Realme GT First Impressions: The Making of a “Flagship Killer”


OnePlus created it, Xiaomi ran with it, and Poco took it over – but it’s been a while since a smartphone maker actually used it. I’m referring to the flagship killer tag used for a smartphone that offers premium hardware but sells at a breakneck price. Just starting at Rs. 37,999, the Realme GT has a top notch processor and many other impressive specs. It’s not very affordable, but it undercuts today’s top-end models from Samsung, Apple, and even OnePlus. It will surely catch the attention of those interested in an expensive mid-range smartphone.

The Realme GT’s frame is flattened at the top and bottom. The Racing Yellow finish I received for review has a racing-inspired theme and uses a mix of vegan leather and plastic. The phone is also available in Dashing Silver and Dashing Blue, both of which have a glass back.

The back wall of the Racing Yellow model is made of polycarbonate and has a layer of vegan leather, which makes it easy to grip. The GT’s camera module appears to merge with the polished black stripe that runs through the back. The frame of the Realme GT is made of plastic, with the power button on the right and the volume buttons and the SIM tray on the left. The Realme GT has stereo speakers, with the earpiece acting as a second speaker.

There’s a 6.43-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a maximum touch sampling rate of 360 Hz, which should be useful when gaming. The display is protected by Asahi’s Dragontrail glass and has a hole punch for the camera. Although it appears to be a bright display (Realme claims a peak brightness of 1,000 nits), there was no sign of HDR10 support when I opened Netflix.

The back wall of the Realme GT is a mix of vegan leather and plastic

The Realme GT runs Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. The UI is geared towards personalization and I noticed several third-party apps preinstalled. Regardless, the operating system felt snappy the first time I used it.

For a smartphone geared towards performance and gaming, I was a little surprised to find a 4,500 mAh battery listed on the spec sheet. The phone is charged with a 65W Super Dart charger that is included.

The Realme GT’s camera setup includes a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. A 16-megapixel front camera takes over selfie tasks.

The phone is available in 8 GB and 12 GB RAM variants with 128 GB and 256 GB of storage, respectively. Prices start at Rs 37,999. We received the version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for the test. Both configurations have a dual nano SIM tray and do not offer any memory expansion.

The Realme GT has what it takes to be a flagship killer, but it lacks features like IP rating and wireless charging. It’s 2021 too, and with expensive 5G processors, brands can’t get too aggressive on pricing. The price of the Realme GT is not exactly a “flagship killer”, but it attracts buyers aiming for a premium smartphone and will compete with devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G (review) and iQoo 7 Legend (review). I can’t wait to put it through its paces and test its gaming skills, so stay tuned for the full test.


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