After the GT which constitutes its most successful model and the GT Master Edition which offers an ultra favorable price-performance ratio, Realme presents the GT Master Neo 2, which is perhaps the best good plan of the range. Let’s check all of this with a test.
Realme, a brand that dares
The Realme GT Master Neo 2 is delivered with all the necessary accessories for immediate commissioning. You will, therefore, find in your box a SuperDart 65 W charger, a USB/USB type C cable, the SIM slot opening needle, and also, usual from the brand, a softshell in anthracite color and a bet booklet. As usual, Realme delivers its smartphone pre-equipped with screen protection, we appreciate it.
The Realme brand had already done strong with its GT which offered, alongside more classic colors, an original version with a yellow vegan leather back. The GT Master Edition model kept the course of originality with a superb version, also in vegan leather. The result of a very successful collaboration with designer Naoto Fukasawa, this model adopts a style inspired by wheeled suitcases!
The back of the Realme GT Master Neo 2 in this test abandons vegan leather but offers a bold green color enhanced by 2 black bands positioned on the right. We like it or hate it, but Realme must be recognized for taking the risk. The rear edges are curved and the photo block is larger and more prominent than that of the Realme GT. It also offers more imposing dimensions than its predecessor with its dimensions of 16.29 x 7.58 cm for a thickness of 8.6 cm and a weight of 199.8 grams.
A well-equipped Realme GT Master Neo 2
Largely inspired by the GT flagship, the GT Master Neo 2 displays an ultra-solid configuration. The processor is an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G. Less swift than the GT’s Snapdragon 888, it still offers high-end performance that should hit the mark. Especially since it is accompanied by no less than 12 GB of RAM! Note that like the GT it offers a feature that allows you to expand the RAM by 3, 5, or 7 GB by digging into the internal storage.
The 256 GB storage space is comfortable but unfortunately not expandable. The Realme GT Master Neo 2, on the other hand, offers a dual SIM card slot and 5G connectivity. Other notable features include two stereo speakers, an NFC chip, wifi ax (Wifi 6), and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity with support for aptX, AptX HD codecs, and even LDAC dear to Sony and the rarest. LDHC. Another strong point, the 5000 mAh battery should ensure comfortable autonomy.
The great novelty of this Realme GT Master Neo 2 is its cooling system based on a thermal paste with diamond particles, a combination supposed to guarantee temperature control even under heavy loads.
Beautiful display quality and customizable interface
The 6.2-inch screen, from Samsung, is of the AMOLED type and has a Full HD + resolution, i.e. 2400 x 1080 pixels. It offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz but it is possible, to save battery, to select a frequency of 60 Hz in the display settings. It seemed to be a bit brighter than that of the GT, however very close. The latter being already excellent, we can easily deduce that the visual experience is a success.
Convenient features include edge lighting to signal notifications when the screen is off. The Always-On-Display function offers customization options. The screen of the Realme GT Master Neo 2 hides a fingerprint sensor that turns out to be rather responsive to use.
The fluidity is very good, as one would expect from the configuration. On the interface side, we are on familiar ground. The Realme GT Master Neo 2 runs on Android 11 with the Realme IU V 2.0 overlay. We can safely predict an upcoming update to Android 12.
Many applications are preinstalled, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Booking, Facebook, or even Prime Video or PUBG Mobile. But here it is not annoying since you can easily uninstall them if you are not interested.
Good photo behavior
The Realme GT Master Neo 2 has a triple main sensor consisting of a 64-megapixel wide-angle, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The selfie sensors are 16 megapixels. A configuration that is similar to that of the Realme GT.
The photo behavior of the GT Master Neo 2 is close to that of its elder. It offers good performance in portrait mode.
Night mode is also very correct, without competing with what a Google Pixel 6 or a Samsung Galaxy 21 Ultra 5G offers. There is good management of the light especially in the foreground, and which remains very correct in the background.
The Realme GT Master Neo 2 offers a very interesting Street mode. As a reminder, this feature that we discovered with the Realme GT allows you to take good quality outdoor shots while moving.
Video game, or the efficiency of heat dissipation
If you are familiar with installing a cooler on a desktop PC, the use of thermal paste no longer holds any secrets for you. Otherwise, be aware that the thermal paste comes to rest between the processor and the heat dissipation system. Its function is to facilitate thermal exchanges between the two and therefore to optimize the cooling of the processor. Here Realme has taken the principle even further by using the physical properties of diamond dust to achieve even more efficient transfer.
To check its merits, I tested a relatively demanding mobile game, I mean Asphalt 9. And in use, we actually see a good efficiency of the cooling system since the temperature remains very controlled for a period of time. Good thirty minutes, and ends up rising while remaining at a very bearable level even after an hour of non-stop play. Note that the game has been tested with GT mode enabled. As a reminder, this mode optimizes the performance of the smartphone, especially for gaming.
A Realme GT Master Neo 2 at ease in multimedia
As we saw above, the screen suggests the best, and this is confirmed by viewing the trailer for the film Uncharted. The color rendering and the depth of blacks are there for a multimedia experience at the top. Especially since the sound follows with Dolby Atmos compatible speakers which offer a more immersive panoramic soundstage. On the other hand, the power handling of these speakers is not extraordinary and the sound tends to become loud when the volume is pushed up.
When listening to music, the Realme GT Master Neo 2 does well. Tested on high-definition audio files, the speakers offer a very short bass reproduction but fairly defined treble. Listening with wired headphones is unfortunately not possible since the smartphone does not have a jack plug. Too bad on this subject that the manufacturer does not deliver a dedicated adapter.
For lack of headphones or earphones compatible with LDAC or aptX on hand, I had to settle for a “classic” Bluetooth connection. Pairing with Realme Buds Air 2 is done very quickly. This allows you to see that these True Wireless offered at only a few tens of dollars deserve to be better known. Equipped with an active noise reduction function, fast charging, a very comfortable autonomy, and offering a very good level of wearing comfort, they have all the right plan.
Where the Realme GT was “content” with a 4400 mAh battery, the GT Master Neo 2 displays a 5000 mAh battery. When you combine it with a processor that is slightly less powerful but uses less energy, you achieve greater autonomy. When the GT flirts with the day and a half in mixed use and optimizing consumption, we manage to cross the two-day bar with the GT Master Neo 2.
On the battery side, the other strong point of this smartphone is of course its fast charging. With the supplied SuperDart charger, Realme can be recharged in less than 40 minutes.
- Original design
- Very careful packaging
- Supplied accessories
- The efficiency of the cooling circuit
- Display quality
- Photo still perfectible
- No jack adapter
- No memory card reader
The Realme GT Master Edition was already a good variation of the Realme GT, but the brand goes even further with its GT Master Neo 2. Offering a very good level and balanced performance for a competitive selling price, it is a very good option if you are looking for a versatile smartphone close to the high end but at the price of a mid-range! It is indeed offered at a price of $449 for the 8GB version of RAM/128GB of storage and at $599 for the 12GB/256GB model.