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Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it

Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it
Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it

Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it

What has become of OnePlus? OnePlus, once the darling of the savvy smartphone bargain hunter, has lost its way with the current OnePlus 10 Pro, leaving it vulnerable to a cheaper newcomer. Worse yet (for OnePlus, not you), the rival comes from within the company. It is the Realme GT 2 Pro, which is almost identical to the OnePlus 10 Pro but costs less.


Let us take a look at the two together to see why skipping the marketing and conserving money is the better option.

 

How much is it?

The 8GB/128GB OnePlus 10 Pro will set you back $899 in the United States, while the 12GB/256GB variant will set you back £799 in the United Kingdom. The 12GB/256GB edition of the Realme GT 2 Pro costs 699 pounds (about $910).


The OnePlus 10 Pro features a wraparound camera module inspired by the Galaxy S21 Ultra, a matte-finish piece of Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, Gorilla Glass Victus over the screen, and a large cluster of Hasselblad-branded camera lenses. All of these are established flagship smartphone cliches, so you know what to expect from the OnePlus 10 Pro.

 

The Realme GT 2 Pro is slimmer and lighter, but the biopolymer back panel is the most noticeable improvement. It is made of environmentally friendly materials and has the look and feel of high-quality paper. Realme collaborated on the overall design with industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, whose signature can be found on the device.


The Realme GT 2 Pro is not your typical smartphone. It looks, feels, and is made of different materials than any other premium smartphone. The OnePlus 10 Pro looks great and is built using tried-and-true methods, yet it never feels unique. The Realme GT 2 Pro does, and it weighs less than 190 grams, which is a nice spot for big-screen phones. The Realme GT 2 Pro's design has personality, and it is the one I would choose.

Observation and listening

Can Realme compete, or even come close to competing, with OnePlus' high-performance screens? It is not good news for OnePlus, but it is great news for you. They both have the same 6.7-inch, 3216 x 1440 pixel, 120Hz LPTO 2.0 AMOLED display with a billion colors and HDR10+ certification. The only difference is that the screen of the Realme GT 2 Pro is flat, while the OnePlus 10 Pro's is curved.


Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it
Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it

They have the same level of customization, including multiple color modes, the ability to pick a Display P3 setting for a larger color gamut, and the ability to vary the color temperature. When watching 4K YouTube videos, I can not tell the difference between them, and I can not tell the difference between them when using the OS or apps, either. The OnePlus 10 Pro's speakers produce a somewhat richer, more rounded sound, whilst the GT 2 Pro's can be a little tinny.

 

In direct sunshine, flat screens have a harder time, and the GT 2 Pro suffers from more reflections than the OnePlus 10 Pro. A flat screen, on the other hand, is preferred by certain people, particularly gamers. Visually. when they are placed next to one other

Performance and software

Realme's software is known as Realme UI 3.0, whereas OnePlus' version is known as OxygenOS 12. Both are based on Android 12 and are essentially identical. I dislike both and would rather use Samsung's OneUI or Google's software on the Pixel, both of which are better built, more reliable, and easier to use.


Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it
Realme is the new OnePlus, and the GT 2 Pro’s prowess proves it

Both phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU, which, predictably, makes them fly. When it comes to RAM and internal storage capacity, though, the Realme GT 2 Pro is a better value. The standard Realme GT 2 Pro has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but you would have to pay more for the OnePlus 10 Pro to acquire the same. However, none features a microSD card slot.

 

Simply put, both operating systems have flaws, the phones have the same chipset, and the batteries are the same capacity and charge at the same rate. Furthermore, the Realme GT 2 Pro features the same RAM and storage as the top-of-the-line OnePlus 10 Pro.

Taking pictures

This is where the OnePlus 10 Pro's greater price should be made clear. After all, it bears the Hasselblad name, implying not only the expertise of a well-known camera manufacturer, but also OnePlus' substantial investment. The Realme GT 2 Pro lacks such a seal of approval, thus it can not possibly stay up, right?


It depends on the features and specifications. Both have a 150-degree wide-angle camera and a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera, however the Realme phone has a 50-megapixel main camera while the OnePlus has a 48-megapixel main camera. The OnePlus boasts an 8MP telephoto lens with a 3.3x optical zoom, whereas the Realme does not. Instead, it sports a unique 3MP microscope camera with a 40x magnification capability.


In our galleries, you can see the 150-degree, wide-angle, and primary photographs made with each phone. The OnePlus camera offers a more nuanced approach to white balance and some more vibrant greens and yellows in the wide-angle and main images, but I would not say it is the overall superior photograph in either case. The landscape of the Realme is more natural, as is the shade of the sky on the horizon.


The Realme illuminates the image more than the OnePlus at night, displaying more detail. Realme's photographs of the rooftop reveal a few of bright stars in the sky that are missing from the OnePlus photo, and the Realme's photos of the stone trough and white flowers are crisper and more focused than the OnePlus photo.

 

The cameras are the most significant feature and performance difference between the two phones, but neither is significantly better than the other, and the less expensive Realme phone takes good images in nearly all conditions. Apart from the loss of a telephoto camera (not that the OnePlus's 8MP telephoto is very good), it will more than suffice.

Sharing is not the same as caring.

The OnePlus 10 Pro and the Realme GT 2 Pro are nearly identical phones with different branding on them. What caused this to happen? They were both conceived under the watchful eye of BBK Electronics, and you can imagine them taking place in the same conference room in the same office building on a different day, with different marketing teams scribbling on white boards.


It is all a ruse, and there is no genuine advantage to buying the more expensive one. When viewed in a cynical light, the two (three if you include the also very similar Oppo Find X5 Pro) exist only to extract more money from those swayed by claims of a thriving community, brand loyalty based on previous hardware, or pretty marketing photos of people either daring to leap or never settling?


What is our recommendation? Do not be fooled by the marketing. Just go with the cheapest option. Because they all use the same software, they all have the same drawbacks. You will not be missing out on any key camera or battery features, and you will not be sacrificing performance or design. The OnePlus 10 Pro is nice, but the Realme GT 2 Pro better reflects what we all loved about OnePlus in the first place: a low price, a cutting-edge chipset, and entertaining everyday camera functions.


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