realme GT Master Edition Unboxed, Hands-on

All that sparkles

realme is officially launching in the country the realme GT Master Edition, a premium yet affordable smartphone made for those who want to get the best of the latest features without shelling a lot of bucks. Here’s our quick hands-on.

realme GT Master Edition specs:

  • 6.43-inch FHD+ Samsung Super AMOLED display, 2400x1800px
    120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor
    Adreno 642L GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB storage
  • Triple rear cameras:
    64MP f/1.8
    8MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    2MP f/2.4 macro
  • 32MP f/2.5 front camera
  • Dual 5G, Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, Beidou, Glonass, QZSS, Galileo
  • Ultra-linear speakers
    Hi-Res Audio certification
  • USB Type-C
  • realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
  • 4,200mAh battery
    65W fast charging
  • Colors: Voyager Gray, Cosmos Black, Daybreak Blue

Inside the box we received from realme Philippines include the following: a USB-C cable, papers for documentation such as quick guide and warranty, a USB Type-C cable, a gray TPU case for the device, a 65-watt charging brick, and the phone itself.

The device, as we first unboxed it, is dazzling. We’re getting three colors for the Philippines, and this is the Dazzling Blue colorway that’s said to be exclusive only in select markets including our country. These backplates are designed and chosen by Japanese Industrial Designer Naoto Fukusawa, whose works are seen in companies such as MUJI, and represent the essence of travel as we’ve longed for that during these times.

In the case of Daybreak Blue, the idea for the pattern and gradient coloring is the scenery you’ll see on daybreak when you’re atop the mountains or on the beach. The back part has the realme logo, and the protruding rounded rectangle at the top-left part containing the triple rear camera setup, as well as the LED Flash.

The chrome-colored arched sides offer a standard layout placement as with the realme 8 5G. The power/lock button is solely placed at the right part. It’s protruding and can be easily reached by one hand.

On the left side, we have the volume buttons and the dual SIM card slot. Sadly, there’s no expansion included in this phone as the slot only offers extra connectivity.

The 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, USB-C port, and loudspeaker are all at the bottom. realme puts their bottom layouts in a uniform way and this is very reminiscent of past phones we’ve reviewed.

The front part has the 6.43-inch AMOLED display which offers vibrant colors and good legibility even under high noon. At the upper right is the 32-megapixel selfie camera. The fingerprint scanner is also at the display, similar to the realme 8 series.

This is still powered by the brand’s realmeUI 2.0 on top of Android 11. We noticed some changes and additional features, though, including the ability to set apps to quick-launch when you unlock with the fingerprint sensor, among others.

The phone also features a triple Matrix AI camera setup at the back, which includes a 64-megapixel main, an 8-megapixel ultrawide, and a 2-megapixel for macro shots. Here are some sample photos were taken as we turned on the phone for the first time:

realme’s newest smartphone will launch on September 23 along with their first-ever laptop, the realme book. Stay tuned on pricing and availability details as they launch, and for a full review as well.

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