The Realme Watch 2 has now officially launched in Asia – and it’s a big boost in battery life and tracked sports.
It’s not a radical departure from the original Realme Watch, which brought basic health features to a $50 price point.
The company also launched the Realme Watch S, which offers a more premium design.
The Realme Watch 2 expands on the original by upping battery capacity to 315mAh, which extends longevity up to a quoted 12 days.
And sport modes have also grown exponentially, up to 90 from 14 on the original. These now include dancing and bowling, as well as staples such as running and HIIT.
The 1.4-inch TFT 320×320 display remains, although the case looks less boxy and the strap has been jazzed up with the Realme slogan. It weighs just 38g.
It’s still Android only, supporting Android 5.0 smartphones and later.
The original Realme Watch
The Realme Watch had a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor, and that will remain. But there’s no GPS.
Global pricing is unclear, but we’d expect this to replace the original Realme Watch at £50. It’s only formally launched in Malaysia right now for MYR 229, which is roughly $55. So it looks like it will eventually settle around the same price.
So how does that stack up against the competition?
The Bip U Pro offers more features and a better platform for just $10 more, as does the new Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, which has now launched globally. The new TicWatch GTH also goes further with skin temperature detection, although it also shuns GPS support.
Realme is a spin-off of Oppo (now separate) but is focused on the emerging markets of South East Asia and India, although its devices do tend to head West. We’ll update when we have news.