Realme has launched a new phone in its GT series, the Realme GT Neo 2. The latest phone from Realme has some strong specs on the sheet and comes with loads of features. It has a Snapdragon 870 SoC, 64MP triple camera setup, 120Hz E4 AMOLED display and more. We already have seen a lot of launches in the sub-Rs 30k category in recent weeks. But, does the Realme GT Neo 2 have what it takes to become the best phone under Rs 30,000? To check that, we will be comparing it with two of the best phones in this segment – the OnePlus Nord 2 and iQOO 7. The iQOO 7, since the launch, has been a dominant performer in this segment and Realme GT Neo 2 jumping into the segment makes it more competitive. So, which one will be the best phone to choose from under Rs 30,000? Let’s find out in this comparison.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Price in India
Realme GT Neo 2 comes in two different configurations – 8GB+128GB priced at Rs 31,999 and 12GB+256GB priced at Rs 35,999. During the Realme Festive Days sale, the device will be available at a discounted price of Rs 24,999 and Rs 28,999, respectively. The OnePlus Nord 2 is available in three different variants – 6GB+128GB priced at Rs 27,999, 8GB+128GB priced at Rs 29,999 and 12GB+256GB priced at Rs 34,999.
The iQOO 7 in India starts at Rs Rs 29,990 for the 8GB+128GB variant whereas the 12GB+256GB variant is priced at Rs 31,990.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Design
Realme has highly advertised the Realme GT Neo 2 because of its unique Neo Green colour. The Realme GT Neo 2 gets a new makeover with the new Neo Green colour which is very subjective and that’s why we leave it to you to decide. It also comes in Neo Blue and Neo Black colour. On the back, it has a triple camera setup and a black strip with Dare to Leap branding on it. The phone is just 8.6mm thick and weighs 200gms. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the front, it has a punch-hole camera in top-left.
Coming to the OnePlus Nord 2 design, it has a very basic design with a neatly finished matte rear panel on the back. The OnePlus Nord 2 is available in three different colours – Grey Sierra, Blue Haze and Green Wood. It measures 8.3mm and 189g in thickness and weight making it the lightest phone among the other two. On the front, it has a single punch-hole camera on the top left. The phone doesn’t have a headphone jack either.
The iQOO 7 comes in three different colours – Storm Black, Monster Orange and Solid Ice Blue. On the display, it has a centrally aligned punch-hole selfie camera. The phone is just 8.4mm thick and weighs 196gms. It has glass on the back and comes with curved edges. The side frame on the iQOO 7 is polycarbonate. This also doesn’t have a headphone jack.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Display
The Realme GT Neo 2 flaunts a 6.62-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED panel. The screen is flat and has 120Hz refresh rate support. It also comes with a 1300 nits peak brightness, HDR10+ certification and a 600Hz touch sampling rate. Realme claims that the GT Neo 2 has their most colour accurate display. Realme has added an X-axis linear motor on the device that makes the haptic feedback on the GT Neo 2 better.
The iQOO 7 has an identical 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display compared to the Realme GT Neo 2. The screen has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate.
The OnePlus Nord 2 features a smaller 6.43-inch fluid AMOLED display. The screen has support for up to 90Hz refresh rate and it comes with HDR10+ certification. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 from Corning on top for screen protection.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Performance
Realme GT Neo 2 and iQOO 7 are very identical in terms of performance. Both Realme GT Neo 2 and iQOO 7 feature a Snapdragon 870 SoC that is paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Realme GT Neo 2 has a LPDDR4X RAM with UFS 3.1 storage whereas the iQOO 7 has a LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage making the latter better in terms of data transfer. Both phones can extend their RAM capacity through Virtual RAM technology. iQOO 7 RAM could be extended up to 3GB whereas Realme GT Neo 2 RAM can be extended up to 7GB. For thermal management, the Realme GT Neo 2 has a stainless steel vapour cooling plus system, which has a diamond gel material inside. Similarly, the iQOO 7 has a 6000mm² Graphite Layer Full Coverage Liquid Cooling technology.
The OnePlus Nord 2 is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G SoC, which is a very popular chipset in this segment. The OnePlus Nord 2 gets 6GB, 8GB and 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM variants, and 128GB and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It runs on OxygenOS 11.3 based on Android 11 which is a very popular and user friendly UI. It has very less bloatwares compared to the other two phone’s UI.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Cameras
The Realme GT Neo 2 comes with a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP 119-degree ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera sensor. For selfies and video calls, the phone has a 16MP front camera sensor. The GT Neo 2 has a new camera feature called Street Photography Mode through which you can add different filters to the picture. You can check out the same in below video.
The OnePlus Nord 2 uses triple rear cameras, featuring 50MP main, 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP monochrome cameras. The front camera has a 32MP sensor. The Nord 2 can record 4K videos at 30fps, or full HD videos at up to 240fps.
iQOO 7 also comes with a triple-camera setup on the back. It has a 48MP Sony IMX598 primary camera sensor. It is accompanied by a 13MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP mono camera. For selfies, there is a 16MP front camera sensor.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Battery
Realme GT Neo 2 has a large 5,000mAh battery, with 65W fast charging support that the company claims can be charged to 100% in just 36 minutes.
The OnePlus Nord 2 features a 4,500mAh battery, with 65W fast charging. The company claims that the phone can be charged to 100 percent in 30 minutes.
iQOO 7 packs the smallest 4,400 mAh battery with faster 66W charging support. iQOO claims that the iQOO 7 can be charged to 100% in just 30 minutes.
Realme GT Neo 2 vs OnePlus Nord 2 vs iQOO 7: Verdict
Definitely, the competition is on fire in the under Rs 30k segment. The Realme GT Neo 2, no doubt, can be the best phone from Realme in this segment. But the iQOO 7 has a slight edge over the GT Neo 2 and the OnePlus Nord 2 with better cameras, LPDDR5 RAM, 66W fast charging support and it also offers a better gaming experience. However, the iQOO 7 has the smallest battery capacity compared to the other two.
The OnePlus Nord 2, on the other hand, has a clean and much better software compared to the other two that would be beneficial for daily performance of the device. It has a better selfie camera but lacks a 120Hz refresh rate.
The Realme GT Neo 2 design is a very subjective point, some might consider this the best colour whereas the others might not like it. But, if you are looking for a phone that will draw attraction, no matter positive or negative, the GT Neo 2 is a perfect choice for you. If you want a neatly designed phone, you can go for the Nord 2 or iQOO 7.
With all that being said, we would recommend you to go for the iQOO 7. However, the Realme GT Neo 2 at the introductory price is a steal deal.
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