Realme GT Neo 2 Review: Excellent gaming performance at the right price

High-end gaming smartphones aren’t cheap – take a look at Asus’ ROG Phone 5, which has everything a gamer could want, but has a price. ROG Phone 5 (First Impressions) from Asus is available in three variants at prices between Rs. 49,999 for the base version and a huge Rs. 79,999 for the top ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

But most casual gamers don’t necessarily need this type of hardware, so Poco came up with F3 GT (Review), which is currently a solid competitor in the mid-range gaming space, with prices starting at just Rs. . 26,999. Now, we have a smartphone from Realme that has a similar price, but does not scream “gaming” like the Poco F3 GT. It has no shutter buttons and no RGB lighting and is available in bold and subtle colors. So, without the thrills of the game, does it meet the needs of the mobile player? And go one step further to become a versatile person?

Realme GT Neo 2 price in India

Realme GT Neo 2 is available in three finishes: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. As for the options, there are only two to choose from. The basic version of 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage is priced at Rs. 31,999, and the storage version with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB is priced at Rs. 35,999 in India. Both options are competitively priced compared to the competition which includes Poco F3 GT and Xiaomi Mi 11X. What is missing, however, is a 6 GB RAM variant, which would have made GT Neo 2 more accessible.

Design Realme GT Neo 2

The Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2 unit I received for review has a unique two-tone glass back panel. The green side has a soft, matte texture, while the two black stripes running down the panel are glossy. Being made of several sheets of glass, the back panel does not take fingerprints and makes this device quite easy to catch, which is good for a smartphone that will be used mostly 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 simple.

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The back panel of the Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2 is made of double glazing

The central frame is made of polycarbonate, even if it looks like metal, and has a matte finish. There’s also a matte gray silicone case in the box, but it makes the phone a little slippery. The camera module comes out about 3mm from the back panel and looks a bit like the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) and Oppo Reno 6 Pro (Review). This phone will shake quite a bit when placed on a flat surface.

Although I like the unique colors (each one looks different) that Realme has created for the GT Neo 2, the bright green Neo Green finish is quite strong and will attract a lot of attention. It would be best to opt for smoky Neo Blue or satin-like Neo Black if you do not want to stand out.

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The AMOLED screen of the Realme GT Neo 2 has a thin frame

The frame around the display is quite thin. The 6.62-inch screen is quite wide (which is good for gaming) compared to the Realme GT Master Edition and GT, and you’ll need two hands to use this phone. In terms of weight, Realme GT Neo 2 feels lighter than it looks, around 200 g. There is no IP rating, but you get stereo speakers.

Realme GT Neo 2 specifications and software

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

The software is typical Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. It looks very similar to ColorOS from Oppo and has several customization options, which include the ability to change and change the shapes of the icons, to customize the always active display, and even change the weight of the adaptive font. What I didn’t like was the annoying notifications from the Theme store. Fortunately, they may be turned off in Settings. The phone also comes with several pre-installed apps from third parties, including Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat and Josh. With the exception of FinShell Pay, all of these applications can be uninstalled.

Realme GT Neo 2 performance and battery life

GT Neo 2 has an AMOLED display with a full-HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display also provides tactile sampling up to 600 Hz, which is said to be useful when playing games. The screen showed slightly pleasing colors, so I used the delicate screen color mode for most of the review period. What I missed was the HDR support, which would have been a nice plus considering the large size of this screen and would have made it much better for video streaming. The phone also has stereo speakers that become quite loud and provide a captivating gaming experience.

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The AMOLED screen of the Realme GT Neo 2 has a tactile sampling rate of 600 Hz

Realme GT Neo 2 achieved some impressive figures in our benchmark tests. It did better than the competition, with scores of 7.19.508 in AnTuTu and 1.005 and 3.152 in the single and multi-core tests of Geekbench, respectively.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor has enough grunting to run the most demanding 3D games smoothly. In addition, the GT Neo 2 remained cool even during long gaming sessions, mainly due to its large stainless steel cooling system and a new “diamond thermal gel” which is used as a heat sink. , according to the company.

A game mode called “GT Mode” is available on Realme GT Neo 2. As we have seen in previous GT series models, it increases the clock speed of the processor and the tactile sampling rate of the display (the display is capable of up to 600 Hz ), but I didn’t notice anything very different in terms of responsiveness compared to when the GT Mode was turned off. The regular Game Space application also has a sliding console that allows me to customize the sliding and touch sensitivity, but these are not optimizations per game, so they will need to be adjusted between games.

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The center frame of the Realme GT Neo 2 is made of polycarbonate

The 5,000 mAh battery of the Realme GT Neo 2 is the largest smartphone in the GT series to date. The battery life when used occasionally is quite impressive, and the phone easily lasted a day and a half, even with some games. The GT Neo 2 lasted 28 hours and 56 minutes in our standard HD video loop battery test. Charging was also fast enough for a 5,000 mAh battery. The phone managed to switch from a discharged battery to a 100% charge in just 44 minutes.

Realme GT Neo 2 cameras

The Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear-facing cameras – a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie duties are managed by a 16 megapixel front camera. The camera app interface is similar to what I’ve seen on other Realme smartphones with Realme UI 2.0. The most important controls are a touch away, and a neat sliding tray on the left gives you access to more advanced features such as tilt-shift mode, frame selection, and a shutter-release timer.

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The Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear cameras

The photos taken in the light of day were quite saturated in general, but they showed decent details and dynamic range. There is a noticeable change in color and tone when you switch between the main camera and the ultra-wide angle camera. Colors generally change quite a bit from scene to scene, so there is no consistency between photos, some showing natural colors, while others look extremely saturated. Shooting with pets and people indoors has led to soft, non-textured images with super-saturated colors. The ultra-wide-angle camera reproduces even less detail, and the photos also had purple fringes visible in brighter areas.

Realme GT Neo 2 camera samples in natural light. Top: Main Room, Bottom: Ultra-wide Angle Room (tap to view full size)

Front camera selfies showed good detail and a decent dynamic range, but tended to be overexposed. Detecting edges when using the front camera in Portrait mode was decent at best. However, using the Portrait mode with the rear camera has resulted in good edge detection and good dynamic range.

Fixed focus macro camera takes decent photos, but with a resolution of 2 megapixels, they are not detailed enough. Close-ups with the main camera looked much better with more detail.

Close-up samples of Realme GT Neo 2. Upstairs: main room, downstairs: macro room (tap to view full size)

In low light, the details were at the bottom, with some photos looking blurry. Night mode has increased contrast and increased saturation and clarity, taking some dramatic landscape photos, but you have to wait 3-5 seconds to shoot each one, so this mode certainly can’t be used to shoot people or animals. pet in low light.

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

The video quality in the light of day was decent at best. You can record up to 4K at 60 fps, but the camera doesn’t provide stabilization at these settings, so the videos come out pretty shocking. 4K images at 30fps came out well, with good detail and stabilization, but like 1080p videos, they tended to be overexposed. In low light, the video shot at any resolution seemed blurry and dreamy at best.

Verdict

After using Realme GT Neo 2 for more than a week, it is clear that it is not versatile. This is mainly due to its unsafe performance of the camera, which was not up to expectations, given its price. You can simply get better camera performance from Realme GT Master Edition (Review), which has a much lower price starting at Rs. 25,999.

What you can’t get anywhere else is the hardcore gaming performance that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC and the cooling system of this phone allow. It lacks dedicated shutter buttons and RGB lighting, which you would get with the 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 player. For non-gamers, there is the Xiaomi Mi 11X (Review) which also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and an IP53 rating, but reduces the display specifications, 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 agree with the average performance of the camera.


Updated: March 13, 2022 — 2:53 pm

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