Ameya DalviMay 25, 2022 4:42:32 PM IST
Soothing and environmentally friendly design
Flagship processing equipment
Excellent display with variable refresh rate
Dual 50-megapixel cameras are impressive
Good battery life with fast charging
Android 12; The Realme 3.0 interface is user-friendly
No IP support or wireless charging
No telephoto or macro camera
Too many viruses
Summary: The Realme GT 2 Pro is currently the most affordable smartphone in India with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Plus, you get a great 2K display, competent cameras and the latest Android version for Rs 50,000, making it an attractive offer.
Price: 49,999 rupees onwards
Rating: 4.3 / 5
These are amazing times when traditionally premium brands like OnePlus are looking at lower middle class pastures, and a brand like Realme, which has almost mastered the middle class segment, is looking to play the flagship game. The Realme GT 2 Pro, according to the company, is indeed their “most premium flagship ever”, but that’s not it. Most of its key features are very similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro, which sells for a much higher price. This leaves no doubt as to who his main goal is. Can GT 2 Pro commit a giant assassination? Let’s find out.
Realme GT 2 Pro: Design (4/5)
Among the many phones with glass Realme GT 2 Pro stands out due to its unique back cover, which should also be environmentally friendly. According to Realme, it is made from a biologically based polymer, which reduces carbon emissions by 35.5%, and the total packaging per million units results in what is produced on 3.5 million plastic bottles (size not specified). Naota Fukasova has once again become the chief designer who has designed several Realme phones in the past.
The back of the Paper Green and Paper White options really looks and feels different. It is supposed to touch the paper; almost, but not quite. It is quite elegant, although light to the eye, and helps keep a weight of less than 190 grams. If you find it a bit pliable and prefer glass, there’s always the Steel Black option with a glass back. The back panel of biopolymer is strong and smoothly fits into an aluminum frame. It should be able to handle a few drops more than a glass panel. From personal experience, after a month of use there was no wear and tear, which is good.
The rims are very narrow and the chin is also not too prominent. The placement of the volume buttons and power buttons on the edges on either side of the display is accurate, and you don’t need to stretch your fingers too hard to access them. The same can be said about the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the display. The USB-C port, speaker and SIM tray are located on the bottom edge. The 3.5mm headphone jack has been skipped and you also don’t have a microSD card slot like most flagship phones.
Realme GT 2 Pro: display (4.5 / 5)
The Realme GT 2 Pro screen is one of the best with accurate colors and excellent sharpness. It has a 6.7-inch 10-bit LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display with an adaptive refresh rate ranging from 1 to 120 Hz. The screen resolution is 3216 x 1440 pixels, which means a pixel density of 525 PPI. The display, compatible with HDR10 +, can get a brightness of up to 1400 nits and has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which protects it from scratches and cracks.
The adaptive refresh rate feature automatically adjusts the refresh rate depending on the app or content viewed on the screen, and helps save battery. For example, it increases to 120 Hz when scrolling through compatible programs to give you a flicker-free experience, and then decreases significantly when viewing images or videos that don’t require frequent screen updates. Gamers may not yet be able to take full advantage of this display, as the refresh rate in games is limited to 60 Hz.
Realme GT 2 Pro: equipment and performance (4.5 / 5)
Realme went into all the computing power on the GT 2 Pro. It is based on the state-of-the-art flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. You can choose between 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 memory or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of memory that we got for review. Not surprisingly, the phone received several high marks in popular tests. Although in the current versions of the tests I did not have scores for phones running the Snapdragon 888 chip, we can still see where the new Qualcomm chip stands compared to the Snapdragon 870 and Mediatek Dimensity 1200.
The Realme GT 2 Pro stays away from the latest generation chips with scores of 1246 and 3262 in Geekbench 5.4 single-core and multi-core tests. For comparison, the OnePlus 9R with Snapdragon 870 gets 974 and 3101 points in these tests, and the Nord 2 with Mediatek Dimensity 1200 gets 815 and 2762 points respectively. Similarly in the Work 3.0 performance benchmark the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip scored 13,414 points, while the 9R and Nord 2 can only reach 11,266 and 8,075 points respectively.
We have great news for gamers as well, as the 3DMark results here are the highest we’ve ever seen, and not by a wide margin. The Adreno 730 GPU on the Realme GT 2 Pro literally doubles in the Wild Life and Wild Life Extreme tests compared to the 9R and Nord 2. I know it’s not comparing apples to apples, but it gives you a clear idea of the raw power of Qualcomm’s new chip . As for gaming, the phone did heat up after 30 minutes of gaming, but there were no glitches or reboots associated with heating up.
In everyday operations, everything was absolutely smooth. Whether it’s opening multiple browser tabs or switching between a dozen open apps or a photo, the phone swam by without hiccups and it barely warmed up. But if you click a few photos or record a video, it makes it noticeably warm, though okay. Initial problems with camera application failures related to heating have been resolved in the next software update.
The performance of the phone in other offices also gave us no reason to complain. The quality of the call and reception were quite excellent. The dual speakers on the phone are quite loud and provide a sharp sound for the phone speakers with a good stereo effect. Wireless options include Bluetooth 5.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi with a / b / g / n / ac / 6 standards.
Realme GT 2 Pro: performance camera (4.25 / 5)
The combination of the rear camera on the Realme GT 2 Pro is quite interesting and impressive at the same time. There are two 50-megapixel cameras: the main one with the Sony IMX766 sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS) and the ultra-wide camera with the Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor. The third (3-megapixel) camera on the back is quite unique with a micro-lens and acts as a microscope to magnify objects 20 times. There is no telephoto or macro camera on the GT 2 Pro.
The main camera takes great pictures in different lighting and in different modes. The photos have great detail and an impressive dynamic range. The color rendering is equally impressive and quite close to the real object or scene. The 2x zoom here is essentially digital, but the images taken are quite sharp and comfortable. With further magnification, the images begin to look blurry. Portrait shots work well with people, despite the lack of a special depth sensor, which, frankly, has become unnecessary for a while.
The ultra-wide camera is one of the best here, and the color rendering and dynamic range are comparable to the main camera, especially in good lighting. Newly made images have a good amount of detail, and the noise is manageable. In addition to the standard wide FOV, it can also take ultra-wide shots with an angle of 150 degrees, and there is a “fish eye” mode that you can try. There are several other modes to explore.
Performance in low light is higher here, especially the main camera works great. The images are surprisingly good detail, accurate colors and almost no noise. And all this even without the use of night mode. At night, the objects look brighter than the real ones, but the details are well preserved. The ultra-wide camera also does a smart job in low light, but I would suggest sticking to the main camera when the light is on, if you don’t need a wider field of view.
Finally, the 3-megapixel microcamera is a cool new app. It provides 20x magnification when you focus on close-up subjects, and delivers exciting results. Check the camera sample to see what I mean. In this mode, the LEDs turn on automatically to highlight an object. There is a 40-fold increase, but it is digital. The 32MP selfie camera does what is expected of it. This phone can record videos with up to 8K resolution, but EIS is only available when recording in 4K or lower resolution. Recorded 4K videos are pretty impressive, and 1080p videos are also good.
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Realme GT 2 Pro: backup battery (4/5)
The backup battery in the GT 2 Pro is pretty good. It has a 5,000 mAh battery that keeps the phone running for a day and a half of moderate use with an hour of play. At lighter loading it will suffice even for two days. If you decide to play it in the game most of the day, it’s best to keep a charger on hand. Speaking of which, the Realme comes with a 65W SuperDart charger that fully charges the phone in just about 37 minutes, which is pretty fast.
Realme GT 2 Pro: OS and User Interface (4/5)
Realme GT 2 Pro runs the latest version of Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0. This adds some customization on top of the standard Android interface, but the latest iteration of the Realme user interface is quite polished and user-friendly. There are many options to customize it further if you want. The learning curve is not at all steep even for one switch from another user interface.
Despite the ColorOS gene, it remains more enjoyable than the mess that OnePlus made with OxygenOS 12. Realme UI 3.0 is smooth and without delays. However, there is one thing he could do without, and that is the number of pre-installed programs on the phone. The good part is that most of it can be removed; however, this is unnecessary work for the user.
Realme GT 2 Pro: price, verdict and competition
The Realme GT 2 Pro starts at Rs 49,999 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory and Rs 57,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB with a one year warranty. This makes it the most affordable smartphone currently with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. By comparison, the OnePlus 10 Pro with similar features (and not just the chipset) costs Rs. 66,999 and 71,999 rupees respectively for similar RAM and storage options.
For such a great price Realme GT 2 Pro does not miss anything serious in comparison. Yes, it may lack features like a camera and wireless charging, but it offers more than a lot at its asking price. You get a solid station wagon with a nice design, a great 2K display with variable refresh rate, flagship processing equipment, an impressive camera department, the latest Android with a user-friendly interface, a good spare battery with fast charging and more for Rs 50,000. This makes it an easy recommendation for those looking for a flagship device without harming themselves.