The original Realme GT 5G didn’t get the Pro version last year. So Vanilla carries the burden of being the company’s flagship. However, this year the Pro will be marketed as the “The most premium flagship ever” and the Vanilla Realme GT2 is the flagship killer.
Most of the GT2 Pro’s hardware and features have become standard on the GT2, offering a similar user experience. Sure, it doesn’t have an LTPO2 display and is instead “powered” by a Snapdragon 888 SoC, but we’re arguing that by 2021 Qualcomm’s flagship chip will be enough for most users. Chips can handle anything.
While the ultra-wide-angle and macro cameras are gone, the GT2 on the right retains Sony’s excellent 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor as a priority. We were very pleased with the image quality of the GT2 Pro, so we knew what to expect. The resolution of the self-timer camera is also reduced to 16 MP, but this does not always mean that the quality is deteriorating.
Realme GT2 specs at a glance:
- Body: 162.9×75.8×8.6mm, 195g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic frame, bio-bsed polymer or glass back.
- Display: 6.62″ AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 398ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS/Software: Android 12, Realme UI 3.0.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.0µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected]
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 65W, 100% in 33 min (advertised).
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC.
In addition, Realme GT2 has the same design. We’d expect very similar screen quality. While it’s not an LTPO2, the announced 120Hz AMOLED panel with a maximum brightness of 1300 nits is impressive on its own.
We refuse to judge from the outset. But due to the similar user experience and huge price difference, the GT2 is a more sensible solution for both devices. This may be true for some users. So read on to find out how the corner perimeter has to be cut to fit the €550 price range.
Unboxing the Realme GT2
The phone comes in a standard box with a standard user manual and a suitable 65W charger, as well as a USB-C to USB-A data cable and charger.
There’s also a nice silicone case that feels better than the traditional clear cases that OEMs tend to put on their devices. it tends to stain. But it’s nice to the touch and looks good.
Design, build and ergonomics
Realme GT2 and GT2 Pro are slightly different in size and weight. The GT2 paper version is 5 grams heavier than the GT2 Pro, while the smaller screen also results in a slightly shorter GT2. Interestingly, it is 0.4 mm thicker than the Pro version and almost 1 mm wide, probably due to the frame.
However, the GT2’s front panel is noticeably thicker. especially at the end and sides of the frame. The porosity of the selfie camera looks the same.
There’s also a slight difference in the camera island. The Vanilla GT2 has a narrower camera body and has 50MP OIS between the main lens and the ultra-wide-angle lens. The dual-color LED flash has been replaced by cold and hot LEDs.
This time we have a green green that is not limited to one or two memory configurations. Always available, unlike the previous Realme GT 5G, which reserved a vegan leather version for the higher tier, the Paper White and Paper Green phones are made from biopolymers, which reduce their carbon footprint by 35.5%. But Realme didn’t specify what it would compare to. Perhaps the OEM was referring to standard materials used in smartphones such as plastic and glass.
The company worked with Sabic in Saudi Arabia to create the paper textures. Hence the origin of the color name. Realme has worked with Naoto Fukusawa again, the designer who helped create the GT Master Series last year. That’s why you get the designer’s signature laser.
The texture really looks like paper. But we cannot go beyond the concept of plastics. It’s definitely lighter than glass. And it makes you lose the premium feel that usually comes with true flagship phones. However, there are some advantages. If you’re not a fan of it, Realme also has a Steel Black iteration version with AG matte glass and a smooth finish.
First, on a non-glossy surface Scratches will be less noticeable. Second, the material offers excellent adhesion to ordinary glass and plastic. Third, fingerprints and smudges are no longer a problem, so for some people, the feel of the quality is not high. A trader may compromise on the merits of the polymer. The non-designer versions of Steel Black and Titanium Blue retain the smooth construction of AG glass if you like the touch.
Wandering around the sides, you’ll see the plastic frame and rear blend seamlessly into the oval side frames with no notch or ribs. However, the transition from glass to front isn’t as smooth as on the Pro.
The antenna slots around the bezel are easy to spot as the phone has a 360-degree antenna design that Realme is very proud of, but instead of calling it a matrix antenna array system like the GT2 Pro, Realme calls it HyperSmart Antenna Switching at Well, it’s the same thing in our book. Smart software that dynamically switches between 11 antennas around the device.
Unfortunately, Wi-Fi and 360-degree NFC are not available in the GT2, we found the latter extremely useful.
For some reason, Realme opted for two separate volume buttons instead of the Pro’s volume controls. Other than that, there’s nothing special about frames. On the right is the power button, which is slightly taller but still accessible. At the bottom there is a dual SIM slot, a USB-C connector and a speaker at the bottom.
When it comes to positioning It’s unbelievable that this time Realme messed up the GT2 Pro’s fingerprint scanner position just right, while the vanilla was too close to the ground. Makes use of finger exercises that are offensive Especially if your fingers or toes are longer. This may be due to different display or other limitations. It’s quite strange to see a huge difference in the placement of the two devices.