Realme today launched its highest-end mobile phones in several European countries, calling it the “flagship killer”. Realme GT is a high-end device, equipped with a fast Qualcomm processor, a smooth OLED screen, and the starting price is as low as 369 euros (about 450 US dollars). The GT is an attractive device with a long split glossy black panel.
This model has a bright yellow artificial leather finish-the whole thing is very reminiscent of a sports car, which is clearly the name of the phone that Realme is looking for. The only sign that this is not an expensive flagship is the slightly larger chin under the display and the headphone jack. The “flagship killer” is of course what OnePlus used to call their phones before the company started making more expensive devices. In fact, for some time, Realme has a better title than OnePlus, and devices like last year’s X50 Pro provide excellent performance in terms of price. Realme and OnePlus have the same private ownership and supply chain (both brands were originally derived from Oppo), so the similarities do not come out of thin air.
This is what the phone comes packed with
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor
- 6.4-inch 1080p 120Hz OLED screen
- 64-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel ultrawide, 2-megapixel macro, 16-megapixel selfie
- 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging
- 128GB or 256GB of storage
- 8GB or 12GB of RAM
- Optical in-display fingerprint sensor
- Headphone jack
The lack of wireless charging may be the biggest feature missing here; however, Realme does not yet support its use on any phone, so this is not surprising. The camera system does not seem to be able to compete with most flagship products. But other than that, GT seems to be very worthwhile, lower than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of any Snapdragon 888.
That said, pricing is a bit tricky. The 8GB / 128GB version, priced at 369 Euros, will only be available on AliExpress from June 21st to June 25th. The official price for the 12GB / 256GB version is 599 Euros (~725 USD), but Realme told The Verge that the actual price on the company’s website is 549 Euros (~665 USD), as shown above. You can also save even more on Amazon Prime Membership Day on June 21st at a price of 499 Euros (~605 USD).
Realme’s first smartphone product, Realme 1, was launched in India in May 2018, with an 18:9 screen, 6.0-inch FHD+ resolution, equipped with MTK Helio P60 chipset, single 13MP rear camera with flash, and monotone LED, 8MP front camera without LED flash, and non-removable 3410 mAh battery. It initially offered three storage configurations: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage space, and a version with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space, and sold more than 400,000 units on Amazon only in the first 30 days India