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Realme GT 2 Pro First Impressions: Segment Breaker?

The Realme GT 2 Pro was launched back in January 2022 in China and was one of the first phones to feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. This phone has finally made it to India while we have many new flagships released with the same SoC. Some of them include the well-received Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Review), Samsung Galaxy S22 (Review), OnePlus 10 Pro (Review), and iQoo 9 Pro (Review). Realme’s secret weapon that makes the GT 2 Pro stand out is its aggressive pricing.

Realme GT 2 Pro starts at Rs. 49,999 in India, which places it in a segment currently filled with phones based on Qualcomm’s previous flagship SoC, with the exception of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro. The GT 2 Pro misses out on a few flagship features like wireless charging and the official IP rating, but the rest of the specs are pretty much up to par. I have spent some time using it and here are my first impressions.

Realme GT 2 Pro comes with charger, cable and protective case in the box.

The Realme GT 2 Pro comes in a nice box just like the other phones in the series. Inside you will find all the essential accessories such as cable and charger, as well as a protective case. The phone has a very interesting back panel that mimics the look and texture of paper products. Realme claims this is the first phone to use this bio-based polymer material and was developed in collaboration with Naoto Fukasawa, who has helped create many of Realme’s limited edition phones in the past.

The GT 2 Pro looks really good in the Paper White of the device I own, and it’s also available in Paper Green and Steel Black. The back of my unit hasn’t shown any noticeable dirt in the limited time I’ve been using it, but I’m wondering how well this finish will age in our climate. One thing that disappointed me is the design of the camera module, which makes this phone look a lot like the Realme C35 (review), a budget, mainstream smartphone. While this is good for the C35’s street credibility, it doesn’t bode well for the GT 2 Pro’s image.

Realme GT Pro is very well built and looks sturdy. The aluminum frame has all the necessary ports and buttons in easy to reach places. Realme intentionally uses a flat display on the GT 2 Pro which is great for practical purposes and there are no compromises on the specs. The 6.7-inch 10-bit AMOLED panel has a QHD+ resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. The brightness goes up to 1400 nits and this panel uses LTPO 2.0 technology which means the refresh rate can be reduced to 1Hz to save power.

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The Realme GT 2 Pro has a unique back panel texture that mimics the feel of paper.

As I mentioned earlier, the Realme GT 2 Pro uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Realme says it has used a stainless steel vapor cooling chamber and has optimized the placement of the 5G and Wi-Fi antennas along the frame for better connectivity while gaming or while talking on phone. It all sounds great and I can’t wait to check out the capabilities of this phone in a full review.

The GT 2 Pro is available with 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. This top configuration costs Rs. 57,999. Base option that starts at Rs. The 49,999 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The GT 2 Pro is equipped with a 5000mAh battery, 65W SuperDart charging and stereo speakers. The GT 2 Pro runs Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12.

No flagship Android phone of 2022 is complete without a good set of cameras, and the Realme GT 2 Pro seems to have a good foundation, at least on paper. The main camera uses a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS. The ultra-wide camera is also 50MP and uses Samsung’s JN1 sensor with a 150-degree field of view, just like the OnePlus 10 Pro. The third camera, which Realme calls a “micro lens”, is 2 megapixels and capable of zooming up to 40x, and is supposed to take macro photography to a whole new level. It’s an interesting choice and I’m looking forward to testing it further. The GT 2 Pro has a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

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Realme GT 2 Pro has a bright and crisp AMOLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz.

At the moment, the closest competitor of Realme GT 2 Pro is Motorola Edge 30 Pro (review). The former offers a higher resolution display, but the latter has wireless charging and an IP rating that the GT 2 Pro does not. Since both models start at about the same price, it can be difficult to choose one of them, but we will help you decide.

I’ll be testing the Realme GT 2 Pro’s cameras, battery life, gaming performance and more in the coming days, so be sure to check out Gadgets 360 for a full review coming soon.

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