Realme usually launches a Master Edition version of an existing smartphone model with a distinctive design that sets it apart. The Realme X was the first smartphone to receive this treatment, with onion and garlic versions. Realme repeated this exercise with the X3, which was also launched in two finishes: Concrete and Red Brick. Now, with the brand new Realme GT series, the company has done something different. In addition to the Realme GT (First Impressions) itself, there is also a Realme GT Master Edition, but while design is still a big deal, it has different specs and is actually more affordable.
The Realme GT Master Edition is designed by the same designer, Naoto Fukasawa, who has worked on Realme’s previous Master Edition smartphones. The design of this smartphone is inspired by a suitcase (representing travel), with large ridges that not only look unique, but are also easier to hold. While the back panel looks tough, it has a slightly soft leather-like texture. Realme claims that this texture is vegan leather, which is in fact stretched over a polycarbonate back panel. Regardless of its suitcase-like appearance, the phone feels quite premium and isn’t too heavy either. This finish is called Voyager Gray and the GT Master Edition will also be available in two other finishes – Luna White and Cosmos Black – without the ribbing or texture.
There’s a 6.43-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz sampling rate, which gamers should be happy with. The display is surrounded by thin bezels and has an integrated fingerprint scanner.
The GT Master Edition has a single speaker on the bottom. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, which sits next to the primary microphone and Type-C USB port. The volume buttons are on the left, while the power button is on the right. The phone has a dual Nano SIM tray and there is no storage expansion.
The device is available in three RAM and storage variants. There is a base option with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage priced at Rs. 25,999; an 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant for Rs. 27,999; and an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant priced at Rs. 29,999. This option is only available in Voyager Gray and is the one I received for review.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G processor is a big selling point of the GT Master Edition. It is a 5G mobile platform manufactured using a 6nm manufacturing process, and is intended to be an update to the Snapdragon 768G. It has a maximum clock speed of 2.4 Ghz. This SoC uses the Snapdragon X53 5G modem, which supports both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks. The device is packed in a 4,300mAh battery that can be charged using the in-box 65W fast charging brick. Realme has also implemented its Dynamic RAM Expansion technology, which allows you to allocate up to 5 GB of internal storage to function as additional RAM if needed, although it will be much slower than the actual RAM.
The smartphone has three cameras on the back. There is a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie tasks are handled by a 32-megapixel camera.
As for software, there’s Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. This phone is filled to the brim with pre-installed apps, including third-party apps like Josh, Facebook, Moj, Snapchat, and Netflix just to name a few. to mention. However, it felt pretty snappy during my limited experience so far.
The Realme GT Master Edition looks like a solid contender for the mid-range. Aside from the Voyager Gray variant’s unique design, it’s also packed with hardware that should make it quite competitive. These factors should make it stand out from the crowd. We’ll have to try it out to find out how much improvement the new SoC is over the competition. So stay tuned to Gadgets360 for our full review, which should be out soon.