Realme GT2 Explorer Master review

Scarlette Lennon2 August 2022Last Update : 5 days ago
Realme GT2 Explorer Master review

Introduction and specifications

Realme tries once again to stand out from the crowd with funky new design, delivering another one of its Master phones. The Realme GT2 Explorer Master is the most powerful phone yet to be graced by a design created with a famous designer, but this time the manufacturer signed up Jae-Jung instead of Naoto Fukasawa. And unlike the GT Explorer Master, the GT2 Explorer Master is the company’s most powerful phone to date, rather than an upper mid-ranger.

The “Travel Trunk” design means this isn’t just another boring bar phone, but its interior is also pretty impressive. Not only does the phone run the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but it is also equipped with an advanced cooling system. Judging by our previous experience with Realme’s phones running the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, we’re feeling pretty optimistic about this.

Furthermore, the GT2 Explorer Master features two touch-sensitive areas on the right side of the bezel that aim to appeal to gamers as much as fashionistas. They are not marked so the areas remain inconspicuous which is great as it doesn’t spoil the overall design and symmetry. And that’s on top of the advanced gaming-related features under Realme GT Mode 3.0.

Realme GT2 Explorer Master Specifications at a Glance:

  • Body: 161.3×74.3×8.2mm, 195g; glass or vegan leather back, glass front, aluminum side frame.
  • Screen: 6.70″ OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 730.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, Realme UI 3.0.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 24 mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0 µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 50MP, f/2.2, 15mm, 150˚; Microscopically: 3 MP, f/3.3, (microscope), AF, 40x magnification.
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.5.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 100W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; stereo speakers.

Photography capabilities are not neglected, although this is the area where this phone does not bring the best of Realme. The camera setup is almost identical to the GT2 Pro’s, with Sony’s 50MP IMX766 sensor leading the way, accompanied by another 50MP sensor behind a 150-degree FoV ultra-wide lens. The 3MP microscopic camera has also been carried over – it may have limited impact on overall imaging capability, but enables some nifty uses.

Realme GT2 Explorer Master review

Another big upgrade over the original Explorer Master from last year and the GT2 Pro from this one is charging. The GT2 Explorer Master is powered by a large 5,000mAh battery that supports 100W fast charging, and Realme says it should take less than 30 minutes for a full charge. The new GaN materials used for the battery technology ensure a longer life, but more on that on the following pages.

The really bad news is that this phone will be limited to the Chinese market. So it will be difficult to acquire one outside the country, not to mention that you will have to live with the limitation of software that is not tailored to your market, even if the Google Suite is easily activated.

Still, we think the GT2 Explorer Master is an exciting device, not least because it’s the first Realme phone with the updated Plus version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, so we’re curious to see what the manufacturer has made of it.

Unboxing Realme GT2 Explorer Master

The Realme GT2 Explorer Master comes in a rather large box. It includes all the usual user manuals, a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging and data transfer, the appropriate 65W charger and a nice gray silicone case for extra protection.

Realme GT2 Explorer Master review

Even better, the case provides a good grip and doesn’t feel as cheap as most other cases OEMs bundle with their phones. In other words, it can be a long-term solution rather than a stopgap until you order something better.

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