As a part of Qualcomm’s annual Tech Summit in late 2020, we had been launched to its subsequent flagship-tier cellular chip: the Snapdragon 888, and producers – together with Realme – clamoured to shout about their upcoming telephones powered by this sizzling new silicon.
Xiaomi took the lead, with the Xiaomi Mi 11 already on sale, adopted by Samsung and its S21 collection, accessible in quite a few markets by the tip of January, all boasting the 888 (in choose markets). However to not be outdone, Realme has additionally stepped up, with the March launch of its new efficiency flagship, the Realme GT.
When does the Realme GT launch?
Whereas we’re nonetheless ready on international availability, on 18 February, Realme’s Weibo account confirmed a Chinese language launch for the Realme GT of four March.
The telephone was formally unveiled through a streamed occasion (hosted on Weibo), which you’ll rewatch (by heading to our devoted article on the topic) – as long as you converse Mandarin and skim Chinese language.
The teaser picture Realme shared on Weibo
The GT is now accessible for pre-order in China and within the run-up to launch obtained over one million reservations, based on Realme. It is scheduled to go on sale domestically on 10 March.
How a lot is the Realme GT?
Within the run-up to the GT’s launch, Realme’s Xu Qi Chase alluded to the truth that the telephone would are available in at across the similar worth as the corporate’s 2020 flagship – the Realme X50 Professional – someplace within the area of CNY¥2,999 (roughly £335, €385 or US$465).
Whereas this was already a promisingly-low worth bracket to hit, rendering the GT probably the most reasonably priced Snapdragon 888-powered telephone up to now within the course of, surely, the telephone has launched with a gap worth of simply ¥2,799 (roughly £310, €360 or $435), though that can transfer as much as ¥2,899, following launch.
That is for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage SKU, whereas the upper capability 12GB RAM/256GB mannequin is available in at ¥three,299 (roughly £365, €425 or $510).
Ought to the telephone launch within the UK, we would count on it to price someplace within the area of £450 to £500, primarily based on the worth conversion and import of earlier Realme telephones.
What specs and options does the Realme GT provide?
Concurrently revealing the date of the Realme GT’s launch, the corporate additionally introduced its new “Twin-platform Twin-flagship” launch technique, which guarantees one top-tier system line specializing in pace and efficiency and one centred round images (an as-yet-unannounced follow-up to final yr’s X3 SuperZoom, is anticipated to fill this slot) annually.
Early photographs of the silver glass-backed Realme GT, that includes singer and actress Yang Mi
If the title wasn’t sufficient of a clue, the GT’s focus is undoubtedly pace; with 5G, the newest WiFi 6E, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS three.1 storage, Bluetooth 5.2, 65W quick charging and a 120Hz excessive refresh charge show.
Many of the telephone’s spec sheet leaked forward of launch however the full, official image is as follows:
6.43in 20:9 120Hz Full HD+ AMOLED show w/ entrance & rear ambient mild sensors
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor w/ chrome steel & copper vapour chamber cooling
8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB or 256GB UFS three.1 storage
64Mp f/1.eight Sony IMX682 sensor
8Mp f/2.three 119° ultrawide sensor
2Mp f/2.four macro sensor
16Mp f/2.5 front-facing digital camera
Stereo audio system w/ Dolby Atmos
Hello-Res Audio assist
Below-display fingerprint sensor
‘4D Tactile Engine’ haptics
Realme UI 2.zero atop Android 11
three.5mm headphone jack
65W flash charging
158.5mm x 73.3mm x 9.1mm (glass-backed), 158.5mm x 73.3mm x eight.4mm (leather-backed)
186 grams (glass-backed), 186.5 grams (leather-backed)
As proven within the press imagery, there are three colourways to select from – two glass-backed variants with both a silver or darkish blue end, or the ‘Racing Yellow’ model, which options black-on-yellow vegan leather-based.
This third mannequin weighs fractionally extra and measures marginally thicker than its glass-backed counterparts and may solely be had with the higher-capacity 12GB RAM/256GB storage.
Forward of the telephone’s official launch, AnTuTu scores, once more shared by the corporate’s Xu Qi Chase, prompt that the GT’s hardware handily outclasses the likes of Samsung’s Snapdragon 888-powered reference system, with a document rating of over 770Ok, nearly 100Ok greater than the determine AnTuTu itself had on-record for the GT – one thing Realme subsequently dismissed as having been associated to an early R&D unit.
Simply three days previous to its Chinese language launch, Geekbench 5 scores additionally appeared, clocking in at 1138 in single-core efficiency a 3572 in multi-core testing. For comparability, our evaluate of the Exynos 2100-based Samsung Galaxy S21+ produced a multi-core rating of 3589, one in all our highest on document.
What concerning the Realme GT Neo?
No sooner had Realme’s Xu Qi Chase completed celebrating the newly-unveiled Realme GT on stage did he flip to tease the following entry within the GT household, dubbed the ‘GT Neo’.
Whereas little is understood about this mysterious system at this stage, it switches up the usual GT’s basic promoting level – its highly effective Snapdragon 888 chipset – for MediaTek’s newly-announced Dimensity 1200 SoC.
Based on the Taiwanese chipmaker, its newest 5G-capable flagship 6nm chip serves because the successor to the Dimensity 1000+ and sports activities 1 + three + four octa-core structure with assist for as much as 168Hz excessive refresh charge shows.
Primarily based on MediaTek’s timescales for the 1200, it is anticipated that units just like the GT Neo may hit the market as early as the tip of March/early April.
What concerning the Realme GT Professional?
One of many earliest anticipated options of the GT was blisteringly-fast 125W ‘UltraDart’ quick charging, so when it was found that the GT’s quick charging solely topped out at 65W, many had been left questioning which units would debut Realme’s UltraDart charging tech.
Following on from the above-leaked picture, which was initially regarded as a primary have a look at the usual Realme GT, well-known tipster IceUniverse served up a leaked doc, claiming that the ‘Realme Race Professional’ (‘Race’ being the GT’s authentic codename) will as a substitute be the system to function the 125W charging tech, together with a 5000mAh battery, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and can run on Realme UI 2.zero (primarily based on Oppo’s ColorOS 11), which implies it too will run on prime of Android 11.
Here is the Realme Race/GT Professional’s rumoured spec sheet, because it stands:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
6.8in 20:9 160Hz 3200×1400 OLED show
(As much as) 12GB RAM
Triple rear digital camera setup w/ xenon flash
64Mp main + two unknown 13Mp sensors
Curved glass again
Android 11 w/ Realme UI 2.zero
5G (Sub-6 + mmWave)
125W UltraDart quick charging
Beforehand, it was thought that the Race/GT Professional would prime out at 256GB of storage, nonetheless, the newest specs promise as much as 512GB of inner house, together with an OLED show boasting an uncommon 160Hz excessive refresh charge and three cameras on the again, as a substitute of 4; fronted, once more, by a 64Mp sensor.
We’re but to know extra about the usual Realme GT’s launch outdoors of China and whether or not the GT Professional will ever see the sunshine of day, however we’ll replace this function once we study extra.
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