The new flagship smartphone from Realme intends to bend the big names in the sector with a muscular technical sheet for a contained price, and a recognizable look among a thousand. After a few weeks of use, here is our review of the Realme GT Pro!
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Between Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi or Oppo, the launches follow one another and one of them did not leave us indifferent: that of the Realme GT2 Pro, which we attended at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If it caught our eye, it’s because for more than a year now, Realme has been hitting hard in terms of smartphones. Last year, we were treated to the Realme GT, followed by an excellent Master Edition, smartphones that were among the best value for money of 2021.
This Realme GT2 Pro, we were therefore impatiently awaiting it. The brand did not disappoint us with a smartphone that displays a very muscular technical sheet and which increases the level a little bit everywhere (and the price too, alas…) After a few weeks of use, it’s time for the verdict . What is this smartphone worth in real conditions? Answer in this review of the Realme GT2 Pro.
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Design & Screen
The Realme GT2 Pro currently represents the brand’s most high-end smartphone. And it therefore benefits from very special care. First, it is its design that marks. Gone is the Formula 1 look of the first GT of the name, the GT2 Pro sports a brand new coating at the rear.
To the touch, this back simulates a paper effect and is based on a biopolymer that generates less CO2 during its manufacture (at least that’s what the brand claims). On the one hand, it is therefore an ecological advantage, and on the other hand, it provides an excellent grip. The smartphone does not slip from the hands and does not catch fingerprints. This coating has, in addition, the advantage of making the smartphone rather light (189 grams), and the whole thing is frankly original. One thing is certain: you will not go unnoticed with this Realme GT2 Pro!
Still on the back, the photo module is rather well integrated into the whole and protrudes very little from the case. Next to it, we find the brand logo accompanied by the words “designed by Naoto Fukasawa”famous Japanese industrial designer to whom we owe this very particular design.
For the rest, it’s classic: we find the standby button on the right, a long volume button on the left, a USB-C port on the bottom, as well as a speaker, and the slot SIM card. Note that the latter does not have a MicroSD slot. It will therefore be necessary to be satisfied with the internal memory, available in 128 or 256 GB.
To unlock the Realme GT2 Pro, everything happens on the screen, which benefits from an integrated fingerprint sensor. Moreover, speaking of the screen, Realme hits hard. Here we take advantage of a large 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with an adaptive refresh rate that oscillates between 1 and 120 Hz. We are therefore a step above a more traditional 120 Hz screen, since thanks to the technology LTPO and this variable refresh rate depending on your use – whether you’re reading an article, watching a movie or browsing the interface – this will save a little battery.
Finally, the WQHD+ definition makes this screen very readable: the colors are perfectly accurate and the brightness is clearly sufficient even under a blazing sun. In short, it’s an exceptional panel, so much so that Display Mate even awarded it the maximum score of A+. If the display is an important criterion for you, this Realme GT2 Pro should meet your expectations.
The icing on the cake, the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against bumps and scratches. Avoid dropping it anyway, it’s not unbreakable. And for the most clumsy, Realme provides a protective silicone shell in the box. However, we warn you: it looks a little cheap. It’s always taken.
Software, Performance & Autonomy
On switching on, we immediately discover the brand’s software overlay, Realme UI 3.0. On our side, we find that it is a frankly pleasant interface on a daily basis. We find an experience rather close to Android Stock, with clever settings, a sober look, and multiple well thought-out customization options. And otherwise, behind this overlay, it is obviously Android 12 that operates.
In terms of performance, what does it give? The Realme GT2 Pro may not explode all the ceilings in terms of price, yet it is entitled to the most recent and most powerful Android chip of the moment, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In France, it is moreover one of the first smartphones to embed this chip.
Since it offers, in addition, RAM which extends from 8 to 12 GB depending on the version chosen, it goes without saying that the Realme GT2 Pro is a small powerhouse. Everything runs without the slightest slowdown, and this should continue for many years to come. Guaranteed longevity. Especially since, of course, we benefit from 5G connectivity.
It is also beneficial to the autonomy of the smartphone, since with its screen at the adaptive refresh rate and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its 5,000 mAh battery seems even more imposing than it actually is. In use, the autonomy is quite monstrous. It lasts a very long day even with heavy use, and you can go up to 2 days quite easily. We may not go for the full 3 days, but The Realme GT2 Pro remains a very autonomous smartphone.
Even better, since the Realme GT2 Pro supports SuperDart charging at 65W, which allows you to completely replenish your battery in just over half an hour. And the best thing about all of this is that Realme provides the compatible charger directly in the box, and that’s good news at a time when most major brands are removing all accessories from their boxes.
Photo & Video
In addition to its design and performance, the other great feature of this Realme GT2 Pro is its photo part. Here too, the brand has not skimped on the means with sensors among the best on the market, but above all we take advantage of a fairly new configuration in the world of smartphones.
On the side of the main sensor, it is rather classic. This is the excellent IMX766 from Sony, with 50 MP and a lens that opens at f/1.8. But when it comes to the other two sensors, the Realme GT2 Pro wants to make an impression.
The ultra wide-angle, first of all, is rather original since it is indeed a real fish-eye. It’s a 50 MP sensor that opens at f/2.4, and it’s capable of capturing images with a very wide 150-degree field of view. For comparison, the ultra wide-angle of an iPhone 13, for example, is 120°, and it is already much wider than with many other manufacturers. As a result, this ultra wide-angle allows both to capture quite striking shots with a maximum of elements in the image, but also fish-eye photos. A little gimmicky, yes, but it’s still an added function.
Finally, as a third sensor, we can count on a microscopic camera, based on a 1.92 MP sensor. Neither more nor less than the same sensor found on the Oppo Find X3 Pro. In use, it’s a fun enough tool to discover hidden details on our everyday objects, with a magnification that can go up to X40. Notice to amateurs.
Overall, the Realme GT2 Pro therefore offers rather solid photo performance. If the microscopic sensor will only be used in very specific situations, the main duo with the wide angle and the ultra wide angle is doing very very well, with excellent dynamic range and fairly accurate colors overall.
During this test of the Realme GT2 Pro, we found despite everything found that the HDR mode added a little too much sharpness to the whole, giving results that were a little too contrasting at times, especially with the ultra wide-angle. As for the night mode, it turns out to be quite good, without being excellent either. Here, the Realme GT2 Pro has an annoying tendency to distort the colors with a rendering that is too hot.
It is therefore a rather versatile photo block, even if it does not include a telephoto lens. Fortunately, thanks to the 50 MP wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle, you can still get a 2x or 3x zoom without losing too much in quality. Finally, a word on the front camera, 32 MP, which will be more than enough to take a selfie or make a few video calls.
And since there is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Realme GT2 Pro is also capable of filming up to 8K. For the moment it hasn’t really come into use yet, but, once again, it’s one more asset in its boot.
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