Realme’s first smartwatch was released a year ago and since then we’ve seen four other smartwatches from the brand. The latest one on our doorstep is the Realme Watch 2 – a direct successor to the Realme Watch and it’s time to see what a year of development brings to the table.
On its own, the appearance will tell you that little has changed, although the new model offers a brighter screen (still LCD) and a larger battery that can last up to 12 hours with a single charge. The software façade is also revamped, allowing you to control Realme AIoT devices directly from your wrist. You also benefit from the usual mix of activity and sleep monitoring, heart rate monitoring and blood oxygen level measurements.
So, is the Watch 2 a worthy successor to the watch that triggered everything for Realme or is it better to look elsewhere for your health and fitness monitoring needs? Let’s find out in our Realme Watch 2 review.
Realme 2 watch specifications
- Display: 1.4″ color display, 320 x 320 pixels, pixel density 323 ppi, maximum brightness of 600 nits, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3
- The straps: Removable silicone straps, width 22 mm, adjustable length 130-220 mm
- Features: Real-time heart rate monitor, blood oxygen level monitor, IP68 index, sleep tracking, sports tracking, step counter, meditation, smart notifications, slow-motion alert, drink reminder, phone search, weather forecast, music and camera control
- Sports modes: Outdoor running, Indoor running, Outdoor walking, Indoor walking, Outdoor cycling, Indoor cycling, Bodybuilding, Football, Yoga and Cricket (80 more in the Realme Link app)
- Sensors: PPG optical heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, rotor vibration motor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 11+
- Battery: 315 mAh
- Colors: black
- Dimensions: 35.7 x 25.8 x 12.2 mm
- Weight: 38 grams
Realme Watch 2 brings a square look with an all-plastic frame and a 22mm silicone watch strap. The screen now comes with uniform upper and lower bee frames, unlike its predecessor which had a significantly larger chin. The Realme logo on the watch has also disappeared, which adds to the more stealthy look. There is only one button on the right side that acts as a sleep/wake and back button.
In addition to the modified glasses and watch strap, the Realme Watch 2 is visually identical to its predecessor in every respect. It still has PPG optical heart rate and SpO2 sensors, charging pins and an IP68 protection rating. The Watch 2 is far from premium on your wrist, although it’s certainly lightweight and quite compact, which I liked. There is also a subtle Dare to Leap brand on the watch strap that differentiates it from the old model.
The build is pretty decent for the entry-level price range and I’m happy to report that the Realme Watch 2 has withstood my daily use well while surviving the occasional shocks without scratching. The side button does not offer the most tactile feel and makes a squeaky noise when pressed. The onboard vibration motor offers soft and strong signals and I found the first one good enough for my daily use.
The Watch 2’s panel is a 1.4-inch IPS LCD display with the same resolution of 320 x 320 pixels as its predecessor. The new bit here is the maximum brightness which now increases up to 600 nits compared to 380 nits on the old model. Still, there is no automatic brightness control and the display is certainly not so impressive in direct sunlight compared to the AMOLED panels of competing watches.
You get manual five-step brightness level control as well as an uplift feature that struggled to capture the occasional wrist lift during my tests. You also don’t have the option to program the lift to wake feature for specified periods of time, and you have to turn it on or off manually, which looks like a chore, especially late at night.
There are a multitude of new watch dials on Realme Watch 2, including many live dials and you are also free to create your own with an image of your choice although you do not have the option to rearrange any of the widgets of the watch dial. . The Watch 2 alone can hold six watch dials and you can easily switch between them by holding down the watch’s dial screen.
The user interface of Realme Watch 2 is almost identical to its predecessor. You get your control center on the left of the watch face, followed by your daily activity page on the right, heart rate monitor, weather information, and music controls. Dragging down takes you to the notification screen while swung in the opposite direction takes you to the app menu.
The user interface is responsive and fast for the most part. There was an occasional problem with the lift to wake feature on the watch, but I can say with confidence that Realme Watch 2 works quite well compared to other budget smartwatches in the class.
You must always pair the watch with a smartphone via the Realme Link app. It’s important to note that the app now supports Apple devices starting with iOS 11 and later, which was not the case on last year’s smartwatch. The setup process is quick and simple and the Link app provides you with all the training and health data metrics you’d need.
Realme Link Android app
There are only 10 sports modes in total, although the Realme Link app has 80 additional modes that you can trade according to your needs. You can also view a simplified view of your activity records on the watch itself or in more detail in the Realme Link app.
Other health information accessible directly on the watch includes your sleep, heart rate and SpO2 readings. There is a breathing/meditation app, a timer, a stopwatch, an alarm app that allows you to set alarms on the watch itself, a camera shutter and a find my phone feature that plays the ringtone of your phone to help you locate it.
The Realme’s Link app is also present on the Watch 2, allowing you to control supported Realm AIoT products such as air purifiers, smart lamps, and smart speakers without the need for a smartphone.
Features and performance
Like previous smartwatches in Realme’s portfolio, Watch 2 does the full standard range of health and fitness tracking you can expect. There is an abundant list of more than 90 sports modes, although you can only hold 10 of them at a time on the watch. You really can’t complain about variety, there are strangely specific options like fishing, fitness games, hoop and darts. I’ve stayed true to the more traditional running, cycling and outdoor/indoor bodybuilding and can report a tracking accuracy similar to the Realme Watch S I tested some time ago.
Weekly step count • Exercise logs • Sample training data
During workouts, Realme Watch 2 reports your heart rate level, calories burned and the total duration of the workout. There is no built-in GPS here, which is normal given the price. The races were facilitated by my phone’s GPS and the combination worked very well while providing accurate results. The Realme Link companion app stores up to two weeks of training data, giving you a breakdown of your threshold heart rate with the total calories burned, average FC values, and the total duration of the workout.
Compared to my daily Xiaomi Mi Band 5 driver, Realme Watch 2 produced almost identical heart rate readings while the number of steps was slightly higher with an average of 200 extra steps appearing on the Realme Watch 2. Realme also offers you the ability to automatically measure your FC Levels in intervals of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes 24/7 and to receive alerts if your pulse exceeds or exceeds a certain threshold.
The readings of oxygen levels in the blood (SpO2) were comparable to those of previous Realme watches. You should always manually start the readings from the watch as there is no automatic option as with heart rate measurements. You also need to keep the watch securely attached just above your wrist to get the most accurate measurements. While we’re here, keep in mind that The SpO2 readings of Realme Watch 2 (or any smartwatch) should only be used as a reference and not for medical diagnosis or treatment.
Sleep tracking • Heart rate data • SpO2 measurements
Sleep tracking is a clear improvement over the original Realme watch and the S watch, mainly in the fact that it could actually record my hours of falling asleep and waking up. Sleep data include deep sleep, light sleep, and time spent awake. For some reason, the REM sleep portion has been completely removed although its absence is not detrimental. You can finally read last night’s sleep data on the watch itself, which is another welcome addition. The Link phone app stores one month of sleep data.
Notifications appear as soon as they are received on your phone and although you can only read and reject them without interacting in any other way, I found the system quite responsive. The Realme Watch 2 managed to display notifications in different languages although it struggled with most emojis.
There’s no speaker or microphone here, which also means you can’t take calls on the Realme Watch 2. You get a notification and can reject incoming calls every time someone tries to reach you, but nothing more.
I also encountered several bugs during my watch 2 test, including a connectivity issue that prevented some watch data from syncing immediately with my phone and required a restart of the watch. There is also the aforementioned unregistered increase in alarm clocks and some complications in the Realme Link phone app that could definitely use a bit of polishing with future software updates.
Realme claims 12 days on a single charge and this number is certainly achievable with some moderation of the health and sports tracking functions on the watch. My use case included the following settings:
- Default dial
- Lift-to-wake screen enabled
- Screen brightness at 60%
- Call and email app notifications
- Automatic heart rate monitoring interval set to five minutes
- Activated sleep tracking
- Between 30 minutes and 1 hour of walking per day
- Three workouts per week (about 1 hour each)
With these options, I managed nine days with a single charge, usually starting on day 10 with less than 10% battery, which prompted a recharge. These results are quite impressive and are a big advantage over the previous generation Realme Watch that lasted about four days with a similar usage model. A full charge took just under 2 hours.
Realme Watch 2 is a clear improvement over the original Realme Watch in terms of battery endurance and sleep tracking. The added sports modes are a nice touch, as is the redesigned screen design. At $55/$45/INR 4,125, you get your money’s worth here and that price will likely drop with future sales promotions.
I’ve encountered several connectivity issues and a few software bugs along the way, although I hope these can easily be fixed with future software updates. The lack of automatic brightness and the use of an LCD panel instead of an AMOLED panel are other pitfalls. Despite these shortcomings, Realme Watch 2 offered a smooth user interface, a varied selection of watch dials, decent health and fitness tracking in a lightweight form factor.
The design is basic and the plastic frame doesn’t give off superior build quality, but the Realme Watch 2 felt pretty good and worked pretty well with health and fitness tracking while also giving me timely notification updates and sufficient battery life.
- Brighter display than Realme Watch
- Improved sleep tracking
- Solid battery life
- IP68 index
- Not so different from last year’s Realme Watch
- Connectivity issues
- No automatic brightness