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The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered Realme GT2 Pro starts for under US$600 in China

The Realme GT series. (Source: Realme)
The Realme GT series. (Source: Realme)
Realme has made the GT2 Pro and its vanilla sibling the GT2 official in China today (January 4, 2022). They both come with the latest Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12, 50MP rear cameras and options of "Paper Master Tech Design" editions, although the GT2 Pro is the only one with a new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and an E5 AMOLED display. The series has been released to the Chinese market thus far, although the OEM asserts an international launch is forthcoming.

Realme has finally revealed its GT2 Pro early-2022 flagship smartphone, ushering its lesser-teased vanilla sibling in alongside it. In fact, thanks to the OEM's spoilers, we already know quite a lot about the series, from its upgraded connectivity to its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-optimized cooling system.

Then again, the OEM has left it until now to confirm that the screen bearing the Pro's new DisplayMate A+ rating is a 6.7-inch QHD+ panel, with a forehead of just 0.4mm in height. The GT2, on the other hand, has a 6.2-inch display with a last-gen 120Hz E4 AMOLED display, driven by an older Snapdragon 888 processor.

Then again, the vanilla variant does get the same main 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor as its premium sibling. However, all other top-end camera specs go to the Pro. The GT2 and 2 Pro also have the same generous 5,000mAh battery, although Realme has gone with the 65W SuperDart charging system again.

The GT2 and GT2 Pro have also debuted alongside Realme UI 3.0, a new Android 12 skin with updated, punchy system colors, a fresh look for default icons and widgets and, oddly enough, Omojis from a sister brand, OPPO. Both also come in the same Forged Black, Titanium Blue, Paper White and Paper Green colorways, the last 2 of which are the "Master Editions" touted earlier.

Accordingly, they are made of a new "natural" polymer with a finish developed by the designer Naoto Fukasawa. This unique material is rated to make the GT2 and GT2 Pro Master Editions particularly light: just 189 grams (g) at most. They also come with retail packaging with a plastic content of just 0.7%.

Realme has announced that the GT2 series will be available to order from January 7, 2022, with international availability to follow. The GT2 starts at 2,599 yuan (~US$408) for an 8GB/128GB base model, whereas the GT2 Pro goes from 3699 yuan (~$582) for the same configuration to 4799 yuan (~$755) for a top-end 12/512GB SKU.

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Realme finally unveils the GT2 and 2 Pro in full. (Source: Realme)
Realme finally unveils the GT2 and 2 Pro in full. (Source: Realme)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-01- 4 (Update: 2022-01- 4)