Realme GT Neo 2 Review: Great Gaming Performance at the Right Price


High-end gaming smartphones don’t come cheap – take a look at Asus’ ROG Phone 5, which has everything a gamer could want, but comes at a price. Asus ROG Phone 5 ,first impressions) is available in three variants priced between Rs. 49,999 for the base version and a whopping Rs. 79,999 for the top-of-the-line ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

But most casual gamers don’t need that kind of hardware, so Poco came up with F3 GT ,Review), which is currently a solid contender in the mid-range gaming space, priced under Rs. 26,999. Now, we also have a smartphone from Realme that is priced similarly but doesn’t scream ‘gaming’ like the Poco F3 GT. There’s no trigger button and no RGB lighting, and it’s available in bold as well as subtle colors. So, without the thrill of gaming, does it meet the needs of the mobile gamer? And, does it go a step further to become an all-rounder?

realme gt neo 2 price in india

The Realme GT Neo 2 is available in three finishes: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. As for the variants, there are just two to choose from. The base 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 31,999, and the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 35,999 in India. Both the options are priced competitively as compared to the competition which includes Poco F3 GT and . Are included Xiaomi Mi 11X, What is lacking though is the 6GB RAM variant, which would have made the GT Neo 2 more accessible.

realme gt neo 2 design

The Neo Green Reality GT Neo 2 unit I got for review has a unique dual-tone glass back panel. The green part has a soft, matte-finish texture, while the two black stripes that run all the way down the panel are glossy. Being made up of multiple sheets of glass, the back panel doesn’t take fingerprints and makes this device quite easy to hold, which is good for a smartphone that is mostly used by gamers. The Neo Blue and Neo Black options do not have such stripes, and while the former has a gradient, the latter is completely plain.

The back panel of the Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2 is made of dual-tone glass

The mid-frame is made of polycarbonate, even though it looks like metal, and has a matte finish. There is also a matte gray silicone case in the box, but this makes the phone a bit slippery. The camera module protrudes from the back panel by about 3mm and looks a bit oneplus nord 2 ,Review) And Oppo Reno 6 Pro ,Review) This phone will wobble a bit when placed on a flat surface.

While I love the unique colors (each of them looks different) that the Realme GT Neo 2 has come up with, the glossy green Neo Green finish is quite loud and will grab a lot of attention. If you don’t want to look different then it can be best to go for smoky neo blue or a neo black like satin.

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Realme GT Neo 2’s AMOLED display has thin bezels

The bezel around the display is quite thin. The 6.62-inch display is noticeably wider (which is good for gaming) than the display with realme gt master edition And this GT, and you will need two hands to use this phone. In terms of weight, the Realme GT Neo 2 feels lighter than it looks at around 200 grams. There is no IP rating but you do get stereo speakers.

Realme GT Neo 2 Specifications and Software

Realme GT Neo 2 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. The phone is tipped to pack up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, but there’s no microSD slot for memory expansion. There are two nano-SIM slots, and the phone supports dual 5G standby as well as multiple SA and NSA 5G bands. Communication standards include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and the usual satellite navigation system. The Realme GT Neo 2 packs a 5,000mAh battery which can be charged using the 65W charger that comes in the box.

The software specific is Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. It looks very similar to Oppo’s ColorOS, and has a number of customization options, including the ability to change and modify the size of icons, customize Always On Display, and even change the weight of the adaptive font. What I didn’t like was the annoying notifications from the Theme Store. Thankfully these can be switched off in the settings. The phone comes with several preinstalled third-party apps including Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat and Josh. Save for Finshell Pay app, all these apps can be uninstalled.

realme gt neo 2 performance and battery life

The GT Neo 2 flaunts an AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The display also offers touch sampling up to 600Hz, which is said to be useful while playing games. The display showed slightly punchy colors so I used the Gentle Screen Color mode for most of the review period. What I missed is HDR support, which would have been a nice addition considering this screen’s large size, and would have made it better for streaming video. The phone also has stereo speakers that make for quite loud sound and provide an immersive experience while playing games.

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Realme GT Neo 2’s AMOLED display has 600Hz touch sampling rate

The Realme GT Neo 2 pulled in some impressive numbers in our benchmark tests. It outperformed its competition, with scores of 7,19,508 in AnTuTu and 1,005 and 3,152 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests, respectively.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor has enough grunt to run the most demanding 3D games smoothly. What’s more, the GT Neo 2 remained cool even during long gaming sessions, which is mainly thanks to its larger stainless steel cooling system and a new “Diamond Thermal Gel,” which according to the company is used as a layer of heat dissipation. is done as.

A gaming mode called ‘GT Mode’ is available on the Realme GT Neo 2. It cranks up the processor’s clock speed and the display’s tactile sampling rate (the display is capable of up to 600Hz), as we saw on the GT-series model earlier. , but I didn’t notice anything different in terms of responsiveness when compared to when GT Mode was turned off. There’s also a slide-out console in the normal Game Spaces app that lets me customize swipe and touch sensitivity, but these aren’t per-game customizations, so they’ll need to be adjusted between games.

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The mid-frame of the Realme GT Neo 2 is made of polycarbonate

The 5,000mAh battery on the Realme GT Neo 2 is the biggest ever in a GT-series smartphone. The battery life is quite impressive with casual use, and the phone easily lasted a day and a half, even with some gaming. The GT Neo 2 lasted an impressive 28 hours and 56 minutes in our standard HD video loop battery test. Charging was also quite fast thanks to the 5,000mAh battery. The phone managed to charge 100 percent from a dead battery in just 44 minutes.

realme gt neo 2 cameras

The Realme GT Neo 2 packs three rear-facing cameras – a 64-megapixel primary, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie duties are handled by a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera app interface is similar to what we have seen on other Realme smartphones with Realme UI 2.0. The most important controls are a tap away, and a neat slide-out tray on the left gives you access to more advanced functions such as tilt-shift mode, frame selection, and a timer for the shutter.

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Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear cameras

Photos taken in daylight are normally quite saturated but show good detail and dynamic range. There is a noticeable change in color and tone when switching between the primary camera and the ultra-wide-angle camera. Colors in general change quite a bit from scene to scene, so there’s no consistency between shots, with some showing off natural colors while others looking wildly saturated. Shooting pets and people indoors yielded soft and texture-free images with super saturated colors. The ultra-wide-angle camera reproduces even less detail and shots had noticeable purple fringing in brighter areas, too.

realme gt neo 2 daylight camera sample Top: Primary camera, Bottom: Ultra-wide angle camera (tap to view full size)

Selfies taken with the front-facing camera show good detail and good dynamic range, but tend to be overexposed. Edge detection was at its best when using the front-facing camera in Portrait mode. However, edge detection and dynamic range were good when using Portrait mode with the rear camera.

The fixed-focus macro camera takes good pictures, but with a 2-megapixel resolution, they don’t pack in enough detail. Close-up shots from the primary camera looked much better with more detail.

Realme GT Neo 2 close-up camera sample. Top: Primary Camera, Bottom: Macro Camera (tap to view full size)

In low light the details were on the lower side and some pictures looked blurry. Night mode boosts contrast and boosts saturation and sharpness, making for some dramatic landscape shots, but you’ll have to wait 3-5 seconds to shoot each one, so definitely use this mode for people. Or pets can’t be used to shoot in dim light.

Realme GT Neo 2 low-light camera sample. Up: Auto mode, Down: Night mode (tap to view full size)

Video quality was the best in broad daylight. You can shoot up to 4K at 60fps but the camera offers no stabilization at these settings, so videos are quite shaky. 4K footage came out fine at 30fps, with good detail and stabilization, but had a tendency to be overexposed, like 1080p video. In low light, video shot at any resolution looks dreamy at best.

Decision

After using the Reality GT Neo 2 for more than a week, it is clear that it is not an all-rounder. This is mainly down to its incredible camera performance, which fell short of expectations considering its price. Simply put, you can get better camera performance than Realme’s own GT Master Edition ,Review), whose price is very low, starting from Rs. 25,999.

What you can’t get anywhere else is the hardcore gaming performance enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC and the cooling system of this phone. It doesn’t have a dedicated trigger button and RGB lighting, which you’ll get with Poco F3 GT ,Review), but instead, this phone gives you a high quality AMOLED display and excellent battery life.

At this price, it’s hard to recommend anything else to a mobile gamer. For the non-gamer, there is Xiaomi Mi 11X ,Review) which also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and IP53 rating, but dials up display specs, battery life and charging speed in favor of a slimmer design. So, GT Neo 2 still offers good value at Rs. 31,999, provided you are okay with its average camera performance.


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