Realme has launched its Realme GT 3, a high-end smartphone with 240W quick charging, a 144Hz show, and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. I used to be capable of check the Realme GT 3 and I offer you my first impressions.
My opinion on the Realme GT 3 briefly
The Realme GT 3 was introduced for Europe on February 28, 2023, at MWC 2023. It’s the world and rebranded model of the Realme GT Neo 5 launched in China. The smartphone doesn’t but have an official launch date or a worth for the European market. The producer has merely indicated that the smartphone will probably be bought for roughly 610 euros excluding tax. And there aren’t any plans on promoting the telephone in America.
The Realme GT 3 is the model’s newest flagship. Its key promoting level is its quick charging of 240 W. In line with the producer, it could recharge the 4600 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
However the remainder of its spec sheet can be fairly full with a 144 Hz AMOLED show and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. Solely its digital camera module leaves me a bit puzzled with the absence of a telephoto lens and the return of the microscopic digital camera we noticed on the Oppo Discover X3 Professional.
The Realme GT 3 returns to a way more standard design than its predecessor, the
Realme GT 2 Professional NextPit reviewed 8 months in the past. Gone are the paper impact backs and origami patterns, we discover good outdated glass on the back and front. However the look stays very elegant.
- The matte coating on the again could be very good in addition to the black and white colours.
- The LED on the again is just not too apparent.
- No IP score.
- Plastic body.
The Realme is available in two colours: Pulse White and Booster Black. The coating is matte with a grainy impact that I discover very stunning and really nice to the contact. However it is usually very slippery.
The smartphone measures 6.45 x 2.98 x 0.35 in (163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm) and weighs 7 oz (199 g). That is not compact, however I did not discover it notably cumbersome both.
On the again, we discover the triple digital camera module organized on a glass island that occupies the complete width of the smartphone. The ultra-wide angle and microscope lenses are grouped collectively whereas the primary lens is on their own. This gives the look of getting solely two lenses and I discover this look extra harmonious.
To the best of the digital camera module, there’s an LED referred to as Pulse Interface or “Pulse gentle”. Principally, it’s a notification LED that can be utilized in a contextual method when your battery is low, once you obtain a name, and many others. I will discuss this beneath within the Interface/OS part.
The Realme GT 3 has a 6.74-inch AMOLED show with a 1240 x 2772 pixels decision. It has a refresh charge of 144 Hz and a most brightness of 1400 nits. It is a display made for gaming and Realme gives loads of settings to spice up the picture high quality.
The sturdy factors of the Realme GT 3:
- Good fluidity with 144 Hz (adaptive).
- Most brightness of 1400 nits (peak).
- No curved edges (for individuals who don’t love them).
The weak factors of the Realme GT 3:
- Not an LTPO panel (for a extra adaptive refresh charge).
To be extra exact about brightness, the Realme GT 3 solely reaches 1400 nits in peak, on a restricted space of the display. Sometimes, the Realme GT 3 display reaches 500 nits and in HBM, with the brightness at full, it could actually go to 1100 nits. That is greater than sufficient to make sure superb readability in every single place, indoors and open air.
Realme additionally gives fairly full settings to regulate the colorimetry of the display. The settings are additionally stuffed with modes to spice up the colours, the sharpness, or the fluidity of the picture on the display. The 144Hz refresh charge is a pleasant addition for some video games that run above 60 FPS.
The Realme GT 3 runs on Realme UI 4.0, primarily based on Android 13. I haven’t got any details about the replace coverage since it isn’t formally bought right here. Realme often gives three Android updates and 4 years of safety updates on its flagships.
Visually, Realme UI 4.0 could be very near ColorOS 13, Oppo’s overlay. Apparent, it’s possible you’ll say. However I feel it is a good factor. The interface is spacious, the totally different parts are well-prioritized and the navigation is somewhat intuitive. We discover the identical Shelf menu (swiping from high to backside on the house display) as in Oppo and OnePlus.
Realme has additionally applied Android’s dynamic themes somewhat effectively in its customization settings. You possibly can apply the dominant coloration of the wallpaper to the remainder of the interface. The themed icons should not there but, nevertheless.
Lastly, there’s a devoted menu referred to as Respiration Mild to customise the “Pulse interface”, the LED on the again of the smartphone. You possibly can solely select between two varieties of animations (ripple and pulse). It is a pity, I’d have appreciated to have extra. You can even select the colour to be displayed by the LED and in what context to activate it or not (name, low battery, and many others.).
The Realme GT3 options Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC with its Adreno 730 GPU. This octa-core chip etched in 4nm and clocked at as much as 3.19GHz is coupled with 8, 12, or 16GB of RAM and 128, 256, 512 GB, or 1 TB of UFS 3.1 storage.
Final 12 months, the Realme GT 2 additionally shipped with a SoC from the earlier 12 months. And this 12 months, I feel the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will stay fairly aggressive.
Early benchmark scores with the Realme GT 3 are constant. However I used to be nonetheless capable of discover a little bit of aggressive thermal throttling, inflicting noticeable framerate losses. Nicely, that is on the benchmark anyway. I did not use the smartphone lengthy sufficient to note this habits in-game.
Photograph high quality
The Realme GT 3 has a triple digital camera module on the again. There’s a major lens with 50 MP, an ultra-wide angle lens of 8 MP, and a macro sensor referred to as “microscope” with 2 MP. The selfie digital camera has a decision of 16 MP.
The principle digital camera has not modified from final 12 months’s mannequin. We’re nonetheless on a 1/1.56-inch sensor with OIS, PDAF, and an f/1.9 aperture (towards f/1.8 earlier than, however the distinction needs to be imperceptible).
The 8 MP ultra-wide angle lens has a bit too low decision for my style and its 112° area of view (FOV) can be somewhat slender.
As for the macro or “microscope” sensor, it’s merely superfluous in my eyes. However I do know that a few of you might be connected to it. And it is nonetheless enjoyable generally to play with the microscope mode.
However general, I discover the photograph module of the Realme GT 3 a bit lackluster. That is the aspect on which the producer has made essentially the most concessions, in my view.
On the video facet, the Realme GT 3 can shoot as much as 4K at 60 FPS with the rear photograph module and as much as 1080p at 30 FPS solely with the selfie digital camera.
Autonomy and quick charging
The Realme GT 3 integrates a battery with a capability of 4600 mAh. This battery can recharge from 0 to 100% in 9 minutes and 30 seconds in line with the producer. A
tour de pressure allowed by the know-how of recharging of 240 W.
The 4600 mAh capability is not loopy on paper. I rapidly ran a PCMark benchmark final night time, with the display set to 200 nits and in airplane mode. The Realme GT 3 lasted 13h34 earlier than dropping beneath 20% battery life, so battery life could be very strong and within the higher center of our exams.
However we do not care about all that! It is the quick charging that pursuits us right here. The Realme GT 3 can cost at 240W. This isn’t a Realme proprietary know-how, however Oppo’s. The SuperVOOC label is even printed on the charger.
However that is the quickest charging available on the market. So sure, Xiaomi has introduced a 300W charger, however no suitable product has been launched but so it does not rely.
And with the ability to cost your smartphone in below 10 minutes is completely a killer function for me. It does not matter what the ragers will say within the feedback.
I in a short time tried to cost my evaluate pattern from 11% battery. And it took 11 minutes to go to 100%. So we’re not below 10 minutes.
Possibly I am attempting to make excuses for Realme. However I ponder if I had “slowed down” the charging by tapping the display a number of occasions to verify the battery stage displayed on the display. I will inform you extra in my full check.
After charging, the ability provide and the smartphone have been scorching. However they have been positively not too scorching to the contact. I actually surprise what concrete affect this sort of charging can have on the battery in the long term.
Conclusion: My first opinion
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The Realme GT 3 is an fascinating smartphone. If its European worth stays near the worldwide worth of 649 euros introduced by Realme, it is going to be much more so as soon as launched.
The quick charging, usually criticized and mocked as a gimmick, is an actual tour de pressure for me. And it’s a level on which producers have an plain lead over the market leaders similar to Samsung and Apple.
However I am most likely too biased. I am clearly the core goal of the Realme GT 3. The smartphone is designed for intensive multimedia use. For individuals who drain their battery rapidly with video games or video streaming. And above all, for individuals who do not go to mattress at 8:30 pm and cost their smartphone after brushing their enamel.
In any case, Realme does not appear to be in a rush to market the GT 3 in Europe (do not even get me began on the US…). All the pieces will definitely depend upon the success of the Realme GT Neo 5 on the Chinese language market.