The Realme GT Neo 2 is the third smartphone in Realme’s new GT series to be launched in India. Despite its high-quality appearance, it sits comfortably between the mid-range Realme GT Master Edition (review) and the premium Realme GT (review).
In view of the lower price, the Realme GT Neo 2 lacks the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 from the GT, as Realme opted for the Snapdragon 870 instead. There are no fancy maglev triggers, dedicated gaming buttons, or RGB lighting like the Poco F3 GT (review), but the AMOLED display on this new phone comes with a high touch sampling rate that gamers will love. Can the Realme GT Neo 2 appeal to both gamers and non-gamers with a more subtle design? After a short period of use, here are my first impressions.
The Realme GT Neo is officially available in India starting at Rs. 31,999 and is available in three styles: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. I received the Signature Neo Green device for review. The phone is available 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 offers that Realme announced at launch, these prices could drop as much as Rs. 7,000 each. However, these offers are only valid for a limited time.
While the overall design stays the same regardless of the color option chosen, the Neo Green variant I received has a slightly different finish. It has a two-tone glass back – the green parts have a soft matte finish, while the black stripe is glossy. The frame of this phone is made of polycarbonate and has a matte finish, but it looks pretty high quality. 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 that Realme claims uses less power than Super AMOLED panels. The hole punch display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a peak sample rate of 600 Hz that gamers will find useful. The refresh rate is adaptive, ie it can switch between 30 Hz, 60 Hz, 90 Hz and 120 Hz depending on the application used. HDR10 + is also supported and the display 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 shooter. Selfies are processed by a 16-megapixel front camera.
The phone has a 5,000 mAh battery, which is a first for the GT series. The GT Neo 2 is charged with the 65 W charger that is included in the scope of delivery. The phone runs Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11.
The Realme GT Neo 2, like its siblings, seems to offer good hardware for its price. This phone could prove to be an all-rounder in its segment if it can take good photos and videos, and has solid battery life and performance for gaming. This will determine its appeal not only to the gaming audience, but also to those looking for a good all-rounder on a budget that can go as high as just over Rs. 30,000. I will test all these aspects of the Realme GT Neo 2 in detail in my detailed test report, which will appear shortly.