Realme has pulled out all the stops for its 5th anniversary flagship smartphone, the realme GT5. Launching amid much fanfare, the GT5 packs top-shelf specs, head-turning design, and Realme’s most advanced Android experience to date.
realme makes a bold statement by describing the GT5 as a “breakthrough masterpiece.” The glossy, borderless exterior introduces an eye-catching “liquid metal” aesthetic using proprietary hot-forged glass technology.
Two color options are offered: Silver and Starry Oasis. But the real highlight is the illuminated transparent strip dubbed “Awakening Halo” on the back. It boasts an RGB design with four segmented light bars that support 26 customizable colors.
The Halo lighting can synchronize with music, alarms, and notifications. It also enables nifty features like a constant backlight mode. Realme clearly aimed for a showstopping look to set the GT5 apart.
Powering the flagship experience is Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset fabricated on TSMC’s 4nm process. The GT5 cranks the horsepower up to an insane 24GB of LPDDR5X RAM paired with 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage.
Handling visuals is a stunning 6.74″ flexible OLED display at 1.5K resolution. It boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, up to 1400 nits peak brightness, and 10-bit colors. An ultra-slim bezel design omitting a plastic frame creates an immersive edge-to-edge viewing experience.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip brings upgraded AI capabilities. But photography prowess comes mainly from the new 200MP Sony IMX890 sensor for the main rear camera, Realme also touts improved night mode photography through its “Super Night Film Engine.”
Battery life is equally impressive. The GT5 offers 150W fast charging that can fully replenish the 5240 mAh battery in a mere 18 minutes. realme also developed a 240W “Long Life Version” charging standard exclusive to the GT5 for improved battery health over time.
On the connectivity front, the GT5 features Wi-Fi 7 compatibility, quad BeiDou band for enhanced GPS accuracy, and UFCS universal fast charging support. realme appears to have gone above and beyond in every area.
Pricing is very competitive for the cutting-edge specs. The 12GB/256GB model costs 2999 RMB ($420), with top-end 24GB/1TB version priced at 3799 RMB ($535).
With the feature-packed GT5, realme is out to prove itself as an innovator that can shake up the Android landscape. The upstart company wasn’t content just celebrating its 5-year milestone. realme used the opportunity to set a new standard for affordable flagships that should put industry heavyweights on notice.
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