OPPO Realme 2 vs Realme 1: What's different?

OPPO Realme 2 vs Realme 1: What’s different?

OPPO’s sub-brand, Realme, recently surfaced and begun its first journey by releasing their first contender, the Realme 1. Months later, their second iteration, the Realme 2, launched taking a different design approach by addressing the notch. Although, there’s a lingering question that needs to be answered. How do both smartphones differ from each other? Well, let’s take a look further by putting them side-by-side. Let’s go!

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationRealme 2Realme 1
Display6.2-inch 19:9 HD+ display @ 1520 x 720px6.0-inch 18:9 FHD+ display @2280 x 1080px
Glass ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 2.0GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 506 GPUMali-G72 MP3
Storage32GB/64GB32GB/128GB storage
MicroSDexpandable via microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)Expandable via microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
Rear Camera13MP+2MP f/2.2 dual rear cameras with LED Flash13MP rear camera
Front Camera8MP f/2.2 AI 2.0 front camera8MP front camera
SIMDual SIM (Nano)Dual-SIM (nano)
WiFiWiFiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Biometrics- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock (?)
-Face Unlock
Portmicro USB 2.0micro USB 2.0
OSColorOS 5.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)Color OS 5.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery4,230mAh battery3,410mAh battery

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Realme 2

  • Larger screen size
  • Secondary rear lens
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Larger battery capacity

Realme 1


  • Higher screen resolution
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • Better performing CPU
  • Better performing GPU
  • Higher maximum RAM capacity
  • Higher maximum internal storage capacity

We noticed that the Realme 2 is somewhat of a downgraded version of the first based on specs alone. Let’s start discussing them one by one. The Realme 2 may have a larger screen size but it has sacrificed its screen resolution, which is now down to only HD+. The Realme 1, on the other hand, has Full HD+ which supports higher resolution videos.

Not to forget that the latter also has a Gorilla Glass 5 compared to the former’s Gorilla Glass 3. To sum it up, the Realme 1 is our winner due to its better viewing capabilities (in terms of resolution).

For performance, the processor differences are what surprised me. The Realme 2 comes with a Snapdragon 450 processor which is an entry-level to lower mid-range chipset, while the more premium mid-range Helio P60 is found on the Realme 1. Not to mention the higher maximum RAM and internal storage capacity of the latter.

The camera setup of both smartphones is almost identical except for the Realme 2’s additional secondary lens which is probably for bokeh effects. We’ve yet to try their camera performances so we can’t say much for now.

The Realme 2 improved its battery capacity significantly as compared with the Realme 1. We haven’t tested its battery performance yet so we don’t know which lasts longer. Although, based on my educated deduction, the former will last longer due to its lower screen resolution and bigger capacity.

This specs comparison proves that a higher number doesn’t always mean its better, at least for me. The Realme 2 may have a large screen size, battery capacity, and an added fingerprint scanner, but I’ll still go with the Realme 1’s better performance and viewing experience.

The Realme 2 starts at  Rs8,990 (~Php6,750) (3GB RAM + 32GB Storage) while the Realme 1 starts at Rs10,990 (~Php8,252) (4GB RAM + 64GB Storage). What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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3 Responses

  1. Rocky says:

    Realme 2 pro is more better than Realme 2 and Realme1

  2. Kepzz says:

    What’s the point of comparing this two devices if they will not be available for purchase here in the PH!?

  3. Dhan says:

    When will this devices be available in the philippines?

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