Realme GT 2 Pro Review
Realme raises the bar. Like all companies that start with the low cost in the lead, the time also comes for the OPPO subsidiary to enter and play with the big ones. And it does so with GT 2 pro.
In the box of Realme GT 2 Pro, we find a USB/USB-C cable, a dark gray silicone cover, and a 67W power supply.
Construction and Ergonomics
From a constructive point of view, Realme GT 2 Pro certainly has something to tell. This is because it is made with a plastic finish “paper” effect extremely pleasant to the touch. The camera lock is slightly protruding and the three sensors are protruding in turn. On a door with a “label” in relief, we find the Realme brand and the signature of the Japanese designer Naoto Fukusava who designed this solution. Thanks to this plastic finish, the smartphone can also guarantee better protection against impacts and also greater lightness with its 189 grams of weight. The smartphone is then splash resistant and the profile is made of aluminum.
The hardware of the Realme GT 2 Pro is top of the range. We have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core 3 GHz processor with Adreno 730 GPU and 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The internal memory amounts to 128 or 256 GB in UFS 3.1 technology, very fast but without any possibility of expansion. Then we have 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2. There is an NFC chip and dual SIM support but there is no support for eSIM and not even the audio jack for headphones. The smartphone is also equipped with a fingerprint reader integrated into the display and stereo audio, although it can be considered average, but certainly not amazing.
A couple of interesting considerations, beyond the mere technical sheet, which helps to define GT 2 Pro as a real top-of-the-range: we have a cooling system that works very well and that helps to keep the temperatures of the smartphone at bay. Then we also find a good vibration motor. Which is not at all obvious.
Realme GT 2 Pro is equipped with a very special photo kit: a solution practically unprecedented in the Android landscape. In addition to the 50-megapixel ƒ/1.8 optically stabilized main camera we also have a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera unique in its kind because it allows you to take shots with a field width of up to 150 °: in essence an almost fish eye effect in action cam style. Finally, the third sensor is a 3-megapixel ƒ3.3 microscopic camera that allows you to take shots at the limit of the absurd. Of course, the quality is poor, but for a particular shot every now and then it is definitely a fun addition. There is unfortunately no optical zoom camera. The front camera is a good 32-megapixel ƒ/2.4.
The quality of the photos is top of the range. We have a lot of detail, a good color balance, and good light management. Even in low light, the results are very good and the night mode turned out to be quite useless overall, not adding much (if not a few seconds of time to activate the option) to the final result. The only drawback is perhaps in the photos with little light but not in the dark. The result is always very good and with good details, but a little less luminous than expected. However, it is easy to correct this result with a minimum of editing.
4K videos at 60fps (30fps from the wide-angle) are also good: they are stable and rich in detail. Too bad it is only not possible to make videos with the lens at its maximum aperture of 150 °. It would have been a nice addition. Who knows if it may become possible in the future with a software update.
The display is an excellent 6.7 inches diagonal with 2K resolution, or 1440 x 3216 pixels. The resolution is almost unnecessarily high for a smartphone of this type, but the thing is really interesting and that does not leave the hips uncovered, also guaranteeing a peak brightness of 1,400 nits, support for HDR, a touch sampling at 1,000 Hz (a record!) and also support (thanks to LTPO AMOLED technology) at a refresh rate varying between 1 and 120 Hz. In addition, it is a flat screen, which satisfies even those who just can not stand the curved edges.
Realme GT 2 Pro is based on Android 12 and comes updated with the February 2022 patches. The software is then of course customized with the Realme UI 3.0 interface. We are talking about the customization that is now mature and that borrows a good part of its functionality from the OPPO software. Among the most interesting features, we have a PC Connect tool, a GT model that maximizes performance, a game mode, and many (as always) customization options. Among these, we also find the silhouette background born in the OnePlus world. Finally, we have the possibility to expand the RAM by “stealing” space from the internal memory, the moving windows, and also the possibility of choosing the color accents of the theme, a native function of Android 12.
Realme GT 2 Pro is equipped with a large 5,000 mAh battery that guarantees an autonomy that always exceeds the day of use even with intense use. You could run out of energy at the end of the day only with use that involves many 3D games or many videos recorded in 4K. There is no fast charging but it features lightning-fast charging at 67W that guarantees a full charge in just over half an hour.
Realme has made a really top smartphone with this GT 2 Pro, as highlighted in various points of this review. This, however, has led the price to rise, up to $788. Luckily on Amazon, it is already available with a little discount.
Realme GT 2 Pro
Realme enters the world of true premium smartphones with GT 2 Pro, an amazing smartphone. The price, however, rises a lot, but with the right offers it is undoubtedly one of the most sensible choices in the current market.
- Excellent performance
- Particular but pleasant design
- Good cameras
- Great display
- No audio jack
- Full price not contained
- Not waterproof
- No wireless charging