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realme GT 2 review - Those who do without the latest Snapdragon get the better deal

Snappy paper tiger. The realme GT 2 comes with slightly older hardware, but at a mid-range price. Whether it might be the better buy compared to the Pro model and whether it can hold its own against the strong competition, you can find out in the review.
realme GT 2
realme GT 2 (GT Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78 / A55 (Kryo 680)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
Display
6.62 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 398 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 235 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.6 x 162.9 x 75.8 ( = 0.34 x 6.41 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 65W Realme SuperDart Charge
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF (omnidirectional), OIS, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.5, 26mm, 1/3", 1.0µm, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.977W/​kg (head), 1.043W/​kg (body), fanless
Weight
199.8 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
550 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
05/2022
realme GT 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
199.8 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.62"2400x1080
87.4 %
03/2022
realme GT 2 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
189 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"3216x1440
85.1 %
08/2021
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
189 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.43"2400x1080
86.6 %
10/2021
Xiaomi 11T
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
203 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
85.3 %
02/2022
Motorola Moto G200 5G
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
202 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2460x1080

Case and features - Interesting and sustainable design

We really liked the realme GT 2 Pro when it was tested, but now we have received the cheaper, but also somewhat lesser equipped realme GT 2 for testing. The discounts compared to the GT 2 Pro are quite generous with up to 250 Euros (~$263). Here is an overview of the model variants:

  • realme GT 2 128 GB mass storage / 8 GB RAM: 549 Euros (~$577)
  • realme GT 2 256 GB mass storage / 12 GB RAM: 599 Euros (~$630)

The three color variants, Paper Green, Paper White and Steel Black remain, but you have to accept restrictions in the choice of materials. For example, the frame around the case is only made of plastic and instead of Gorilla Glass Victus, only the older Gorilla Glass 5 is available.

The two color options with "Paper" in the name are made of biopolymers that feel like paper, are lighter than usual plastics, and also reduce the CO2 footprint. In any case, the back of our green test device is chicly designed, whereas the black model looks simpler and is better suited if you like it restrained.

The realme GT 2 is not really handier despite a slightly smaller screen diagonal than its Pro brother. The build quality is pleasing, even though the smartphone can be twisted a bit more due to the plastic frame and creaking noises are then heard.

Two SIM slots are on board, but there is no option to install an eSIM and no microSD reader to expand the storage.

Size comparison

168.1 mm / 6.62 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 203 g0.4475 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 199.8 g0.4405 lbs163.2 mm / 6.43 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Communication, software and operation - realme cell phone with stable WLAN

The realme GT 2 is very stable in our Wi-Fi test and the speeds are also good: The smartphone can use Wi-Fi 6 networks well. 5G and numerous 4G frequencies are on board, so you should also be well prepared for international trips. In a random test, the realme phone also proves to have strong reception with a stable wireless signal.

The realme UI 3 preinstalled on the smartphone is based on Android 12. At the time of testing the security patches date back to April 2022 and thus testify to the manufacturer's regular update policy. realme promises 3 Android versions and 4 years of security updates for its smartphone.

Thanks to Android 12, the system's look can be extensively customized in many areas, but realme has also further tweaked its system and offers a new one-hand mode. With System Cloner, you can even run two completely separate systems on the phone.

The 120 Hz screen contributes to the smooth navigation through the menus, as does the high system performance. The touchscreen is precise, even in the corners, and the physical buttons can be felt clearly and are also placed sensibly for lefties. A fingerprint sensor is integrated into the screen and unlocks the smartphone quickly and reliably.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
888 (842min - 904max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi 11T
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
884 (817min - 939max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
864 (759min - 906max) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
877 (657min - 928max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi 11T
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
836 (737min - 887max) MBit/s ∼95%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
836 (809min - 863max) MBit/s ∼95%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
realme GT 2 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
933 (826min - 963max) MBit/s ∼100% +3%
realme GT 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
909 (846min - 929max) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
realme GT 2 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
862 (780min - 919max) MBit/s ∼100% +8%
realme GT 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
799 (777min - 812max) MBit/s ∼93%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900Tooltip
realme GT 2; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø798 (777-812)
realme GT 2; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø909 (846-929)

Cameras - Fewer megapixels almost everywhere

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The realme GT 2 uses Sony's IMX 766 as the camera sensor for its main camera. This allows taking pictures with up to 50 megapixels, but pixel binning is used by default, which means the resolution is reduced to 12 megapixels and larger pixels are used for more brightness. We like the picture quality and color reproduction quite well in normal daylight, even though the sharpness in detail is not perfect. In low light and high contrasts, many details are still preserved even in dark areas.

Thus, while there are no differences in the main camera's sensor compared to the realme GT 2 Pro the rest of the cameras have to make do with fewer pixels across the board: This is probably most obvious in the ultra-wide-angle camera, where only 8 instead of 50 megapixels (12 megapixels with pixel binning) are available. Thus, the real GT 2 is less flexible for the user.

The realme GT 2 can record 4K videos, but not 8K movies like the Pro model. The quality of the recordings with the main sensor is still good, but the lower quality of the ultra-wide-angle lens means that the option to zoom smoothly between the lenses is missing.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera PlantMain camera EnviromentMain camera Low LightWide-angle camera
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ColorChecker
20.8 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
10 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
15 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
ColorChecker realme GT 2: 10.57 ∆E min: 1.61 - max: 20.8 ∆E
ColorChecker
17.8 ∆E
27 ∆E
25.1 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
31.3 ∆E
28 ∆E
19.1 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
29.2 ∆E
31 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
27.5 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
26.5 ∆E
33.1 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
ColorChecker realme GT 2: 24.34 ∆E min: 12.19 - max: 33.08 ∆E

Display - Very bright and with DC dimming

Subpixel image
Subpixel image

The resolution of the AMOLED screen is 2400 x 1080 pixels, which is quite sufficient for the screen size of 6.62 inches to display a fine picture without visible pixels. However, the Pro model also offers the option for a 1440p resolution here, which is not available in the realme GT 2.

In terms of brightness, the smartphone is on a good level with a maximum of around 750 cd/m² and a very even illumination. The color reproduction is also quite accurate when desired, but does not quite come close to top phones. The screen can adjust its brightness in several steps, but not quite as finely as the Pro model.

We noticed PWM flickering. With the help of the DC dimming mode that can be activated in the realme Lab, the signal changes significantly to a relatively even flickering at around 50 Hz, which might be more pleasant for some users. However, since the reactions to flickering screens are very individual, only trying it out usually helps.

757
cd/m²
752
cd/m²
748
cd/m²
756
cd/m²
759
cd/m²
756
cd/m²
758
cd/m²
764
cd/m²
756
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 764 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 756.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 759 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.14 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.16
realme GT 2
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.62
realme GT 2 Pro
AMOLED, 3216x1440, 6.70
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Xiaomi 11T
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Motorola Moto G200 5G
IPS LCD, 2460x1080, 6.80
Response Times
-25%
-30%
16%
5784%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
10 ?(7, 3)
15 ?(5, 10)
-50%
8 ?(5, 3)
20%
2.8 ?(1.6, 1.2)
72%
32 ?(15, 17)
-220%
Response Time Black / White *
6 ?(3, 3)
6 ?(3, 3)
-0%
8 ?(3, 5)
-33%
2.8 ?(1.6, 1.2)
53%
28 ?(17, 11)
-367%
PWM Frequency
495
367.6
-26%
119.6
-76%
120.2 ?(100)
-76%
89290
17938%
Screen
-23%
-21%
13%
-29%
Brightness middle
759
740
-3%
594
-22%
781
3%
512
-33%
Brightness
756
732
-3%
594
-21%
782
3%
488
-35%
Brightness Distribution
98
98
0%
99
1%
94
-4%
87
-11%
Black Level *
0.36
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.14
3.25
-52%
2.74
-28%
2
7%
3.42
-60%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.68
6.46
-14%
6
-6%
2.9
49%
5.9
-4%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.8
4.7
-68%
4.2
-50%
2.3
18%
3.7
-32%
Gamma
2.16 102%
2.213 99%
2.278 97%
2.28 96%
7154 0%
CCT
6517 100%
5663 115%
7322 89%
6852 95%
1.944 334362%
Contrast
1422
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-24% / -24%
-26% / -24%
15% / 14%
2878% / 1908%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 495 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 495 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 495 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19466 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% Brightness
0% Brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness
DC Dimming
DC Dimming

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - older processor with a lot of power

With its Snapdragon 888 the realme GT 2 relies on an outdated SoC. However, since it is a top processor from last year, the performance should still be on a very high level. Our measurements and benchmarks confirm this: Our test device cannot quite keep up with the realme GT 2 Pro, but the other comparison devices are easily surpassed or are on par.

The performance should be sufficient for everyday use in most cases and there are also enough resources for gaming. The fast memory also contributes to a very smooth system.

However, the load temperature is quite high at over 45 °C (113 °F) in some cases. We measured at room temperature, so it could be quite uncomfortable to touch the real GT 2 under load in hot environments.

The stereo speakers, where the earpiece acts as a second speaker, offer a good overall sound without overdriving. External audio devices can be connected via USB-C or Bluetooth. All current aptX codecs are supported.

The battery of the realme GT 2 actually consists of two batteries that can store 2,500 mAh each. Thus, a total of 5,000 mAh is available. Like the Pro model, the battery system can be charged with up to 65 watts via the included power adapter and thus does not need an hour until it is full again.

The runtimes are not quite as good as those of the Pro model, but they are still absolutely suitable for everyday use with almost 16 hours in our WLAN test. You should easily survive two workdays without a power outlet.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1130 Points ∼89%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1267 Points ∼100% +12%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
809 Points ∼64% -28%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
857 Points ∼68% -24%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1076 Points ∼85% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (976 - 1198, n=27)
1118 Points ∼88% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=263, last 2 years)
761 Points ∼60% -33%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3477 Points ∼95%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3641 Points ∼100% +5%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
2463 Points ∼68% -29%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
2916 Points ∼80% -16%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3286 Points ∼90% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3204 - 3810, n=27)
3571 Points ∼98% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=263, last 2 years)
2449 Points ∼67% -30%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12804 Points ∼69%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12279 Points ∼66% -4%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
8486 Points ∼46% -34%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
12120 Points ∼65% -5%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
18567 Points ∼100% +45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (11435 - 17085, n=21)
14307 Points ∼77% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=222, last 2 years)
10342 Points ∼56% -19%
3DMark
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5886 Points ∼61%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
9571 Points ∼100% +63%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4208 Points ∼44% -29%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
4179 Points ∼44% -29%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5765 Points ∼60% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3958 - 5942, n=26)
5674 Points ∼59% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (254 - 10062, n=200, last 2 years)
3174 Points ∼33% -46%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5896 Points ∼58%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10164 Points ∼100% +72%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4214 Points ∼41% -29%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
4194 Points ∼41% -29%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5711 Points ∼56% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3959 - 5925, n=26)
5617 Points ∼55% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (247 - 14002, n=223, last 2 years)
4198 Points ∼41% -29%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1548 Points ∼60%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2594 Points ∼100% +68%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1283 Points ∼49% -17%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1291 Points ∼50% -17%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1564 Points ∼60% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (1236 - 1602, n=21)
1516 Points ∼58% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3751, n=206, last 2 years)
1138 Points ∼44% -26%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1498 Points ∼59%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2545 Points ∼100% +70%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1256 Points ∼49% -16%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1205 Points ∼47% -20%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1453 Points ∼57% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (974 - 1564, n=21)
1421 Points ∼56% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3707, n=198, last 2 years)
1137 Points ∼45% -24%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
59 fps ∼100%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
53 fps ∼90% -10%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
48 fps ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
49 fps ∼83% -17%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
42 fps ∼71% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (32 - 73, n=26)
55.7 fps ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 113, n=259, last 2 years)
34.1 fps ∼58% -42%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
70 fps ∼70%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
100 fps ∼100% +43%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
54 fps ∼54% -23%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
53 fps ∼53% -24%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
39 fps ∼39% -44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (46 - 87, n=27)
70.4 fps ∼70% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 142, n=260, last 2 years)
42.2 fps ∼42% -40%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
42 fps ∼100%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
37 fps ∼88% -12%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
31 fps ∼74% -26%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
33 fps ∼79% -21%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
33 fps ∼79% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (25 - 51, n=26)
38.5 fps ∼92% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.8 - 86, n=260, last 2 years)
24 fps ∼57% -43%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme GT 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
26 fps ∼63%
realme GT 2 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
41 fps ∼100% +58%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
21 fps ∼51% -19%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
21 fps ∼51% -19%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
19 fps ∼46% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (19 - 32, n=26)
27.5 fps ∼67% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 56, n=260, last 2 years)
16.2 fps ∼40% -38%
realme GT 2realme GT 2 ProOnePlus Nord 2 5GXiaomi 11TMotorola Moto G200 5GAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
11%
6%
-22%
-8%
10%
-32%
Sequential Read 256KB
1914.4
1749
-9%
1827
-5%
1790
-6%
1898
-1%
1777 ?(1014 - 2037, n=68)
-7%
1043 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=255, last 2 years)
-46%
Sequential Write 256KB
776
1225
58%
1256
62%
942
21%
712
-8%
1070 ?(452 - 1833, n=68)
38%
612 ?(11.9 - 2723, n=255, last 2 years)
-21%
Random Read 4KB
283.6
273
-4%
223.7
-21%
139.3
-51%
155.9
-45%
277 ?(173.5 - 543, n=68)
-2%
190.3 ?(13.5 - 543, n=255, last 2 years)
-33%
Random Write 4KB
267.3
264
-1%
239
-11%
133.3
-50%
322.5
21%
300 ?(197.5 - 490, n=69)
12%
195.1 ?(13 - 552, n=256, last 2 years)
-27%

Temperature

Max. Load
 45.4 °C
114 F
43.3 °C
110 F
40 °C
104 F
 
 45.1 °C
113 F
43 °C
109 F
39.9 °C
104 F
 
 45.4 °C
114 F
43.1 °C
110 F
39.8 °C
104 F
 
Maximum: 45.4 °C = 114 F
Average: 42.8 °C = 109 F
38.1 °C
101 F
41.2 °C
106 F
40.6 °C
105 F
38.2 °C
101 F
40.6 °C
105 F
44.1 °C
111 F
39.1 °C
102 F
41.9 °C
107 F
44 °C
111 F
Maximum: 44.1 °C = 111 F
Average: 40.9 °C = 106 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.2 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 42.8 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.4 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.1 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.5 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2048.638.32547.635.63139.729.94031.526.95035.225.46345.433.48040.536.310038.924.212537.230.416030.338.820023.148.625021.657.731520.858.440024.162.150021.464.263021.8668002369100022.874.2125023.477.1160019.578.2200019.673.1250017.374.3315016.874.1400014.773.5500012.174630014.273.5800012.764.91000010.559.41250010.556.51600010.347SPL32.785.7N1.862.9median 20.8median 64.9Delta3.411.549.353.343.942.237.136.637.93643.841.531.835.82835.327.929.423.534.423.847.819.655.3196217.565.315.263.716.867.22169.922.375.218.777.417.377.715.879.715.882.317.481.518.478.820.276.620.368.820.169.721.469.921.870.221.362.121.85831.689.51.675.7median 20.1median 69.71.89.2hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme GT 2realme GT 2 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme GT 2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.9% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (17.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

realme GT 2 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 23% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 49% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
realme GT 2 Pro
5000 mAh
1053 min ∼40% +9%
realme GT 2
5000 mAh
964 min ∼37%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
958 min ∼36% -1%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
5000 mAh
905 min ∼34% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=262, last 2 years)
882 min ∼33% -9%
Xiaomi 11T
5000 mAh
813 min ∼31% -16%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
16h 04min

Pros

+ chic case
+ good runtimes
+ fast charging
+ a lot of power
+ Main camera takes good pictures

Cons

- high temperatures
- no eSIM
- no micro-SD reader

Conclusion - doing without can be worthwhile

Under test: realme GT2. Test device provided by:
Under test: realme GT2. Test device provided by:
cyberport.com

The realme GT 2 Pro is in the upper class in terms of costs, while the realme GT 2 is already available at mid-range prices. For the reduced price you have to settle for the older Snapdragon 888, which is still a high-end processor from last year that is completely sufficient for most apps and guarantees a smooth system.

The Full HD screen does not have as fine a resolution as the Pro model, but it is very bright and can adjust its refresh rate in 4 steps. The metal frame around the casing that was present in the Pro model is absent. If you don't require a high-end phone, these are all differences that you can actually live with in view of a discount of up to 250 Euros (~$263).

The main camera sensor remains the same as in the GT 2 Pro, however, the wide-angle camera does not have pixel binning in our review sample, so the light sensitivity is not quite as high. However, the difference is hardly visible in terms of image quality. The GT 2 can record a maximum of 4K videos and the zoom function is limited.

The realme GT 2 Pro offers a lot of power and long runtimes at a good price, but the camera is not as flexible.

Overall, the GT 2 offers an even better price-performance ratio than the Pro model. It is still slightly more expensive compared to the competition, but you get a well-equipped upper mid-range phone. Missing features like wireless charging also do not hurt as much at the lower price.

However, the Pro model offers the slightly longer runtimes in our test. The Motorola Moto G200 offers an extended desktop mode for completely new application possibilities, but lacks an optical image stabilizer for the camera, for example.

Price and availability

The realme GT 2 is available directly from the manufacturer at https://buy.realme.com/eu/goods/201 for 550 - 600 Euros (~$578 - $631). notebooksbilliger.de still sells at the manufacturer's price. The smartphone is available at amazon.de and Cyberport.de as well. 

realme GT 2 - 08/30/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
47 / 70 → 67%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
89%
Games Performance
55 / 64 → 86%
Application Performance
75 / 86 → 87%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
75 / 90 → 83%
Camera
70%
Average
78%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-05- 2 (Update: 2022-05- 2)