With the Realme GT, the Chinese company already delivered a real flagship in June of this year, whose value for money made the competition tremble. Now Realme has launched a “Master Edition” of the power smartphone. We want to take a closer look at whether it lives up to its name in our practical test.
Variation of the Realme GT
When the Realme GT was launched in June this year, it stunned the entire smartphone world. Experts were already taken at first sight. This was due to the very special look, which was more reminiscent of a sports car than a phone. But as befits a racing car, the device from the Far East also had a lot to offer under the hood.
One success factor of the smartphone was the comparatively low price. The RRP of 349 Euros looks more like mid-range than high-end. To what extent Realme can maintain this all-around positive impression in its Master Edition and what differences there are between the two versions, we will take a closer look in the following.
|Display||6.43 inches, AMOLED, FHD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,400 pixels), 120 Hz max refresh rate|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 G 5G|
|Camera technology||Main camera: 64 MP, ultra-wide lens: 8 MP, macro lens: 2 MP; front camera: 32 MP|
|Data Services||5G, Bluetooth, Wifi 6, NFC|
|Connectors||3.5mm jack, USB-C, dual-SIM capable, under-display fingerprint sensor|
|Operating system||Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11|
|Protection from dust, water, dirt||No|
|Price (MSRP)||6 GB RAM u. 128 GB storage: 349 Euro; 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage: 399 Euro|
Scope of delivery
In addition to the smartphone itself, the high-quality cardboard slipcase also contains the matching charging cable with USB-A to USB-C. So far so standard. However, the practical rubber cover, which is supposed to protect the obviously sensitive back of the smartphone, and the massive power adapter, which offers a whopping 65 watts of power, are anything but standard. Fortunately, a practical protective film was already attached to the large AMOLED screen ex-works. Of course, the user manual and other paperwork should not be missing.
In the Master Edition, not only clear differences to the conventional Realme GT can be noticed visually. Compared to the other devices from the Chinese manufacturer, the Master Edition also presents itself in a strikingly different guise. While models like the Realme 8 Pro and the GT are rather designed as real eye-catchers, the Master Edition is rather inconspicuous and reserved. Thus, we were really amazed when we took the smartphone out of the packaging for the first time.
Turning the Master Edition over once, real Realme fans will miss the otherwise company-typical motto “Dare to Leap”. However, the manufacturer doesn’t do without the company name itself. The signature of the designer Naoto Fukasawa is emblazoned underneath the name in one of the three versions. He gives the smartphone a look that is supposed to remind of a travel case. In contrast to the matte, suitcase-shaped back, the model we tested comes with a glossy back in the color “Cosmos Black”.
As so often, it’s a matter of taste whether you prefer a matte or a glossy back. Certainly, both have their advantages and disadvantages. What you can objectively judge, however, is the attraction of fingerprints. We already had a few tap marks on the Master Edition’s back after a short time. In return, the design of our test model offered a pleasingly good grip, which meant that the device was always bombproof in the hands.
If you are looking for a fingerprint sensor, you will have to give up the search quickly. After all, it is hidden under the display. We will discuss how reliably it works at a later point. A look at the bottom of the Realme GT Master Edition not only reveals the usual charging port. The 3.5 mm jack is also particularly pleasing. In times of AirPods & this is rather exotic than the rule. However, modern smartphones do not only do without an audio jack because of convenient wireless headphones. Above all, the protection against water and dust should be facilitated or improved. The Realme GT Master Edition unfortunately does not offer such protection.
The camera module is probably the most defining design element of the back. The massive impression it makes at first sight is also realized in practice. If you place the smartphone’s bottom on a flat surface like a table, it tends to wobble. This is due to the slight protrusion of the module. If you have a problem with this, a suitable case is inevitable. Fortunately, Realme includes this right away.
AMOLED panel with rich luminosity
In terms of display, nothing has changed in the Master Edition compared to the standard version at first glance. It measures a full 6.43 inches in the special version as well. Similarities are not only found in the size, but also in the increasingly important discipline of the refresh rate. With a rich 120 hertz, both smartphones play in the upper class. You will especially benefit from the high Hertz rate if you like smooth scrolling without annoying stutters.
Gaming fans will also be happy about the smooth motion picture reproduction in fast games. Those who like to use their smartphone outdoors will be positively surprised by the high display brightness. We hardly ever had a problem recognizing the screen content in the test. They are also wonderfully sharp. After all, Realme relies on a resolution of 1,440p (FHD+).
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