The Realme GT Neo 2 is the third smartphone in the new Realme GT series of devices to be launched in India. Despite its premium looks, it sits conveniently between the mid-range Realme GT Master Edition (Review) and Realme GT (Review).
Given its more affordable price, the Realme GT Neo 2 lacks the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 from the GT as Realme opted for the Snapdragon 870 instead. There are no fancy Maglev triggers, dedicated gaming button or RGB lighting like the Poco F3 GT (Review), but The AMOLED display of this new phone features a high touch sampling rate that gamers will love. Could the Realme GT Neo 2, with its slimmer design, appeal to gamers as well as the non-gaming public? After using it for a while, here are my first impressions.
The official price of the Realme GT Neo starts at Rs. 31,999 in India and is available in three finishes: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. I received a Neo Green branded device for consideration. The phone is available in two flavors, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, priced at Rs. 31,999 and the second with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is priced at Rs. 35,999.With the offers that Realme announced during the launch, these prices could drop to Rs. 7000 each. However, these offers are only valid for a limited period of time.
While the overall design remains the same no matter which color option you choose, the Neo Green option I received has a slightly different finish. The back panel is made of two-tone glass – the green parts have a soft matte finish, and the black stripe is glossy. The body of the phone is made of polycarbonate and has a matte finish, but it looks quite premium. The GT Neo 2 does not have an IP rating like the rest of the GT lineup.
There is a 6.62-inch Full HD AMOLED E4 display, which Realme claims uses less power than Super AMOLED panels. The punch-hole display has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 600Hz peak touch sampling rate for gamers. The refresh rate is adaptive, meaning it can switch between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz depending on the application being used. HDR10 + is also supported, and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear cameras, including a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. Selfies are processed by a 16MP front-facing camera for selfies.
The phone has a 5000mAh battery, which is the first in the GT series. The GT Neo 2 is charged using the included 65W charger. The phone runs Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11.
The Realme GT Neo 2, like its siblings, seems to offer good hardware considering its price tag. This phone could be a versatile phone in its segment if it can capture good photos and videos, and provide long battery life and performance for gaming. This is what will determine its appeal not only to the gaming crowd, but also to those looking for a good all-rounder on a budget that can run up to just over Rs. 30,000. I will test all these aspects of the Realme GT Neo 2 in detail in my full review coming soon.