Cheapest OnePlus 12 alternative you can buy, realme GT5 Pro vs OnePlus 12

We have a new realme GT5 Pro vs OnePlus 12 comparison here to help you in deciding whether to opt for the more affordable alternative by realme or pay more to get the true flagship OnePlus 12. The smartphones continue to incorporate new features, but their prices also exhibit a constant upward trend for a long time and that’s why users are on the lookout for more budget-friendly alternatives. OnePlus 12 stands out as one of this year’s most successful phone releases, and realme GT5 Pro offers almost exactly same features as OnePlus 12.

Both devices are powerful thanks to the Qualcomm’s latest mobile chipset, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The base variant for both phones boasts 256GB storage and 12GB RAM, demonstrating a commitment to avoiding low storage options for users to have on their phones from both realme and OnePlus. Additionally, both phones utilize UFS 4.0 storage unit.

Both the realme GT5 Pro vs OnePlus 12 pack a 5400 mAh battery capacity with 100W fast wired charging support, the phones also offer 50W wireless charging. Furthermore, both phones have a USB Type-C 3.2 standard charging port.

The key differences between these two phones can actually be seen in the display, camera, and design. realme GT5 Pro comes in two different versions with glass and silicone leather back, while OnePlus 12 only has a glass back. Both phones have the same screen brightness of 4500 nits. The most significant difference in the display is the refresh rate and resolution.

OnePlus 12 comes with a 6.82-inch QHD resolution AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, while realme GT5 Pro has a 6.78-inch display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1.5K resolution. 120 Hz is actually more than enough for most users, while 144 Hz is just another excellent part of the phone for mobile gamers. Both phones have visually appealing displays.

The main camera of OnePlus 12 features a 1/1.4-inch 50 MP Sony LYT-808 image sensor with an f/1.6 aperture lens. realme GT5 Pro uses the same Sony LYT-808 sensor for its main camera, but with a slightly worse  a different f/1.7 lens. Both phones will perform well in low light conditions thanks to the same large image sensor by Sony.

The telephoto camera of OnePlus 12 has a 1/2.0-inch 64 MP OmniVision OV64B image sensor with an f/2.6 aperture lens. Surprisingly, the telephoto camera’s image sensor used in realme is larger than OnePlus. realme GT5 Pro comes with a 1/1.56-inch 50 MP Sony IMX 890 image sensor and an f/2.6 aperture lens, offering 2.7x optical zoom compared to OnePlus’ 3x. Note that Sony IMX 890 is actually the image sensor of OnePlus 11’s main camera.

While both phones have powerful main and telephoto cameras, differences arise in the ultrawide angle camera. OnePlus 12 has a significantly better ultrawide angle camera, allowing for macro photos with autofocus feature. realme GT5 Pro ultrawide angle camera is fixed focus, so it’s only good for taking landscape shots outside actually. You can check out our detailed OnePlus 12 camera review to see shots taken with OnePlus 12.

realme GT5 Pro has nearly everything OnePlus 12 offers. If you prioritize the camera a lot and don’t mind paying more, OnePlus 12 is the option for you. However, if you find realme’s camera performance sufficient, or let’s say if a mediocre ultrawide angle camera doesn’t bother you too much, then realme GT5 Pro is a definite buy and there is a very good reason for that.

As of the time this article was written, both devices have not been globally released  yet but were already introduced in China. There’s a significant price difference between the two devices, with OnePlus 12‘s 12GB+256GB variant priced at 4299 CNY (602 USD) and realme GT5 Pro‘s 12GB+256GB variant at 3298 CNY (462 USD). realme is approximately 20% cheaper than OnePlus, making it actually a very compelling option unless you are a long-time OnePlus fan.

What are your thoughts on realme GT5 Pro vs OnePlus 12? Which one would you choose to buy? Please share your opinions in the comments.

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