Realme, the brand that began life as an Oppo sub-brand, has released a new flagship. It is named the GT2 Pro, and it is a successor to the GT released last year.
According to the company, the GT2 Pro is the most premium flagship it has ever made, although that is precisely what it is expected to say.
The main selling points of the new GT2 Pro include the look and feel. It is made from a bio-based polymer jointly developed with famed Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, the first time for a phone. Realme says using the material reduces carbon emissions by 35.5 percent in the manufacturing process.
Thanks to the unique material, the GT2 Pro has a coarse matte finish that doesn’t accumulate fingerprints. Also, according to people who have spent time with it, it doesn’t feel cheap to touch and looks great compared to glossy glass and plastic materials.
The GT2 Pro sports a camera setup that looks so much like the Find X3 Pro that Oppo released last year. It has a 50 MP primary camera with an IMX766 sensor. There is also a 50 MP ultrawide camera, but the sensor is smaller, although Realme calls it the world’s first 150-degree ultrawide camera. Realme is playing it smart here because while the pictures from the ultrawide camera can be distorted, the company has added a birds-eye mode that crams more subjects into the picture in a circular mode.
Realme has added a third lens for macro and can do 40x magnification, similar to what the Find X3 Pro offers. However, the GT2 Pro lacks a ring light and telephoto camera.
The front camera is a 32 MP affair and captures video in 1080p.
Speaking of the semi-conductor, the GT2 Pro uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, as you will expect from the latest flagship phones. This is paired with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. There is no slot for a microSD card.
There is a 6.7 inches 1440p LTPO OLED panel display on the front with up to 120 Hz refresh rate. Realme has managed to slice off some of the chin on this phone compared to its predecessor. You can use the under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.
There is enough juice to power the GT2 Pro, with the 5,000 mAh battery inside. It can accept up to 65 W for really fast charging, although there is no wireless charging in this package, quite unbecoming for a flagship.
Realme uses a customized Realme UI 3.0 on this version, making navigation easy, fast, and seamless. It is also highly customizable so that the phone can appear just like you want it.
Prices of the GT2 Pro start from about $725 in Europe. However, a non-Pro model is coming with a Snapdragon 888 processor and a 119-degree ultrawide camera. The less expensive GT2 will start at about $500.
The Realme GT2 compares favorably with the Samsung Galaxy S22, iPhone 13, and OnePlus 10 Pro but is offered at a more competitive price.