Realme’s latest flagship phone looks like paper

It was only a matter of time before someone other than Fairphone introduced a sustainability-themed smartphone (which is a good thing, of course). Realme, sister brand to Oppo and OnePlus, has announced that its upcoming flagship phone GT 2 Pro features an eco-friendly biopolymer material on its back cover – apparently a first in the mobile industry. Even better, Realme has once again teamed up with Muji Series design icon and Infobar Naoto Fukasawa, who finished off the GT 2 Pro’s design with a textured paperback feel to the body. They call this “Paper Tech Master Design”.

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This biopolymer, supplied by Saudi Arabia’s SABIC, is based on paper pulp and has received International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (or ISCC for short) to prove its environmental friendliness. Realme GT 2 Pro’s packaging also uses significantly less plastic than its predecessor – from a total plastic percentage of 21.7 percent to just 0.3 percent.

The phone itself has a few surprises, too. First, it’s one of the first devices to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, after the Moto Edge X30. The GT 2 Pro is also the world’s first smartphone with a 150-degree ultra-wide camera (most at about 120 degrees), which offers a unique fisheye camera mode for some fun photography.

There are also some noteworthy features on the radio side. In the “Antenna Array System” here is the “world’s first” broadband antenna switching technology, which allows the phone to switch to any of the 12 antennas with the best signal strength. Additionally, this system consists of a symmetrical Wi-Fi antenna that apparently boosts signal stability by up to 20 percent.

NFC antenna array 3

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But the most interesting feature here is perhaps “360° NFC”, which is achieved by attaching the NFC module to the top two cellular antennas as well as its own antennas, thus forming an “NFC 3 antenna array”. This allows the GT 2 Pro’s top end to read NFC on both sides, making the likes of contactless payment and Bluetooth pairing easier.

Currently, the Realme GT 2 Pro is only scheduled to launch in China at 7:30 PM local time (6:30 AM ET) on January 4, 2022, but a company spokesperson confirmed that it will eventually go abroad. Given the brand’s track record, the price of this device is likely to be competitive, but we’re only keen to check out Fukasawa’s latest mobile design in person — particularly the supposedly paper-like texture. Stay tuned for more technical specifications, prices and our hands-on training.

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