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


High-end gaming smartphones do not come low-cost – have a look at Asus’ ROG Phone 5, which has all the things a gamer would possibly need, however comes at a worth. Asus’ ROG Phone 5 (First impressions) is accessible in three variants priced between Rs. 49,999 for the base model and a whopping Rs. 79,999 for the top-of-the-line ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

But most informal avid gamers do not essentially want that type of {hardware}, so Poco got here up with the F3 GT (Review), which is at the moment a strong contender in 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’ like the Poco F3 GT. It has no set off buttons and no RGB lighting, and is accessible in daring in addition to delicate colors. So, with out the gaming thrills, does it fulfill the wants of the cell gamer? And, does it go a step additional to turn out to be an all-rounder?

Realme GT Neo 2 worth in India

The Realme GT Neo 2 is accessible in three finishes: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. As for variants, there are simply two to select 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 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 Green Realme GT Neo 2 unit that I obtained for evaluate has a novel dual-tone glass again panel. The inexperienced half has a mushy, matte-finished texture, whereas the two black stripes that run all the method 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 simple to grip, which is sweet for a smartphone that is principally going for use by avid gamers. The Neo Blue and Neo Black choices do not have such stripes, and whereas the former has a gradient, the latter is totally plain.

The Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2’s again panel is product of dual-tone glass

 

The mid-frame is product of polycarbonate regardless that it seems to be like steel, and has a matte end. There’s additionally a matte gray silicon case in the field, however it makes the telephone a bit slippery. The digital camera module protrudes by about 3mm from the again panel and appears a bit like the ones on the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) and Oppo Reno 6 Pro (Review). This telephone will wobble fairly a bit when positioned on a flat floor.

While I like the distinctive colourways (every of them seems to be completely different) that Realme has give you for the GT Neo 2, the brilliant inexperienced Neo Green end is kind of loud and can seize numerous consideration. It may be finest to go for the smoky Neo Blue or the satin-like Neo Black in case you do not need to stand out.

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

 

The bezel round the show is kind of skinny. The 6.62-inch show is kind of broad (which is sweet for gaming) in comparison with ones on the Realme GT Master Edition and the GT, and you will have two arms to make use of this telephone. In phrases of weight, the Realme GT Neo 2 feels lighter than it seems, at round 200g. There’s 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 telephone is obtainable with as much as 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, however there is no microSD slot for reminiscence growth. There are two Nano-SIM slots, and this telephone helps twin 5G standby in addition to a number of SA and NSA 5G bands. Communication requirements embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the typical satellite tv for pc navigation programs. The Realme GT Neo 2 packs in a 5,000mAh battery that may be charged utilizing the 65W charger that is available in the field.

The software program is the typical 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 embody the skill to vary and modify the shapes of icons, customise the always-on show, and even change the weight of the Adaptive font. What I didn’t like have been the annoying notifications from the Theme retailer. Thankfully, these could possibly be switched off in Settings. The telephone additionally comes with a number of preinstalled third-party apps which embody Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat, and Josh. Save for the FinShell Pay app, all of those apps may 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 charge. The show additionally presents 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 Gentle display color mode for many of the evaluate interval. What I missed is HDR assist, which might have been a pleasant addition given the massive dimension of this display, and would have made it a lot better for streaming video. The telephone 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 charge

 

The Realme GT Neo 2 pulled some spectacular numbers in our benchmark assessments. 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 assessments.

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

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 velocity and the show’s contact sampling charge (the show is able to as much as 600Hz), however I didn’t discover something vastly completely different by way of responsiveness, in comparison with when GT Mode was switched off. The typical Game Space app additionally has a slide-out console which let me customise swipe and contact sensitivity, however these usually are not per-game optimisations, so they’ll must be adjusted between video games.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s mid-frame is product of polycarbonate

 

The Realme GT Neo 2’s 5,000mAh battery is the greatest in a GT-series smartphone thus far. Battery life with informal use is kind of spectacular, and the telephone simply lasted a day and half, even with some gaming. The GT Neo 2 lasted a powerful 28 hours and 56 minutes in our customary HD video loop battery take a look at. Charging was additionally fairly fast for a 5,000mAh battery. The telephone managed to go from a lifeless battery to a one hundred pc cost in simply 44 minutes.

Realme GT Neo 2 cameras

The Realme GT Neo 2 options three rear-facing cameras – a 64-megapixel main, 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 we have now seen on different Realme smartphones with Realme UI 2.0. The most essential controls are a faucet away, and a neat slide-out tray on the left aspect offers you entry to extra superior capabilities resembling 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

 

Photos taken in daylight got here out fairly saturated usually however showcased respectable element and dynamic vary. There’s a noticeable shift in color and tone when switching between the main digital camera and the ultra-wide-angle digital camera. Colours usually shift fairly a bit from scene to scene so there is no consistency between pictures, with some displaying pure colors whereas others look wildy saturated. Shooting pets and folks indoors resulted in mushy and textureless pictures 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. Top: Primary digital camera, backside: Ultra-wide angle digital camera (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Selfies taken with the front-facing digital camera confirmed good element and respectable dynamic vary however tended to be overexposed. Edge detection when utilizing the front-facing digital camera in Portrait mode was respectable at finest. Using 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 respectable pictures, however with a 2-megapixel decision, they do not pack in sufficient element. Close-ups shot with the main digital camera regarded a lot better with extra element.

Realme GT Neo 2 close-up digital camera samples. Top: Primary digital camera, backside: Macro digital camera (faucet to see full dimension)

 

In low mild, particulars have been on the decrease aspect with some pictures showing murky. The Night mode bumped up distinction and elevated saturation and sharpness, making for some dramatic panorama pictures, however it’s a must to await 3-5 seconds to shoot each, so this mode undoubtedly can’t be used to shoot individuals or pets in dim lighting.

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Realme GT Neo 2 low-light digital camera samples. Top: Auto mode, backside: Night mode (faucet to see full dimension)

 

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

Verdict

After utilizing the Realme GT Neo 2 for greater than every week, it is clear that it is not an all-rounder. This is principally all the way down to its unreliable digital camera efficiency, which fell in need of expectations, given its price ticket. Simply put, you will get higher digital camera efficiency from Realme’s own GT Master Edition (Review), which is priced rather a lot decrease, ranging from Rs. 25,999.

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

At this worth level, it is laborious to suggest the rest to a cell 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 velocity in favour of a slimmer design. So, the GT Neo 2 nonetheless presents good worth at Rs. 31,999, supplied you might be okay with its common digital camera efficiency.



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