Realme has landed in Bangladesh for some time. If the last really high-end smartphone from the manufacturer, the X50 Pro, was powerful, its design was not the most enticing. The manufacturer is correcting the situation with two new smartphones from the Realme GT 2 range. This Realme GT 2 falls into the category of mid-range smartphones in terms of price, but it still attacks the top of the basket due to its more attractive features.
Of course, the Realme GT 2 looks like the Realme GT 2 Pro in every way, but still with a few subtleties. Indeed, although the two smartphones are (almost) perfect twins, Realme had to differentiate them on certain points, notably the screen and the cameras, but I will come back to this later.
To talk about general design, the Realme GT 2 is really nice visually. The materials are chosen and their layout is very consistent and gives a very qualitative aspect to this smartphone.
First of all, on the back, there is excellent quality brushed aluminum with a “paper” surface that feels like leather to the touch and gives a very successful effect. We find a faux leather effect with small lines in relief that intersect. It’s very pleasant.
At the top left, the camera lens block sits on a metal rectangular ring with a tempered glass plate on top or affixed to it the two main lenses, with the microlens just to the right between the two flashes, which offers a very nice symmetrical design. Herein lies a slight difference with the GT 2 Pro; the micro camera does not stand out at all, unlike the GT 2 Pro, and the inscriptions that designate the main sensors are different.
To the right of the sensors, there is a small rectangle with the Realme logo inscribed and the signature of Naoto Fukasawa, who is the Japanese industrial designer who was in charge of this Realme GT 2 Pro. At the bottom of the case, there is obviously the mandatory recycling and brand information found on most smartphones.
The sides of the smartphone are therefore made of beveled brushed aluminum, which gives a raw, but well-finished appearance to this Realme GT 2, as well as to the Realme GT 2 Pro, which sports the same borders. On the right side is the power button, and on the left are the two-volume buttons, all integrated perfectly into the device.
On the whole, it’s pretty classic. On the right, we find the USB Type-C port, which allows recharging with on its right the four-speaker slots, and on the left the SIM drawer, which allows you to have two (if you have a proline in addition to your personal line, this separates the two).
The front panel displays a superb 6.7-inch panel with a body/screen ratio of 92.6%, a panel that covers almost the entire smartphone with a slight chin at the bottom but nothing shocking. This is also where there is a slight difference with the GT 2 pro since the chin is a little thicker on the classic GT 2 because the two panels are different.
A sleek smartphone, but with an avant-garde design that offers an undeniably cool premium look. The alloys of materials and their layout make this phone a very neat little jewel.
From a hardware point of view, the Realme GT 2 comes with an SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888, a high-performance chip that has an eight-core CPU based on the Aarch64 Cortex-X1 architecture. This CPU is a Qualcomm Kryo 680, which offers relatively good performance without a doubt. It offers a frequency of 2.84 GHz, which is not bad for a CPU integrated into an SoC.
As for the integrated GPU, it’s an Adreno 730, which supports Vulkan, so no worries about compatibility with the graphics APIs on this smartphone; everything will work without errors (finally without API errors). For RAM and storage, we have the 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage model, which also comes in 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
The Antutu score of the Realme GT 2 is 734,009, which is in itself a very good score and with a difference of almost 200,000 points from what I had obtained on the Realme GT 2 Pro which embeds an SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
However, in the globality of the spots, which is measured by Antutu, the GT 2 defends itself very well overall. However, like its twin, it has the annoying tendency to heat up even if the battery remains generally sandy.
The Realme GT 2’s Geekbench score is 3529, which overall isn’t much different from what I got on the GT 2 Pro. This minor difference is explained by the fact that the Realme GT 2 Pro tended to heat up significantly. However, this Realme GT 2 defends itself rather well in computing CPU; the Kryo 680 offers fairly consistent performance overall.
A performance test is used to measure what the RAM and storage chip are capable of. For RAM, we end up with 12 GB here in LPDDR4X and despite the RAM standard, which is not the very latest on the market, the scores are not bad at all, with 2639 MB/s in reading and 2819 MB /s in writing, which is pretty good for smartphone RAM, even if it’s not the best I’ve seen.
On storage, I get a score of 826 MB/s in reading and 445 MB/s in writing, which is not huge in itself, but it remains good overall, and even better than what I could get on the Realme GT 2 Pro (good enough but not much but still).
3DMark is undoubtedly the reference in terms of graphics testing. Indeed, it allows testing the video capabilities of a device. Here, I remind you that we have an Adreno 730 GPU, which offers good performance overall.
Indeed, after passing under the severe hands of the benchmark from Futuremark (the company that develops 3DMark), I can say without flinching that this GPU works wonderfully in most tasks. It will allow you to play games, watch content, and the like without any worries. We say thank you to Qualcomm for the quality of its chips.
Panels have become an important selling point on modern smartphones, which is why brands like Realme make efforts in the design and choice of these. Indeed, on the Realme GT 2, we have a FullHD + panel, i.e. a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, which means that we hardly see the pixels.
In addition, the panel is based on AMOLED technology, which offers a superb contrast ratio of 5,000,000: 1, given the fact that the pixels turn off completely when black is displayed on the screen, which offers excellent depth. This is coupled with a maximum brightness of 1300 nits, which looks extremely good on this 6.7-inch panel.
An important point is that the panel has a refresh rate of 120 Hz LTPO 2.0, which detects what is displayed on the screen and adapts the frequency to the needs in order not to consume too much energy and to keep a logical operation. This is chosen directly in the screen settings on the smartphone. It is, in my opinion, the most logical choice unless you want your battery to fly at the speed of a burst.
To talk about the settings, it is possible to configure many aspects of the slab. Indeed, for the color mode, you can choose between Live (P3), and the Pro mode, which allows you to configure all this manually. There are also image quality, video color, and video enhancers, which smooth and slightly upscale content to make it more enjoyable.
I find that Android allows access to configuration options for the integrated panel. Indeed, we can adjust more than the colors, in particular, the choice of the refresh rate by placing it in adaptive mode or standard. Indeed, this panel supports frequencies ranging from 1 to 120 Hz, which allows great fluidity during use, but without reducing the time of use on the battery.
Great possibilities are available to us with these lenses. In addition to that, the options integrated into the application are quite nice, which makes this smartphone rather versatile in terms of image capture. The options are:
There are some options that will not be able to frustrate photography and video enthusiasts. So certainly, we are not on a camera from Sony or a camera from Red, but nevertheless, there is enough to take very nice shots and quality videos with great possibilities thanks to the photo configuration and the different options. present.
In the automatic photo, this Realme GT 2 has something to defend itself with. The rendering is more than good and does not have to pale against certain high-end references. Indeed, with the main sensor of 50 MP, we already have a good possibility of visible detail.
In addition, the Realme GT 2 allows photos of fairly good quality with excellent color and light management. As for the Realme GT 2 Pro, the whole is quite faithful and does not seem to undergo any processing by the OS, as for many in the competition (in any case, nothing shocking that could distort the image).
On the zoom side, we have here a maximum of x20, no more. However, it is already very good in the idea that it is not an optical zoom but a digital one. Indeed, the zoom is done in the pixels and not with a set of lenses. However, with a 50 MP sensor, the result is not bad at all and I even find that it is very consistent because you can distinguish objects well.
The photos are quite clear and allow you to see far without losing too much quality. We see that the ability of the main sensor to display 50 MP still allows some interesting options, such as this superb zoom.
Night mode is a feature that is now found on most of our smartphones. This consists of a long and wide opening to let in as much light as possible. In the idea, this makes it possible to display in the image objects that we would not normally see in a photo (stars, for example).
It defends itself more than well and allows excellent quality shots. The sensor manages to transcribe elements very faithfully, even in environments where light is absent from our eyes. Admittedly, it’s not at the level of a real camera like the Sony A7 IV that we tested, but it’s still excellent. We can notice on the left, the photo with night mode, and on the right, the photo without.
These days, most mid-range smartphones can handle selfies, but others manage to stand out like this Realme GT 2. Indeed, selfies look pretty good and don’t give the impression of a filter from 2011, as on other smartphones (sometimes more expensive than this one).
You can easily post your best stories on Instagram. The management of light and contrast is not bad at all, which gives quality selfies.
For video, this Realme GT 2 Pro can shoot in 1080p at 60 frames per second and in 4K at 30 frames, which is quite basic on a smartphone like this. Nevertheless, the rendering is very clean and comes close in every way to what this phone is capable of in photography, but also what some very high-end competitors are doing in terms of video.
Overall, the video is really good for a smartphone at this price point, no jerky and off sound like you can see on other competing smartphones.
This Realme GT 2 Pro embeds Android 12 with the Realme UI 3 overlay, which has interesting features and a fairly sober design to make it simple but intuitive and functional.
I noticed quite quickly that Realme was inspired by iOS, in particular for the shape of the “Finish” button at the top right of the screen when you want to change the wallpaper or the icons, in particular via a long press on the home screen. We also notice the flat theme, which takes up certain ideas in the logos and certain designs.
However, being myself at the apple brand for almost 10 years now, it is clearly not to displease me. On the contrary, I appreciate that brands like Realme improve the UX and UI of their Android overlays in order to make them pleasant like this one.
This OS is simple but effective in its design and is very functional, something that I appreciate in the OS interfaces of smartphones. The keyword here is the simplicity of use, without sacrificing functionality. A quality that we find more and more on smartphones, especially with brands like Realme, which are in constant development.
However, some ergonomic options, such as navigation by gestures, must be activated in the settings, which I do not find really practical personally. I would have preferred that by default. However, the options are there and remain very practical.
One option that I particularly like on Android and that Realme has chosen to leave as default is the app drawer. This allows you to store all your icons there and leave your interface clean with just what you need, this is a point that some competitors lack, even though it is very practical.
Realme UI also integrates multitasking, which allows using several applications at the same time. It’s quite practical for browsing, but on such a small screen, its usefulness remains to be reviewed. This has already been seen with the competition, especially on tablets, and the use of two applications at the same time on a 6.7-inch screen is not practical.
All in all, Realme UI is a reliable and stable system with a very appreciable purification. The features of Android are not sacrificed but are magnified by a very nice design.
The Realme GT 2 is obviously 5G compatible, which is the norm today and not only on high-end smartphones. Of course, all cellular bands are supported, namely:
For Wi-Fi, here is a Wi-Fi 6 antenna. This new Wi-Fi standard is interesting because it offers much higher speeds than the older generation. For once, the flow rates are indeed very suitable.
For the rest of the connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5.2, which allows you to connect to headphones, a speaker, or any kind of wireless device. The Realme GT 2 supports NFC, which is very convenient for paying without having to take out your bank card with Google Pay.
There is a USB Type-C connector that allows you to plug the device in to charge or connect it to a computer for data transfer (photos or other). Finally, the jack connector is still present on the smartphone, offering the possibility of listening to music without having to recharge headphones or earphones. In addition to that, it will allow you to enjoy better audio quality, (yes yes).
Although the sound quality of a smartphone speaker is not necessarily a focal point, it may be important for some consumers. Of course, you have to understand that it’s not ideal for enjoying music. However, to watch a video or a movie at night in bed, I find it important that the sound is good enough.
So here we have two fairly good stereo speakers overall. Indeed, the bass remains quite present (for a smartphone), which is quite rare. The highs and mids do their jobs perfectly, and that’s all we ask for on this kind of phone.
Let’s face it, however, it’s still a smartphone sound. It is not the quality of a Bluetooth speaker or any device specialized in audio. The quality is very good indeed, for a smartphone. Let’s keep that in mind, although I would always advise using headphones or good speakers.
Security is, in my opinion, a central element in our devices these days, and everyone should care about it (in a serious way). Although the manufacturers mainly use Android, they still add their own security elements. Indeed, since some updates, Android has been reinforced on the integrity of the Linux kernel (yes, yes, it’s a Linux) and the boot process (startup system) which embeds fairly powerful security.
Android’s big security problems are still the user and the open side of the OS. The human factor is also the best operating vector in IT security.
To talk about this Realme GT 2, it, of course, includes a fingerprint sensor under its AMOLED panel (this is also the big advantage of these panels). This sensor works perfectly well, no latency, errors, or other, it is functional. In addition, it is possible to unlock the smartphone using facial recognition, but you should know that this does not rely on a specific sensor, it goes through the camera, and that is also the problem since, in theory, a photo could unlock the smartphone.
From the point of view of autonomy and recharging, it is clearly not bad, thanks to the integration of the Snapdragon 888, which consumes significantly less than the 8 Gen 1 of the same brand. This is what I was able to note in my test of the Realme GT 2 Pro. It was that it lost its battery much faster, given the integration of a more energy-consuming SoC.
However, we have a dual 2500 mAh battery, which is clearly good on a smartphone like this. However, it should be noted that the real (or nominal) capacity is 4880 mAh, which is still very good. In addition, it is compatible with SuperDart charging at 65 W, which allows the smartphone to be fully charged in 33 minutes, leaving in particular time for a Poti cafe, a shower, or a compilation of memes on YouTube (yes, I’m looking at that, leave me alone).
Overall, the Realme GT 2 brings its share of very interesting features and characteristics to the table. It sports an avant-garde design, signed by Naoto Fukasawa, which really does not leave you indifferent. Realme has not skimped on interesting options such as the camera, performance, or battery life.
A quality smartphone, which brings Realme into the world of high-end smartphones without raising prices exponentially. Again, I am surprised by a Realme brand product, this hat.
The Realme GT 2 is an excellent mid-range smartphone that can compete with the top of the basket in terms of smartphones thanks to a range of interesting features.