Realme GT 2 Pro Specifications
Starting price: £699
exhibit: 6.7-inch AMOLED (1440 x 3216)
Refresh rate: 1 – 120Hz Adaptive
camera: 50MP Main (f/1.8), 50MP Ultra Wide (f/2.2), 3MP Micro (f/3.3)
Front camera: 32MP (f/2.4)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 1st generation
TOLL: 65W wired
operating system: Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0
size: 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.32 in (163.2 x 74.7 x 8.18 mm)
weight: 6.7/7 oz (189g/199g)
With the arrival of the Reame GT 2 Pro, Realme’s upgrade from a new company to an established brand feels almost complete. The GT 2 Pro is an honest-to-goodness premium phone without any glaring flaws that rival any flagship device. That’s a far cry from the first Realme GT, which was canceled due to some key missteps.
Even better, at £699, the Realme GT 2 Pro is significantly cheaper than many of its challenging high-end phones.
Because the Realme GT 2 Pro is made by the same company as OnePlus and Oppo, you might recognize some features from other phones. Still, there are some surprises waiting to be discovered, like Realme’s weird photography tricks or enhanced NFC capabilities.
Sadly, the Realme GT 2 Pro won’t be arriving in the US, but UK shoppers should take note of the Realme and GT 2 Pro. It’s a phone that many will appreciate for its aggressive pricing, and some who will enjoy mixing good ideas from its sibling with their own.
Realme GT 2 Pro review: Price and availability
Realme is selling the GT 2 Pro in the UK for £699, starting March 15th. You can currently pre-order the phone for £599 on Realme’s website until March 21. It will mean you miss out on the unique “paper-like” design you get with the other two colors, but it’s a great deal.
Even at its normal asking price, the GT 2 Pro undercuts all the competition. The Samsung Galaxy S22 offers similar features but in a smaller overall package, starting at £769 in the UK The iPhone 13 starts at £779, and while we don’t yet know the price of the OnePlus 10 Pro, it will be available when it launches at the end of March The cost may also be higher than Realme.
Realme GT 2 Pro review: Camera
While assembling the GT 2 Pro, Realme appears to blatantly steal the camera system parts of the Oppo Find X3 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro. That’s good, because the quad-camera array can take surprisingly good pictures.
Realme’s camera lineup includes a 50MP main camera and an ultra-wide camera, as well as a 3MP “microscope” camera and a 32MP selfie camera. You don’t have a telephoto camera like on the Galaxy S22, but maybe you’ll find something else that this camera array makes up for.
Let’s look at some comparison photos, starting with this photo of a delicious Korean street toast shot with the main sensor on the GT2 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, our current pick for the best camera phone. Crispy golden slices of bread, meat and even sliced cabbage look even more vivid on Realme’s images. Since it’s a slightly higher resolution than the iPhone, you also get better details, like the sugar crystals sprinkled on top. The iPhone’s image is by no means a bad shot, but I think Realme has done a better job here.
Here we have an ultra-wide shot overlooking Holylock on Regent’s Canal near Camden. Compared to its main camera, things on the Realme looked gloomier and grayer than on the iPhone, though the weather that day didn’t help. It gets worse when you start looking at sharp edges, like the railing on the left, which is more blurry on the Realme image.
The last standard camera is a 32MP front-facing camera. I tried a portrait mode photo of me standing in a garden and we saw more of the same effect as before. Realme produced a colorful portrait, the sky was noticeably bluer, and my skin was pinker. But the texture details don’t match the iPhone, and I also think it’s more accurate in terms of color. My jacket is definitely black, not the navy color Realme seems to make.
The first of the GT 2 Pro’s unique camera tricks is the 150-degree ultra-wide camera mode, which is wider than the typical 120-degree ultra-wide camera you’ll find on most phones like the iPhone 13 or Galaxy S22, and it will also Becoming available on OnePlus 10 Pro. You can use it to take very wide photos (as shown in the second photo of Camden Lock below), or use it in fisheye mode for a more unique image.
I tried the fisheye effect by pointing the GT 2 Pro at the apple, but found that when I was close enough to the apple so that it took over the screen, I couldn’t get the image to focus. The feature works better on larger themes, but I’ve included this photo to demonstrate this important limitation.
The Find X3 Pro’s 20x microscope camera can zoom in to an incredible 40x magnification. It’s tricky to use because you have to keep the phone very steady to take good pictures, but when you do, the results look incredible. Take a look at this image of the bracket “S” printed on an invoice, you can easily see the bumps and lines of the paper and the blotches of ink.
The iPhone took the same photo better than I expected, capturing amazing detail and maintaining all focus, which I didn’t quite get on the Realme even after a few tries.
Like the Realme GT 2 Pro’s camera performance, I don’t think this device is the best camera phone because it doesn’t offer the necessary consistent quality that the phones on this list need. But as you can see in these comparisons, Realme’s phone has enough photographic potential to allow it to keep up with the best of its class.
Realme GT 2 Pro review: Battery and charging
Inside the GT 2 Pro is a massive 5,000 mAh battery. I didn’t do a formal battery test, but the phone had a few days of easy use as my work device, where I checked email and Slack messages, browsed the web, and watched a few videos a day.
Even more impressive is the GT 2 Pro’s 65W charging support, which can charge the battery from 1% to 60% in 15 minutes and charge a depleted phone to 96% in 30 minutes. Compare it to the fastest-charging phones we’ve tested, and you’ll see that the GT 2 Pro easily tops its class. But it’s still not as fast as the Mi 11T Pro, which offers 120W charging and is easily the fastest charging phone I’ve tested.
Realme GT 2 Pro review: Performance and 5G
The original Realme GT was defined by its powerful chipset, and so is the GT 2 Pro, albeit to a lesser extent due to other improved features. The phone comes in a version with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. While 12GB is the amount of physical RAM you get, you can also choose to get more with RAM expansion, which saves some storage memory. The default is an extra 3GB of virtual RAM (which I used for testing), but you can also set it to increase by 5GB or 7GB.
In all three tests we conducted, the GT 2 Pro proved to be better than the Galaxy S22. It also beat the iPhone 13 in our two 3DMark graphics tests, though the Apple phone maintained its lead in the Geekbench CPU test results.
|Realme GT 2 Pro||Samsung Galaxy S22||iPhone 13|
|Geekbench 5 (single/multi-core)||1,246 / 3,527||1,204 / 3,348||1,668 / 4,436|
|3DMark Wild Life Unlimited (score/FPS)||10,182 / 60.9||9,976 / 59.7||9,331 / 56|
|3DMark Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (score/FPS)||2,517 / 15.1||2,404 / 14.40||2,189/13|
If you’re wondering about 5G, Realme does support sub-6GHz, but not mmWave. That’s only to be expected, since mmWave isn’t widely available outside the US, and the phone isn’t sold in North America.
Realme GT 2 Pro review: Design, display and more
design: You can get the regular glass version of the steel black GT 2 Pro, but the more interesting versions are in paper green (pictured) and paper white. In the latter color, the back of the phone is made from a laser-engraved biopolymer, which not only gives the device a unique look, but is also lighter and more environmentally friendly than the tempered glass found on other phones.
I don’t know if I like the overall look of the design, especially the block with the Realme logo and co-designer Naoto Fukasawa’s signature sticking out from the top right corner. Still, I love that this phone isn’t mistaken for other models.
exhibit: The GT 2 Pro’s display is of high quality, in line with other flagship screens. You get a 6.7-inch LTPO 2.0 display with QHD resolution, capable of dynamic refresh rates from 1Hz to 120Hz. The Realme GT 2 Pro also boasts a responsive 10,000Hz touch sampling rate, and its display is covered in Gorilla Glass Victus, one of the toughest types of glass on a phone today.
After playing games and watching videos on Realme, the only place where it doesn’t match the existing flagship team is the brightness. The GT 2 Pro still offers a fairly bright display, but after comparing it side-by-side with the Galaxy S22 Plus, it’s clear that Samsung’s ultra-bright phone is more noticeable in very bright conditions.
360 degree NFC: This might be an odd feature, but as someone who uses Google Pay and Apple Pay a lot, I’m fascinated by it. As the name suggests, you can use NFC features like wireless payments by tapping either side of the Realme GT 2 Pro. There’s no need to shake your phone in your hand to find the best spot, it just works as long as you hold your phone close to the reader.
Realme GT 2 Pro review: Verdict
By borrowing heavily from devices made by Oppo and OnePlus, Realme has managed to enter the high-end flagship phone club. With the latest Qualcomm chipset and plenty of RAM, along with the display, camera, and charging tech from its sibling, the GT 2 Pro makes up for the original GT’s weaknesses and becomes a phone worthy of any flagship Android buyer.
This isn’t just a rebadged OnePlus or Oppo phone, though. Realme seems determined to forge its own identity with its unique design flair and weird features like 360-degree NFC. That said, with OnePlus introducing 80W charging and both it and Oppo using the Hasselblad camera tuning, some of this phone’s tech is a bit outdated. It’s probably a fair deal, though, considering you’re getting the phone a little cheaper than the competition.
Sadly, US buyers will have to wait for Realme to hit the US market, or check out different entry-level flagship phones like the Galaxy S22 or Google Pixel 6. But if you like the GT 2 Pro’s fancier features, UK buyers should definitely consider the GT 2 Pro, especially if you want to save a little money while getting flagship-grade essentials.