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Realme GT2 Pro review: high-end at a fair price?

Realme GT2 Pro review
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With the Realme GT 2 Pro Oppo's subsidiary has launched its first flagship. TechnikNews tested it. 

Scope of delivery of the Realme GT 2 Pro

Included with the Realme GT 2 Pro the device itself, a case, the quick charger and USB-C cable are included.

Design and workmanship

The Realme GT 2 Pro has a unique design because it has a recycled paper backing. The design has pros and cons for me. The advantages? It doesn't slip in your hand, feels good and is more sustainable than glass or ceramic. The disadvantages? It is therefore not waterproof, a "feature" that many other flagships otherwise have. But if you don't want a paper back, Realme also sells a version with a glass back, only in "Steel Black". The cameras are located in an element that protrudes slightly from the frame. The arrangement is the OPPO Find X3 Pro similar, just not directly in the frame.

The frame of all models is made of metal, the workmanship makes a flagship impression. The volume up/down button is on the left of the device, easily accessible and feels high-quality. The on/off switch was placed on the right side, there is no jack connection. The device is noticeably larger than a Xiaomi 12/X, especially because of the 6,7-inch display. However, it feels good in my hand, if you want a comparable device with a smaller frame, you will only have the Xiaomi 12.

Display

The GT 2 Pro has a 6,7″ OLED display with HDR 10+ support and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hertz. Very nice: The 120 Hertz refresh rate is equipped with the latest LPTO 2.0 technology. Thus, only the number of Hertz that is required at the current time is used. This mainly saves battery.

Realme GT2 Pro Display

The Realme GT 2 Pro has the first LTPO 2.0 display without rounded edges.

What is also a highlight of the device: the display has a resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels, what a ppi (pixel pro inch) number of 512. That's sharper than most other smartphones out there, and it's on the Pixel 6 Pro Level. The display of the GT 2 Pro is by the way the only panel on the market that supports LTPO 2.0 and at the same time has no curve. The only point of criticism during my test period was the maximum brightness. I don't have an exact reading, but the device definitely doesn't get as bright as the Pixel 6 Pro, S22 Ultra and co. I noticed this especially in strong sunlight, where I had to turn up the manual brightness properly.

 Hardware

The Realme GT 2 Pro was and is one of the first smartphones with the latest Processor and best Proprocessor from Qualcomm on the market. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Accordingly, you also get performance, the device did not have any performance in any category during the test period.Proproblems. Besides, the Prozessor is future-proof, as it dates from the end of 2021 and will therefore still be able to do quite a bit of work over the next few years.

There are two storage variants on the market, one with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of UFS 3.1 storage, and a more expensive one with 12 and 256 gigabytes. We find the usual 2022 flagship setup in terms of other standards: Bluetooth 5.2, 5G, Wi-Fi 6 (no 6E), only USB-C according to the 2.0 standard is out of line. In my opinion, 3.1 should be mandatory for fast data transfer. The optical fingerprint sensor is located under the display and works reliably, an insecure face recognition (via camera) is also available.

Realme GT2 Pro Hardware

The fingerprint sensor of the GT 2 Pro is fast and reliable.

Overall, the hardware was at the usual flagship level, I only miss a stronger vibration motor.

Camera

Realme GT2 Pro test camera

The Realme GT 2 Pro has three cameras on the back.

The Realme GT 2 Pro has a similar camera setup as the Oppo Find X3 Pro from last year. We have a 50 megapixel main camera, a 50 megapixel ultra wide angle camera and a 3 MP microscope camera. Yes, most likely the same one from the Find X3 Pro. What we don't have is a telephoto camera, too bad. We find a 32 megapixel lens in the data sheet as the front camera.

The main camera takes good pictures with lots of dynamics and high sharpness in bright daylight. But sometimes the sensor could trigger faster, so I've already missed 1-2 shots. Meanwhile, the autofocus works quickly, so there is no need to refocus. Compared to Pixel 6 shots Pro or Find X5 Pro the pictures look a little worse, but the pictures come much closer to a flagship main camera. The same applies to the ultra-wide angle, but in terms of image sharpness and dynamics, the photos don't quite come close to the main camera. Incidentally, the app has a “Fisheye” and “150 degree” mode for the ultra-wide-angle camera, these are nice gimmicks.

Apropos, nice gimmicks: The microscope lens. I have to say that it really impressed me, but it's nothing more than a nice gimmick. If I had to choose between the lens and a decent telephoto sensor, I would definitely go with the telephoto camera. You have to get used to it, especially with the right distance to the object, but the shots are then exciting.

Realme GT 2 battery Pro

The battery of the Realme GT 2 Pro is rated at 5000 mAh and is recharged with a fast 65W watts via cable. On the one hand, this is nice and fast (about 35 minutes), but wireless charging is not supported. That's a shame, because this feature usually sets mid-range devices apart from the flagships. 80 watt fast charging would have been nice too, because with the OnePlus Nord CE 2, BBK (the company behind OPPO, OnePlus, Vivo and Realme) introduced 65 watt fast charging for less than 400 euros. After all, the Realme Neo GT 3 is soon to be introduced as a mid-range smartphone with a whopping 150 watts of fast charging.

Realme GT2 Pro Loading

The Realme GT 2 Pro can charge with 65 watts.

But how does the battery perform itself? Well, you can get through a day with the smartphone, but especially with full resolution it's getting tight. At least with my rather increased usage behavior. However, the quick charge catches you again and again, so if you have the chance to charge briefly, you will use the GT 2 Pro no Prohave problems in everyday life.

Realme GT 2 software Pro

Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12 or ColorOS 12 is used as the software. Just after seeing an OPPO Find X5 shortly before Pro or OnePlus 10 Pro used, the resemblance is striking.
Conclusion on the Realme GT 2 Pro. During my test period, I received two updates, at least Realme is still working hard on the software, which I think is commendable. I like the slightly slimmed down ColorOS, precisely because Realme can also use it to deliver 3 major Android updates and four years of security updates. Unfortunately, a few third-party apps or bloatware are pre-installed, but can be removed immediately after installation.

Realme GT2 Pro Software

On the Realme GT 2 Pro runs Realme UI 3 based on Android 12.

Conclusion on the Realme GT 2 Pro

The Realme GT 2 Pro is unsurprisingly the best smartphone the company has ever launched. a strong one Prozessor, a sharp, fast display and stylish software make up a very good overall package, especially considering the price. The company would only like to have an RRP of 749 or 859 euros for the smartphone, but the street price is now 699 euros for the 256 gigabyte variant. For this price you currently get an unbeatable overall package, in this price range it would also be my personal choice. Only with the battery and the camera should Realme deliver improvements in a successor.

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Nils Ahrensmeier

Nils is very interested in mobile devices such as smartphones, wearables and headphones. He has been writing since 2019 TechnikNews - especially news and reviews. In his spare time he plays drums and piano or pursues his hobby, athletics.

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