It’s time for an annual reminder of how much better the smartphone market is when you live in a hyper-competitive area like India or China. The new Realme GT 5G is now the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone in the world, with almost everything you’d expect from a ~ $ 1,000 flagship smartphone, for the low price of CNY 2,799, or ~ $ 433. Naturally, the phone It is for sale only in China at the moment.
The specs here look fantastic for the price: a Samsung 120 Hz, 6.43-inch, 2400 × 1080 OLED panel; a Snapdragon 88 SoC; 8 GB of RAM; 128 GB of UFS; a 4500 mAh battery; 65 W fast wired charging; a fingerprint reader under the screen; NFC; a USB-C slot; and a headphone jack. There is also a top-tier version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for CNY 3,299, or ~ $ 510. The operating system is Android 11 with a “Realme UI 2.0” skin. If you really want to pick nits, there are a few shortcuts here, like the lack of wireless charging and water resistance. However, at $ 430, this is a spectacular package.
Realme is playing some games with the price. The $ 430 and $ 510 price tags are “first sale” prices. At some point in the future, they will rise to CNY 2,899 (~ $ 448) and CNY 3,399 (~ $ 525). That still makes it the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phone on the market, but a little less cheap.
The cameras are not at the flagship level; the phone has a 64 MP mid-range Sony IMX682 as its primary camera, an 8 MP ultrawide camera and a 2 MP “macro” camera that is only visible for the sake of appearance. But Realme has an interesting version of phone cameras. The company says it is adopting a “dual flagship strategy” with a “performance flagship” (this phone) and a “camera flagship” (some other unannounced phone). I fully endorse the idea of a phone for people who don’t mind small cameras, but the company should commit to the idea and only have a rear camera for the basics and use the space it saves for a bigger battery. This supposedly non-camera-focused phone still has three rear cameras (a ridiculous number of cameras!), And one of them is a barely functional 2 MP junker.
We are also getting a touch of design with the GT 5G. The yellow version has a faux leather back, and the dark and light blue versions are glass.
Realme is a sub-brand of the Chinese smartphone giant BBK, the same company that owns Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, and iQoo. Realme operates mainly in India and China, although it has started to enter the European market. For now, this phone is only in China, but any of the usual Realme places have a chance to get it in the future. Phone ships March 10.
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