 5.99-inch and yet feels smaller than it actually is. However, the Realme 2 gets an edge as it happens to be the only smartphone under Rs 10,000 to come with a display notch. Even with a large 6.2-inch display, the smartphone can be held easily in a single hand, thanks to its impressive screen-to-body ratio of 88.8 percent with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The Realme 2 also offers shortcuts to apps such as WhatsApp, SMS and others, and you can access them without having to exit the game or video in landscape mode. So along with promising better multimedia experience, the Realme 2 also ensures that you can use its large screen to its full potential.

Delivers smooth performance

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The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 has been equipped with a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor backed by Adreno 506 GPU. The processor is further backed by either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on the variant. The Realme 2 on the other hand, comes with the Snapdragon 450 chipset, and can also be purchased with 3- or 4GB RAM. While the Redmi Y2 might seem to offer a powerful chipset, performance on the Realme 2 is as good, if not better. This can be credited to the fact that the Snapdragon 450 is a more recent chipset featuring improved optimisations for performance and battery efficiency. In fact, the popular PUBG game should run smoothly on both smartphones with equal ease.

A battery that will see you through the day

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Having a loaded spec sheet and the immersive display does take its toll on the battery however, that’s not an issue with the Realme 2. The handset maker has equipped the smartphone with a beefy 4,230mAh battery under the hood. It’s further backed by AI-enabled power manager, which can detect your usage pattern to effectively manage the power efficiency. The Redmi Y2 on the other hand, comes with a much smaller 3,080mAh battery. Needless to say, you wouldn’t have to worry about running out on juice with Realme 2.

The base model of the Realme 2 is priced at Rs 8,990, while the default variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 will set you back by Rs 9,999. So not only the Realme 2 is cheaper, it also comes across as a better value-for-money all-rounder.