Realme GT evaluate: low on value, excessive on efficiency

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Realme had introduced its top-of-the-line flagship smartphone that comes within the type of the Realme GT again in March, however solely in China. On the time, the corporate had stated it might be launching the gadget in different world markets and it was believed that India was going to be one in every of them. From the appears of it nevertheless, it seems Realme has at present no plans of unveiling the Realme GT within the nation. Nonetheless, the previous OPPO sub-brand is seeking to a minimum of reveal the capabilities of the gadget and as such, I’ve been despatched a Chinese language unit of the smartphone. It has Google providers and the Play Retailer sideloaded on it, however the UI very a lot stays China-specific. With out realizing when this cellphone will land in India, if in any respect, I made a decision to try it out and work out the way it could possibly be positioned within the Indian smartphone market. To be clear, I shall be taking the cellphone’s China value as indicative of its anticipated pricing in India. I’ve been despatched the bottom 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model of the gadget which prices CNY 2,799 or about Rs 31,400. Though it’s unlikely that the cellphone will launch at this low a value, the Realme GT does seem like among the many most inexpensive telephones proper now harbouring the flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset. Let’s discover out extra on this evaluate.


Whereas the Realme GT is undoubtedly a succesful cellphone, it fails to match the expectations of a correct flagship gadget. Aside from quick efficiency, it gives little or no to reward apart from the gadget’s fast-charging speeds. The typical cameras come as a letdown, (particularly the selection of lenses being applied) and the truth that the design is underwhelming. Realme, for my part, ought to stick to the vast viewers that it has been cultivating round funds and mid-range telephones.

The lowdown

The Realme GT is a skinny cellphone to carry and in addition barely heavy, however there’s little or no to complain concerning the construct high quality of the gadget, which is stellar. Nonetheless, on the identical time, the design itself is sort of uninspiring. The shiny again is protected by Corning’s 3D Gorilla Glass, and attracts a number of fingerprints. The Silver color gradient is a bit meh. I fairly want the appears of frosted matte glass, not the least as a result of it’s proof against smudges. The again is curved and the digicam bump protrudes barely from the chassis. The Realme GT is without doubt one of the few flagship telephones that gives a 3.5mm headphone jack on the backside. The usual Sort-C port and speaker grille are additionally on the backside, and the earpiece doubles up as a speaker to supply stereo sound. Lastly, the amount rocker and energy buttons are positioned on the proper and left respectively, providing the type of tactility you’d count on from a flagship cellphone. 

On the entrance, there’s a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel (which might be thought of barely small by in the present day’s flagship requirements) with a 120Hz refresh fee. There’s additionally a really wholesome 360Hz contact sampling fee whereas Realme is claiming a full one hundred pc protection of DCI-P3 vast color gamut. I can say for certain that the viewing expertise on the Realme GT may be very a lot on par with different 1080p screens within the class. Color accuracy is on level with the type of distinction ratios and deep blacks that may be anticipated from a high quality AMOLED panel. The 120Hz refresh is unquestionably very constant via all of the apps and there was no seen stuttering to report. The sensible swap between 60Hz and 120Hz has been applied to assist preserve the battery. HDR help is accessible on the Realme GT, although the variant I’ve obtained has the characteristic disabled. Brightness ranges are fairly good and whereas Realme didn’t present a selected quantity, I can say that I didn’t really feel the slightest issues with outside viewing. 

So far as the optics go, Realme GT packs in a triple-camera setup with a 64MP Sony IMX682 main sensor, which is supported by an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and a 2MP macro digicam. For a flagship cellphone, I had hoped that Realme would come with a telephoto lens as a substitute of a devoted low-resolution macro lens, however there needed to be some cost-cutting to realize a low value level. The first shooter takes nearly first rate pictures for a flagship cellphone. Credit score to the Snapdragon 888’s ISP for bringing in good dynamic vary and hues retaining a extra pure take care of post-processing. Publicity and shadows are maintained in a wide range of lighting circumstances and I used to be moderately impressed with the cellphone’s low-light functionality. The devoted Night time Mode is seldom required until you’re capturing photos with infinitesimal exterior gentle, a state of affairs that’s going to happen hardly ever. Even so, the Realme GT stands properly under its contemporaries within the digicam division. There’s nothing spectacular concerning the 8MP ultra-wide lens which churns out photos that present a number of warping on the edges. Lastly, the low-resolution of the macro sensor makes zooming into pictures and gathering nice particulars very tough. On the entrance is an ordinary 16MP selfie shooter that has been used on fairly just a few Realme telephones previously, and clicks expectedly oversharpened selfies. 

One side that Realme has not compromised on is unquestionably the efficiency, because of the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Having the quickest silicone working inside your gadget does include a number of advantages. For example, all primary duties occur inside a blink of an eye fixed, or a minimum of as quick as might be anticipated on a smartphone. Benchmarks additionally present a really rosy image for the Realme GT. You’ll be able to see the scores under however the backside line is that you’re lined absolutely so far as processing prowess on the gadget goes. The identical might be stated for any type of heavy video games which might be thrown on the Realme GT. The 128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and eight/12GB of DDR5 RAM assist on this regard as properly.

There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor that works immediately, face authentication which is usually snappy and stereo audio system which might be termed above common. As is sort of widespread now on flagship units, the Realme GT can also be 5G succesful. I needed to speak a bit concerning the software program however I can solely say that the gadget runs RealmeUI 2.0 primarily based on Android 11. Since this unit isn’t an Indian retail mannequin, the software program it got here with is particular to China. The Play Retailer solely labored through a VPN and lots of Google apps like YouTube and Maps had been barely practical. Aside from that, there’s plenty of bloatware largely dominated by Chinese language apps. The Realme UI on telephones launched in India has a a lot cleaner aesthetic and that’s what I might count on on an Indian model of the Realme GT if it does get launched right here. 

Speaking concerning the battery, the Realme GT has a good 4,500mAh cell powering it, which might be charged at 65W. Realme has been in step with offering quick charging and dependable batteries that may final for over a day with regular utilization. For the Realme GT, issues stay kind of the identical and the facility effectivity of the Snapdragon 888 chip helps so much. I discovered myself ending my days with about 25- 30 % battery left after heavy to average utilization. There isn’t a wi-fi charging however wired charging can juice up the cellphone to full in simply over half-hour. 

Last verdict

Whereas it’s unclear if and when the Realme GT goes to be introduced within the Indian market, the gadget doesn’t supply too many issues that impress, barring its flagship processor. Whereas the show is about pretty much as good as every other cellphone within the phase, when it comes to design and cameras, there are a number of telephones that are higher than the Realme GT and that too accessible at a lot cheaper price factors. Talking of which, the Chinese language price ticket is without doubt one of the saving graces for the gadget. If Realme is to launch the gadget in India conserving China’s pricing in thoughts, it could actually simply make the Realme GT one of many most cost-effective telephones to deal with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It stays to be seen if Realme finds it worthwhile to launch a flagship gadget priced over Rs 30,000 when most of its market share is positioned firmly within the funds to mid-range phase. 

Editor’s score: 3.5 / 5


  • Speedy efficiency
  • Provides a headphone jack
  • Quick charging


  • Common cameras
  • Uninspiring design
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