Realme was only created in 2018, but this Chinese upstart has shaken up the mobile industry with a range of unique and often high-specced phones at competitive prices.

That's part in thanks to Realme's connection to Oppo. Realme founder Sky Li was previously an Oppo vice president, and the two companies still share some R&D, engineering, and distribution infrastructure, most obvious in the way that Realme UI is remarkably close to Oppo's ColorOS - no bad thing.

Like Oppo itself, Realme has more recently pushed into Europe and has expanded its product portfolio beyond just phones, to include offerings like true wireless headphones and smartwatches as well.

Realme phones all offer a compelling price/performance balance, usually focussing on folding one or more premium features into a device at a price point you wouldn't expect, whether that's budget phones that surpass expectations, or flagship killers that rival Samsung's greatest.

If you're not set on Realme just yet, remember to check out our pick of the best budget and best mid-range phones for more options at similar price points.

Best Realme phones 2022

1

Realme GT 2 Pro - Best flagship

Realme GT 2 Pro
  • Pros
    • Flagship specs
    • Beautiful display
    • 5G support
  • Cons
    • No waterproofing
    • No wireless charging
    • Plastic build

The GT 2 Pro is Realme's first true flagship, with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip inside.

The WQHD+, LTPO AMOLED display is Realme's best yet, as is the 50Mp triple rear camera system, and you can pair the phone with plenty of RAM and storage.

The only real concessions here are that there's no waterproofing or wireless charging, but otherwise this is a flagship to compete with the industry's best.

Read our full Realme GT 2 Pro review

2

Realme GT 2 - Flagship for less

Realme GT 2
  • Pros
    • Strong specs
    • Fast charging
    • 120Hz AMOLED screen
  • Cons
    • No waterproofing
    • No wireless charging
    • Basic cameras

The Realme GT 2 is a slightly odd phone, in that outside of the design it actually has more in common with last year's Realme GT (which you'll also find on this list) than it does with the GT 2 Pro.

Yes, it looks like its Pro sibling, but with a Snapdragon 888, 120Hz AMOLED display, and 65W charging the insides look a lot like the older phone.

There are upgrades though, with a bigger 6.62in screen, larger battery, and a re-tuned camera - the 50Mp main sensor here impresses, though the ultrawide and macro alongside are less exciting.

Read our full Realme GT 2 review

3

Realme 9 Pro+ - Best mid-ranger

Realme 9 Pro+
  • Pros
    • Colour-changing design
    • Two-day battery
    • Strong main camera
  • Cons
    • Disappointing secondary lenses
    • No waterproofing

The Realme 9 Pro+ is the top model in the company's budget 9 series, but that means it's really a mid-range option.

The 90Hz AMOLED display is impressive, as is the 50Mp main camera - though the other lenses aren't much to write home about.

You may also enjoy the phone's unique UV-reactive colour-changing design, though note that it isn't available on every finish.

Read our full Realme 9 Pro+ review

4

Realme C35 - Best budget

Realme C35
  • Pros
    • Crisp display
    • Bold design
    • Decent camera
  • Cons
    • No 5G
    • Basic performance
    • 60Hz display

The C35 is arguably Realme doing what it does best: delivering more than you'd expect for less than you'd expect.

This is one of the company's absolute cheapest phones, but despite that it still offers a Full HD display, 50Mp main camera, and an attractive, distinctive design.

There are limitations of course. Performance is basic, with a bit of stuttering as you use the phone, and there's no 5G either. The display is held to 60Hz refresh rate, and while battery life is good, some other budget models do better.

Still, few phones this cheap offer as much.

Read our full Realme C35 review

5

Realme GT - Best older flagship

Realme GT 5G
  • Pros
    • Flagship specs
    • Striking design
    • 5G support
  • Cons
    • No waterproofing
    • No wireless charging
    • Basic cameras

The Realme GT was the company's 2021 flagship, but outside of Realme's lineup you're just as likely to hear it dubbed a 'flagship killer'. 

That's because it offers the best of flagship specs at around half the price of some of its rivals - mostly by skipping out on luxury features like wireless charging and waterproofing, and by offering a strong main camera but little photographic versatility.

If you can live without those niceties, you won't find a Snapdragon 888, 120Hz AMOLED display, and 65W charging anywhere for less than this.

Read our full Realme GT 5G review

6

Realme 9i - Best for cheap storage

Realme 9i
  • Pros
    • Long battery life
    • 128GB storage as standard
    • Headphone jack
  • Cons
    • No 5G
    • Average performance

The Realme 9i is the cheapest phone in the company's 9-series, designed to appeal to budget buyers - though still runs a little more expensive than the super cheap C-series.

The 9i doesn't include 5G, and performance is unsurprisingly limited, but there's a lot else to like here. The design is pretty decent for one, and like most cheap Realme phones the battery life impresses too. It's also welcome to see a generous 128GB storage included as standard - not always the case at this price.

Read our full Realme 9i review

7

Realme GT Neo 2 - Best for battery

Realme GT Neo 2
  • Pros
    • Excellent display quality
    • Great performance
    • Big battery
  • Cons
    • No wireless charging
    • No IP rating
    • Basic cameras

The Realme GT Neo 2 is a tweaked take on the GT that comes in at about the same price while remixing a few specs.

The chipset drops to the (still excellent) Snapdragon 870, but an improved screen panel, bigger battery, and tweaked design should mean this still has plenty of appeal.

The 65W wired charging is just as nippy as ever, but sadly the fairly basic camera setup is also unchanged - expect a solid main camera, but don't get your hopes up about the ultrawide and macro alongside it.

Read our full Realme GT Neo 2 review

8

Realme 9 Pro - Affordable all-rounder

Realme 9 Pro
  • Pros
    • 120Hz display
    • Snazzy design
    • Long-lasting battery
  • Cons
    • Average performance
    • Inconsistent cameras

The Realme 9 Pro isn't the most powerful phone in the 9 series - that's the 9 Pro+ - but it's not far off its older sibling.

It boasts the same colour-changing design, and packs a big 5000mAh battery, 33W charging, and 120Hz display - though it's only LCD.

The triple rear camera isn't as capable as the version on the Pro+, but it's really not bad for the price. And while the Snapdragon 695 chipset isn't the fastest, it does bring with it 5G support.

Read our full Realme 9 Pro review

9

Realme 8 - Best older option

Realme 8
  • Pros
    • Thin and light
    • Great value
    • Surprisingly strong camera
  • Cons
    • No 5G
    • 60Hz refresh rate
    • Giant slogan on the back

The Realme 8 sits at the heart of the company's 2021 line-up, and this budget offering is still something of a crowd-pleaser.

With solid, all-rounder specs this is a jack-of-all-trades - a phone that doesn't excel at anything specific, but does most things pretty well - especially given the price. 

That makes it a great choice for anyone with a limited budget who just wants a phone that works, and works well.

Read our full Realme 8 review

10

Realme C31 - Cheapest Realme

Realme C31
  • Pros
    • Extremely affordable
    • Long-lasting battery
    • Decent design
  • Cons
    • Poor cameras
    • Simple specs

The Realme C31 is one of the cheapest phones around right now, so it's understandably a little limited - but it'll do the job if your budget really won't stretch any further.

We're fans of the phone's design given its low price, and you'll also get excellent battery life.

Other specs, from the display to the cameras, are less exciting. If you can afford the slightly pricier C35 we think it's worth the stretch, but budget buyers shouldn't rule the C31 out.

Read our full Realme C31 review

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