It’s nearly a year since Realme unveiled its GT smartphone to the world, and the company has been busy teasing the launch of its successor series,  now finally here in the form of the Realme GT 2 Series.

The GT 2 Pro is the first premium flagship device to bear the Realme badge and, what's more, it comes powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Here’s all we know, following its launch.

When does the Realme GT 2 Pro go on sale?

The GT 2 Pro was first teased by Realme on 12 November 2021, but the phone officially launched in China on 4 January 2022, with confirmation from the company that the flagship would be coming to Europe next, as part of its 'dual engine' strategy.

The Realme GT 5G was introduced in China on 4 March 2021 but didn’t make it to international markets (including the UK) until more than three months later, on 21 June. This was followed by a few other models in the range, – including the Realme GT Neo – which arrived in China on 31 March but didn’t receive a release in other territories.

To confuse matters somewhat, Realme introduced a few special editions of the GT shortly after launch too. These were the GT Master Edition – which featured a redesigned chassis and a more modest chipset for a cheaper price tag – and the GT Explorer Master Edition, which had some tweaks to the camera modules and a slightly larger display. Both arrived in China in July 2021, with the Master Edition making it to global markets in August 2021. Read our guide to the Realme GT range for more details on those phones.

The Realme GT Neo 2 is already available globally, so if you want to see how the second generation of the line's more affordable handsets shapes up, you can read our full Realme GT Neo 2 review

How much does the Realme GT 2 Pro cost?

Standard local Chinese pricing starts at ¥3,899 (approximately £455/€545/US$615/₹45,730/AU$850). That's for the base model, with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage – however, there are four SKUs to choose from in all, with a further ¥300 being added on each of the next two increments up the range (which include more storage and memory, respectively), while the top-spec 12GB RAM + 512GB variant costs ¥4,999 (approximately £580/€695/US$785/₹58,580/AU$1,090).

Pre-orders kicked off from 4 January, with purchase availability from 6 January – with a promised shipping time frame of within 48 hours of receiving payment.

Ahead of launch, Realme CEO Sky Li confirmed that the GT 2 Pro would be the first device from the company to break the US$800 mark, which based on the above, must relate to its international price tag, as – going on the local Chinese pricing – even the top-spec GT 2 Pro comes in comfortably below that threshold.

What features does the Realme GT 2 Pro offer?

Realme itself has confirmed that the GT 2 Pro comes with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which launched at the end of November 2021. That at least lives up to the company's promise that this is truly a premium flagship.

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 bio-polymer material for a more eco-friendly design, inspired by paper, revealed below.

Realme GT 2 Pro Master

Come launch, we were introduced to four finishes in all: Paper White (pictured above) and Paper Green – reserved for the Master Edition version of the phone – while Titanium Blue and Steel Black serve as the two standard colourways.

The other 'world first' that Realme is claiming relates to the GT 2 Pro's display, which beats the likes of OnePlus to the punch by offering up a 2K AMOLED display "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.

Realme GT 2 Pro ultrawide camera sample

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 40x magnification.

Finally, networking is enhanced too. The "HyperSmart antenna switching" tech will pick 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, following its unveiling in China:

  • 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
  • Rear cameras:
    • 50Mp main f/1.8 Sony IMX766 sensor w/ OIS
    • 50Mp ultrawide f/2.2 w/ 150° FoV
    • 40x magnification macro camera
  • 32Mp front-facing f/2.4 Sony IMX615 sensor w/ 80.6° FoV
  • Android 12 w/ Realme UI 3.0
  • Stereo speakers w/ Dolby Atmos
  • USB-C
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 65W fast charging
  • 163.2mm x 74.7mm x  8.18mm
  • 189 grams (Master Edition), 199 grams (standard models)
  • Master Edition colours: Paper White, Paper Green
  • Standard colours: Titanium Blue, Steel Black

What about the Realme GT 2?

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.

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 a more modest ultrawide and selfie snapper, but you still benefit from the latest Realme UI 3.0 user experience, 65W fast-charing 5000mAh battery and it leads with the same Sony IMX766 OIS-bolstered 50Mp rear camera.

Here's the Realme GT 2's full spec sheet:

  • 6.62in Full HD+ E4 120Hz AMOLED display
    • 1300nits peak brightness
    • 1000Hz touch sampling rate
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Snapdragon 888 5nm chipset
  • Stainless steel vapour chamber cooling system
  • 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Rear cameras:
    • 50Mp main f/1.8 Sony IMX766 sensor w/ OIS
    • Ultrawide f/2.2 w/ 119° FoV
    • Macro camera
  • 16Mp front-facing f/2.5 w/ 78° FoV
  • Android 12 w/ Realme UI 3.0
  • Stereo speakers
  • USB-C
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 65W fast charging
  • 162.9mm x 75.8mm x  8.6mm
  • 194.5 grams (Master Edition), 199.8 grams (standard models)
  • Master Edition colours: Paper White, Paper Green
  • Standard colours: Titanium Blue, Steel Black

Pricing starts at ¥2,699 (approximately £315/€375/US$425/₹31,630/AU$585) for the 8GB RAM model with 128GB storage, ¥2,899 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB SKU (approximately £335/€405/US$455/₹33,955/AU$630) and the top-tier variant with 12GB of RAM costs ¥3,199 (approximately £370/€445/US$500/₹37,470/AU$695), with similar release availability to GT 2 Pro.

We chat about the launch of the Realme GT 2 series' launch during the third segment of episode 96 of our weekly podcast Fast Charge, which you can watch below (or listen to on your podcast app of choice):

What we don't know is whether or not the standard Realme GT 2 will accompany the GT 2 Pro when the company does bring the device to European markets.

To see what the GT 2 series is up against, take a look at our pick of the best phones and best Chinese smartphones.