The Realme GT Master Edition gets a unique design strategy inspired by a suitcase. Although the back panel is easily recognisable from a sea of phones - the design is quite polarising. Also, the GT Master Edition arrives in three variants - up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There's 65W fast charging on offer as well and the phone comes powered by the Snapdragon 778G chipset - the second phone in India to do so.
At starting Rs. 25,999, do you also plan to buy this new offering from Realme? If yes, then you should read our full review of the Realme GT Master Edition to find out if it's worth your money.
Design and display
Most phones nowadays are just slabs of glass put together on a plastic frame. The design is basic and if there was a point system for how unique a smartphone design is - the Realme GT Master Edition would get the maximum number of points. The design of the back panel is unique - not good or bad, but definitely polarising.
Voyager Grey, Luna White, and Cosmos Black are the three colour options for the GT ME. The Luna White has a matte texture, while the Cosmos Black has a dark copper hue to it. The Voyager Grey is a unique variation with a back panel design inspired by Naoto Fukasawa-designed travel luggage.
Simply put, the phone looks and feels luxurious, and it's a pleasure to touch. Realme used the first concave vegan leather in the industry for the back, which is composed entirely of vegan leather. The horizontal grid of the suitcase resembles that of a real travel bag. We've never felt anything like that in our hands before, and it's fantastic. The leather also curves nicely on the sides, giving it a pleasant appearance and feel.
The ME variant also sports the designer's signature as well as discreet Realme branding. We enjoyed the Realme GT Master Edition's design. Also, it is good to see companies actually making an effort to build something unique in the smartphones category in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment. The phone is 8mm thin and weighs 174 grams (180 grams for Grey) (8.7mm for Grey). The phone is not overly hefty and is light enough to be used by one hand.
The Realme GT Master Edition, like the Realme X7 Max, has a 6.43-inch Samsung-made Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ quality. You can choose from 60Hz, 120Hz, or auto, in which case the phone will choose the refresh rate based on the app you're using. The AMOLED screen's 120Hz refresh rate is smooth and engaging. The phone also sports a 360Hz touch sampling rate, a 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage, and a peak brightness of up to 1000nits. HDR10, HLG, and Widevine L1 content are also supported. Netflix, meanwhile, does not support HDR playback.
Under the direct sunlight, the display is bright enough to read, with vibrant colours and deep blacks. Overall, the phone's display is excellent and the 120Hz refresh rate adds to a smoother experience.
Software and performance
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G CPU in the Realme GT Master Edition is made in a 6nm production technique. The Moto Edge 20, which is a close competitor to the GT Master Edition, is currently the only other smartphone in India that use this SoC. The processor has a primary CPU core with a maximum clock speed of 2.4GHz, as well as three other high-performance and four more efficiency cores for a total of eight cores.
There is no capacity for storage extension on this phone, which offers up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and dual 5G standby with support for multiple 5G bands are among the connectivity choices.
On the GT Master Edition, Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 has been provided. It features a lot of customization options under the Personalisations section of the Settings app. For the Always-on Display, you may adjust the shape of app icons and even draw your own pattern. In terms of bloatware, several Realme-branded and third-party apps come preinstalled on the phone.
The majority of these can be removed. While third-party apps were not an issue on the GT Master Edition, we did receive commercial notifications occasionally from the Themes app, which can be turned off in the Notifications and Status Bar settings.
There is an Adreno 642L GPU for graphics and gaming. You can get up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on the phone. In addition, the phone has up to 5GB of virtual memory (Dynamic RAM Expansion). Speaking of gaming, the Realme GT Master Edition delivers superb performance, with no lags or frame drops. We did try gaming for some time and the phone performed admirably.
It also gets a specific 'GT mode' that can be activated during games to maximise CPU and GPU performance, put the screen refresh rate to 120Hz, and enable Ultra-HD Visual Effects and 4D gaming vibration. Furthermore, the phone includes a vapour chamber with a surface area of up to 1729.8mm squared that is capable of lowering the temperature by up to 15 per cent.
The new chipset is part of the Snapdragon Elite gaming platform which indicates that it is a capable gaming device. In our gaming tests, the Realme GT Master Edition was capable of belting out extremely high graphics and maximum frame rates. In BGMI, we were able to play at smooth and extreme settings with a frame rate of around 60fps, as well as HDR and Ultra with a frame rate of 40fps.
Realme GT Master Edition Camera Review
The Realme GT Master Edition comes with a triple back camera system that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. A 32-megapixel front camera is in charge of selfies. The camera app design is standard Realme UI, with all of the important functions on one layer and slightly complex controls like video resolution and frame rate tucked away in slide-out menus.
Even with the AI feature turned off, photos taken in daylight came out clean and with acceptable dynamic range, but colours were a little saturated. The ultra-wide-angle camera produced more natural-looking colours, but there was purplish fringing in the brighter parts. When photographing humans and dogs indoors, the photos were slightly softer and had less detail. The primary camera defaults to 16-megapixel, but there is a special option to convert to 64-megapixel. You can get a somewhat more detailed image in the 64-megapixel option, but not by much. Colours are identical to those seen in 16-megapixel pictures.
When it comes to low-light performance, the Realme GT Master Edition does a decent job. With Night mode enabled, the GT Master Edition brings forth more details in the dark. Without the Night mode, the photographs are dull, lack shadow detail, and frequently overexpose. The Night mode makes a difference and provides you with more acceptable shots.
The secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor provides a wider perspective of the image, but it lacks colour when compared to the main sensor, so you won't receive the exact colour you see. However, the photographs are still acceptable. In low-light situations, the wide-angle lens isn't the best choice because it produces noisy photographs.
The 2-megapixel macro camera can get some good close-up images but it also tests your patience in terms of getting the focus just right. The photographs are acceptable but lack details due to the low-resolution sensor. Macro photography should only be done in well-lit environments. The phone also comes with a slew of AI filters and camera enhancements. It also has a new Street Photography mode that includes Kodak-inspired filters, quick focus with mm-level control, focus peaking, and other features. Slow-mo, 64MP mode, dual-view, movie, starry mode, tilt-mode, time-lapse, and pano are among the new camera functions offered by Realme. The AI mode can recognise various scenes and take pictures accordingly.
In conclusion, the Realme GT Master Edition takes good photos in daylight with both its primary camera and its 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. However, the primary lens is reliable in daylight and low-light situations, while the macro lens fails to impress. Selfies come out pretty well. While the total package isn't perfect, the Realme GT Master Edition is an average camera smartphone that is still decent for taking shots and selfies in daylight.
A 4,300mAh battery powers the Master Edition phone, which is backed up by a 65W fast charger. While it is impressive, the battery life has only been adequate at best. In our three weeks of use, we've been able to get through a whole day with about 10 percent of the charge remaining on tap, which I would say isn't the best in its class, but manageable.
The super-fast charging is fantastic and works as claimed, going from 0 to 100 percent in under 35 minutes (more precisely, 30 to 33 minutes). If you charge your phone for even 15 minutes in the middle of the day, you'll have roughly 70 percent battery to pull you through the day.
The Realme GT Master Edition with a 65W SuperDart charger is one of the fastest in the segment. MediaTek chipsets were used in both the Realme X7 Pro and Realme X7 Max, but in Realme GT Master Edition, you get Snapdragon SoC which you were probably waiting for. While the primary camera and selfie camera on the GT Master Edition are both good, the smartphone as a whole falls short of being the best in its class. Much better possibilities include the OnePlus Nord 2, Poco F3 GT, and Mi 11X.
Having said that, the Voyager Grey's design is a highlight of the phone something we aren't used to seeing in the sub-Rs 30,000 price segment. Naoto Fukasawa's suitcase-inspired design not only looks excellent, but it also feels good in the hand and adds a quality touch.
Realme GT Master Edition
|performance||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G|
|display||6.43 inches (16.33 cm)|
|camera||64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP|
|price in_india||27999 INR|