Today, the realme GT was now also introduced in Europe. It has already been available in parts of Asia since the beginning of March and enjoys great popularity there, which is why the global launch now represents the next step for realme.
realme originally entered the smartphone business with phones for the small budget. The realme GT is now the first attempt of the sister company of Oppo and OnePlus to launch a worthy flagship killer, i.e. a high-end smartphone with small cutbacks, at a mid-range price.
I have been allowed to test the realme GT for a few days now and would like to give you an insight into my experience with the phone.
Workmanship and design
With a screen diagonal of 6.43 inches, the realme GT fits well in the hand and offers enough screen space so that everything can still be seen well from an arm’s length away. The size is in the range that I would still call comfortable and where one-handed operation is possible. The weight of 186 grams is comfortable to hold and does not tire the arm. It’s also not so light that it would feel “cheap”, which is also a point of view I find important to consider.
The design of the realme GT is very reminiscent of other flagship smartphones, but it has a few unique selling points. The back differs in material in terms of the color chosen. In the “Racing Yellow” variant, the back is made of yellow-colored, vegan artificial leather. Under the camera module on the upper left, the leather is dyed black and forms a stripe that stretches across the device’s back. The back of the “Speed Blue” and “Sonic Silver” variants is made of glass and has a holographic effect. I was sent a device in the “Speed Blue” colorway by realme. The holographic effect appears as a blue line that runs through the dark blue background depending on the incidence of light. This holographic effect is one of the most appealing designs I’ve seen on the back of a smartphone so far. Especially since it looks like you’re practically looking through the smartphone – similar to a 3D effect.
The camera module is similar to the module from the Samsung Galaxy S20 in terms of design. It sits on the top left of the phone’s back and has a slightly rounded square shape, in which the cameras’ 3 lenses are embedded in a line.
The frame of the realme GT is made of plastic with a metallic paint finish. In fact, I had a hard time distinguishing this plastic frame from a frame made of metal. However, it is recognizable upon closer inspection and a trained eye, and scratches will also be easier to form here than on a frame made of stainless steel, for example.
Last but not least: The front. Here you’ll find an up to 1000 nits bright, FHD+, 120 Hz, Super AMOLED display. Underneath this display is also the fingerprint scanner, which unlocks the phone almost instantly. Meanwhile, this technology is also very mature. Compared to screens of many other Android smartphones, the display is flat on the sides and not rounded. Meanwhile, I prefer this design, even though a rounded display brings a more “seamless” feeling. But it’s significantly more complicated to find a decent screen protector/glass for a rounded display, and the scratches in the glass aren’t worth it to me after all.