Realme GT Master Edition – First Impressions: A unique looking mid-ranger at an attractive price

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Realme usually launches a Master Edition version of an existing smartphone model with a distinctive design that sets it apart from others. The Realme X was the first smartphone to receive this treatment, with onion and garlic versions. Realme repeated this exercise with the X3, which also came in two versions – Concrete and Red Brick. Now, with the all-new Realme GT series, the company has done something different. Aside from the Realme GT (First Impressions) itself, there’s also a Realme GT Master Edition, but while 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 stands for travel), with large ribs that not only look unique but are also easier to hold. While the back looks sturdy, it has a slightly soft leather-like texture. Realme claims that this texture is vegan leather that is basically stretched over a polycarbonate back panel. Despite its suitcase-like appearance, the phone feels very high quality and isn’t too heavy either. That finish is called Voyager Gray, and the GT Master Edition will also be available in two other finishes – Luna White and Cosmos Black – with no ribs or texture.

There’s a 6.43-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360 Hz that should make gamers happy. The display is surrounded by thin bezels and has an integrated fingerprint scanner.

The Realme GT Master Edition has a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz

The GT Master Edition has a single speaker on the bottom. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack that’s next to the primary microphone and the Type-C USB port. The volume buttons are on the left, while the power button is on the right. The phone has a dual nano SIM tray and there is no memory expansion.

The device is available in three RAM and memory versions. There is a basic option with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage priced at Rs. 25,999; an 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant for Rs. 27,999; and an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variant priced at Rs. 29,999. This option is only available in Voyager Gray and was given to me for review.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G processor is a big selling point for the GT Master Edition. It is a mobile 5G platform that is manufactured in a 6 nm manufacturing process and is said to be an update of the Snapdragon 768G. It has a maximum clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. This SoC uses the Snapdragon X53 5G modem, which supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G networks. The device is equipped with a 4,300 mAh battery that can be charged with the 65 W quick charge module supplied. Realme has also implemented its Dynamic RAM Expansion technology that allows you to allocate up to 5GB of internal storage to act as additional RAM when needed, although it is much slower than the actual RAM.

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The Voyager Gray option of the Realme GT Master Edition has a vegan leather back panel

There are three cameras on the back of the smartphone. There is a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie tasks are carried out by a 32-megapixel camera.

As for software, there’s Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. This phone is packed to the brim with pre-installed apps, including third-party apps like Josh, Facebook, Moj, Snapchat, and Netflix, to name a few. However, it felt quite snappy during my limited experience so far.

The Realme GT Master Edition appears to be a solid competitor for the mid-range. Aside from the unique design of the Voyager Gray variant, it also includes hardware that should make it pretty competitive. These factors should help it stand out from the crowd. We’ll have to put it through its paces to find out how much improvement the new SoC is over the competition. So stay tuned to Gadgets360 for our full review, which should be released shortly.

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