The Realme GT Neo 2 is the third smartphone in Realme’s new GT device series to launch in India. Despite its premium appearance, it sits comfortably between the mid-range Realme GT Master Edition (Review) and the premium Realme GT (Review).
Considering its more affordable price, the Realme GT Neo 2 lacks the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 from the GT, as Realme opted for the Snapdragon 870 instead. RGB lighting like on the Poco F3 GT (Review), but the AMOLED display of this new phone is equipped with a high touch sample rate that gamers will love. With a more subtle design, can the Realme GT Neo 2 appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike? After a short use, here are my first impressions.
The Realme GT Neo is officially priced from Rs. 31,999 in India and is available in three finishes: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. I received the Neo Green signature unit for review. The phone comes in two variants, one with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage priced at Rs. 31,999, and the second with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, priced at Rs. 35,999. With the offers that Realme announced at the time of launch, these prices could drop to Rs. 7,000 each. However, these offers are only for a limited time.
While the overall design remains the same regardless of which color option you choose, the Neo Green variant I received has a slightly different finish. It has a two-tone glass back panel – the green parts have a soft matte finish, while the black band is glossy. The frame of this phone is polycarbonate and has a matte finish, but it looks pretty premium. The GT Neo 2 does not have an IP rating like the rest of the GT range.
There’s a 6.62-inch Full HD E4 AMOLED display, which Realme says uses less power than Super AMOLED panels. The punch-hole display has a refresh rate of 120Hz and an industry-leading touch sample rate of 600Hz, which gamers will find useful. The refresh rate is adaptive, meaning it can switch between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz depending on the app being used. HDR10 + is also supported and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear cameras, including a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfies are handled by a 16-megapixel front selfie camera.
The phone has a 5,000 mAh battery, a first for the GT series. The GT Neo 2 is recharged using the 65W charger supplied in the box. The phone is running Realme UI 2.0, based on Android 11.
The Realme GT Neo 2, just like its siblings, seems to offer good hardware considering its price tag. This phone could prove to be a all-rounder in its segment if it can take good photos and videos while still providing solid battery life and performance for gaming. This is what will determine its appeal not only to gamers, but also to those looking for a good all-rounder with a budget that can slightly exceed Rs. 30,000. I will be testing all these aspects of the Realme GT Neo 2 in detail in my full review. , which will be released soon.