A few weeks ago, Realme launched its first Realme GT, a very complete mid-range mobile that served as a reference for a whole range of mobiles that offer the best value for money in the medium and high ranges. We analyze the realme GT Master Edition and give you our opinion.
The mid-range of Android has been a real battlefield for manufacturers for many years, with mobiles that move in very tight price and performance margins.
As if this were not enough, new players like realme have taken the initiative, setting the pace for the rest with mobile phones with very good features and a very very reasonable price.
In this context, the new realme GT Master Edition that arrives in response to the OnePlus Nord 2 – here is its analysis – moves and is just one step behind the realme GT – analysis -. the GT Master Edition promises to give a lot of play for its good value for money. We tell you everything in this analysis.
Analysis of the realme GT Master Edition by sections:
- Design and connectivity: a different air for one of the most common formats
- Display: mid-range displays now play with older ones
- Performance and software: Snapdragon 778G, extra gaming muscle for the mid-range
- Cameras: Lack of ambition and a tight budget that even the best filters cannot cover
- Autonomy: 4,300 mAh and a 65 W load that lasts for many hours
- Conclusion: realme makes it very difficult for even the top mobiles
A different air for one of the most common formats
When a mobile has to compete against many rivals with very similar characteristics and with such reasonable prices, the heart gives way to the brain and it is the design that makes the difference.
The realme GT Master Edition has not been less. The Asian manufacturer has left in the hands of the industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa the aesthetics of the Voyager Gray finish that wears the GT Master Edition that we are going to analyze and the truth that, at least, it is unique.
The design of the Japanese master recalls the aesthetics of the surface of a suitcase , with those longitudinal bands, and opts for vegan leather and gray to offer a really good grip and a back free of fingerprints and dirt.
Since this rear is a design piece in itself, realme has included the author’s signature next to the module of the cameras arranged vertically in the upper left corner that barely protrudes from the rear taking into account the stripes that mimic the design of suitcase type.
With dimensions of 159.2 x 73.5 mm and a thickness of 8.7 mm, the GT Master Edition is a smartphone with contained dimensions that it has not really used as an excuse and has included a 3.5 mm jack for headphones.
The mobile offers a good fit in the hand thanks to the texture of the back and the soft curves of its perimeter. By holding it, it conveys the feeling of being in front of a more premium smartphone. The realme GT Master Edition is also available in Moon White and Cosmos Black finishes.
The distribution of the buttons is the usual realme, with the two volume buttons on the left side under the 5G dual SIM card slot, while on the right side we find a single power button.
At the bottom end is grouped the aforementioned 3.5 mm jack connector for headphones, the USB Type-C port, and a single speaker from which, despite not having a stereo sound, it offers an acceptable sound considering its price range, but not too powerful or with good quality.
In the connectivity section, the realme GT Master Edition comes with complete equipment: WiFi 6 ax dual-band, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.2.
The screens of the mid-range now play with the older ones
A trend that we are seeing in the latest mid-range mobiles is to mount panels with better features to match some high-end ones. We already saw it with the pioneering realme GT.
We are talking about a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED screen with a dynamic refresh rate of 120 Hz and Full HD + resolution (2,400 x 1080 pixels) signed by Samsung.
Unlike what we saw in the analysis of the GT Explorer Edition, the screen of the GT Master Edition is completely flat and with quite contained frames that leave a relationship with the front of 91.7%.
The truth is that it is a screen that looks great and can be adapted to user preferences from the Settings menu by changing the color temperature and activating the DCP-P3 color profile to obtain an experience with expanded color space.
The brightness of this panel is surprising, equaling the figures of its main rival the OnePlus Nord 2. In our measurements, we have registered an average brightness of 884.6 lux with a deviation of 10 lux and a maximum brightness of 1,069.2 lux.
In addition, the screen is compatible with HDR, which allows HDR content to be reproduced with very good quality thanks to that ability to deliver extra brightness at specific moments.
The brightness sensor does a good job of controlling the intensity of the screen and allowing you to save battery when necessary or offer a higher peak brightness when you are in full sun.
Snapdragon 778G, extra gaming muscle for the mid-range
One of the main attractions of the realme GT Master Edition is the premiere of a new Qualcomm SoC for the mid-range that reinforces the range of Snapdragon 700 series processors.
We are talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor, an eight-core chip manufactured in 6nm lithography that provides an extra oomph to the Adreno 642L GPU. It is the first contact with this processor, so we will let the data and the sensations it transmits speak for themselves.
The performance of this chip has been very good in the context of a mid-range, responding fluently to the workload of dealing with multiple apps simultaneously in multitasking or when moving between the different interface menus.
He also didn’t kneel down while running some of the heavyweights in the game catalog and we were able to smoothly play Genshin Impact or Asphalt 9 without noticing any slowdowns during games and all with a medium graphical setting.
The synthetic tests place the new Snapdragon 778G just one step below the Snapdragon 870 that the Poco F3s mount, and it equates to the power delivered by the Dimensity 1200 that the OnePlus Nord 2 premiered.
The new processor offers very successful temperature management and, except for specific moments of high workload taking photos or videos or navigating with the GPS, the terminal has maintained a comfortable temperature even when playing demanding games in the heat of summer heatwave.
The set of hardware is completed with versions of 6 and 8 GB of RAM, supported by Advanced DRE (Dynamic RAM Expansion) technology that allows you to allocate between 3 and 5 GB of internal storage space to use it as virtual RAM.
And since we are talking about storage, we also find two versions with 128 and 256 GB with UFS 3.1 support that optimizes the management and performance of the internal memory.
We have not liked finding more and more pre-installed apps when turning on the mobile. The user will find Google apps interesting, but may not be interested in third-party apps such as LinkedIn, among others. The correct option is to ask the user during the first start. In any case, they are apps that can be uninstalled without major problems.
The unification of the customization layers of the brands belonging to the BBK group is increasingly evident, so in realme UI 2.0 we will find the usual options of OxygenOS from OnePlus and Color OS from Oppo.
One of the components that have been taken care of the most is the GT model, a specific game mode of this range that frees all the resources of the terminal to obtain the best performance while you play.
When it comes to security, the realme GT Master Edition has an on-screen fingerprint sensor that responds immediately and offers low error rates when recognizing the fingerprint. It has been the unlocking method that we have used the most during this test.
On the other hand, it also has a facial unlocking system that reacts immediately when you pick up the terminal from the table (even before you have time to put your finger on the fingerprint sensor) but it is much more conditioned by ambient light, so it is more subject to recognition errors.
Lack of ambition and a tight budget that even the best filters cannot cover
The photographic section in the mid-range is a death trap when designing a smartphone since, together with the choice of the processor, it is the component that has the most weight at the final price.
To compensate for this, Realme has bet everything on software photo processing, forgetting that the quality of a good photo begins with the hardware used. In this case, the choice of realme has been one of the most popular configurations in the mid-range of 2020 and 2021.
A 64-megapixel main sensor calls the shots, an ultra-wide-angle that supports the guy as best he can, and lost at the back of the stage is a symbolic Macro lens that could well have come down to the audience to enjoy the show.
The camera app is the usual one in the latest realme devices, but this time it brings the addition of a Street mode that aims to bring the experience of street photography to the smartphone by applying a series of filters that evoke the aesthetics of urban photography and optimize the focus system according to the scene.
As usual, we leave you in this link the original photos that you can download as they came from the smartphone so that you can check their quality without compression.
It should be noted that the 64 Megapixel main camera is the one that has given us the best results, leaving final 16-megapixel photos after the grouping of pixels.
In bright light, it offers a good level of detail and a good dynamic range, but with a clear tendency to saturate colors excessively and a certain inconsistency in the white balance that tends to tint the photo with lights that are too warm.
This can be very striking on social media, but they are not real colors and lead to errors in the treatment of colors in complicated areas such as a sky with different shades between the branches of the trees.
When we use HDR, the experience with excess processing is repeated, going from an image with acceptable colors with a certain lack of contrast, to a photo with washed-out shadows and impossible colors.
The 64 megapixels go a long way and, in addition to allowing you to get photos at full resolution, it also supports applying some digital zoom .
From the app, two shortcuts are offered to obtain 2X and 5X digital zoom with just one touch. The 2X crop keeps type with good definition, but the 5X walks dangerously over the edge showing some sharpness issues.
Even so, it is a much better alternative to the macro camera, allowing you to get closer to the objects and obtain better quality even applying such an aggressive crop in which the watercolors are more than evident.
The Macro camera has a testimonial role on the whole, allowing you to focus on objects at 4 cm. However, it has serious problems with focus and, although the photos taken with this camera look good on the mobile screen, when you take them to a larger screen, the harsh reality is shown.
Ultra wide-angle features good distortion correction in the central area but shows a notable relaxation of these corrections as we approach the extremes and with this, the sharpness of those areas is jeopardized.
Again, a somewhat fair resolution and color processing over-saturating greens and blues give us photos with an unnatural look.
In Portrait mode, it makes the usual mistakes in this type of camera and it is common to find some area of the foreground that should not be out of focus, but being cautious with the amount of blur, most of the errors are mitigated, leaving portraits more than acceptable.
With low-light photos, Night mode comes into play. Except for the efficiency of reducing noise and a slight improvement in sharpness, its behavior is practically identical to that of the automatic mode managed by the processor’s AI.
Special mention for the Star Mode to photograph the night skies of places far from the big cities with which a 4-minute exposure stack is achieved directly from the camera app and delivers a finished photo with surprising results. The tripod is essential for this model.
Despite the 32 megapixels, the front camera of the realme GT Master Edition fails to define the textures of the skin, delivering — again — flat portraits with over-processing.
Not everything was going to be negative in the processing of the photos since thanks to it the tendency to overexposure of this camera is controlled, preventing the skies from being totally white and the backgrounds burned.