Fearing its demise among the sub-5000 USD mid-ranger handhelds, Realme couldn’t wait past mid-2021. Struggling up against strong competitors like OnePlus Nord 2, Xiaomi’s Mi 11X, and Motorola Edge 20 in this crowded segment, Realme added a fresh-off-the-oven GT series to its portfolio, with a base Realme GT and its Master Edition. Baffled by all the chaotic market trends, Realme cut out all the expenses to make the GT Master edition the most affordable one, but will that give it an edge?
What’s new in GT Master Edition?
Appearances are always deceptive, aren’t they?
While Realme GT Master Edition should have been looking down upon the base Realme GT Edition, the stats are quite the opposite. The charming Master Edition bisa less powerful and cheaper version of its former fellow.
GT Master Specifications
Best way to quote it – Jack of all, Master of none!!!
GT Master unleashed upon the market with two base variants:
- 8GB RAM along with 128GB or 256GB storage options
- 6GB RAM alongside 128GB storage capacity
Back Panel Finishes
From an aesthetical point of view, 3 of the color finishes are there to grab for:
- Cosmos Black (only 8GB variant)
- Luna White (only 8GB variant)
- Voyager Grey (both variants)
How can the premium Voyager Grey finish cling to the lowest price tag? The answer to that is the glass panel or the lack of it. While the expensive Luna White and Cosmos Black finish get glass panels, the affordable Voyager Grey needs just an amalgam of polycarbonate and vegan leather.
Sounding quite premium, soft-touch natural leather replacement, the vegan leather is more of rubber plastic than premium. The suitcase-inspired back design is the only insight bristling a premium look for an otherwise dull layout.
For the worst, vegan leather’s relatively thin with no extra fabric layer to bond with the polycarbonate back panel. On the bright side, the slightly rough rubber-like finish and suitcase-like ridges happily resist smudges and dirt from the environment. Also, there isn’t any waterproof warranty.
Weak Speaker, Faint Audio
Stuffed with just a single firing speaker, the audio gets too faint during voice calls to be heard. Still, the audio quality stands out for every format.
If it isn’t AMOLED in 2021, it’s likely trash!!!
An instead soaring 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display, with a peaking 120 Hz Refresh rate and a super 1080 x 2400 resolution, is undoubtedly one of this handset’s prime features. The sky-scraping brightness ensures an untroubled display experience even in broad daylight. But you’ll get no support for HDR. And for the optical sensor, the in-display fingerprint scanner needs your wet fingers to dry up.
A triple-lens (64MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro) rear camera setup packed with accurate autofocus, image sharpening, and decent HDR processing – it’s admirable at such an affordable price tag. The praiseworthy low-light shots and the pile of software modes (ultra-wide mode being the best) also can’t be overseen.
The landscape mode is creepy, for the colors are either too lit or too dark, far away from what eyes see. Also, the camera struggles to maintain a consistent color profile.
Pedaling on the less-mighty Snapdragon 788G, it experiences a noticeable setback in demanding games and video editing. Although 788G is a step down from Snapdragon 888 of Realme GT, it can still run everyday tasks without any lag. Benchmarks also reveal a score less than Realme GT and Xiaomi Mi 11.
The chipset is paired with:
. Either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and
. Either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage (unscalable, as there isn’t any memory slot)
Robust connectivity (5G support onboard)
A decent one with 4300 mAh capacity, and a 65w SuperDart Charge technology – enough to raise battery from the blank zero to 100% in half an hour. But there isn’t be any support for wireless charging.
6GB of RAM + 128GB of storage: 399$ US
8GB of RAM + 256GB of storage: 449$ US
A few hits, a few misses!!!
An artistic camera-focused handset with very long power support for the sophisticated modish folks.
Not For Those
A delicate under-performer, not for those geeky tech-aspiring teens who would often drop their phone.