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realme GT NEO 2 Smartphone Review - Challenge to the top class

Neon green upper class. The realme GT NEO 2 surprises with an unusual color option in the test and convinces with a lot of performance and a long runtime for quite little money. Only the camera has some catching up to do...
Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt, Brian Burriston (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 🇩🇪 🇨🇳 ...
realme GT NEO 2
realme GT Neo 2 (GT Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 8 x 2.4 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
Display
6.62 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 398 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 240 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/​n66/​n38/​n40/​n41/​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, 65 Watt realme SuperDart Charge
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​60fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.3, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.5, 26mm, 1/3.09", 1.0µm, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, silicone bumper, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
549 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
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.9 %
12/2021
realme GT Neo 2
SD 870, Adreno 650
200 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.62"2400x1080
84.9 %
08/2021
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
189 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.43"2400x1080
84 %
11/2021
Motorola Edge 20
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
163 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
81.9 %
05/2021
Samsung Galaxy A72
SD 720G, Adreno 618
203 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.70"2400x1080

Case and equipment - Neon green challenger

In the price range around 500 Euros (~$568), there are many challengers to the top-class smartphones that are superbly equipped. At the same time, they do not come with all the latest technology that many users might not even need in everyday use.

The realme GT NEO 2 is now one of them and wants to shuffle the cards once again with its 120 Hz display, super-fast charging technology and extravagant color design on request.

According to the manufacturer, the back is made of a copper alloy that is supposed to dissipate the heat from inside the smartphone particularly effectively. The surface is covered with a nanocoating that shimmers matte and is available in black, light blue or unusual neon green. The casing looks sturdy and has a high-quality build.

There are two equipment variants:

  • realme GT NEO 2 - 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage: 450 Euros (~$511)
  • realme GT NEO 2 - 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage: 550 Euro (~$625)

However, the larger storage option is only available in green or black.

NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 are on board, but there is no microSD reader to expand the storage.

realme GT NEO 2
realme GT NEO 2
realme GT NEO 2
realme GT NEO 2
realme GT NEO 2
realme GT NEO 2

Size comparison

165 mm / 6.5 inch 77.4 mm / 3.05 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 203 g0.4475 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs163 mm / 6.42 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 163 g0.3594 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs

Communication, software and operation - Smooth scrolling thanks to 120 Hz

Thanks to WiFi 6 support, the smartphone is very fast on the Internet, especially compared to the Samsung Galaxy A72. 5G support is of course also available in the realme GT NEO 2, and the frequency diversity should also be sufficient for traveling to more exotic countries.

The realme UI is tidy, and with Android 11 as the basis and security patches from October 2021, it is still quite up-to-date at the time of testing. The system is especially fun to use because of the fast screen, which makes everything appear even smoother than on a 60 Hz screen.

A fingerprint sensor under the screen and face recognition can be used for biometric unlocking. Both work quite quickly and reliably, and the combination of the two makes it even more convenient. However, you should keep in mind that facial recognition is not supported by an infrared or depth camera, so it is not as secure and also has its limits in the dark.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
888 (842min - 904max) MBit/s ∼100% +2%
realme GT Neo 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
867 (836min - 893max) MBit/s ∼98%
Motorola Edge 20
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
697 (664min - 716max) MBit/s ∼78% -20%
Samsung Galaxy A72
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
287 (144min - 338max) MBit/s ∼32% -67%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
877 (657min - 928max) MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Motorola Edge 20
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
809 (717min - 844max) MBit/s ∼92% +5%
realme GT Neo 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
771 (585min - 832max) MBit/s ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy A72
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
295 (143min - 319max) MBit/s ∼34% -62%
04590135180225270315360405450495540585630675720765810855Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø770 (585-832)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø867 (836-893)

Cameras - Not completely convincing

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

A 64-megapixel lens is used as the main camera in the realme GT NEO 2. It uses pixel binning, i.e., 4 pixels are always combined into one pixel, and thus usually produces 16-megapixel images, but the full resolution can also be used if desired.

The pictures are actually quite crisp and pleasing with decent details, but the surrounding image on a dull day shows clear blurring. In low light and high contrasts, the brightness is okay and the image sharpness reaches an average level. Videos can be recorded in 4K with 60 FPS at most. Only digital zoom can be used here. If you want to record videos with the wide-angle camera, you have to select it before starting the recording. Autofocus and exposure control work quite reliably.

You can only switch between the main and wide-angle camera directly; a gradual hybrid zoom is not possible. The camera takes decent photos in wide-angle mode, but many details are lost when you look closer.

The front-facing camera with 16 megapixels takes decent selfies that still show a good variety of details even when zoomed in.

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 LandscapeMain camera Low LightWeitwinkelkamera
click to load images
ColorChecker
23.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
22.3 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
13 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
ColorChecker realme GT Neo 2: 13.58 ∆E min: 3.42 - max: 23.48 ∆E
ColorChecker
29 ∆E
49.8 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
42.6 ∆E
56.2 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
37 ∆E
27.6 ∆E
57.8 ∆E
58.8 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
34.6 ∆E
66.5 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
72.6 ∆E
67.4 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker realme GT Neo 2: 43.08 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 72.61 ∆E

Display - Could be more true to color

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The AMOLED display of the realme GT NEO 2 has an extended Full HD resolution and shows smooth movements thanks to a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The maximum brightness is on a very good level, but the color reproduction is rather mediocre. A blue cast is visible even in the color mode "mild", which is adjusted to sRGB.

PWM is present like in all OLED screens, but you can activate a DC dimming mode so that the screen then only updates with the refresh rate and does not flicker.

769
cd/m²
771
cd/m²
776
cd/m²
755
cd/m²
767
cd/m²
767
cd/m²
754
cd/m²
767
cd/m²
774
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 776 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 766.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 767 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.47 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 5.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
98.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.275
realme GT Neo 2
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.62
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Motorola Edge 20
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Samsung Galaxy A72
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Response Times
-48%
-34%
3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
6 ?(3, 3)
8 ?(5, 3)
-33%
9 ?(5, 4)
-50%
6.4 ?(2.8, 3.6)
-7%
Response Time Black / White *
6 ?(3, 3)
8 ?(3, 5)
-33%
6 ?(3, 3)
-0%
3.2 ?(1.6, 1.6)
47%
PWM Frequency
532
119.6
-78%
252.5
-53%
367.6 ?(2)
-31%
Screen
7%
9%
8%
Brightness middle
767
594
-23%
479
-38%
730
-5%
Brightness
767
594
-23%
480
-37%
734
-4%
Brightness Distribution
97
99
2%
94
-3%
97
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.47
2.74
21%
2.06
41%
3.2
8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
9.23
6
35%
4.54
51%
8.8
5%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.9
4.2
29%
3.5
41%
3.5
41%
Gamma
2.275 97%
2.278 97%
2.205 100%
2.05 107%
CCT
7800 83%
7322 89%
6794 96%
6605 98%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-21% / -11%
-13% / -5%
6% / 6%

* ... 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
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 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37 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 532 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 532 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 532 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21941 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

DC dimming enabled
DC dimming enabled
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 - Fast and enduring

With its SoC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, the realme GT NEO 2 cannot be a threat to real high-end smartphones. However, it offers a lot of performance in its price range and can outperform all comparison devices. The Snapdragon 870 5G is also used in originally much more expensive smartphones like the Motorola Edge 20 Pro.

The UFS 3.1's storage is a great thing. The speed difference compared with the much slower UFS 2.0's storage in the Samsung Galaxy A72 is particularly striking.

realme particularly emphasizes the innovative cooling system of the GT NEO 2. Nevertheless, the casing heats up considerably in our tests: 44.8 °C (112.6 °F) as the maximum value after a longer load is almost unpleasant. We mainly measured at room temperature. Users who use the smartphone on hot summer days might have problems.

The realme phone uses the earpiece as a hybrid speaker for stereo effects and thus supports the actual main speaker, which is found on the bottom edge. Thus, a decent volume is achieved when needed, and at the same time the sound does not overdrive and is quite balanced and pleasant. External audio devices can be connected via Bluetooth or USB-C.

The realme GT NEO 2 lasts for over 16 hours in our battery test, which is a good rate. The 5,000 mAh battery can be recharged with a maximum of 65 watts and thus hardly needs more than half an hour for a full charge. If you only charge the smartphone for a few minutes, you will still get a few hours of runtime with moderate use.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1004 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
809 Points ∼81% -19%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
767 Points ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
555 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (955 - 1046, n=11)
993 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=262, last 2 years)
653 Points ∼65% -35%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
3095 Points ∼94%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
2463 Points ∼75% -20%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2785 Points ∼84% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1656 Points ∼50% -46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (2870 - 4455, n=11)
3306 Points ∼100% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=262, last 2 years)
2151 Points ∼65% -31%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
14573 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
8486 Points ∼58% -42%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
13296 Points ∼91% -9%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
7471 Points ∼51% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (10829 - 16054, n=10)
12851 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=133, last 2 years)
10130 Points ∼70% -30%
3DMark
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4232 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4208 Points ∼99% -1%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2505 Points ∼59% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
826 Points ∼19% -80%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4166 - 4351, n=11)
4252 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=172, last 2 years)
3282 Points ∼77% -22%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4230 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4214 Points ∼99% 0%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2499 Points ∼59% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
824 Points ∼19% -81%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4152 - 4352, n=11)
4240 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=170, last 2 years)
3370 Points ∼79% -20%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1232 Points ∼96%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1283 Points ∼100% +4%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
695 Points ∼54% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
318 Points ∼25% -74%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1203 - 1243, n=10)
1230 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=124, last 2 years)
1000 Points ∼78% -19%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1236 Points ∼98%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1256 Points ∼100% +2%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
690 Points ∼55% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1047 Points ∼83% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1195 - 1246, n=10)
1225 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=121, last 2 years)
978 Points ∼78% -21%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
48 fps ∼89% -11%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
30 fps ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼31% -69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (32 - 54, n=11)
46.6 fps ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=259, last 2 years)
27.9 fps ∼52% -48%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
61 fps ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
54 fps ∼89% -11%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
34 fps ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
15 fps ∼25% -75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (50 - 62, n=11)
58.2 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2 - 257, n=260, last 2 years)
33.4 fps ∼55% -45%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
34 fps ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
31 fps ∼91% -9%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
19 fps ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
11 fps ∼32% -68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (20 - 34, n=11)
29.4 fps ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=260, last 2 years)
19.1 fps ∼56% -44%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme GT Neo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
22 fps ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
21 fps ∼95% -5%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
13 fps ∼59% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
6.8 fps ∼31% -69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (18 - 23, n=11)
21.9 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=260, last 2 years)
12.9 fps ∼59% -41%
realme GT Neo 2OnePlus Nord 2 5GMotorola Edge 20Samsung Galaxy A72Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
10%
-33%
-63%
3%
-44%
Sequential Read 256KB
1761
1827
4%
1011
-43%
490.8
-72%
1771 ?(1330 - 2037, n=42)
1%
897 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=259, last 2 years)
-49%
Sequential Write 256KB
763
1256
65%
471.4
-38%
260
-66%
899 ?(452 - 1559, n=42)
18%
435 ?(11.9 - 1465, n=259, last 2 years)
-43%
Random Read 4KB
281.1
223.7
-20%
190.2
-32%
119.2
-58%
260 ?(181 - 325, n=42)
-8%
159.3 ?(13.5 - 325, n=259, last 2 years)
-43%
Random Write 4KB
260.2
239
-8%
210.6
-19%
114.7
-56%
264 ?(218 - 449, n=43)
1%
151.6 ?(269 - 449, n=260, last 2 years)
-42%

Temperature

Max. Load
 44.1 °C
111 F
41.6 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 44.7 °C
112 F
40.8 °C
105 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 44.8 °C
113 F
41 °C
106 F
37.5 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 41 °C = 106 F
35.1 °C
95 F
38.6 °C
101 F
39 °C
102 F
35.4 °C
96 F
38.8 °C
102 F
41.7 °C
107 F
35.5 °C
96 F
38.9 °C
102 F
41.8 °C
107 F
Maximum: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Average: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.3 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 19.7 °C = 67 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.8 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.4 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.545.32542.239.73133.844.54039.139.45044.144.56334.435.18025.626.310024.227.312520.231.216021.240.520017.346.525018.155.931516.160.840015.464.550016.471.963017.174.180020.877.7100020.977.8125017.979.5160018.178.220001878.7250018.878.8315019.878.9400020.580.3500020.874.4630021.671.5800022.369.2100002374.51250023.871.91600024.757.2SPL32.389.3N1.679.6median 20.2median 71.9Delta211.745.642.640.237.133.43231.229.53537.727.526.920.122.919.619.717.22515.935.312.442.21249.310.253.410.156.18.759.415.264.616.366.115.670.413.170.911.171.611.569.311.768.814.171.214.473.517.768.416.567.216.765.718.169.317.563.218.853.727.181.60.850.3median 15.2median 65.72.69.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme GT Neo 2OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme GT Neo 2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 31% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme GT Neo 2
5000 mAh
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 20
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A72
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
962
958
0%
716
-26%
877
-9%
904 ?(438 - 1953, n=267, last 2 years)
-6%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
16h 02min

Pros

+ a lot of performance for the money
+ bright screen
+ DC dimming can be activated
+ fast WLAN and 5G
+ balanced sound
+ long battery life and fast charging

Cons

- blue cast in the display
- strong heating under load
- no hybrid zoom

Verdict - Good overall package at an affordable price

In review: realme GT NEO 2. Test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme GT NEO 2. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme GT NEO 2 once again attacks the upper class. Even though it cannot quite keep up with real top phones in terms of features, it finds a good compromise between a lot of performance for everyday use and being easy on the wallet with its pricing.

The large battery with good runtimes and extremely fast charging times is a highlight, as is the case made of a copper alloy that is stable and well-made. The speakers sound clean, the WLAN is fast, and thanks to DC dimming mode, there is a better chance that sensitive natures will not get headaches from the screen.

The quite high heating under longer load could be an issue for users, but in return the smartphone brings a lot of performance for its price range.

The realme GT NEO 2 offers a lot of performance and long runtimes and is available at a low price. The very warm casing during long load could be an issue.

If you then get the device for considerably less money in a discount campaign (the device was available for just under 370 Euros (~$420) shortly after release during Black Friday 2021), it turns out to be a price-performance bargain and makes it difficult for the competition. Hardly anyone offers more power in this price range, but you get similarly long runtimes with the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. The Motorola Edge 20 comes with an even faster screen, but the speakers are only mediocre.

Price and availability

The realme GT NEO 2 is available from the manufacturer as well as at various retailers. Among the big online retailers, for example, our partners amazon.de, notebooksbilliger.de and Cyberport have the phone on offer.

realme GT Neo 2 - 11/25/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 72%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
58 / 64 → 91%
Application Performance
80 / 86 → 93%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 90 → 84%
Camera
67%
Average
79%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-12- 1 (Update: 2021-12- 1)