Realme typically releases a Master Edition version of an existing smartphone model with a distinctive design that sets it apart. Realme X was the first smartphone to receive this treatment, in Onion and Garlic versions. Realme repeated this exercise with the X3, which was also released in two finishes – Concrete and Red Brick. Now, with the new Realme GT series, the company has done something different. Along with the Realme GT (first impressions) itself, there’s also a Realme GT Master Edition, but although the design is still a big deal, it has different specs and is actually more affordable.
The Realme GT Master Edition was conceived by the same designer, Naoto Fukasawa, who worked on Realme’s previous Master Edition smartphones. The design of this smartphone was inspired by a suitcase (which represents a journey), with large protrusions that not only look unique, but also facilitate transport. Although the back panel looks tough, it has a slightly soft texture like leather. Realme claims this texture is vegan leather, which is basically stretched over a polycarbonate back panel. Despite its suitcase-like appearance, the phone looks quite premium and isn’t too heavy either. This finish is called Voyager Grey, and the GT Master Edition will also be available in two other finishes – Luna White and Cosmos Black – without the grooves or texture.
There’s a 6.43-inch full-HD + Super AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 360 Hz touch sample rate, which should make gamers happy. The screen is surrounded by thin frames and has an integrated fingerprint reader.
The GT Master Edition has a single speaker at the bottom. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack located next to the main microphone and the USB Type-C port. The volume buttons are on the left, while the on/off button is on the right. The phone has a dual Nano-SIM tray and there is no storage expansion.
The device is available in three RAM and storage variants. There is a basic option with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 25,999; an 8GB RAM variant and 128GB storage for Rs. 27,999; and an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant priced at Rs. 29,999. This option is only available on Voyager Gray and is the one I received for review.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G processor is a big selling point for the GT Master Edition. It is a 5G mobile platform manufactured using a 6nm manufacturing process and is expected to be an upgrade to the Snapdragon 768G. It has a maximum clock speed of 2.4Ghz. This SoC uses the Snapdragon X53 5G modem, which supports mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks. The device comes with a 4,300mAh battery that can be charged using the built-in 65W quick charging block. Realme has also implemented its Dynamic RAM Expansion technology, which allows you to allocate up to 5GB of internal storage to act as additional RAM when needed, although it is much slower than real RAM.
The smartphone has three cameras on the back. There is a 64 megapixel primary camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera and a 2 megapixel macro camera. Selfie tasks are done by a 32 megapixel camera.
As for software, there’s Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. This phone is packed with pre-installed apps, including third-party apps like Josh, Facebook, Moj, Snapchat and Netflix, to name a few. However, it seemed pretty fast during my limited experience so far.
The Realme GT Master Edition looks like a solid mid-range competitor. In addition to the unique design of the Voyager Gray variant, it also includes hardware that should make it very competitive. These factors should help you stand out from the crowd. We will have to put it to the test to find out how much the new SoC represents an improvement over the competition. So stay tuned to Gadgets360 for our full review, due out soon.