Realme might have started out as a brand that competed with Xiaomi in the affordable segment but it has evolved and how! The tech brand has been upping the ante with each of its mainstream releases over the past couple of years. With the Realme GT 2 Pro, it has finally come into its element as an established brand. To wit, the GT 2 Pro might very well be the most polished smartphone from the brand yet.
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If you head to the microsite of the Realme GT 2 Pro on the official website of the brand, you will see the word “greatest” used to describe every aspect of the smartphone. While the “greatest” might be stretching it a bit far, it certainly is the greatest from the brand and there are no two thoughts about it. Let’s find out why I say so.
Realme GT 2 Pro complete specifications
|Specifications||Realme GT 2 Pro|
|Display||6.7-inch WQHD+ AMOLED display (120Hz)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|RAM||up to 12GB|
|Storage||up to 256GB|
|OS||Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12|
|Rear cameras||50MP + 50MP + 2MP|
|Fast charging||65W fast charging|
|Dimensions||163.2 x 74.7 x 8.18mm|
|Weight||199g for Steel Black/189g for Paper Green and white|
|Price||Rs 49,999 starting price|
Design and display
- 163.2 x 74.7 x 8.18mm, 189g
- 6.7-inch WQHD+ display, 120Hz refresh rate, up to 1,000Hz touch sampling rate, LTPO 2.0 AMOLED, 1,400nits peak brightness, 10-bit colour, HDR10/10+ certified, 100% DCI-P3, Gorilla Glass Victus
I have reviewed a lot of Realme phones in my tenure and one thing has been consistent, which is the build quality. No matter whether it’s a polycarbonate clad device or a glass-sandwich model, Realme imparts a confidence-inducing heft to all its smartphones. And the GT 2 Pro is no exception. While some may find the biopolymer used in the back panel plasticky, I personally think the textured back panel feels more premium than most glass-clad devices in the market. Thanks to the use of polymer material, the smartphone tips the scale at only 189g and is comfortable for longer usage. The slightly curved back panel only adds to the ergonomics. Moreover, the textured finish on the back means there are no smudges.
On the flip side, I am a little disappointed that the white variant sent to me picks up stains —*cough* haldi stains *cough*— quite easily due to the grippy finish and texture on it. And the grey protective case provided with the phone only hides the aesthetics. I would have preferred a transparent case or a matching case like Realme provided with the Realme GT Master Edition. Having said that, those among us who are more eco-conscious than the rest will be happy to know that the Realme GT 2 Pro flaunts the world’s first smartphone design based on biopolymer material. The brand has collaborated with Sabic to create the first phone with ISCC-certified material that produces 35.5 percent less carbon emissions while being manufactured. Props to Realme to make a conscious effort to reduce the carbon footprint.
Additionally, Realme claims that the biopolymer shell of the GT 2 Pro has been laser-engraved to achieve the look and feel of paper. I might come across as a townie here but the finish doesn’t feel like paper to me. On the bright side, the textured pattern gives more grip to the device. In short, Realme continues to offer smartphones with a unique design that will make you stand out from the crowd whenever you pull it out of your pocket. If only I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if I am using a fancy case on my phone during my stint with the GT 2 Pro.
Coming to other elements of the design, the GT 2 Pro has a rectangular camera island housing triple cameras and a dual-LED flash. The two 50–megapixel sensors are located on the left while the third microscopic lens is sandwiched between two LED flashes on the right. There’s also a raised horizontal rectangular block that juts out from the side and houses the shiny Realme logo along with Naoto Fukasawa’s signature. The rest of the back panel is minimalist.
You will find the volume keys and power button on the left and right edges, respectively. The bottom edge is housing the usual array of SIM tray, Type-C port, and speaker grille. The SIM tray can take two Nano SIMs at a time but there’s no provision for expandable storage. The fingerprint scanner is under the display and is located towards the centre in a more comfortable position. This sensor was fast and accurate during my time with the handset.
On the front, the smartphone features a 6.6-inch WQHD+ (2K) LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display with support for a 1Hz t0 120Hz refresh rate depending on what’s being displayed on the screen. It also has up to 1,000Hz touch sampling rate, which makes gestures and gaming on the GT 2 Pro ultra-smooth. Realme has equipped the phone with features like Dark Mode, colour modes, eye comfort, Image Sharpener, Video Colour Enhancer, Video Motion Enhancement, Bright HDR video mode, Adaptive sleep, and more. The display is plenty sharp and vivid thanks to the AMOLED panel and 1,400nits peak brightness means it offers good visibility in all lighting conditions. The screen is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
As for multimedia, the screen does support HDR 10 and HDR 10+ along with Widevine L1 certification, which means you should be able to stream HDR content on OTT platforms and YouTube. However, the Netflix app shows that the phone doesn’t support HDR on its platform, which is a bummer.
I watched one of my favourite movies – Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver which is known for its dark cinematography with lots of scenes featuring dark, rainy, and reflective city streets. The AMOLED panel on GT 2 Pro does justice to the cinematography and showed details in shadows while displaying vibrant colours and deep contrast. Needless to say, I completely enjoyed the movie on the smartphone. The dual stereo speakers with Hi-Res certification and Dolby Atmos tuning further add to the whole experience.
- Rear: 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 1/1.56-inch sensor with 2 µm pixel size + 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL JN1 ultra-wide lens with 150-degree FoV + 2-megapixel microscopic lens with 40x magnification
- Front: 32-megapixel sensor
In the camera department, The Realme GT 2 Pro features a triple camera setup on the back. The module comprises a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main lens with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS as well as EIS image stabilization. The primary camera is accompanied by another 50-megapixel unit albeit a Samsung ISOCELL JN1 ultra-wide lens with 150-degree FoV, which Realme claims to be world’s first. The third camera is a 2-megapixel microscopic shooter. I would have preferred a telephoto lens instead since not everyone uses a microscopic camera extensively. On the front, there’s a 32-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling.
The camera interface is a typical Realme UI experience with main modes like night, street, video, photo, portrait, 50MP, and More, on the viewfinder Rolodex. You’ll find other modes like Pro, Pano, Film, Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse, Dual-View Video, Microscope, 150-degree, Text Scanner, Starry Mode, Tilt-Shift, and 3D Photo. The Street Mode offers 24mm DIS snapshot mode, RAW toggle, millimetre markings for zoom, and a shortcut for manual focus. On the other hand, the 3D Photo mode gives various background blur effects for creative photography. All in all, this is a fun camera setup from Realme that will please photography enthusiasts.
The primary 50-megapixel camera on the Realme GT 2 Pro captures highly detailed pictures with balanced exposure and vibrant colours. The colour science does err a little towards being saturated but without being obnoxious. In the low-light situation, the dedicated night mode captures details and colours accurately while perfectly bumping up the exposure. The night mode also reduces noise to a great extent, which is good.
Coming to the dedicated lenses, the wide-angle lens does its job amicably. The colour science is not too different from the main lens and there’s ample details towards the middle of the frame. However, details do get fuzzy around the edges and there’s a slight distortion as well. Realme is offering a fish-eye mode as well but it captures images with ugly black borders around it and is rather gimmicky.
The third camera is a 2-megapixel microscopic unit similar to OPPO Find X3 Pro‘s 3-megapixel microscopic lens that had a flash ring around it. However, while Find X3 Pro supports 60x and 40x magnification, GT 2 Pro offers 20X and 40X magnification. It takes some practice but once you get used to it, you can click some insane close-up shots as you can see above.
As for the selfies, the 16-megapixel shooter on the front does a great job of capturing realistic skin tone and details. The portrait images are also great with accurate edge detection.
Performance, software, and battery
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- 8GB + 128GB, 12GB + 256GB
- Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0
- 5,000mAh battery, 65W SuperDart charging
The Realme GT 2 Pro is the brand’s first smartphone in India to be powered by the latest and greatest from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The processor is mated with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The unit I received is the top-end variant with 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, and RAM expansion support up to 7GB (3GB, 5GB, and 7GB), which means you can extend the RAM up to 19GB. Realme has also equipped the flagship with Stainless Steel Vapor Cooling System Max, which it claims to be twice the size of the previous generation and offers temperature reduction by up to 19-degrees. Realme also claims that at 36,761mm², the cooling chamber is the largest in any smartphone.
As is expected, the Realme GT 2 Pro is a powerful smartphone that handled everything I threw at it without breaking a sweat. I have been using the smartphone to stream YouTube videos, binge-watch a couple of episodes on Netflix, Slack, WhatsApp with countless groups, and an hour or so of gaming. The phone handled all and switched between apps with ease. Speaking of gaming, the phone runs BGMI in HD graphics and high frame rate by default. It supports up to Ultra HD graphics with ultra frame rate settings. With default settings, the GT 2 Pro handles the gameplay like a champ but does heat up after a 45 mins session on the highest settings.
The Realme GT 2 Pro boots the latest Realme UI 3.0 with Android 12 as the base. While Realme has cleaned up the interface a fair bit over the years, it still comes with bloatware like FinShell Pay, Dailyhunt, Josh, ShareChat, MX Takatak, Snapchat, and more. Thankfully most of these can be uninstalled to free up space. Realme has equipped the software with good features like Flexible Windows, Quick Return, Quick Launch, Smart Sidebar, Kid Space, Dual-mode audio, and heart rate measurement, among others.
The flagship device is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 65W SuperDart Charge fast charging tech. With heavy usage, I was able to last through a day on a full charge with near about 5 hours of screen-on time. The 65W fast charger bundled with the phone can juice up the battery fully from 10% in around 30 minutes.
The Realme GT 2 Pro is definitely the best phone to have come out of the brand’s stable of late. The whole package comprises a stunning design, the best hardware, good cameras, and a solid performance to boot. Apart from the bloatware in Realme UI and chances of staining over time, I genuinely had difficulty finding any flaw with the GT 2 Pro. And in typical Realme fashion, it also undercuts some of its competitors with a starting sticker price of Rs 49,999.
At this price point, the Realme GT 2 Pro competes with the similarly priced Motorola Edge 30 Pro, which also comes with the best-in-class hardware. You get a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a couple of 50-megapixel shooters on the back with a 2-megapixel depth assist lens, and a 4,800mAh battery with 68W fast charging. You can also take a look at the iQOO 9 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro but they are both priced above Rs 65,000.
Be that as it may, the GT 2 Pro is one of the best smartphones from Realme yet and offers a lot for less than you would think. It’s eco-friendly, powerful, and looks stunning. It’s definitely one of the best flagship launches this year so far, if not the best.
Pricebaba rating: 8 / 10
- Great display
- Powerful performance
- Good cameras
- Long battery life
- Fast charging
- Stunning design
- Bloatware in Realme UI
- Paper White model might catch stain over time
- No telephoto lens