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realme GT Neo 2 test - Next round for the realme GT range

Test report prepared by Timo on January 3, 2022

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer "realme" is bringing the realme GT Neo 2 to Europe. The efficient Snapdragon 870 mobile platform promises a lot of performance in apps and games. On top of that there is a 120 Hz Samsung E4 AMOLED display, a triple camera with a high-resolution 64MP Sony main camera and a large 5000 mAh battery with 65W SuperDart quick charge function that charges the smartphone completely in just 35 minutes.

A fancy data sheet does not make a good smartphone by any means. Let's take a look at what the realme GT Neo 2 does in practice in the test.

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8.5
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377 € amazon
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Overview
Manufacturer

realme

Model

realme GT Neo 2

Specifications

 Processor and memory 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
GPU: Adreno 650
RAM: 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5
Internal memory: 128GB / 256GB UFS3.1
Memory extension: no

 Display 
Display diagonal: 6,62 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 120 Hz
Display type: AMOLED (Samsung E4)
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sampling rate: 600 Hz
Multitouch: 10 fingers

 cameras 
Main camera: 64 MP Sony IMX682 (f / 1.8 aperture)
Ultra wide angle camera: 8 MP (119 ° - f / 2.3 aperture)
Macro camera: 2 MP (f / 2.4 aperture)

Front camera: 16 MP (f / 2.5 aperture)

 Mesh 
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19
FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28/B32/B66
TDD LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41(2496-2690MHz)/B42
5G NSA/SA: n77/78/79/38/40/41(2496-2690MHz)/1/3/5/7/8/20/28

 wireless 
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Bluetooth: 5.2
GPS: Yes (Dual-Frequency)
NFC: Yes

 Sensors 
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor

 Accumulator 
Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 65 Watt
Qi store: no

 other 
Operating system: Android 11 (realme UI 2.0)
Audio: stereo speakers
Connection: USB-C
Size: 162.9 75.8 x x 8.6 mm
Weight: 200g

Test: realme GT Neo 2

The successful realme GT model series is growing again. No wonder, because realme is currently the fastest growing smartphone brand in the world! After the realme GT (to the test) and in summer the realme GT Master Edition (to the test), the realme GT Neo 2 will follow at the end of the year.

Offer (January 03, 2022)

At Amazon there is the realme GT Neo 2 in Neo Black and Neo Blue with 8 + 128GB storage again for 369 euros. Selling and shipping are carried out by Amazon. The best price was last on Black Friday at 339 euros.

Offer on Amazon

realme GT Neo 2: design and workmanship

The focus is once again on an extraordinary design, which realme achieves with the colors "Neo Green", "Neo Black" and "Neo Blue". The flagship color is “Neo Green”, a neon green tone that, in combination with the black racing stripe and the “Dare to Leap” lettering, creates an urban look. The surface of all colors is matt, which largely prevents unsightly fingerprints.

realme GT Neo2 smartphone test unboxing

Unfortunately, buyers do not get the chic green box. This is withheld from the reviewer kit.

Our test device in "Neo Black" looks particularly elegant. The back is made of plastic, but in no way feels like it. The surface is pleasantly smooth, but not so smooth that the smartphone is slippery in the hand. The rounded edges of the back of the case, which give the smartphone a good grip, also contribute to this.

realme GT Neo2 smartphone scope of delivery

In addition to the smartphone, the scope of delivery includes a protective cover, a charging cable and a quick charger.

The size of the device is 162.9 x 75.8 x 8.6 mm. The weight is 200g. The large 5000 mAh battery is the main reason for its thickness and weight. There is no water protection (IP rating). The processing quality is good and corresponds to the price range.

realme GT Neo 2: Display

In direct comparison with the realme GT, realme has improved the display of the realme GT Neo 2 in several points. The screen size of the Samsung E4 AMOLED display has grown from 6,43 inches to 6,62 inches. The screen resolution has remained the same at 1080 x 2400 pixels (FHD +), but there is no disadvantage in terms of image sharpness due to the higher screen size. With its 397 PPI, the display is still razor-sharp.

realme GT Neo2 test display from the front.

Crisp AMOLED display with razor-sharp resolution.

The refresh rate of 120 Hz makes the display particularly smooth. Unfortunately, there are still minor problems with the automatic adjustment of the refresh rate. In some apps and games this is limited to only 60 Hz, although theoretically more would be possible. In the system, the 120 Hz are fully played out at all times. Gamers get their money's worth thanks to the high sampling rate of 600 Hz. The higher the sampling rate, the faster the display reacts to touch, which is definitely an advantage in mobile games.

realme GT Neo2 test display from the side.

With a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the display is super fluid and has no trailing effect.

Support for HDR10 + content is also new. Realme specifies the maximum display brightness as 1300 nits, which means that the realme GT Neo 2 has the brightest display that has ever been built into a realme smartphone. The display can be read without any problems in the open air and in sunshine. The display covers 3 percent of the DCI-P100 color space. The AMOLED display type means that colors are particularly strong and the contrast is almost infinite.

realme GT Neo 2: performance and user interface

The built-in Snapdragon 870 mobile platform from Qualcomm makes the realme GT Neo 2 an affordable upper-class smartphone. The chip, manufactured using the 7nm process, works particularly efficiently and offers sufficient performance for all everyday tasks.

realme GT Neo2 Snapdragon 870

This is made possible by an 8-core CPU (1x Cortex-A77 with 3,1 GHz, 3x Cortex-A77 with 2,4 GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 with 1,8 GHz) and an Adreno 650 GPU. The Snapdragon X5 modem enables fast LTE and 55G cellular communications. On-top there is enough memory with either 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 main memory and 128GB or 256GB UFS3.1 data memory. An expansion of the data memory with a microSD memory card is not supported.

In the benchmark, the realme GT Neo 2 has to lag behind the older realme GT with Snapdragon 888, but this difference is by no means noticeable in everyday use. The system can be operated smoothly throughout, apps and games start quickly and run smoothly.

The smartphone was delivered with realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. The new realme UI 3.0 with Android 12 basis will soon be rolled out as an update.

realme GT Neo 2: 64MP triple camera

A look at the data sheet reveals that realme has adopted the triple camera and front camera of the realme GT almost 1: 1 for the realme GT Neo 2. The main camera uses the same 64MP Sony IMX682 image sensor with f / 1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide angle camera with 119 ° wide angle and f / 2.3 aperture and a 2MP macro camera with f / 2.4 aperture. The front camera has a resolution of 16MP and uses an f / 2.5 aperture.

realme GT Neo2 camera test

At this point we would also like to refer to our  Test for the realme GT  refer. The smartphone uses an identical camera system and achieves very similar results. The minor differences are in the software processing.

The recording quality of the main camera is convincing in good lighting conditions. Details are captured well and the picture looks pleasantly sharp. There is nothing wrong with the dynamic range either. The camera can cope with backlighting. The (automatic) HDR mode only needs to intervene very rarely. Colors appear realistic, with a slightly enhanced note.

The ultra-wide-angle camera delivers a recording quality on an average middle class level. As you can clearly see, the recordings are a little darker and shifted in color. However, the example image was taken in light twilight.

realme GT Neo2 main camera sunset

In poor lighting conditions, the main camera still captures enough light to deliver reasonably useful recordings. The image noise is still limited, but the lack of image stabilization makes it increasingly difficult to take sharp photos. Night mode is a great help in maintaining good recording quality.

realme GT Neo 2: 16MP front camera

Realme housed the 16MP front camera in a "punch hole". The recording quality is impressive. Photos are pleasantly bright and show strong, yet natural color rendering. For a blurred background, you can easily switch to portrait mode (bokeh). The blurring of the background is not too aggressive and is cleanly separated from the foreground.

The front camera records videos in maximum 1080p resolution and at up to 30 frames per second.

realme GT Neo 2: Connectivity

The realme GT Neo 2 cuts a very good figure in mobile communications. The reception was stable at all times in the test and the voice quality was excellent. The same applies to the WLAN reception (WiFi 6), which scores with good signal strength and high data throughput. Bluetooth is available in version 5.2.

realme GT Neo2 smartphone back.

The navigation with the realme GT Neo 2 was also without any obstacles. Thanks to dual GPS, the exact position is found in fractions of a second. There were no deviations from the route while navigating.

realme GT Neo2 smartphone underside with USB-C.

 NFC is available so that mobile payments with Google Pay are also possible. An in-display fingerprint scanner reliably unlocks the smartphone. The position of the power button, which is slightly higher, harbors a small point of criticism at this point. When gripping and switching on, the thumb does not reach the fingerprint scanner quite as well.

realme GT Neo2 smartphone top.

The realme GT Neo 2 generates a stereo sound with the aid of the auricle. The sound is balanced and the volume is sufficient. Realme did without a 3.5 mm headphone connection this time.

realme GT Neo 2: battery

The 5000 mAh battery (2x 2500 mAh) gives the realme GT Neo 2 a very good battery life. The average user who uses the smartphone for telephony, web browsing, social media and to watch a video here and there has an average runtime of 2 ½ days. Heavy users who like to play mobile games should also get through the day without any problems.

realme GT Neo2 smartphone back on box.

The 65 watt "SuperDart" fast charging technology fully charges the smartphone in about 37 minutes. The quick charger required for this is included in the scope of delivery. Qi wireless charging is not supported.

Price Comparison

iconGerman warehouse
iconDelivery time 2-5 business days
377,00€
Rating
Positive

Chic design and good workmanship
AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate
Fast performance in apps and games
Usable main and front camera
Stable Android 11 user interface
Good cellular quality (5G, VoLTE, VoWiFi)
Good stereo sound
NFC for contactless payment
Good battery life and short charging time

Negative

No IP protection
No memory expansion
Recording quality ultra wide angle and macro camera

Summary

For less than 400 euros, the smartphone offers excellent everyday performance. Regardless of whether it is an app or a challenging mobile game. Users are guaranteed to get their money's worth thanks to the high performance of the Snapdragon 870.

The high-resolution AMOLED display, which is crisp and particularly fluid to operate thanks to its 120 Hz refresh rate, was also convincing. The mobile communication qualities of the realme GT Neo 2 are good. The stereo speakers enable a balanced sound.

The main camera is on a good mid-range level. Photos are sharp, rich in detail, and color-coordinated. There is still room for improvement with the ultra-wide-angle camera and the macro camera. The front camera, on the other hand, delivers useful selfies.

The price-performance ratio of the realme GT Neo 2 is right and the smartphone is worth a recommendation.

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Overview
Manufacturer

realme

Model

realme GT Neo 2

Specifications

 Processor and memory 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
GPU: Adreno 650
RAM: 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5
Internal memory: 128GB / 256GB UFS3.1
Memory extension: no

 Display 
Display diagonal: 6,62 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 120 Hz
Display type: AMOLED (Samsung E4)
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sampling rate: 600 Hz
Multitouch: 10 fingers

 cameras 
Main camera: 64 MP Sony IMX682 (f / 1.8 aperture)
Ultra wide angle camera: 8 MP (119 ° - f / 2.3 aperture)
Macro camera: 2 MP (f / 2.4 aperture)

Front camera: 16 MP (f / 2.5 aperture)

 Mesh 
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19
FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28/B32/B66
TDD LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41(2496-2690MHz)/B42
5G NSA/SA: n77/78/79/38/40/41(2496-2690MHz)/1/3/5/7/8/20/28

 wireless 
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Bluetooth: 5.2
GPS: Yes (Dual-Frequency)
NFC: Yes

 Sensors 
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor

 Accumulator 
Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 65 Watt
Qi store: no

 other 
Operating system: Android 11 (realme UI 2.0)
Audio: stereo speakers
Connection: USB-C
Size: 162.9 75.8 x x 8.6 mm
Weight: 200g

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