Realme is finally beginning to compete in the flagship market in the purest sense with the GT 2 Pro, which may be the best Realme phone to date after the company’s quick expansion into more international markets.
Specs are paramount in some markets. With a line of smartphones designed to cram as many of the hot internals and cost-cutting elsewhere to make things fit, Realme has capitalized on this in recent years. Instead, the Realme GT 2 Pro this time around delivers a more comprehensive bundle at a premium price. The end result is an improved program that may be worth a look.
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Hardware andamp; Design
When compared to the price points targeted, the earlier Realme phones had a parts-bin vibe, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you can immediately tell that with the GT 2 Pro, more due care and attention is being made here. One method to do that is to work with Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. The rear of the Realme GT 2 Pro is covered in a bio-polymer surface that looks like paper and reminds me of papyrus because it is thick and rough but ultimately more undetectable to the touch.
It is soft and tactile in a way that a glass backplate cannot be, rather than being abrasive. An approachability that genuinely works is there here. Add the delicate pastel green finish, and I believe Realme has a winner on their hands. Although the addition of a panel honoring Fukasawa’s signature somewhat undermines this excellent design. It devalues an otherwise complex design.
The Realme GT 2 Pro is surprisingly light for its size without a large glass plate at the back. But I noted that it was a little top-heavy, probably because of the camera bump and related sensor technology contained inside. Because of this, I’m happy that a matte black silicone case was included in the box as an additional free gift; it also helps that the case itself is really good.
One of the nicest features of the package on offer is the gorgeous 6.7-inch flat LPTO 2.0 AMOLED display at the front. Even at FHD on this 120Hz display, which offers a maximum resolution of 3,216 x 1,440 pixels, things look fantastic. The flat screen is simple to use, and the fingerprint scanner built into the display is conveniently located for quick unlocks.
The auto-brightness settings are one of the few drawbacks of the Realme GT 2 Pro’s stunning screen. It can take a while to respond, which can be frustrating when things suddenly get harder to read or videos fade for no apparent reason. My recommendation is to disable this. Sadly, while being certified for Dolby-Atmos, these speakers are also not particularly noteworthy. However, they can sound almost astronomically loud without suffering from significant distortion.
The absence of an IP certification is still another issue with the hardware in this case. Nowadays, some form of water and dust ingress protection on a smartphone is practically a given. Given that even some more inexpensive smartphones now come with IP67 ratings as standard, it is definitely a difficult pill to take to receive a putative flagship device without one. This is perhaps an effort to save money so that other places can have the best materials. If that is the case, it is a little more excused, but it is still annoying.
Performance of software
This is where things become a little murky, as a cursory glance at the Realme UI will reveal that it is ColorOS in all but name. I can’t say I detest it, but these days it’s difficult to tell a BBK device apart between this, OxygenOS, and ColorOS. You have access to a wealth of personalization and fine-tuning options. There may seem to be too much going on at times, but if you enjoy tinkering, this is a good choice. Although there is considerable disagreement over the Android skin, the performance is on par with the finest currently available.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, ample RAM allocation, and, perhaps most crucially for long-term usability, the UFS 3.1 storage enable Android 12 to function very well on this device. The instantaneous loading of things, or as near to it as possible. The RAM expansion option makes it simple to multitask, and you can gain even more by designating a portion of the onboard storage as virtual memory. The GT 2 Pro won’t notice much of a difference in real-world situations with either 8 or 12GB of onboard RAM.
There is a lot going on underneath the hood, but as the years go by, it gets harder and harder to tell one flagship processor from another. Gamers using smartphones may experience smoother frames and longer-lasting performance compared to last year’s Snapdragon 888. While I wait for Apex Legends, even though I don’t play games on my phone all that much, games like Call of Duty Mobile perform as smoothly as I had anticipated. Because of the allegedly improved vapor cooling mechanism, the Realme GT 2 Pro did not become uncomfortable hot.
For this smartphone, the Chinese company has expanded its own updating policy. It has promised four years of ongoing security updates as well as at least three significant Android upgrades. Realme didn’t fully specify how frequently these security updates will occur, but there is at least some level of support here until the release of Android 15 and then for an additional year.
I had great expectations for the triple camera system on the Realme GT 2 Pro, which boasts a combination that makes use of two 50-megapixel sensors. The camera used here and the consistency of the still images in a range of situations have really impressed me. Realme has done an excellent job with the camera calibration, and I’ve been pleased with nearly all of the pictures I’ve shot with this set-up.
Evidently, Realme decided to include a microscope camera along with a 150-degree ultrawide lens from the Find X3 Pro’s leftover inventory. While these two additions are undoubtedly gimmicky, the extra-wide field of vision gives a unique feel that is unmatched by many other camera systems. Microscope images are entertaining for a moment but quickly lose their value.
Photos taken with the primary sensor include good contrast, colors, and dynamic range as well as being detailed. The images shot here have a certain pop, and even though the colors aren’t always precise, the Realme GT 2 Pro camera has a certain aesthetic appeal that many cheaper phones don’t have.
The Realme GT 2 Pro has a sizable, reliable 5,000mAh battery nestled inside inside. Even after a few days of intensive camera use, I never once worried that my review unit would suddenly die. It was easier to drain the internal battery when watching dozens of videos and turning up the display brightness, but even in these situations, a full day of usage was not a problem.
I could easily get two days when using it as a secondary cellphone for texting, emailing, and taking pictures while having a backup SIM loaded. I occasionally reached the third day before looking for the charger. You may go from less than 10% to 70% at 65W speeds in considerably less time. It lessens the sting of not having wireless charging, as my charging routine consisted of occasionally plugging in through USB-C to keep everything functioning.
LAST THOUGHTS The Realme sub-brand has definitely set its sights on the rest of the world after making a sensation in India, and the GT 2 Pro is the perfect gadget to capture a greater market share. After tempering my own expectations, I was pleasantly pleased by how well-rounded this reasonably priced flagship Android phone is when compared to the competition.
One could argue that Realme is approaching the GT 2 Pro more along the lines of OnePlus. You get a lot of phone for your money by receiving the best internals, a respectable camera, and top-tier performance all for less than the starting price of the Galaxy S22. Even though this device is intended to be a flagship, a few little issues annoy me, such as the absence of wireless charging, however the 65W charging definitely makes up for it.
Overall, there’s a lot to appreciate about this place, and even though occasionally things seem a touch sloppy or unpolished, you’re still getting a lot for your money. The Realme GT 2 Pro is only offered in a few places, which is unfortunate. You could wish to consider the Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S22 , or possibly the Pixel 6 as alternatives in the rest of the world.