Realme was only founded in 2018, but this Chinese company has shaken up the mobile industry with a range of unique and high-performance phones at competitive prices. Now Realme is one of the big players in the budget smartphone segment.
In this article, we have collected 6 of the best Realme phones from different price ranges. Read on to find out which devices made it to our top.
All prices are at the time of writing.
Realme GT 2 Pro is the best flagship
Specifications of Realme GT 2 Pro:
- LTPO2 AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.7 ″, a resolution of 1140 x 3216 pixels, peak brightness in automatic mode of 778 nits (enough for comfortable use of a smartphone on a bright sunny day); support for a high refresh rate of 120 Hz and HDR10 +; protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus;
- chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (3rd most powerful among all manufacturers);
- available memory configurations (RAM + flash) — 8 + 128 GB, 8 + 256 GB, 12 + 256 GB and 12 + 512 GB;
- Rear 3 cameras — 50 (f/1.8, PDAF multi-directional autofocus, OIS) + 50 (with 150˚ ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 3 (micro, f/3.3, autofocus, 40x zoom) MP ; video shooting is supported in 4K at 24 frames per second (fps), 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/240fps, electronic stabilization (EIS);
- 32-megapixel front camera (f / 2.4) shoots in 1080p at 30fps;
- 5000 mAh battery (35 hours 28 minutes of voice calls / 13 hours 14 minutes of web browsing / 20 hours 45 minutes of video viewing); fast charging 65W (40 minutes to reach 100%);
- dimensions and weight — 163.2 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm, 189 / 199 g (depending on the back cover material).
The Realme GT 2 Pro smartphone is available in white, green (these versions have a plastic back panel with paper texture), black and blue (glass covers). Version 12 + 256 GB costs a little less than 61,000 rubles.
Pros of Realme GT 2 Pro:
- high-quality display;
- stable performance, no heat;
- excellent rear cameras;
- long battery life, fast charging;
- Android 12, NFC, microscopic lens, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2.
Cons of Realme GT 2 Pro:
- without moisture protection;
- wireless charging is not supported;
- mediocre selfie quality, no telephoto lens on the back;
- there is no way to increase the amount of flash memory;
- there is no headphone jack.
Realme 9 Pro+ is the best mid-range smartphone
Specifications of Realme 9 Pro+:
- Super AMOLED panel, 6.4″, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 90Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass 5;
- mobile processor Dimensity 920 from MediaTek (32nd place);
- RAM + built-in memory options — 6 + 128 GB, 8 + 128/256 GB;
- rear image sensors — 50 (f/1.8, PDAF, OIS) + 8 MP (f/2.2, 119˚) + 2 (f/2.4, macro), 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60/120/480fps, 720p@960fps, EIS;
- front camera 16 MP (f / 2.4), 1080p at 30fps, EIS;
- 4500 mAh battery (27 hours 51 minutes of voice calls / 16 hours 26 minutes of web browsing / 18 hours 7 minutes of video viewing); fast charging 60W (49 minutes to get 100%);
- 160.2 x 73.3 x 8.0mm, 182g
Smartphone Realme 9 Pro + costs from 31,400 rubles. Available in black, green and blue versions.
Pros of Realme 9 Pro+:
- photochromic design (in blue color);
- excellent AMOLED display;
- outstanding autonomy and charging speed;
- high-quality images on the main camera day and night;
- Android 12, 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC.
Cons of Realme 9 Pro+:
- no microSD slot;
- there is no moisture protection;
- HRR of the game will not pull.
A review-comparison of Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro Plus can be found here.
Realme GT Neo 2 is a smartphone with a good battery
Specifications of Realme GT Neo 2:
- AMOLED screen, 6.62″, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 120Hz, HDR10+ and Corning Gorilla Glass 5;
- Snapdragon 870 5G from Qualcomm (13th);
- 8 + 128/256 GB, 12 + 256 GB;
- triple rear camera — 64 MP (f/1.8, PDAF) + 8 MP (f/2.3, 119˚) + 2 (macro, f/2.4), 4K video at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30fps, EIS;
- 16MP selfie camera (f/2.5), 1080p at 30fps, EIS;
- 5000 mAh battery (32 hours 28 minutes of voice calls / 14 hours 34 web browsing / 22 hours 17 minutes of video viewing); fast charging 65W (32 minutes to 100%);
- 162.9 x 75.8 x 9.0 mm 199.8 g
The Realme GT Neo 2 smartphone is sold in black, green and blue colors at a price of about 50,000 rubles.
Pros of Realme GT Neo 2:
- AMOLED panel;
- long battery life, lightning-fast charging;
- stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 6, NFC.
Cons of Realme GT Neo 2:
- games do not work at a frequency higher than 60 frames per second;
- no microSD slot, no IP rating, no headphone jack.
A detailed review of the Realme GT Neo 2 smartphone can be read here.
Realme 9 Pro is an affordable all-rounder
Specifications of Realme 9 Pro:
- IPS LCD screen, 6.6″, 1080 x 2412 pixels, 120 Hz;
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 5G (#44);
- available options with 6/8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory;
- rear camera — 64 MP (f/1.8, PDAF) + 8 MP (f/2.2, 119˚) + 2 MP (macro, f/2.4), 1080p video at 30fps;
- 16MP front image sensor (f/2.1, 1080p at 30fps);
- 5000 mAh battery (36 hours 16 minutes of voice calls / 19 hours 52 minutes of web browsing / 21 hours and 20 minutes of video viewing), 33W fast charge (74 minutes for charging up to 100%);
- the smartphone measures 164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5mm and weighs 195g.
Realme 9 Pro comes in black, green and blue colors. The cost is from 26 500 rubles.
Pros of Realme 9 Pro:
- bright and smooth LCD panel;
- outstanding autonomy, decent charging speed;
- decent photos day and night.
- Android 12, microSDXC card slot (instead of one of the SIM cards), 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC.
Cons of Realme 9 Pro:
- not an OLED panel;
- does not support 4K video recording, selfie quality is below average;
- average performance.
Realme GT 5G Master Edition is a powerful mid-range phone
Realme GT Specifications:
- Super AMOLED screen, 6.43″, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 120 Hz;
- Snapdragon 778G 5G processor (29th place);
- memory options: 6/8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal, 8 + 256 GB;
- A 64-megapixel main sensor (f/1.8, PDAF) on the back is complemented by an 8‑megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2, 119˚) and a 2‑megapixel macro lens (f/2.4); video shooting in 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps (EIS) is supported;
- front camera with a resolution of 32 MP (f / 2.5);
- 4300 mAh battery (28 hours 51 minutes of voice calls / 14 hours 1 minute of web browsing / 20 hours 8 minutes of video viewing); fast charging 65 W (up to 100% in half an hour);
- dimensions 159.2 x 735 x 8.0/8.7 mm, weight 174/180 g (depending on back panel material).
The Realme GT 5G Master Edition smartphone costs from 33,450 rubles and is available in black, pearlescent (both have a plastic back panel) and gray (vegan leather cover) colors.
Pros of Realme GT:
- one-of-a-kind design (grey version);
- very good AMOLED display;
- excellent battery life and charging speed;
- powerful and stable chipset;
- quality of photos from all cameras in daylight and low light;
- headphone jack, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC.
Realme GT cons:
- no screen protection as advertised;
- no stereo speakers, the sound is not very loud;
- bad video quality.
You can find a detailed review of Realme GT Master Edition here.
Realme 8i is a good smartphone under 20,000 rubles
Features Realme 8i:
- IPS LCD display, 6.6″, 1080 x 2412 pixels, 120 Hz;
- Mediatek Helio G96 (66th place);
- RAM and flash memory options — 4 + 64 GB, 4/6 + 128 GB;
- rear cameras — 50 MP (f/1.8,PDAF) + 2 MP (macro, f/2.4) + 2 MP (f/2.4 depth sensor); 1080p video recording at 30fps;
- 16-megapixel camera on the front panel (f / 2.1); 1080p at 30fps;
- 5000 mAh battery (42 hours 9 minutes of voice calls / 17 hours 49 minutes of web browsing / 13 hours 59 minutes of video viewing); fast charging 18W (2 hours 21 minutes to reach 100%);
- 164.1 x 75.5 x 8.5mm, 194g
The Realme 8i smartphone is available in purple and black for a price of 16,450 rubles.
Pros of Realme 8i:
- smooth LCD display with good contrast;
- outstanding battery life;
- high-quality photos, decent night mode;
- headphone jack, NFC, dedicated memory card slot;
- affordable price.
Cons of Realme 8i:
- no IP rating;
- without ultra wide-angle camera;
- quiet single speaker.
A detailed review of the Realme 8i can be read here.