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Realme usually ventures into cheaper, more budget-friendly phones, but with the GT 2 Pro, the company is stepping into the premium segment. And this true flagship device is a good one to try.
While it doesn’t offer all the features you might want in a phone, it’s basic enough to make the $750/£700/AU$1,100 price tag seem reasonable.
Compared to its rivals in the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13 series, the Realme GT 2 Pro can hold its own among the big hits.
Physically, the GT 2 Pro looks good, with a unique textured back that feels like paper even though it’s made of plastic. The muted green hue is also interesting, although the designer’s (Naoto Fukasawa) signature slightly diminishes its physical appeal.
The great performance powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor means you get a fast and fairly clean Android experience. Gaming, streaming, and browsing all look good on the flat 1440p panel, with refresh rates ranging from 1 to 120Hz.
The 6.7-inch 2K WQHD+ display is also very bright, capable of hitting an impressive 1,400 nits when needed.
The camera has several different modes, with a 50MP main camera sensor doing the job well. But we don’t support the Realme GT 2 Pro’s zoom function, which produces rather rough pictures. Microscope mode, on the other hand, will keep you entertained.
Alas, there’s no wireless charging here, but the Realme GT 2 Pro’s 5,000mAh battery is pretty good. Fast charging support means you’ll be back to 100% in about 30 minutes.
Other useful features include facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor built into the display, which in all likelihood works quickly and efficiently.
The Realme GT 2 Pro is meticulously designed in a number of ways and is a great attempt at Realme’s flagship performance. The Realme GT 2 Pro packs a lot into a relatively affordable package.
Realme GT 2 Pro price and availability
- Available now in the US, UK and Australia
- Retail price is $750/£700/about AU$1,100
- Three color options
The Realme GT 2 Pro costs $750/£700/around AU$1,100, depending on your location. It is available directly from Realme as well as many third-party retailers.
The phone can be purchased in one of three color schemes: Steel Black, Paper Green, or Paper White. With Steel Black, you don’t get the paper texture of the other two.
You can choose between 128GB or 256GB of storage.
- plastic body
- texture paper texture
- No IP rating
The Realme GT 2 Pro has a sizable display but is still compact enough for smaller hands to hold. The phone measures 163.2 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm, which is basically a standard size. At 189 grams, the GT2 Pro isn’t too heavy either.
We have the Paper Green model for our review, and we suspect this version might be the best. The muted green is very light and delicate, and the textured surface on the back of the phone is a bit paper-like and comfortable to hold. As mentioned, the Steel Black option doesn’t have a textured back, and the Paper White model will stain a little too easily in our opinion.
On the back of the phone is a triple-lens camera system, a rectangular setup that sits on the side. Next to that area is Fukasawa’s signature, which we think the phone can live without, but depending on the person, might give the phone a premium touch.
On the front, the selfie camera lens is unobtrusively located in the upper left corner of the display. The standard combination of volume rocker and power button wraps around the edges, while at the bottom is a SIM card slot and a USB-C port. Don’t expect a headphone jack here.
The best part of the Realme GT 2 Pro’s design is its fingerprint reader. It’s built into the display so you can easily access it.
shortcoming? There’s no IP rating, so you don’t want this phone near water – and you can’t use the Realme GT 2 Pro with a Qi charging pad.
- 6.7-inch AMOLED display
- 1440 x 3216 resolution
- 120Hz refresh rate
As expected, the Realme GT 2 Pro’s display is high-end. Offers a high-resolution 2K screen that looks great. It offers 1,400 nits of peak brightness along with LTPO 2.0 technology, which means it can move between refresh rates.
Being able to hit a 120Hz refresh rate means you get silky-smooth performance, even when you’re immersed in a fast-paced session of Call of Duty Mobile.
Whether you’re streaming or browsing under a cloudy or cloudless bright sky, the Realme GT 2 Pro display looks pretty good. The display is crisp and colorful, which is what you’d expect from an OLED display.
- 50MP + 50MP + 3MP rear camera
- 32MP selfie camera
- Diverse software functions
On the surface, the Realme GT 2 Pro camera seems pretty standard. The phone has three lenses on the back, including its main 50MP camera, a 50MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 3MP 40x microscope camera. On the front is a 32MP selfie camera.
How the GT 2 Pro uses these shots to make this phone stand out. The ultra-wide-angle lens enables 150-degree snaps, and the resulting images look great, capturing a ton of detail. You might miss a telescopic lens, but you’ll end up taking a lot of wide-angle shots.
Likewise, a 40x microscope camera is a lens you never knew you needed. With a little practice, you’ll find yourself taking pictures of various materials and things just to see what it looks like when you actually zoom in.
In everyday use, you’ll probably stick with the 50MP main camera, but it’s fine to show it off every now and then.
You have a range of options at your disposal, including starry sky mode, street photography, 50MP mode, and a fairly competent night mode.
In most cases, colors are accurate and vivid, and images are rich in detail. The only glaring failure here is the poor digital zoom. Images using this mode look rough.
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Specifications and Performance
- Equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- 128GB or 256GB storage
- lively performance
The Realme GT 2 Pro performed well in our tests. Using Geekbench 5, the Realme GT 2 Pro achieved a single-core score of 1,244. Taken together, this score surpasses the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s score of 924.
Multi-core performance came in at 3,724, again beating the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 3,085. The calculated score is slightly lower at 6,010 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus’s 6,990.
However, what you really need to know is that the Realme GT 2 Pro is fast. Loading Call of Duty Mobile is fast, and the general use of the phone makes multitasking a breeze.
It’s a fast phone, but you’re going to use it.
The Realme GT 2 Pro comes standard with Android 12 along with the Realme UI overlay. There are a few apps already installed, like Tik Tok, LinkedIn, and other social media apps, but overall it’s fairly clean and not bloated.
For a purer Android experience, the Realme GT 2 Pro is it.
- 5,000mAh battery
- Does not support wireless charging
- fast charging
The Realme GT 2 Pro has a 5,000mAh battery and a plethora of features, which means it can last a long time. That mileage will vary based on what you do throughout the day, but ultimately, this phone will last even on a heavy workday.
In the event you do need to charge, Realme’s 65W SuperDart Charge means you can get back to 100% in 30 minutes. Shame on the lack of wireless charging support, though.
Should you buy the Realme GT 2 Pro?
If you buy…
If… don’t buy
First Review: March 2022