At a GT 2 Series Special Event on 20 December 2021, the company first revealed that the phone would once again feature an aesthetic treatment from Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa; with a “Paper Tech Master Design” that incorporates a bio-polymer material for a more eco-friendly build, inspired by paper, revealed below. This treatment was subsequently revealed to lean on Sabic’s ‘LNP ELCRIN bio-based copolymer’.
Come launch, we were introduced to four finishes in all: Paper White (pictured above) and Paper Green – both reserved for the Master Edition versions of the phone – while the standard colourways manifested as the glass-backed Steel Black and Titanium Blue (the latter of which remains unavailable outside of China).
The other ‘world first’ that Realme claims relates to the GT 2 Pro’s display, which beats the likes of OnePlus to the punch by offering up a 2K AMOLED panel “with LTPO 2.0 technology”, meaning an adaptive 1Hz to 120Hz variable refresh rate, a touch sampling rate of 1000Hz and a promised peak brightness of 1400nits.
The rear triple camera setup is led by a 50Mp Sony IMX766 main sensor with OIS (optical image stabilisation), while the secondary 50Mp ultrawide boasts a world-first 150° field of view. Realme says this is the widest ultra-wide camera in a smartphone yet, and supplied the below sample shot of it in action. This lens also apparently powers a fisheye camera mode, for those who want to maximise the natural curvature of an ultra-wide lens.
Taking a leaf out of sister-brand Oppo’s book, like the
Find X3 Pro the Realme GT 2 Pro’s rear camera setup is rounded out by an unorthodox microscopic camera that boasts up to 40x magnification.
Finally, networking is enhanced too. The “HyperSmart antenna switching” tech picks the best-performing of the phone’s 12 antennae at any given time for optimal signal, while a new symmetrical WiFi antenna design apparently improves signal there too. 360° NFC seals the deal, with a 500% larger NFC sensing area and 20% improved distance; which should make it easier to make NFC payments from either side of the phone.
Here’s the Realme GT 2 Pro’s full spec sheet:
6.7in WQHD+ LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display
1Hz to 120Hz variable refresh rate
1400nits peak brightness
1000Hz touch sampling rate
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 4nm chipset
Stainless steel vapour chamber cooling system
8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB, 256GB or 512GB UFS 3.1 storage
50Mp main f/1.8 Sony IMX766 sensor w/ OIS
50Mp ultrawide f/2.2 w/ 150° FoV
Up to 40x magnification macro camera
32Mp front-facing f/2.4 Sony IMX615 sensor w/ 80.6° FoV
The Realme GT 2 Pro was the only member of the GT 2 family to really leak ahead of launch, making the reveal of a standard Realme GT 2 something of a surprise during the company’s 4 January launch announcement in China.
The standard Realme GT 2 looks much like its Pro-branded sibling and even enjoys the same Master Edition treatment, but comes with a few notable tweaks. It’s smaller – sporting a 6.62in 120Hz E4 AMOLED display – with a Snapdragon 888 chipset running the show, and a more modest ultrawide and selfie snapper. You still benefit from the latest Realme UI 3.0 user experience, a 65W fast-charging 5000mAh battery, and it leads with the same Sony IMX766 OIS-bolstered 50Mp rear camera.
In the run-up to the series’ international launch in late February, a Snapdragon 888-powered Realme device (model number RMX3311) popped up on
Geekbench’s database, assumed to be the international version of the standard Realme GT 2.
We first went hands-on with Realme GT 2 series at Mobile World Congress and you can watch our full Realme GT 2 Pro hands-on below: