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realme Watch 2 Pro Review Philippines: Hyperconnected Smartwatch

by Duey Guison  July 6, 2021

Review verdict: The realme Watch 2 Pro builds on the foundation of the brand’s already excellent smartwatch offerings in the Philippines with better functionality, including more accurate dual-satellite GPS connectivity, as well as deeper integration with the brand’s other aIoT devices. 

Pros

  • Dual-satellite GPS for a budget watch
  • Seamless aIoT connectivity

Cons

  • All-plastic build
  • Touch interface not consistent

realme is looking to expand its aIoT ecosystem and is dead-set on producing products that interface with each other via their realme Link App. The realme Watch 2 Pro is a new breed of devices from the brand that has the ability to expand the brand’s reach beyond their traditional stomping grounds and is laying the foundation for things to come. But before that, it has to do a good job as a smartwatch. So, does it?

Design

In terms of design, realme is taking the safe route, with the Watch 2 Pro sporting the typical smartwatch rectangle display with a 1.75-inch 320×385 resolution IPS panel with a maximum brightness of 600 nits. A 2.5D glass layer protects the display, and an anti-fingerprint coating keeps smudges at bay. There’s a physical button on the right side for input.

The Watch 2 Pro comes with a plastic frame and back, which is at odds with its Pro branding. We wish realme used more premium materials for it, but that might translate to a higher SRP. The watch uses a rubber strap with a traditional buckle with realme’s “Dare to Leap” branding written in big, capital letters.

At the bottom, you have your array of sensors and POGO pins for the magnetic charging cable.

User interface and Features

Like with all of realme’s previous smartwatch offerings, the user interface is pretty much the same. There are over 100 watch faces to choose from, along with monitoring features like step tracking, sleep tracking, blood oxygen monitoring, and heart rate monitoring. The latter two are very important especially in this time where a drop in blood oxygen might indicate possible symptoms for COVID-19.

The Pro part of this smartwatch is on the number of activities it can monitor, as it can track 90 different sports modes (all 90 sports modes will be added via OTA) so you’ll be able to get detailed metrics of your workout no matter what you choose, whether it be running, walking, outdoor cycling, hiking, or basketball. Pair that with dual-satellite GPS and you can monitor your workout progress AND track your path accurately.

As part of realme’s growing aIoT system, the Watch 2 Pro can be used to control various realme Ecosystem products. We were also sent the Buds Wireless 2 Neo as well, and we are impressed at how the Watch 2 Pro can control the Buds Wireless 2 Neo without us relying on the controls on the wireless audio product itself.

The Watch 2 Pro can also control your music, act as a remote camera shutter, and can even be used for unlocking your phone in case face or fingerprint unlock is not viable. Pairing the Watch 2 Pro with realme phones will also let you read text, display calls, and check third-party app notifications right on the watch itself.

Battery life

Battery life is often a challenge for smartwatches, and realme claims that the Watch 2 Pro can last for up to 14 days on a single charge. We haven’t emptied the 390mAh battery of the Watch 2 Pro since realme sent it to us for our honest review a few days ago, and the battery only went down from 80% to 56% in approximately four days, which is indeed close to realme’s claims.

Wrap up and Conclusions

Our review of the realme Watch 2 Pro in the Philippines shows that while it might get lost in a sea of budget smartwatches right now, it stands out for all the added features realme incorporated into it. Showcasing its potential to control a variety of realme’s aIoT products, the Watch 2 Pro has the potential to be your all-in-one control for your realme Ecosystem products in the future.

realme Watch 2 Pro price Philippines

The realme Watch 2 Pro is priced at Php 4,490 in the Philippines and is available at realme’s Lazada and Shopee stores. It will have a discounted price of Php 3,490 on July 7.

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