The fastest-growing smartphone company in history is not apple or Samsung or Xiaomi like you might expect it’s actually, a brand called realme I spent the last few days playing with their record-breaking 2022 flagship phone and I think it’s time we talk about them.
Realme GT2 Pro
So Realme GT 2 Pro I got to say these guys do not have the clearest naming convention there’s a realme 8 an x 50 or c21 doesn’t sound very real to me it doesn’t make any sense but what you need to know about the gt2 pro is that it’s the first time that this company has ever made a top-tier flagship and it’s the fastest android in the world by a mile underneath the phone you also get a pretty decent quality TPU case a 65-watt fast charger and a USB-C charging cable better than most flagships then.
So this realme company has been more than doubling in size every single year how on earth do you do that here’s what I think that the market for affordable smartphones is held back by the market for high-end smartphones because most companies want customers to go and buy their flashy flagships they have to purposefully make their lower-end phones less attractive less good-looking and also usually not as cheap as they would otherwise be but some hasn’t been burdened by that because they so far haven’t made a flagship phone they’ve not been trying to upsell people towards anything.
And so with every single device their only objective has been how do we make this the most unique and value-crammed device possible some have had racing stripes others bold colors quite a few have just had this massive dare to leap motto plastered over them it looks kind of like one of those drunken tattoos that you regret the next day not all of their designs are winners for sure but they’re consistently packed with really strong hardware for the money and that doesn’t change here in fact the real me gt2 pro is less than flagship price.
I’ve been told around $700 to $750 but at the same time they’ve managed to break three major world records with it has the largest internal cooling system it has the widest ever ultrawide camera and it doesn’t just use the same top-end snapdragon 888 chipset as every other current flagship this is the first phone to ship with the next generation of that the snapdragon 8 gen 1.
The very first thing you’ll notice is not those things it’s the design this is classic realme it borrows elements from other oppo and oneplus devices because if you didn’t know realme belongs to the same parent company.
It adds that wacky gen z flare that they’re developing a bit of a reputation for it’s pretty tastefully done here the flourishes of chrome dotted around the body the ultra-fine texture on the power button the contrast of matte and glossy on the back the papery textured wallpapers it’s almost uncharacteristically classy it would have scrubbed this signature from the back to me it just looks like they’ve written the word noob but you only get that on the special edition variants.
I haven’t even mentioned the most interesting part of this material so you know how smartphones are going through a bit of an eco-revolution right now with their recycled packaging and nothing included in the box well this is realme’s way of doing it the back of this phone is made of a biopolymer which is derived in part from recycled paper and therefore uses 35 percent less co2 to make and on one hand, it is a bit strange like when you think of a flagship phone.
You don’t think of recycled bottle caps melted together with papier Mache but in execution, it just reminds me of leather it’s got that same plushness but also that slightly coarse texture for Grippiness and so when you combine this back because I am a fan of leather phones with the seriously alluring screen on the front this starts to feel like one of the most complete hardware packages that money can buy.
When you look at this form factor it looks high-end, yes but it doesn’t immediately strike you as one of those nothing missing feature-crammed ultra-phone right well as far as the screen’s concerned it’s kind of is every corner that I kind of assumed they would cut they didn’t it’s super AMOLED for deep contrast it supports true 10-bit color to be able to display even more of a range its quad HD plus resolution for more pixels than you’ll ever need 120-hertz refresh rate for fluidity with I do think the highest ever recorded level of touch responsiveness all topped off with top 2.0 technology which allows the refresh rate to scale down to one hertz when it can get away with it to save up to 50 batteries consumption plus also it’s just a nice clean flat screen with no weird jutting corners. I mean I don’t personally mind curved screens but the point is you’ll struggle to find something to complain about here actually this is the internet.
Let’s address the elephant in the room this is the first phone with next-generation processing power how fast is it kind of amazing kind of underwhelming then hey if you’re enjoying this video then a sub to the channel would be real good let’s be very clear this is powerful this is the most powerful smartphone I’ve ever held or even looked at if you want to put a number on it while Samsung’s s21 ultra scores around 700 000 points on AnTuTu benchmark this passes a million I nearly fell out of my seat.
I still remember the day where all I wanted in life was to get my phone to 10 000 points and here, I am holding something that passes a million I’ve been getting consistently higher Wi-Fi speeds than on my s21 ultra wherever I’m testing from and also it blitzes through games with seemingly less of a performance hit from sustained play sessions and while the metal room around the outside does get toasty doing so the actual core CPU temperatures are kept at a healthy level throughout but there is a counterpoint to this and it’s partly the fact that well. I mean android games and android apps they aren’t really getting more demanding and last generation’s chipset already ran them really well but it’s also partly the fact that this doesn’t feel like the most polished optimized software experience.
I get the impression that the only reason this is the first phone to have the next chip is just that real me spent less time working with the chip. I’ve had a couple of cases where my widgets haven’t been updating. I’ve noticed that the charging animation just kind of disappears when you swipe up looks a bit unfinished a few of the menus and core apps don’t support the phone’s 120hz refresh rate and so feel jittery as you move between them and also something that definitely cheapens the experience you will find subtle adverts within the user interface it’s not a bad experience by any means, for the most part, this realme ui3 based on android 12 is quite an interactive tactile experience it’s filled with settings that you never even thought to ask for and it’s baked in apps like weather rather premium. I was slightly concerned that realm was going to continue its rather weak trend of one year of major software updates here but for their flagship, they’re committing to three which is fine.
I would just refrain from thinking of this as some sort of transformative experience just because they have the new chip doesn’t mean they’re squeezing every last bit of utility out of it.
And that brings me on to the cameras because the performance of phone cameras is more and more being governed by processing power this snapdragon 8 gen 1.
For example, should technically enable next-generation dynamic range in photos but in actuality again I assume because of a lack of time spent optimizing this is pretty standard flagship performance it does keep up with last year’s top-end phones in most situations.
But falls behind a little when it comes to low light oh also doesn’t have a zoom lens however this is a ridiculously fun camera to use there are so many options. I don’t even know where to start and I love it you’ve got your standard things like night mode portrait mode expert mode etc. but also movie mode which shoots in a cinematic aspect ratio street photography which gives you more data like exactly how far away your subject is dual view video which records two separate streams at once microscope mode which uses this little third camera and not one but two separate flash modules to get 40 times closer to subjects very cool but also kind of irritating that it’s only two megapixels id mode which turns a selfie into an actual usable passport photo starry mode which highlights stars in the sky 3d mode which identifies faces and separates them from the background and of course this 150-degree ultra-wide mode it’s a bit odd in the normal ultrawide camera on this phone is well. I mean it’s just normal it’s only when you go to more options and then specifically select 150 degrees that it gets crazy but to be fair to them even though it is kind of a hack they’ve turned off distortion correction to achieve this wide-angle when you use it is genuinely astonishingly wide.