Realme GT3 review: This is the latest phone to enter the charging speed battleground. With its 240-watt charging capabilities, it surpasses all other challengers and boasts over 60 layers of protection to ensure safety. But that’s not all – this flagship-killing phone also features a larger, higher-resolution screen with a fast refresh rate, a new chipset, and a microscopic camera.
DESIGN, DISPLAY, AND AUDIO:
The design has also received an upgrade, with a glass back and a smooth frosted finish. The back curves into a plastic frame, with a transparent window next to the camera bump framed by colorful RGB LEDs. This window displays the Snapdragon logo, where the chipset resides.
The Realme GT3 has a 6.74-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1240 by 2772 and a 144Hz refresh rate. The display is bright, with a maximum of 480 nits manually and up to 970 nits in auto mode. It also supports 10-bit color depth, HDR 10 plus, and has great color accuracy.
The phone features a pair of stereo speakers, an under-display fingerprint reader, and ample storage options ranging from 128GB to a whole terabyte. The RGB LEDs can light up for notifications, calls, or as a charging indicator, and are also part of the high-performance gaming mode called “GT mode”.
The Realme GT3 also includes an IR blaster, allowing it to be used as a remote for appliances. It runs on the latest Realme UI 4.0 on top of Android 13.
CHIPSETS AND BATTERY:
The Realme GT3 is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, which is the top Qualcomm chipset from last year. It uses a version of this chipset with lower CPU clock speeds for better power efficiency, sacrificing some raw performance.
However, it is still a significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 888 and the Realme GT2, and the multitasking and gaming experience is flagship-grade. The thermal management is also excellent, and the Realme GT3 maintained high and stable CPU performance throughout a prolonged stress test.
The Realme GT3’s key feature is its crazy fast charging capability. The phone comes bundled with a thick cable and adapter that can handle the current. Despite this, the 240-watt charger is relatively compact, achieved using gallium nitride technology.
With this charging setup, the GT3 can be charged from zero to one hundred percent in just 11 minutes, with a 65 percent charge achievable in just five minutes. However, it’s worth noting that the charging speed does taper off a bit as the battery warms up.
The battery capacity has been reduced to 4,600 milliamp hours compared to 5,000 last year, but the GT3 was still able to score a great overall endurance rating of 117 hours in proprietary tests.
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CAMERAS SPECS, PHOTO CAPTURING, AND VIDEO RECORDING:
The Realme GT3 has a 50-megapixel main camera with a new sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and a new 2-megapixel microscope camera. Photos from the main camera look good, with excellent dynamic range and sharp, detailed images.
The exposure is on the brighter side, and the colors are warm, lending a pleasant cozy vibe. Portraits taken with the main camera are nice, with detailed and colorful subjects and excellent edge detection. However, the exposure can be off at times, with the subject coming out too bright.
The ultra-wide camera produces photos with lively colors and nice contrast but low detail and sharpness, with some noise and limited dynamic range. The microscope camera uses the LED flash to help expose the subject, and while it won’t blow anyone away with quality, it’s a neat feature to have.
In low light conditions, the Realme GT3 applies night mode processing automatically, with a dedicated night mode that produces similar results. The quality from the main camera at night is good, with lots of detail and virtually no noise.
The dynamic range is wide, with preserved detail in shadows and well-contained highlights, although the sharpening might be excessive for some, and the warm color temperature might not suit everyone.
Selfies are taken with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, but they’re not great, lacking fine detail and appearing soft. At least the colors and dynamic range are nice. In terms of video recording, the main camera can record in up to 4K resolution at 60fps, with electronic stabilization always on.
4K videos are pretty good, with plenty of detail and sharpness and a wide dynamic range, although the contrast might be a bit off. The ultra-wide camera is limited to 1080p resolution, and the video quality isn’t good, appearing soft with washed-out colors and a narrowed dynamic range. At night, the main camera delivers decent enough videos, with good contrast, enough sharpness, and accurate colors, although there is plenty of noise.
The Realme GT3 is an impressive flagship killer with excellent fast charging capabilities. However, there are a few drawbacks, such as mediocre ultra-wide and selfie camera performance and the absence of Ingress Protection.
The main issue, though, is its high launch price. If fast charging isn’t your top priority, there are many other options that offer better value for money. If you’re looking for alternatives to the Realme GT3, consider last year’s Realme GT2 Pro or the OnePlus 10 Pro. Checkout the latest price of Realme GT2 here>>
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