The realme GT 2 series is the company’s first set of premium smartphones

They’re coming to China first, but a global launch is planned

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realme is the latest in a long line of companies to package the latest tech in more affordable devices, swinging in to fill the void left by OnePlus, TCL, and other brands that started out budget and have gradually raised prices from there. This week, the company announced the realme GT 2 series, and while it’s their first foray into the premium category, it’s definitely not a departure from budget price tags.

The realme GT 2 series includes two devices — the GT 2 and the GT 2 Pro. Both phones have been equipped with top-tier hardware, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for the Pro variant and a Snapdragon 888 processor for the base model.

Apart from the processor, the two variants also differ in their displays. The GT 2 Pro, being the more premium model, has a 2K AMOLED flat display with LTPO 2.0 technology. It also has a high 120Hz adaptive refresh rate with HDR10+ certification, and is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The GT 2, on the other hand, has an E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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Full camera specs for both phones have yet to be released, but what we do know is that the GT 2 Pro will have a triple camera setup featuring a 150-degree ultra-wide camera (similar to the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro), a 490x micro-lens, and a 50-megapixel main sensor.

That’s some serious hardware, so realme took a little more time with cooling with the GT 2 series. The GT 2 Pro has a large enough heat dissipation area to reduce temperatures up to 3 degrees Celsius. That’ll take some heat off the battery, a pretty big 5000mAh offering that supports 65W SuperDart Charge.

realme also used more sustainable materials and processes in the creation of the GT 2 series. The rear shell of the GT 2 Pro Master Edition is made of SABIC’s LNP ELCRIN bio-based copolymer material, an alternative to the various kinds of plastics used in phones today. The materials used in construction are derived from biomass waste, rather than fossil fuels.

We’re not sure about a potential launch date or price in the U.S. yet, but we know both phones are coming to China first, with the realme GT 2 listed at RMB2,599 (approx. $409) and the realme GT 2 Pro listed at RMB 3,699 (approx. $582).