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Realme launches Realme GT, its 2021 flagship phone with 5G connectivity

By Liu Hongzuo - on 15 Jun 2021, 9:35pm

Realme launches Realme GT, its 2021 flagship phone with 5G connectivity

Realme GT.

Realme, a Chinese electronics firm partly owned by Oppo, today launched its 2021 flagship Android phone via live stream - the Realme GT

Realme GT’s design language is based on speed, which speaks for its track-like accents on the phone's rear. Of its three colours, the striking Racing Yellow colourway is Realme GT’s signature look, where the phone uses a dual-tone, vegan leather rear and aggressive yellow hues to appeal to younger phone users. 

True to its speedster inspiration, the Realme GT offers GT Mode, a high-performance mode akin to one-click overclocking to milk higher framerates and smoother user experiences.

We mentioned that the Realme GT is the brand’s 2021 flagship device. That's because the phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, putting it on par with the Xiaomi Mi 11, ASUS ZenFone 8, Samsung Galaxy S21 series, and Oppo Find X3 Pro in processor quality. It’s accompanied by UFS 3.1 internal storage and LPDDR5 RAM, which is also on par with current-gen flagship Android phones for efficient read/write memory speeds. 

Realme’s tweaks to the chipset are its enhanced cooling capabilities. The phone has a stainless steel VC cooling system to aid with heat dissipation. Realme said that it offers 50% increased cooling power compared to copper-based VC cooling, up to 15°C reduction on the CPU.

Also, the use of SD888 makes the Realme GT compatible with 5G networks currently in use.

On the front is a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display rated at 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution (FHD+) with up to 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate - the panel’s specs makes it clear that Realme expects the phone’s users to be heavily into mobile gaming. It also packs 4,096 levels of auto-brightness aided by dual light sensors on the front and back of the device.

Leaning further into its top-end narrative are the Realme GT’s audio and camera capabilities. The phone has Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers, support for Hi-Res Audio, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The triple rear camera system consists of a 64MP main shooter (f/1.8 aperture, PDAF), 8MP ultra-wide camera ( f/2.3 aperture, 119˚ FOV), and 2MP macro camera (f/2.4 aperture). It also packs several key high-end components and features like an in-display fingerprint sensor, NFC support, and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. Realme didn’t mention if the Realme GT has IP-certified water resistance. 

In the battery department comes 4,500mAh with 65W SuperDart fast-charging. Realme's said that its charging specs offer a fast-charging rate of 0-100% in 35 minutes. There’s no mention of wireless charging, either.

The Realme GT retails at €499 (~S$802.90) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and at €599 (~S$963.80) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage version. The phone goes on sale in select countries come 21 June 2021. As this was a global announcement, no local pricing or availability has been announced yet. We’ll update once we have more information.

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