Realme has become known for its inexpensive and therefore accessible smartphones. But this year, the brand is looking to push the price, with the Realme GT 2. This smartphone is placed in the mid-range, on almost all points. Is the bet successful, the answer in this review!
Our brief review of the Realme GT 2
This smartphone mixes a neat design, pleasant performance, and a successful battery component. Its price is largely justified, and offers a very interesting overall experience. What’s more, it comes with full packaging, but has a recessed photo panel.
Realme UI 3.0
128 / 256 GB
8 / 12 Gb
Realme GT 2 detailed article
Realme GT 2 unboxing
You can find the unboxing of the Realme GT 2 on TikTok (erratum of the video: it is the GT 2 and not the GT 2 Pro). By the way, I mentioned it earlier, but this one is really complete, it offers both the charger and the cable. This is becoming increasingly rare unfortunately. But in addition, it offers a shell, enough to protect your precious.
Realme GT 2 design and hardware
This smartphone wants to assert itself as a reference mid-range. One of the sought-after features on this kind of smartphone is the design. Indeed, behind a somewhat high purchase price, a certain presence is expected. And here, Realme has understood it well, and offers a neat design praised by the brand. We therefore find a back that is similar to paper in terms of the feel of the material. However, it is resistant and very pleasant to the touch.
Additionally, the overall design, at 6.62″ is fairly minimally invasive in the hand. It fits perfectly, and the entire screen remains accessible. The screen is also flat, enough to adhere even more in hand. In short, it’s a smartphone that gives the feeling of having been worked on. This is sometimes not the case in this tariff band.
Realme GT 2 screen
Realme has pressed on a second point on this smartphone, the screen. It is sumptuous. It almost feels like having a more premium smartphone in view of the quality of the screen. Quickly, the technical characteristics. We have 1080p at 120hz. It’s a shame for the resolution, QHD could have been better, but at this price, it’s excusable. On the other hand, the fluidity is still slightly behind.
Indeed, we expect, with 120 Hz, something very fluid. However, even the navigation in the device does not seem the most sensational. One could almost believe that the screen is at 90Hz in particular. However, it remains very interesting, even more when it is decked out only with a small punch.
This is a point necessarily scrutinized in a smartphone from Realme. Despite a limited price, there is still a Snapdragon 888, the top of the range from last year. We therefore inevitably find a very stable base for most uses. To say, comparing with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, in use, the differences are minimal.
These differences will only be identified in very specific use cases, here, video games. Indeed, in games, even greedy, there will be no particular problems. We just feel that sometimes the RAM approaches saturation when we try to push all the sliders to the bottom. But really, 99% of the time, there’s no problem.
This is the big weakness of this smartphone, the photo component. It was to be expected, but at 550th, with such a technical sheet, concessions had to be made. It’s the photo that “takes” unfortunately, and it’s sometimes almost catastrophic. I let you watch below.
Ultra Wide Angle
Manufacturers are now developing the same interface for many smartphones. And on the camera application, they sometimes leave the possibility of going far in the zoom. However, the results are very unusable, as you can see in the last image above. It’s a shame, because on the rest of the photos, it’s still usable. It gives the user something useless, which taints overall use.
On more conventional photos, the smartphone is doing well. The colors are not perfectly transcribed. The colors taken here are quite vibrant and vivid, yet they look duller than in reality. Photos will do for basic use. But you should not try to make a career in photography with only this smartphone.
Ultra wide angle
Autonomy and Battery of the Realme GT 2
This is another strong point of this smartphone, autonomy. Indeed, this one will allow you to last a day with a heavy use. This is clearly due to the 5000 mAh battery. But it’s almost disappointing given the lack of use on the camera, and the components dated from last year. We could have had more, with more optimization.
However, even if you get to the end of this battery, recharging will not be a pain, far from it. We reach 100% battery in about 35 minutes, thanks to the 66W charger supplied in the box. It’s very pleasant, and it doesn’t seem to damage the battery over a month of use.
Conclusion: What is the Realme GT 2 worth?
By focusing on a target looking for performance and fluidity, Realme seems to have won its bet. It offers a design exquisite and very pleasant to use. Everything is coupled with advanced performance, correct fluidity, and a very pleasant interface. There is still a big negative point on the photo part. However, for a contained price of at least €550, can we really complain?