Realme has announced the GT2 Pro, its latest flagship phone and successor to last year’s impressive GT. The former Oppo sub-brand describes it as “Realme’s most premium flagship ever”, and it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.
The main feature of the GT2 Pro is how it looks and feels. The GT2 Pro continues the company’s materials collaboration with legendary Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa and is the first phone made with a “bio-based polymer”, which Realme claims reduces CO2 emissions by 35.5 percent during production. .
The “paper green” model I used has a unique matte finish that feels coarse and doesn’t pick up fingerprints. I can’t comment on Realme’s environmental claims, but this phone doesn’t feel cheap at all – I think it looks great and feels better than glossy glass or plastic.
The camera system has quite a bit in common with last year’s flagship Oppo Find X3 Pro. There’s a 50-megapixel main camera with the same IMX766 sensor, and the ultrawide is also 50-megapixels, but presumably uses a smaller sensor as Realme calls it “the world’s first 150-degree” ultrawide. The results are quite distorted and Realme leans on this by exaggerating the distortion even further for a special fisheye mode that captures circular images. The third lens in the camera lineup is a 40x “micro-lens” ultra-macro camera similar to the Find X3 Pro’s, although there’s no ring light. There is no single telephoto camera.
The GT2 Pro has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor in addition to up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The screen is a 1-120Hz 1440p LTPO OLED panel with a much smaller chin than on the previous GT. There’s a 5,000mAh battery that can quickly charge up to 65W, but unfortunately there’s still no wireless charging, which would stop me from putting this next to other flagship phones.
The Realme GT2 Pro starts at €649 (~$725) in Europe. Realme is also releasing a non-pro version of the GT2 with a Snapdragon 888, a less extreme 119-degree ultra-wide angle lens and a more conventional macro lens, with prices starting at €449 (~$500).