Tuesday, July 5

Realme is the new OnePlus, and the prowess of the GT 2 Pro proves it | Digital Trends Spanish


What happened to OnePlus? Once the darling of the wily smartphone bargain hunter, the company has lost its way with the latest OnePlus 10 Pro and left itself open to being usurped by a cheaper newcomer. What’s worse (for OnePlus, not you) is that the challenger it comes from within. It’s the Realme GT 2 Pro, and it’s pretty much the same phone as the OnePlus 10 Pro, just cheaper.

Let’s look at the two together, and see why saving some money and ignoring the marketing is the wise move here.

How many?

Buyers in the US will pay $899 for the 8GB/128GB OnePlus 10 Pro, while in the UK the phone costs £799, or £899 for the 12GB/256GB version. The Realme GT 2 Pro costs £699, or around $910, for the 12GB/256GB model.

The OnePlus 10 Pro has a wraparound-style camera module Galaxy S21 Ultra, a matte finish piece of Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, Gorilla Glass Victus over the screen, and a huge Hasselblad-branded camera lens cluster. These are all established flagship smartphone tropes, so you know what you’re getting with the OnePlus 10 Pro.

Go for the Realme GT 2 Pro and it’s slimmer and lighter, but the most striking difference is the biopolymer back panel. It is made from sustainable materials and has the look and feel of high-quality paper. Realme worked with industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa on the overall design, and his signature is even found on the device.

There is nothing traditional about the Realme GT 2 Pro. It looks different, feels different, and the materials used are different from any other flagship smartphone. The OnePlus 10 Pro is very attractive and designed using tried and tested methods, but it never feels special. The Realme GT 2 Pro does, plus it’s less than 190 grams, something of a sweet spot for big-screen phones. The Realme GT 2 Pro has character in its design and is the one I would pick up.

look and listen

OnePlus is well known for its high-performance displays, so can Realme compete, or even come close? It’s bad news for OnePlus and good news for you. Both use the exact same 6.7-inch, 3216 x 1440 pixel, 120Hz LPTO 2.0 AMOLED display with 1 billion colors and HDR10+ certification. The only difference is that the Realme GT 2 Pro screen is flat, and the OnePlus 10 Pro screen is curved.

They have the same level of adjustability with various color modes, the option to select a P3 Display setting for a wider color gamut, and a way to change the color temperature as well. I can’t see any difference between them when watching 4K YouTube videos, and there’s also no difference when using OS or apps. The sound from the speakers is a bit deeper and rounder on the OnePlus 10 Pro, while the GT 2 Pro can sound small.

Flat screens generally struggle in sunlight, and in fact the GT 2 Pro suffers from reflections more than the OnePlus 10 Pro. On the other hand, some people, particularly gamers, prefer a flat screen. Visually. when you put them side by side. you will not be able to say that one is better than the other in terms of quality, and that is what really matters.

Software and performance

Realme calls its software Realme UI 3.0 and OnePlus calls its version OxygenOS 12. Both are built on top of Android 12, and both are basically the same thing. I don’t love either one, and I’d rather use Samsung’s OneUI or Google’s software on the Pixel, as both are better designed, more reliable, and easier to use.

They both have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and unsurprisingly it makes both phones fly. But the Realme GT 2 Pro is a better value when you look at RAM and internal storage space. The regular Realme GT 2 Pro comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but you’ll have to pay for the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro to get the same. However, neither of them have a microSD card slot.

In a nutshell, both operating systems suffer from issues, the phones use the same processor and have the same capacity battery with equally fast charging. Not only that, but the cheaper Realme GT 2 Pro phone has the same RAM and storage as the top OnePlus 10 Pro. Buying the cheapest seems like a no-brainer.

Take photos

This is where the OnePlus 10 Pro should make its higher cost known. It does have the Hasselblad name attached to it, after all, which represents not only the expertise of a renowned camera maker, but also a significant investment by OnePlus. The Realme GT 2 Pro has no such backing, so surely it can’t keep up, right?

  • 1. Realme GT 2 Pro 150 degree
  • two. Main camera Realme GT 2 Pro
  • 3. Wide angle Realme GT 2 Pro
  • Four. Night mode Realme GT 2 Pro
  • 5. Night mode Realme GT 2 Pro
  • 6. Night mode Realme GT 2 Pro

Well, you can in the features and specifications. They both have a 150-degree wide-angle camera and a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera, but they differ with a 50MP main camera on the Realme phone and a 48MP one on the OnePlus. The OnePlus has an 8MP telephoto lens for 3.3x optical zoom, but this is missing from the Realme. Instead it has an unusual 3MP microscope camera for 40x magnification shots.

Take a look at the top, wide-angle, and 150-degree photos taken with each phone in our galleries. The wide-angle and main photos show how the OnePlus camera has a more subtle approach to white balance, and some more vivid greens and yellows, but I wouldn’t say it’s the best photography overall either way. The landscape of the Realme and the shadow of the sky on the horizon is more natural.

  • 1. OnePlus 10 Pro 150 degree
  • two. OnePlus 10 Pro main camera
  • 3. OnePlus 10 Pro
  • Four. OnePlus 10 Pro
  • 5. OnePlus 10 Pro night mode
  • 6. OnePlus 10 Pro night mode

At night, the Realme definitely brightens the picture more than the OnePlus, revealing more details. In the rooftop photo, the Realme shows a couple of bright stars in the sky that are missing from the OnePlus photo, and in the photo of the stone trough and white flowers, the Realme photos are sharper and more focused.

The cameras represent the biggest difference in specs and performance between the two phones, but neither is much better than the other, and the cheaper Realme phone manages to take great photos in almost all situations. Aside from the unfortunate omission of a telephoto camera (not that the 8MP telephoto lens on the OnePlus is great anyway), it will more than satisfy.

Sharing is not caring

The OnePlus 10 Pro and the Realme GT 2 Pro are almost the same phone, just with different branding. How did this happen? Both were conceived under the watchful eye of BBK Electronics, and you can imagine it happening in the same conference room in the same office building, just on a different day and with different marketing teams doodling on a whiteboard.

It is the illusion of choice, and there is no real benefit in buying the most expensive. Cynically viewed, the two (three, if you count the also very similar Oppo Find X5 Pro) only exist side by side to extract more money from those influenced by talk of a vibrant community, brand loyalty based on past hardware, or pretty looks. marketing photos of people who dare to jump or never settle.

Our advice? Don’t fall for marketing. Just buy the cheap one. They have the same drawbacks, as they all use the same software, you won’t be left without any important camera or battery features, and you won’t compromise on performance or design either. While the OnePlus 10 Pro is nice, the Realme GT 2 Pro better embodies what we all love about OnePlus: a low price, the latest processor, and fun everyday camera features.

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