realme Band2 Unboxed, Hands-On

Upgraded, upsized

realme is launching a plethora of new devices this month, one of them being the realme Band 2 sporting a larger display and more functions to boot. Here are our first impressions of the device.

Launched in India in September, the affordable line of fitness trackers just got a cool upgrade with improved hardware and features.

realme Band 2 specs:

  • 1.4-inch display, 167 x 320px
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Goodix GH3011 Health Sensor
    24-hour heart rate measurement, resting heart rate, exercise heart rate, heart rate alert, blood oxygen measurement, sleep detection, steps throughout the day, calories, distance, water reminder, sedentary reminder, activity records, women’s health tracking, stress measurement
  • Over 90 sports modes
    including Outdoor Run, Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Cycle, Indoor Run, Indoor Walk, Football, Cricket, Basketball, Spinning, Rower, Elliptical, Yoga, and Free Training
  • IoT control via realme Link
  • Music, Camera control
  • 18mm removable wrist strap, adjustable at 150-220mm length
  • 204mAh battery
  • 259.8 x 24.6 x 12.1mm, 27.3g
  • Color: Space Gray

The small box for the wearable contains the essentials: a proprietary USB to 2-pin magnetic charger, a very straightforward manual, and the watch itself.

The Band2 takes on the form of its predecessor albeit in a more modern way — the edges are now carved out so it’s a lot more rounded in those parts. Look ma, there are still no physical buttons!

Like the realme Band , this new Band 2 has this gray horizontal line area at the front part to signify that it’s the device’s soft-touch button. It can act as the back button or wake the device up. The display is also now bigger at 1.4 inches, and it’s a lot legible outdoors with a 500-nit peak brightness.

At the back are the usual sensors plus two pin receivers for charging, as well as the easy mechanism to replace the 18-millimeter removable bands made of rubber and offer a matte finish.

Speaking of the bands, the ones being offered locally are of the classic strap type with a buckle and a free loop to keep them secure. One of the bands feature the Dare to Leap branding that we’ve seen this year on realme’s various devices such as smartphones.

So how do you start a fitness tracker without any buttons? All you have to do is to use the charger to turn it on. Luckily it’s almost full so the first charge isn’t much of a hassle. You’ll need to then pair the Band2 to the realme link app (Apple App Store, Google Play Store) so you can sync your information and toggle other useful features such as changing your watch face (you can only put 5 at a time), rearranging certain tiles, and organizing your most-used workouts.

It fits just right on the wrist, and it’s light enough that you don’t notice it’s there as you use it throughout the day. The rubber material used in the default bands are not that irritating to the skin, too, which makes it a confortable wear for daily activities.

The realme Band2, along with the realme Pad and all other realme TechLife products, will launch on October 21 at the brand’s official social media pages. We’re working with this wearable for the next few weeks for a full reveiw.

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