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

Excessive-end gaming smartphones do not come low cost – check out Asus’ ROG Cellphone 5, which has all the pieces a gamer may need, however comes at a value. Asus’ ROG Phone 5 (First impressions) is accessible in three variants priced between Rs. 49,999 for the bottom model and a whopping Rs. 79,999 for the top-of-the-line ROG Cellphone 5 Final.

However most informal players do not essentially want that sort of {hardware}, so Poco got here up with the F3 GT (Review), which is at the moment a strong contender within the mid-range gaming house with costs ranging from as little as Rs. 26,999. Now, we even have a smartphone from Realme that is priced equally however doesn’t scream ‘gaming’ just like the Poco F3 GT. It has no set off buttons and no RGB lighting, and is accessible in daring in addition to refined colors. So, with out the gaming thrills, does it fulfill the wants of the cellular gamer? And, does it go a step additional to turn into an all-rounder?

Realme GT Neo 2 value in India

The Realme GT Neo 2 is accessible in three finishes: Neo Inexperienced, Neo Blue and Neo Black. As for variants, there are simply two to select from. The bottom 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. Each choices are priced competitively towards the competitors which incorporates the Poco F3 GT and Xiaomi’s Mi 11X. What’s lacking although is a 6GB RAM variant, which might have made the GT Neo 2 extra accessible.

Realme GT Neo 2 design

The Neo Inexperienced Realme GT Neo 2 unit that I obtained for overview has a novel dual-tone glass again panel. The inexperienced half has a tender, matte-finished texture, whereas the 2 black stripes that run all the best way down the panel are shiny. Being made with a number of sheets of glass, the again panel doesn’t decide up fingerprints and makes this gadget fairly straightforward to grip, which is nice for a smartphone that is principally going for use by players. The Neo Blue and Neo Black choices do not have such stripes, and whereas the previous has a gradient, the latter is totally plain.

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The Neo Inexperienced Realme GT Neo 2’s again panel is manufactured from dual-tone glass

The mid-frame is manufactured from polycarbonate despite the fact that it seems to be like metallic, and has a matte end. There’s additionally a matte gray silicon case within the field, but it surely makes the cellphone a bit slippery. The digital camera module protrudes by about 3mm from the again panel and appears a bit like those on the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) and Oppo Reno 6 Pro (Review). This cellphone will wobble fairly a bit when positioned on a flat floor.

Whereas I just like the distinctive colourways (every of them seems to be totally different) that Realme has provide you with for the GT Neo 2, the brilliant inexperienced Neo Inexperienced end is sort of loud and can seize a number of consideration. It could be finest to go for the smoky Neo Blue or the satin-like Neo Black for those who do not need to stand out.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s AMOLED show has a skinny bezel

The bezel across the show is sort of skinny. The 6.62-inch show is sort of broad (which is nice for gaming) in comparison with ones on the Realme GT Master Edition and the GT, and you’ll need two palms to make use of this cellphone. By way of weight, the Realme GT Neo 2 feels lighter than it seems, at round 200g. There is no IP ranking however you do get stereo audio system.

Realme GT Neo 2 specs and software program

The Realme GT Neo 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. The cellphone is obtainable with as much as 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, however there is not any microSD slot for reminiscence enlargement. There are two Nano-SIM slots, and this cellphone helps twin 5G standby in addition to a number of SA and NSA 5G bands. Communication requirements embrace Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the same old satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. The Realme GT Neo 2 packs in a 5,000mAh battery that may be charged utilizing the 65W charger that comes within the field.

The software program is the standard Realme UI 2.0, which is predicated on Android 11. It seems to be similar to Oppo’s ColorOS, and has a number of customisation choices, which embrace the power to alter and modify the shapes of icons, customise the always-on show, and even change the load of the Adaptive font. What I didn’t like had been the annoying notifications from the Theme retailer. Fortunately, these may very well be switched off in Settings. The cellphone additionally comes with a number of preinstalled third-party apps which embrace Netflix, Fb, Snapchat, and Josh. Save for the FinShell Pay app, all of those apps will be uninstalled.

Realme GT Neo 2 efficiency and battery life

The GT Neo 2 options an AMOLED show with a full-HD+ decision and a 120Hz refresh price. The show additionally gives as much as 600Hz contact sampling, which is alleged to be helpful when enjoying video games. The show showcased barely punchy colors so I used the Light display color mode for a lot of the overview interval. What I missed is HDR assist, which might have been a pleasant addition given the massive measurement of this display, and would have made it a lot better for streaming video. The cellphone additionally has stereo audio system that get fairly loud and make for an immersive expertise whereas enjoying video games.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s AMOLED show has a 600Hz contact sampling price

The Realme GT Neo 2 pulled some spectacular numbers in our benchmark checks. It did higher than its competitors, with scores of seven,19,508 in AnTuTu, and 1,005 and three,152 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core checks.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor has sufficient grunt to run probably the most demanding 3D video games easily. What’s extra, the GT Neo 2 remained cool even throughout lengthy gaming periods, which is especially because of its massive stainless-steel cooling system and a brand new “diamond thermal gel” that is used as a layer of warmth dissipation, as per the corporate.

A gaming mode known as ‘GT Mode’ is accessible on the Realme GT Neo 2. As we noticed on earlier GT-series fashions, it cranks up the processor’s clock pace and the show’s contact sampling price (the show is able to as much as 600Hz), however I didn’t discover something vastly totally different when it comes to responsiveness, in comparison with when GT Mode was switched off. The same old Recreation Area app additionally has a slide-out console which let me customise swipe and contact sensitivity, however these are usually not per-game optimisations, so they’ll have to be adjusted between video games.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s mid-frame is manufactured from polycarbonate

The Realme GT Neo 2’s 5,000mAh battery is the most important in a GT-series smartphone up to now. Battery life with informal use is sort of spectacular, and the cellphone simply lasted a day and half, even with some gaming. The GT Neo 2 lasted a powerful 28 hours and 56 minutes in our normal HD video loop battery check. Charging was additionally fairly fast for a 5,000mAh battery. The cellphone managed to go from a lifeless battery to a 100% cost in simply 44 minutes.

Realme GT Neo 2 cameras

The Realme GT Neo 2 options three rear-facing cameras – a 64-megapixel major, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 16-megapixel front-facing digital camera. The digital camera app interface is just like what now we have seen on different Realme smartphones with Realme UI 2.0. A very powerful controls are a faucet away, and a neat slide-out tray on the left aspect offers you entry to extra superior features such because the tilt-shift mode, body choice, and a timer for the shutter.

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The Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear cameras

Images taken in daylight got here out fairly saturated basically however showcased first rate element and dynamic vary. There is a noticeable shift in color and tone when switching between the first digital camera and the ultra-wide-angle digital camera. Colors basically shift fairly a bit from scene to scene so there is not any consistency between pictures, with some exhibiting pure colors whereas others look wildy saturated. Capturing pets and other people indoors resulted in tender and textureless photos with tremendous saturated colors. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera reproduces even much less element and pictures additionally had noticeable purple fringing in brighter areas.

Realme GT Neo 2 daylight digital camera samples. High: Main digital camera, backside: Extremely-wide angle digital camera (faucet to see full measurement)

Selfies taken with the front-facing digital camera confirmed good element and first rate dynamic vary however tended to be overexposed. Edge detection when utilizing the front-facing digital camera in Portrait mode was first rate at finest. Utilizing the Portrait mode with the rear digital camera did nonetheless end in good edge detection and dynamic vary.

The fixed-focus macro digital camera takes first rate photographs, however with a 2-megapixel decision, they do not pack in sufficient element. Shut-ups shot with the first digital camera regarded a lot better with extra element.

Realme GT Neo 2 close-up digital camera samples. High: Main digital camera, backside: Macro digital camera (faucet to see full measurement)

In low gentle, particulars had been on the decrease aspect with some photographs showing murky. The Evening mode bumped up distinction and elevated saturation and sharpness, making for some dramatic panorama pictures, however you need to anticipate 3-5 seconds to shoot each, so this mode positively can’t be used to shoot individuals or pets in dim lighting.

Realme GT Neo 2 low-light digital camera samples. High: Auto mode, backside: Evening mode (faucet to see full measurement)

Video high quality in daylight was first rate at finest. You possibly can shoot at as much as 4K at 60fps however the digital camera gives no stabilisation at these settings, so movies come out fairly shaky. 4K footage at 30fps got here out fantastic, with good element and stabilisation, however like 1080p movies, tended to be overexposed. In low gentle, video shot at any decision regarded murky and dreamy at finest.


After utilizing the Realme GT Neo 2 for greater than every week, it is clear that it isn’t an all-rounder. That is primarily all the way down to its unreliable digital camera efficiency, which fell wanting expectations, given its price ticket. Merely put, you may get higher digital camera efficiency from Realme’s own GT Master Edition (Review), which is priced loads decrease, ranging from Rs. 25,999.

What you’ll be able to’t get wherever else is the hardcore gaming efficiency that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC and this cellphone’s cooling system allow. It is lacking devoted set off buttons and RGB lighting, which you’d get with the Poco F3 GT (Review), however as an alternative, this cellphone offers you a high-quality AMOLED show and wonderful battery life.

At this value level, it is exhausting to advocate anything to a cellular gamer. For the non-gamer, there’s the Xiaomi’s Mi 11X (Review) which additionally has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and an IP53 ranking, however dials down the show specs, battery life, and charging pace in favour of a slimmer design. So, the GT Neo 2 nonetheless gives good worth at Rs. 31,999, offered you’re okay with its common digital camera efficiency.

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