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Realme expands into high-end smartphone market with the GT 2 Series


Realme yesterday unveiled its first premium GT 2 Series at Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2022. The series features two phones, the Realme G2 and the G2 Pro that realme says features a master design and premium display with the fastest CPU performance. 

Important to note that this was the first time the three-year-old upstart has held a launch event at the world’s most influential connectivity event.

Our favourite, the Realme GT 2 Pro is the first premium flagship device from Realme and comes powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

Speaking during the launch, Madhav Sheth, VP of Realme who also services as the President of Realme International Business Group said that to go premium, the company will invest more than 70% of the company’s R&D resources on exploring advanced technologies in display, fast charging and 5G-related performance to provide users with top-tier flagship experiences, noting that it requires tremendous investment on tech innovation, user insights and brand building to strongly push into the high-end segment.

Realme says it has taken a number of initiatives to promote brand awareness and local sales force of GT 2 series in global expansion, especially in the buoyant European and Chinese markets. Ranked as a top 4 smartphone brand in Europe (Q4 2021, Canalys), realme has accelerated its market penetration and channel developments.

Realme G2 Pro specs

The Realme G2 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch 2K (1,440×3,216 pixels) LTPO 2.0 AMOLED 10-bit ‘Super Reality’ display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and comes with 8GB of RAM.

The phone runs Android 12 and is powered by a 5000mAh battery with support for Realme’s proprietary fast charging.

For the cameras, the Realme GT 2 Pro on the rear packs a triple camera setup featuring a 50-megapixel primary camera; a 50-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel camera. There is a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring a 32-megapixel sensor.

The Realme GT 2 Pro runs Realme UI 3.0 is based on Android 12 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage.

Realme G2 specs

The Realme GT 2 on the other hand features a 6.62-inch full-HD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1,300 nits of peak brightness.

The smartphone runs on Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0 skin on top.  Under the hood, we are getting an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

For the cameras, we are getting a triple rear camera setup comprising a 50-megapixel Sony IMX776 primary sensor, along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. The phone also comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor in the front.

The phone also comes with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 65W SuperDart fast charging.

Realme GT 2 Series Pricing and Availability

After debuting the GT 2 series in Europe at MWC, Realme says this premium flagship will also arrive in India, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America in coming months. We are not sure of the company will also be bringing the device in Africa and markets like Kenya. 

Realme GT 2 pricing starts at EUR 549 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant but realme says it will be available at EUR 449 (roughly Rs. 37,800) during an early sale. There is also the a 12GB + 256GB model that is priced at EUR 599

The pro version on the other hand comes with a EUR 749 price tag for the 8GB + 128GB model. There will also be an introductory price of EUR 649.99. The phone also comes in a 12GB + 256GB model that is priced at EUR 849.99.

The Realme GT 2 series comes in Paper Green, Paper White, and Steel Black colour options.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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