Test, opinion and presentation of the smartphone

For several years now, the Realme brand, founded in 2018, has been able to establish itself on the French market by offering increasingly competitive and efficient products at an unbeatable price-quality ratio. At the end of February 2022, it made a strong comeback by offering a sequel to its GT series: the Realme GT2 5G and Realme GT2 Pro 5G, a first step towards the high-end.

Photo of the Realme GT2

For this test we are going to use the Realme GT2 5G, the simplified version of the Realme GT2 Pro whose test is already on our site and whose price varies between € 549.00 and € 599.00 depending on the models and capacity of the desired storage. It is available in different versions: 8 GB RAM and 128 GB or 12 GB RAM and 256 GB ROM. Here we have the first version.

Realme GT2 spec sheet

RAM 8GB or 12GB
Storage 128GB or 256GB
Photography Three cameras of 50 megapixels (wide angle), 8 megapixels (ultra wide angle) and 2 megapixels (macro)
A 16-megapixel front camera
Autonomy 5000 mAh battery and 66 W charging
Screen 6.62-inch FHD+ OLED refreshed at 120Hz
Definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels
Weight 199 grams
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor

Unboxing, design and ergonomics of the smartphone

The GT2’s packaging is simple but larger than usual, and the size is more like the packaging of a computer graphics card than a phone. Inside we find the classic pouch with the welcome booklets (guide book and insurance), the needle for the SIM plug, a USB-C base with a long suitable charging cable and a gray flexible plastic case. Extra because it really isn’t pretty or solid .

The Realme GT2 is 162.90 millimeters high, 75.80 millimeters wide and 8.60 millimeters thick and weighs less than 200 grams. So it fits well in the hand, even if the entire 6.62-inch screen (slightly smaller than the 6.70-inch PRO version) is not accessible with the thumb. So the screen takes up more than 90% of the total surface of the phone’s face.

As for the design, the corners and edges are nicely rounded and the back is slightly curved. The style is modern and simple, but what makes this smartphone so original is the collaboration of Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, whose signature can be found on the back of the phone, next to the lenses.

To understand the touch he brought, here’s a brief explanation of his work as a whole and which, I think, sums up his work on the design of the GT2 well: “For Naoto Fukasawa, minimalism doesn’t rhyme with coldness. […] he likes round and soft objects, which retain a great simplicity.”

In the same vein, three colors are available for the GT2: “Paper Green”, “Paper White” or “Steel Black”. I own Green Paper which has a pale but natural and original color. The bulk of the design work, however, was the back shell, made from biopolymer (material derived from living things, here paper pulp), reducing CO2 emissions by more than 35.50% during shell making.

The shell has been machined to have a “paper” feel and relief. In the same ecological approach, the packaging has also been redesigned to reduce the plastic content from more than 21% to less than 1%, replacing the ink with soy-based ink. There is still a lot of work to be done on the environmental impact of phone manufacturing, but Realme here is taking precedence over what will inevitably be the future of this industry.

On the front, on the left, you’ll find a 16 megapixel camera for your selfies and a centered speaker. At the bottom another speaker, microphone, USB-C connection and the Dual-Sim hatch and above that another microphone. On the right is the unlock key that doubles as a fingerprint sensor once programmed by you and on the left are the volume keys.

On the back are the main 50-megapixel sensor, the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, the 2-megapixel macro camera, the flash and the sensor for portraits, in a mini island that protrudes from the device so that the glass is needed, buy a shell to avoid scratches. Please note that the lack of a jack, headphones or Bluetooth headphones are therefore mandatory.

Realme GT2 screen quality

The Realme GT2 uses an AMOLED display with FullHD + resolution, more precisely 2400 x 1080 pixels, which allows to achieve a high number of pixels per inch and thus provide a sharp image. Image refresh is set to 120 Hz second. With this fast refresh, movies and games look better and run smoother.

You can make the comparison with the 60Hz version that you can activate: the difference is very clearly visible. The brightness levels are also good and the colors are vibrant. Even in bright sunlight, you can see almost the entire screen, no matter what activity you’re doing.

Realme GT2 battery quality

The battery has a total capacity of 5000 mAh, but does not last long enough for intensive use. Simplistic use allows you to enjoy it for more than a day and a half, which I find a bit disappointing, as the latest smartphone releases in this category and price now offer models that are much more resistant and suitable for very demanding applications.

There are some power saving scenarios in the settings, but it’s still a shame to constantly limit the phone’s capabilities to save some power. Fortunately, the charging is very fast and you need about an hour to find your 100% battery. This requires a 65W fast charger, which is supplied with the smartphone anyway.

Realme GT2 camera quality

The Realme GT2 has 4 different cameras, as well as a front light and a rear LED light:

  • A 50-megapixel main rear camera with a sensor size of 1.56 inches for an aperture of f/1.8 and a field of view (FOV) of 84.4°.
  • An 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens on the rear, with an aperture of f/2.2 and a field of view of 119°.
  • A 2-megapixel macro camera on the back with an f/2.4 aperture.
  • A 16-megapixel selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.5 and a field of view of 78°.

Various photography modes are available such as 50MP mode for quality photos, night photo mode, expert mode, panoramic view, ultra-wide angle lens and various filters. As for videos, you have the option to shoot in 4K, 1080 pixels or 720 pixels.

As for the main camera, the quality is really good, as this camera model can currently be found on more high-end models such as the Xiaomi 12. The rendering is clean, the colors are true and have not undergone any changes according to the zoom or the wide angle .

You can take beautiful pictures even at night thanks to the night mode that amplifies the captured light without dazzling or blurring the image. One of the only things I would complain about is that if you’re taking pictures outside and the weather is really nice, sometimes you’ll get a reflection on the lens seen in the picture. You will also see that the quality of the zoom sometimes leaves something to be desired and the image becomes too pixelated depending on the distance to the subject.

Realme GT2 Performance Rating

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor with the Adreno 660 graphics chip with RAM between 8 and 12 GB depending on the model. In combination with this, the Realme GT2 also has a cooling system with a stainless steel vapor chamber with an area of ​​​​4129 mm².

The cooling system has 8 layers, including a layer of Diamond Thermal Gel, which Realme claims dissipates heat 50-60% more efficiently than standard thermal paste. The total area of ​​the cooling system is 17932 mm².

All this ensures that the performance of the smartphone is stable and durable: no lag during prolonged use, no premature heating of the device, even with intensive use. Everything worked perfectly during the test, even with a large part of the applications running in the background, which you can quickly switch between. You will feel a slight heating when you fully charge the phone, completely harmless.

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