Realme GT Master Edition is finally official and with this, the sub Rs 30,000 price segment has become more and more competitive. Realme is all set to challenge the crowned prince OnePlus to be the next big thing in this segment. With this aggressive price point coupled with top-of-the-line specifications, the handset is all set to give stiff competition to the likes of the OnePlus Nord 2 and POCO F3 GT. Both of them are currently the best available option in this price range. So, can the Realme GT Master Edition become the ‘Master’ of this segment? Does it have all the ingredients to beat OnePlus Nord 2 and POCO F3 GT? Let’s find out in this specs-based comparison.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Price in India
Let’s start with the pricing first. The Realme GT Master Edition price in India starts at Rs 25,999 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version. The 8GB RAM and 128GB option is priced at Rs 27,999, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB option comes with a price tag of Rs 29,999. The OnePlus Nord 2 comes in three RAM and storage options, and costs Rs 27,999 for 6GB + 128GB, Rs 29,999 for 8GB + 128GB, and Rs 34,999 for the 12GB + 256GB variant. Lastly, we have the POCO F3 GT. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 26,999 for 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option, Rs 28,999 for 8GB + 128GB model, and Rs 30,999 for 8GB + 256GB variant. That being said, Realme GT Master Edition offers the cheapest variant among the three devices.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Design
Coming to the design, all three smartphones offer some premium look and feel. To start with Realme GT Master Edition, the handset comes with a new unique suitcase design, which is designed by Naoto Fukasawa. The phone is available in Voyager Grey colour option and offers a suitcase like the design at the rear panel, which the company claims is made of concave vegan leather. The phone also comes in Luna White and Cosmos Black colour options.
The OnePlus Nord 2, on the other hand, offers a matte finish at the rear panel, which also looks quite classy. The handset is available in three colour options including Grey Sierra, Blue Haze, and Green Wood. The phone comes with a punch-hole cutout at the top-left corner. It measures 8.3mm and weighs around 189 grams.
Lastly, we have the POCO F3 GT. The handset comes with a funkier design language as compared to the others. You get a unique metal unibody design, is now a rarity in the smartphone market. The company has used aerospace-grade aluminium, which makes it quite sturdy as compared to the other two devices. That being said, the major highlight is the new lightning-shaped LED flash along with magnetic pop-out shoulder triggers known as Maglev. On the downside, it is probably the heaviest of the lot.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Display
Coming to the display, the Realme GT Master Edition is loaded with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The screen comes with 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, 91.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio, 1000nits brightness, and 100 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The OnePlus Nord 2 comes with a 6.43-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The screen also supports 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ certification and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Coming to POCO F3 GT, it offers a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit colour rendering. The phone also features 480Hz touch sampling rate and DC dimming.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Performance
In terms of performance, the Realme GT Master Edition is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G processor, which is considered to be the best in its class. The handset also gets up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage option. It runs on Realme UI, which is based on Android 11.
The OnePlus Nord 2 is the OnePlus Nord smartphone that comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G processor, which is known to provide flagship-grade performance. The phone is offered in 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM variants, and 128GB and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It runs on OxygenOS, which is probably one of the cleanest custom interfaces available in the market.
Lastly, we have POCO F3 GT, which also runs on the same Dimensity 1200 5G chipset. The phone is also available in 6GB and 8GB RAM options along with 128GB and 256GB storage options. It runs on MIUI 12.5 and comes with a dedicated ‘Game Boost’ mode for enhanced performance optimisation when gaming.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Cameras
In terms of cameras, the Realme GT Master Edition packs a triple-camera setup with a combination of a 64MP primary lens. It also features an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro shooter. For selfies, you get a 32MP shooter. The OnePlus Nord 2 also uses triple rear cameras, featuring 50MP main, 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP monochrome cameras. The front camera has a 32MP sensor. Moving on to POCO F3 GT, you get an AI triple-camera setup with a 64MP primary lens, 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, and 2MP macro lens. On the front, there is a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Battery
The Realme GT Master Edition is juiced up by a 4,300mAh battery with 65W fast charging support. The OnePlus Nord 2 packs a 4,500mAh battery and also features a 65W fast charging solution. Lastly, we have POCO F3 GT that comes with a 5,065mAh battery and comes with 67W fast charging support.
Realme GT Master Edition vs POCO F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Verdict
That being said, the competition is quite tough here. All three smartphones offer best-in-class specifications and features. The Realme GT Master Edition offers a premium leather finish, while the POCO F3 GT gives you a sturdy and gaming-centric look. The OnePlus Nord 2 somewhat falls in between.
In terms of display, all three phones offer AMOLED screens, while POCO F3 GT and Realme GT Master Edition come with a 120Hz refresh rate.
In terms of performance, the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset is on par with Snapdragon 800 series smartphones and we can expect Realme GT Edition to not lag behind as well.
All three phones offer almost similar camera specifications and same fast charging solution. That being said, it all boils down to consumer preference.
Those who want a premium design can take a look at Realme GT Master Edition, while those who are looking for a gaming-centric smartphone can consider POCO F3 GT. As for the OnePlus Nord 2, you can pick this for its clean user interface and reliable performance.