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Realme GT 2 Pro review: Avoid at all costs

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Realme’s climb from a new company to an established brand is complete with the Reame GT 2 Pro. The GT 2 Pro premium phone is honest-to-goodness and can compete with any flagship model. This is a far cry of the Realme GT’s first. It was marred by some key mistakes.

The Realme GT 2 Pro costs PS699 and is significantly less than other premium phones.

Realme GT 2 Pro is manufactured by a company that is part of Oppo and OnePlus. You may be familiar with some features that are found on other phones. Realme’s bizarre photography techniques or enhanced NFC capabilities are just a few of the surprises that you will find.

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Unfortunately, the Realme GT 2 Pro won’t be available in the U.S. However, UK shoppers should keep an eye on both Realme 2 Pro and GT 2 Pro. This phone is a great choice for its aggressive pricing and the fact that it allows you to mix good ideas from other sibling companies.

Realme GT2 Pro Review: Price and availability

The GT 2 Pro is available from Realme in the U.K for PS699 starting March 15. The Steel Black phone can be pre-ordered from Realme until March 21 for a special “early bird” price of PS599 This will mean that you won’t be able to get the “paper-like” designs with the other colors. However, it’s a great deal.

The GT 2 Pro is a bargain at the normal asking price. The Samsung Galaxy S22 offers similar features but is priced at PS769 in the U.K. The iPhone 13 is priced at PS779 and the OnePlus 10 Pro will likely be more expensive than the Realme when it launches in March.

Realme GT 2 Pro review: Cameras

Realme appears to have blatantly stolen parts from the Oppo Find X3 Pro, and OnePlus 10 Pro camera systems when assembling GT 2 Pro. This is fine because the quadruple-camera array takes surprisingly great photos.

Realme’s collection of cameras includes a 50MP main and ultrawide camera, a 3MP “microscope”, and a 32MP selfie cam. Although you won’t find a telephoto camera as good as the one found on the Galaxy S22 Galaxy S22, the capabilities of this camera array may make up for it.

Let’s compare some photos, starting with this photo of delicious Korean street toast. It was taken with the main sensor from the GT2 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro max. This is our current choice for the best camera phone. Realme’s image shows the crispy golden slices of bread, meat, and even cabbage slices more clearly. Realme’s image has a slightly higher resolution than the iPhone. This allows for better detail, such as the sugar crystals on the top. Although the iPhone’s image is not bad, I believe that Realme did a better job here.

This ultra-wide shot shows Hawley Lock, near Camden, from the Regent’s Canal. Contrary to the main camera, the Realme image looks a lot darker and greyer than the iPhone’s, even though the weather was not ideal. The problem becomes worse when you look at sharp edges like the railings on your left, which appear muddier in the Realme image.

32MP front-facing camera is the last standard camera. I tried the portrait mode of me standing in my yard and it produced a more similar effect. The Realme created a colorful portrait where the sky is much bluer and my skin is pinker. The iPhone’s textural details are not as accurate as mine, but I find them to be more accurate. My jacket is black and not the navy that Realme claims it to be.

One of the unique camera tricks on the GT 2 Pro is a 150-degree wide camera mode. This is wider than the 120-degree wide cameras found on many phones, such as the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S22. It will also be available on the OnePlus 10 Pro. It can be used in wide-angle mode to create more interesting images, as you can see in the second Camden Lock shot.

The fish-eye effect was tried by me. I pointed the GT 2 Pro at an Apple, but I could not get the image in focus when it was close enough. This feature works better with larger subjects. I have included the image to illustrate this limitation.

The 20x microscope camera on the Find X3 Pro can zoom up to 40x. Although it’s difficult to use, you can get great photos by keeping the phone stable. Look at this image of an invoice with a bracketed S, where you can clearly see the paper strands and bumps as well as the ink blobs.

I was surprised at how well the iPhone captured the same shot. It also kept everything in focus. This is something I couldn’t do on the Realme, even though I tried several times.

This device is not a top-rated camera phone, despite the excellent performance of the Realme GT 2 Pro cameras. It lacks the consistent quality that other phones need. These comparisons show that Realme’s phone is capable of taking great photos, and can keep up with the best.

Review of Realme GT 2 Pro: Battery and charging

The GT 2 Pro comes with a 5,000 mAh internal battery. Although I did not perform a formal battery testing, the GT 2 Pro’s 5,000 mAh battery was sufficient to last me for a few days as my work phone. I used it daily to check email, surf the internet, and watch a few videos.

The GT 2 Pro’s 65W charging capability is even more impressive. It charges a phone from 1% to 60% in just 15 minutes and then recharges it to 96% in only 30 minutes. The GT 2 Pro is easily the fastest charging phone we tested. It’s not as fast, however, as the Xiaomi11T Pro which can charge at 120W and is the fastest phone I have tested.

Review of Realme GT2 Pro: Performance and 5G

The original Realme GT was characterized by its powerful chipset. The GT 2 Pro is a smaller version of the GT 2 Pro. However, it has other enhanced features. The phone comes in a single version with Snapdragon8 Gen 1 silicon and 12GB RAM. It also has 256GB of storage. The default 12GB RAM is what you get. However, the RAM expansion feature allows you to increase your storage by a little. You can set the RAM expansion feature to add either 5GB or 7GB of virtual RAM, which I used in my testing.

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On all three tests, the GT 2 Pro was better than the Galaxy S22. The GT 2 Pro also beat the iPhone 13 in two 3DMark graphics tests, but the Apple phone still holds the top spot in the Geekbench CPU test results.

Realme GT 2 Pro Samsung Galaxy S22 iPhone 13
Geekbench 5 (single / multicore) 1,246 / 3,527 1,204 / 3,348 1,668 / 4,436
3DMark Wildlife Unlimited (Score/FPS) 10,182 / 60.9 9,976 / 59.7 9,331 / 56
3DMark Wildlife Extreme Unlimited (Score/FPS) 2,517 / 15.1 2,404 / 14.40 2,189 / 13

 

The Realme supports sub-6GHz 5G but not mmWave. This is to be expected, however, as mmWave is not used widely outside the U.S. and the phone isn’t available in North America.

Realme GT2 Pro Review: Design, Display and Other Features

Design The GT 2 Pro is available in a plain-glass version in Steel Black. However, the Paper Green and Paper White versions are more exciting. Laser-engraved biopolymer is used on the back of this phone. This gives it a unique appearance and is lighter than other handsets.

The overall design is not something I love. I especially like the block at the top right with Naoto Fukasawa, the collaborating designer, and the Realme logo. It’s easy to mistake this phone for another model.

Display The GT 2 Pro’s screen is of high quality and comparable to other flagship-grade screens. The LTPO 2.0 display is 6.7 inches in size and has QHD resolution. It can also be refreshed at dynamic rates of 1Hz to 120Hz. Realme GT 2 Pro has a responsive 10,000Hz touch sampling speed and is covered in Gorilla Glass Victus. This glass is one of the most durable available on smartphones today.

The only thing that the GT 2 Pro doesn’t compare to is the brightness. This was evident after playing games and viewing videos on Realme. Although the GT 2 Pro’s display is still bright, we were able to compare it with the Galaxy S22 Plus. It was more noticeable in brighter conditions.

360 degree NFC: Although this is a strange feature to obsess over, it was a fascinating one for someone who uses Apple Pay and Google Pay regularly. You can tap with any Realme GT 2 Pro side to use NFC features such as wireless payments. It doesn’t take much to move the phone in your hands to find the perfect spot. The phone will work as soon as it is brought near the reader.

Realme GT 2 Pro review: Verdict

Realme was able to join the elite flagship phone club by borrowing heavily from devices made by Oppo, OnePlus, and other brands. The GT 2 Pro is a flagship Android phone that features the most recent Qualcomm chipset, more RAM, and display technology from its sibling brands.

It’s not just a rebadged Oppo or OnePlus phone. Realme is determined to create its own identity through its distinctive design and bizarre features, such as the 360-degree NFC. OnePlus introduced 80W charging and Oppo uses Hasselblad camera tune. This may be a fair trade considering that you get a phone that is a bit less expensive than the competition.

U.S. buyers will have to wait for Realme’s entry into the American market. Or, you can look at other entry-level flagship phones such as the Galaxy S22 and Google Pixel 6. If you are looking for unique features and a low price, the GT 2 Pro is a good option.

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