Being digital natives who grew up in a media-saturated world, it’s no wonder that we — millennials and Gen Zs, continue to look for versatile devices that can cater to our multifaceted lifestyle. With the constant juggling of work, play, and education, the young generation continue to seek durable and dynamic gadgets that can keep up with the times. With this, realme offers yet another timely solution — the realme Pad, which includes a blend of entertainment and educational features, tailored to the needs of the modern on-the-go individual. Featuring an impressive 11.5″ 120Hz 2K display, 33 SUPERVOOC Charge, Dolby Atmos Quad Speakers, and a MediaTek Helio G99 processor, do you think this is something that you’d be up for? Keep reading for our firsthand experience:
INSIDE THE BOX
No fuss in this realme box! In front, you’ll find the image of the device and at the back, you’ll see its key features, which we’ve mentioned earlier. Upon opening, you’ll find the tablet (mine’s in Inspiration Green), a charging brick, a USB Type-C cable, a user manual, and a SIM ejector tool for its microSD + nanoSIM slot.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The realme Pad 2 boasts of an 11.5″ 2K IPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate, delivering a rich visual treat. With support for realme’s Ultra Vision Engine, the screen-to-body ratio of 85.2% ensures an immersive viewing experience, complemented by a hardware-level anti-blue light feature and 450 Nits brightness. In addition to that, the adaptive display supports various refresh rates, optimizing battery consumption and visual comfort during usage.
I like watching videos on my smartphone while I eat but switching to the realme Pad 2 made me want to never go back to small screens again. The display is not too small and not too big, it’s just right for on-the-go use! If only it comes with a protective case or a stand, that would have been perfect.
It’s also pretty thin despite being slightly larger than its predecessor, the realme Pad. In terms of design, the realme Pad 2 is also better in my opinion as the Inspiration Green variant has a more youthful vibe to it. The strip with a bit of texture on the side also makes grip on the tablet easier and less prone to fingerprint marks.
On top, you’ll find the power button alongside two speakers, while at the bottom, you’ll find the USB-C port sandwiched in between another pair of speakers. The speaker locations balance out the audio when watching on landscape mode so that’s another plus for the realme Pad 2! As for the SIM card slot, this is located at the left side of the device, while volume controls are on the right.
Don’t let its pretty façade fool you, though! Paired with a robust 8360mAh battery, the realme Pad 2 guarantees extended usage with up to 59 days of standby time. Offering 17 hours of video playback, 190 hours of music streaming, and 24 hours of reading, the tablet’s 33W SUPERVOOC Charge provides rapid charging capabilities, fueling up to 50% in just 50 minutes and 100% in 1 hour and 41 minutes. The device also supports reverse charging, adding a layer of convenience for users on the go.
I’ve been bringing the device with me to work for a week now and it can keep up for two straight days of running apps I need before getting low on battery. That’s occasional use of a teleprompter app, social media apps, Google Docs, YouTube on full blast, Netflix during breaks, and sketch apps.
Enabling its seamless performance is a dedicated gaming processor equipped with flagship-tier efficiency, an Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, and an octa-core setup. With its processing power, the realme Pad 2 is able to handle graphics-intensive tasks, making it an ideal companion for light to medium-level gaming and multimedia experiences. Its dynamic RAM expansion technology utilizes the device’s internal storage, ramping up the total RAM up to 16GB, ensuring smooth multitasking and reducing lags.
Although I use the device mainly for productivity — reading e-books, documents, browsing my social media feed, and catching up on work, it’s still something worth considering for hypercasual games that wouldn’t require you to hold the screen firmly on both hands. You could also easily switch from light games back to a Zoom call, all while running other apps or having other files opened in the background. Tried and tested!
To help with seamless device synchronization, the realme Pad 2 offers a host of unique features, including Auto Discovery, Mirror Screen Casting, Reverse Control, Rest Screen Casting, Text Cutting, and Drag & Drop Transfer for your work needs. These functionalities foster cross-device connectivity and facilitate efficient content sharing, enhancing the overall user experience.
Designed to deliver an immersive audio experience, the realme Pad 2 also features four speakers, each strategically positioned to provide a surround sound encounter. With Hi-Res Certification and Dolby Atmos Certification, expect a decent audio experience. No traces of “tunog-lata” unlike lower-priced tablets.
While we don’t expect much from tablet cameras, the realme Pad 2 has a decent 8MP main camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture and up to 4x Zoom, accompanied by a range of functionalities such as Photo Mode, AI Beauty, Filters, Panoramic View, HDR, and Text Scanner. The 5MP front camera, on the other hand, is good enough for video calls — may it be professional meetings or virtual learning sessions.
Both cameras struggle under low light and auto focus, but I don’t think I’d need it beyond online calls anyway so that will do. It still gives off grainy low-light photos but I honestly don’t mind because I have my smartphone camera for that purpose.
Here are some samples for reference:
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The realme Pad 2 is available in two variants: the 6GB + 128GB LTE version priced at Php 13,999 and the 8GB + 256GB LTE variant priced at Php 17,999. You can also check it out before making a purchase by visiting a realme store near you. Online purchase is also exclusively available via Shopee.
Would we recommend it? If you’re looking for a versatile tablet that checks all the boxes – budget around Php 15,000, fast charging, aesthetic design, and a smooth display, then it’s definitely for you. I also personally appreciate the huge upgrades it had compared to the realme Pad, making it worth the wait!