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

High-end gaming smartphones do not come low cost – check out Asus’ ROG Phone 5, which has every thing a gamer may need, however comes at a worth. Asus’ ROG Phone 5 (First impressions) is obtainable 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 Phone 5 Ultimate.

But most informal avid gamers do not essentially want that form of {hardware}, so Poco got here up with the F3 GT (Review), which is at the moment a stable 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 obtainable 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 out to be an all-rounder?

Realme GT Neo 2 worth in India

The Realme GT Neo 2 is obtainable 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 in opposition to 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 comfortable, 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 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 previous has a gradient, the latter is totally plain.

The Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2’s again panel is fabricated from dual-tone glass

 

The mid-frame is fabricated from polycarbonate regardless that it seems like steel, and has a matte end. There’s additionally a matte gray silicon case within the field, nevertheless it makes the telephone 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 telephone will wobble fairly a bit when positioned on a flat floor.

While I just like the distinctive colourways (every of them seems completely different) that Realme has provide you with for the GT Neo 2, the brilliant inexperienced Neo Green end is sort of loud and can seize a variety of 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.

Realme GT Neo 2 front bezels ndtv RealmeGTNeo2 Realme

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 sweet for gaming) in comparison with ones on the Realme GT Master Edition and the GT, and you will want 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 score 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 enlargement. 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 same old satellite tv for pc navigation methods. 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 everyday Realme UI 2.0, which relies on Android 11. It seems similar to Oppo’s ColorOS, and has a number of customisation choices, which embody the flexibility to vary 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. 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 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 fee. The show additionally provides as much as 600Hz contact sampling, which is claimed to be helpful when enjoying video games. The show showcased barely punchy colors so I used the Gentle display screen color mode for many of the evaluate interval. What I missed is HDR assist, which might have been a pleasant addition given the big dimension of this display screen, 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 fee

 

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 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 chrome 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 referred to as ‘GT Mode’ is obtainable 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 fee (the show is able to as much as 600Hz), however I didn’t discover something vastly completely different when it comes to responsiveness, in comparison with when GT Mode was switched off. The normal 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 have to be adjusted between video games.

Realme GT Neo 2 back button ndtv RealmeGTNeo2 Realme

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

 

The Realme GT Neo 2’s 5,000mAh battery is the most important in a GT-series smartphone to this point. Battery life with informal use is sort 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 normal HD video loop battery check. Charging was additionally fairly fast for a 5,000mAh battery. The telephone managed to go from a lifeless battery to a 100 p.c 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 now have seen on different Realme smartphones with Realme UI 2.0. The most necessary controls are a faucet away, and a neat slide-out tray on the left facet provides you entry to extra superior capabilities 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

 

Photos taken in daylight got here out fairly saturated on the whole however showcased respectable element and dynamic vary. There’s a noticeable shift in color and tone when switching between the first digital camera and the ultra-wide-angle digital camera. Colours on the whole 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 comfortable 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 photographs, however with a 2-megapixel decision, they do not pack in sufficient element. Close-ups shot with the first 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 gentle, particulars had been on the decrease facet with some photographs showing murky. The Night mode bumped up distinction and elevated saturation and sharpness, making for some dramatic panorama pictures, however you need to watch for 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. 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 provides no stabilisation at these settings, so movies come out fairly shaky. 4K footage at 30fps got here out advantageous, 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.

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 especially right down to its unreliable digital camera efficiency, which fell wanting expectations, given its price ticket. Simply put, you will get higher digital camera efficiency from Realme’s personal GT Master Edition (Review), which is priced loads decrease, ranging from Rs. 25,999.

What you possibly can’t get anyplace 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 a substitute, this telephone provides you a high-quality AMOLED show and wonderful battery life.

At this worth level, it is onerous to suggest 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 score, however dials down the show specs, battery life, and charging pace in favour of a slimmer design. So, the GT Neo 2 nonetheless provides good worth at Rs. 31,999, offered you’re okay with its common digital camera efficiency.


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