Relatively young, Realme is very successful with its affordable smartphones. We explain the range to you and advise you on the best products.
Xiaomi has long been the go-to brand when it comes to delivering phones at the best value for money. But that was before. Because now you also have to rely on Realme.
Launched in France in 2019, the Chinese firm from Oppo quickly made a name for itself in France and offers credible alternatives to the products of its great rival, not only at the entry level, but also at low prices. students. And unlike Xiaomi, Realme (still) has the good taste to offer a relatively readable range, without releasing fifteen new variants per week.
The Chinese brand has taken the time to diversify with other connected products. It is thus possible to obtain the excellent Realme Buds Air 2 at a low price. Perfect if you want quality wireless headphones. Among the other objects developed, the firm now deals with tablets as well as connected watches. You will have entered it, it is possible to completely redo its equipment.
Here we give you a brief overview of the best smartphones of the brand according to their price. For an overview of the market, you will find what you are looking for in our selection of the best smartphones of the moment.
Realme GT Master Edition The best smartphone at 350 euros
If the name GT at Realme is the manufacturer’s flagship range, it has many variations. The Realme GT Master Edition seeks to offer top-of-the-range services in all aspects for a fairly tight price. As usual, the brand offers versions with a worked design in order to be able to offer attractive services.
This requires a very good configuration within the smartphone. In this case, you are entitled to a Snapdragon 778G processor with an additional 6 GB of RAM or 8 depending on the version chosen. For 350 euros, the performance of the GT Master Edition is very high. Add to that a 65 W fast charge to be at 100% in half an hour and you will have full benefits.
To be completely complete, at the level of the touch interface it is a 6.43 inch OLED panel which is in place. The screen displays a definition in Full HD and an adaptive refresh of 120 Hz. As you will have understood, it is especially successful in gaming.
In terms of weaknesses, the photo part leaves something to be desired with software processing that is far too weak to be satisfactory. Head over to our Realme GT Master Edition review to learn more.
Realme GT Neo 2 Balance at all points
With its range of GTs, the Chinese manufacturer Realme offers the best performance available. This version called GT Neo 2 offers services close to the top of the range without however reaching it. This model also highlights a much wiser aesthetic aspect than the one mentioned above.
The common denominator of this entire range is the integration of high current operating power. The Snapdragon 870 processor is equipped with a direct cooling system. This ensures good performance on demanding software. You also have to count on good autonomy with a 5000 mAh slot coupled with good fast charging. The promised endurance allows you to use the smartphone for a day and a half and recharges in less than half an hour.
If the 120 Hz AMOLED screen makes it possible to sublimate the display quality on mobile games, the smartphone still suffers from a few flaws. The general set in terms of photography is quite good, but some details can still be improved. The portrait mode remains perfectible and the macro is also to be reviewed.
The smartphone remains excellent at less than 400 euros with its services close to the top of the range. To learn more, discover our complete review of the Realme GT Neo 2.
In the same genre, but a little cheaper, we present in detail our test of the Realme GT Master Edition.
Realme GT 2 Pro A flagship not quite up to the task
Slowly but surely, Realme continues to move upmarket and introduces with this GT 2 Pro its most ambitious smartphone to date. First observation: the design is much more sober than last year. Forgotten the inspiration “Fury of the Dragon” and the strange slogans inscribed in large on the back, we are in front of a much more elegant telephone which comes to draw its inspiration from industrial design. The result is interesting, especially the textured back.
The chosen 6.7-inch panel ticks all the boxes for a modern high-end smartphone: OLED, 120 Hz and high brightness are there. Only very slight downside: a colorimetry that could have been a little more careful. Big ambitions also on the processor side since it is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which is at the controls, accompanied by 12 GB of RAM. The result is one of the most powerful smartphones around.
The 5000 mAh battery offers fairly average battery life, but in practice we last a day and a half without too much trouble. If the fast charge is extremely fast, refueling being done in 33 minutes, we must however ignore the wireless charge.
There remains the question of the photo, and there unfortunately the GT 2 Pro is not up to its ambitions. The main sensor is okay, but the secondary sensors are anecdotal and the lack of optical zoom is regrettable.
Despite many qualities, the Realme GT 2 Pro does not quite manage to fulfill its “flagship killer” contract, especially in the photo where its direct competitors do better for the same price. If the photo really does not interest you, it may however be interesting if you find it on sale. Read our Realme smartphone review to learn more.
Realme 9 Pro Plus The reliable mid-range
To start 2022 off right, Realme is delivering a clean copy with its 9 Pro Plus. This one comes to attack the mid-range with great ambitions, starting with a superb screen, an efficient photo sensor and power to spare.
Despite a relatively classic design, the 9 Pro Plus has a glass back, with for the blue color, a “photochromic design”, according to Realme. Translation: blue turns red when the phone is exposed to sunlight. A welcome touch of originality.
The device is strong from the outset, thanks to its very successful screen, a 6.4-inch AMOLED in Full HD +, which benefits from a refresh rate of 90 Hz which is very appreciable on a daily basis. If the contrasts are beautiful, we may regret a lack of brightness. The Dimensity 920 chip is more than enough to run most games. The camera is also a great success for this price segment (less than 400 euros): Realme has integrated three sensors, including a main 50 MP (f / 1.8), and a rather successful night mode. An 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro lens sensor are also included.
Good news: 5G, a jack, as well as 60W fast charging are there. Finally, to spoil nothing, the Realme UI 3.0 interface, based on Android 12, is very successful, both sober and efficient.
To learn more, you can consult our detailed test of the Realme 9 Pro Plus.
Understand everything about Realme smartphones
Who is Realme?
Realme is a cousin brand of OnePlus and Oppo. However, even though they share their research and development department and production lines, these entities insist that their strategic decisions remain relatively independent.
What characterizes Realme smartphones?
Like many Chinese brands that are starting out, as we have seen with Huawei, OnePlus or even Xiaomi, Realme is distinguished by smartphones with an excellent quality/performance/price ratio. A strategy that has paid off since it now overshadows Xiaomi in this segment which was once its preserve.
I hesitate between Realme and Xiaomi, which one to choose?
As we have seen in this article, Realme and Xiaomi have quite similar proposals and the ranking of the best models evolves regularly according to the releases of the moment. If you are hesitating between the two, we can also advise you to take a look at our selection of the best Xiaomi smartphones.
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