Realme GT Neo 2: One of a kind?

Realme launched its new “flagship killer” Realme GT Neo 2 earlier this month, a phone which created a lot of hype among mobile gamers. 

The smartphone brand is offering the 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM variant at Tk39,990 in Bangladesh – a price point that does not have a lot of official phones till now. 

The closest competitor is the Xiaomi’s Poco F3 GT, which has similar specs and caters towards a similar consumer segment. The Poco F3 GT is available at around Tk35,000 price point, but Xiaomi has yet to launch this model officially in Bangladesh, and the chances of that happening in the near-future looks slim.

Aesthetics 

Right out of the box, the Realme GT Neo 2 is very vibrant with the back that comes in neon green and ice blue ombre. The Neo Green variant will provide a strong grip combined with a matt and glossy finish. 

In comparison to the GT Neo 2, the Poco F3 GT looks a bit dull. 

Performance

The phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 870 5G chipset, which should perform better than the Poco F3 GT’s MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G chipset in terms of both CPU and gaming. 

The only downside is its battery efficiency, according to NanoReview, a platform that reviews and compares chipsets. 

Keep in mind though that the latest Vivo X70 Pro handset, which was reviewed last week, also comes with MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset at a whopping Tk72,000 price point. 

Display and fingerprint sensor

Then again, a smartphone is no longer about chipsets. The display of GT Neo 2 offers a 120Hz AMOLED display with HDR10+ support and 1,300 nits of peak brightness, meaning that the users will be able to view the display quite clearly under direct sunlight. 

However, the F3 GT’s display provides everything that the GT Neo 2’s display offers, in addition to one billion colours support. 

Both of the smartphone displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In addition, Poco F3 GT has IP53 dust and splash protection, something that the Realme GT Neo 2 missed out on. 

The placement of the punch hole selfie camera will let the Poco F3 GT down a bit here, but then again, a lot of people might prefer its position in the center. 

Its center-placed punch hole camera can be a little distracting while viewing full-screen content or playing games. However, it might come in handy while attending video calls.

In contrast, Realme GT Neo 2’s selfie camera is on the top left corner of the phone, which is proven to be a lot less distracting. 



In terms of fingerprint performance, Realme GT Neo 2 has its own in-display fingerprint sensor. Poco F3 GT’s fingerprint sensor is a physical side-mounted sensor. 

Honestly speaking, both smartphones have a decent unlock speed. However, the Poco F3 GT should do it a bit faster than Realme GT Neo 2 since it has a physical button. 

Camera and Speakers

The camera units are similar on both smartphones. Both have a 64MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro. 

Poco F3 GT’s ultrawide camera is 120 degrees while Realme GT Neo 2’s ultrawide camera is 119 degrees.

Both of the smartphones have stereo speakers built-in and one of them has a headphone jack. To make things slip further on Poco’s side, its speakers are tuned by JBL – a premium speaker brand.

Connectivity, sensors, and battery

As mentioned earlier, both of the smartphones have 5G chipsets inside. 

There is a trade-off on both ends: the Realme GT Neo 2 has NFC support but Poco F3 GT does not; however, it has an infrared port, which the GT Neo 2 lacks. 

During day-to-day usage scenarios in Bangladesh, it makes more sense to have an infrared port and the ability to use your phone as a remote control rather than having NFC support, which is not widely available for anything in the country. 

In terms of battery, Realme GT Neo 2 comes with a 5,000 mAh battery inside while Poco F3 GT has a 5,065 mAh battery. Both of them support super fast charging. 

Interestingly enough, Poco F3 GT has 67 Watts charging support while Realme GT Neo 2 has 65 watts. But in the advertisement, Poco claims to fully charge the smartphone in 42 minutes while Realme claims that the GT Neo 2 will fully charge in 36 minutes. 

Though it may seem strange, it is not impossible considering that Realme also has an 8-layer cooling system with a 4,129 mm2 vapour chamber cooling plate made of a stainless steel-copper combination and diamond thermal gel on the CPU for effective heat dissipation.

In simpler terms, heat is the enemy of smartphones, and Realme kept it in mind. 

Since the phone has an effective cooling mechanism, it should theoretically heat up less and charge up the phone faster. 

Then again, the Poco F3 GT holds its own in the cooling arena as the phone also features 8-layered graphite sheets with a super-large vapour chamber to cover all the major components of the device. 

Conclusion

Well, both of the smartphones are somehow similar. However, it should be kept in mind that the Poco smartphone is not officially available in the Bangladeshi market. Only a handful of shops sell the unofficial versions. 

However, Realme GT Neo 2 is available in the market and it’s not lagging behind the Poco F3 GT in any aspect. 

The government earlier announced that all unofficial smartphones will be disconnected from the network, although it later backtracked on the decision. 

As we are in the middle of a debate here and we do not know if the government will ban unofficial smartphones or not, it is probably safer to go for the phone which is officially available. 

This way, you will also end up getting the warranty and other servicing facilities provided by the company. 

However, if you do not care about any of that, you can also go for the Poco F3 GT, which is cheaper, but do keep in mind that you will not get any official warranty with the device.

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