Realme GT Review: An All-Rounder at the Right Price


The Realme GT is at the moment probably the most high-end providing in Realme’s new GT collection of smartphones. I’ve used this cellphone for greater than every week, and it is easy to conclude that the GT will not be a top-of-the-line flagship killer with options like wi-fi charging and an IP ranking. As an alternative, it is extra of a premium providing, which goals to get you the absolute best options at a aggressive value. Save for some minor niggles, the Realme GT has been a superb all-rounder in my expertise.

Realme GT value in India

Pricing is the place the Realme GT actually shines. It’s the most reasonably priced smartphone in India to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, with the bottom 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant priced at Rs. 37,999 and the top-of-the-line 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant (which I examined) priced at Rs 41,999. The value hole between the 2 variants is sort of massive, however you do get extra RAM in addition to extra storage. Even when in comparison with units such because the iQoo 7 Legend and OnePlus 9R (Evaluate), the costs are decrease for a similar configurations.

Nevertheless, issues do get a bit difficult relying on the end that you’d desire, because the high-end variant is simply obtainable within the vegan-leather-clad Racing Yellow trim, whereas the bottom variant is simply obtainable in Dashing Silver and Dashing Blue.

Realme GT design

Realme’s alternative of going with a barely smaller show than the present competitors is fascinating. It makes the general footprint of this smartphone small and so it is simpler to carry. The bottom layer of the again panel (beneath the vegan leather-based on my unit) is manufactured from polycarbonate, whereas the body is manufactured from plastic.

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The vegan leather-based end is simply obtainable with the 12GB RAM variant

 

I am not a fan of the unreal leather-based on the again of the Racing Yellow end as it is not smooth, however simply has a barely rubbery texture. It feels extra like rubber than leather-based, nevertheless it does seem rugged and appears as if it should final. I preferred the finely textured black stripe (which Realme calls a racing line) that runs off-centre by way of the again. It is manufactured from plastic, however I additionally like how Realme has managed to cover a lot of the rear digital camera module inside it, with solely the lenses seen. The digital camera module barely protrudes from the again panel, so the Realme GT doesn’t wobble a lot when positioned on a flat floor.

The Realme GT includes a 6.43-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a cutout for the selfie digital camera. It options skinny bezels on the left, proper and prime, although the one on the backside is barely thicker. The fingerprint reader is embedded into the show, and it really works reliably.

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The Realme GT within the vegan leather-based end has a plastic strip working by way of the again panel

 

The yellow-and-black color scheme of the Racing Yellow end was designed retaining younger individuals in thoughts, in line with Realme. The lower-priced variant of this cellphone can be obtainable in Dashing Blue and Dashing Silver for many who desire one thing a bit extra refined. The blue and silver choices function glass again panels, which additionally makes these models slimmer than those with the vegan leather-based end, by a few millimetre.

Realme GT specs and software program

The Realme GT is powered by Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC, which can be obtainable within the Mi 11X Professional and the iQoo 7 Legend. The Realme GT provides as much as 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, however there is not any room for storage growth. Communications choices embrace dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC together with help for a number of 5G bands and twin 5G standby. The cellphone has a 4,500mAh battery, and a 65W charger is included within the field.

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The Realme GT comes with loads of preinstalled bloatware

 

The smartphone runs Realme UI 2.0, which relies on Android 11. It focuses on personalisation and lets a person customise a number of UI components such because the always-on show and even the burden of the font. Excessive-quality haptics additionally improve this fluid software program expertise with very exact vibrations. The cellphone comes with a number of preinstalled third-party apps together with Reserving.com, Josh, and Moj, plus some Realme-branded apps similar to Realme Hyperlink, Group, and HeyFun. Whereas I may uninstall most of those apps, I couldn’t take away FinShell Pay. As with each different Realme smartphone I’ve reviewed up to now, I did see notifications from the Themes app day by day asking me to obtain a brand new theme, font, or wallpaper. These can get annoying after some time, so I blocked them within the Notifications & Standing Bar settings.

Realme GT efficiency and battery life

The Realme GT includes a 6.43-inch full-HD+ Tremendous AMOLED panel that’s fairly sharp and showcases punchy colors. It might simply deal with direct daylight. It additionally has a 120Hz peak refresh price with a most 360Hz contact sampling price. Stereo audio system are widespread in smartphones at this value and fortunately Realme has included a pair within the GT. Whereas they sound loud and clear, they are not balanced, with the underside speaker sounding rather a lot louder than the highest one. Not like most smartphones on this section, Realme provides a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is positioned on the backside, subsequent to the Sort-C USB port.

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The Realme GT includes a 120Hz refresh price Tremendous AMOLED show with skinny bezels

 

With good stereo audio system and a punchy Tremendous AMOLED show, I did miss help for HDR10 on the Realme GT. Nonetheless, watching motion pictures was an immersive expertise because of deep blacks and stereo sound.

I acquired the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the Realme GT for assessment. Realme UI 2.0 felt fluid with common use. There was no trace of lag or stuttering through the assessment interval, regardless of having a great deal of preinstalled apps.

The Realme GT carried out on par with the remainder of the smartphones on this value section. It achieved a rating of 8,02,974 in AnTuTu, and scored 1,138 and three,408 in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core checks respectively.

Gaming efficiency was fairly good, with most video games working on the highest settings attainable. The Realme GT did get mildly heat, however this might solely be felt on show, whereas the again panel remained fairly cool. The cellphone additionally options ‘GT Mode’ like on the GT Grasp Version. Switching it on from the notifications shade made no noticeable distinction within the video games that I performed, nevertheless it did elevate the temperature of Realme GT by a bit.

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The black stripe on the again panel helps cover the rear digital camera with solely the lenses seen

 

I performed Name of Obligation: Cellular, and it ran easily with none stuttering at Very Excessive graphics and Max body price. Asphalt 9: Legends additionally carried out nicely at its Excessive High quality graphics setting and with the 60fps mode enabled.

The 4,500mAh battery lasted me about two days with informal use, and a few day and a half with extra gaming, which is sort of good. The Realme GT additionally carried out nicely in our HD video loop battery check, lasting 18 hours and 42 minutes on a single cost. The 65W charger is mighty fast and takes the cellphone from a useless battery to totally charged in about 35 minutes.

Realme GT cameras

The Realme GT options three rear-facing cameras and a single front-facing one. You get a 64-megapixel major digital camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 16-megapixel entrance digital camera. The digital camera app interface is identical as what we have seen on most up-to-date Realme units, with all vital controls laid out on the prime of the display screen and sub-menus for adjusting the body or setting the video decision. The UI was a bit annoying as I virtually all the time ended up tapping the AI button unintentionally when attempting to succeed in a number of the much less simply accessible settings.

Realme GT daytime digital camera samples. Prime: important digital camera; backside: ultra-wide-angle digital camera (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Daylight pictures taken utilizing the first digital camera got here out sharp and clear, however with a little bit of oversaturation even with the AI mode turned off. Some may like this punchy color palette because it brings common pictures to life, however I discovered the colors a bit too exaggerated. I had seen this even on the Realme GT Grasp Version. Dynamic vary was good, with sufficient element in each vivid and the darkish areas of the photograph. The first digital camera was fast to focus however there have been some odd occasional cases when it took just a few further seconds after switching digital camera modes.

Realme GT daytime digital camera pattern. (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The principle digital camera additionally carried out fairly nicely in low mild, and managed good pictures with minimal noise below road lighting. There was sufficient element in low-light pictures, although the dynamic vary fell a bit brief within the shadows. I often solely wanted to fireplace up the Night time mode in very dimly lit environments, and it did a superb job of bringing out extra particulars in darker areas of a scene in addition to decreasing noise even additional.

Realme GT selfie digital camera samples. Prime: Daylight; backside: Low mild (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The ultra-wide-angle digital camera shot clear and usable pictures in daylight. Particulars have been sharper within the centre of the body, with issues getting a bit blurry in direction of the sides. I additionally seen a little bit of purple fringing close to the sides of pictures. Nevertheless, the ultra-wide digital camera is not usable in low mild except you turn to the Night time mode. The two-megapixel macro digital camera was not precisely helpful, as I managed to seize higher pictures by cropping pictures shot utilizing the first digital camera.

Realme GT low-light digital camera samples. Prime: Auto, backside: Night time mode (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Movies shot at 1080 in addition to 4K at 30 fps seemed spectacular with good dynamic vary, element, and stabilisation. Movies shot at 60fps additionally confirmed good element, however the body was cropped to the extent that they virtually seemed like they have been zoomed in. That is most likely executed to enhance stabilisation (which it does fairly nicely), however framing grew to become fairly tough. There’s additionally noticeable purple fringing when movies are shot at 60fps.

The principle digital camera did a surprisingly first rate job with video in low mild, however with decreased dynamic vary, noticeable noise, and slight shimmering when strolling about. Turning on the AI enabled Night time Video mode, did a superb job of bringing out element and decreasing noise within the darker areas, making movies seem very similar to Night time mode pictures. Whereas it’s spectacular to see what the digital camera software program is able to, colors do get a bit too saturated relying on the lighting within the neighborhood. A little bit of fine-tuning is perhaps wanted to make this function extra usable.

Verdict

The Realme GT provides good worth for cash for those who go together with the bottom configuration, which is priced at Rs. 37,999. Which means that you’ll solely get a glass again, and there will not be the selection of vegan leather-based. The 12GB RAM variant (Rs. 41,999) falls a bit brief when it comes to options when in comparison with the competitors. There isn’t any 8K video recording like on the Mi 11X Professional (Evaluate) (from Rs. 39,999) and no IP ranking.

The iQoo 7 Legend (Evaluate) (from Rs. 39,990) can be a worthy contender, and is a stable performer given its value. Furthermore, it options a greater digital camera setup and premium construct high quality however its smaller battery won’t swimsuit some consumers. The Realme GT provides very fast charging and a superb general utilization expertise, so even at Rs. 41,999, the higher-end variant is an all-rounder.


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