Realme GT Neo 3 First Impressions: A Good Mid-Range Phone That Can Charge 50% In 5 Minutes

Realme GT Neo 3 150W model is among a handful of devices in India that come with super-quick charging support and is priced under Rs 45,000. We spent some time with GT Neo 3, and here are our first impressions.

Realme GT Neo 3, the company’s fastest charging smartphone, is finally here. The phone gets an impressive list of features and ingredients that can get it the “flagship killer” tag in this era. But does that make the Realme GT Neo 3 the next big thing in the smartphone industry? Well, it might be too early to reach that conclusion. So, for now, hold your horses and wait for our deep dive of the phone that will be out in the coming weeks. 

We spent a few days with the Realme GT Neo 3 and can admit that the phone is packed with impressive features to keep it ahead of the curve. But, of course, the charging speed is the biggest USP of the Realme GT Neo 3 and makes it better than all of the Android flagships available in India by leaps and bounds. But, it’s not just the charging speed that would decide the fate of the handset. The phone has many things that go in its favour while some don’t. So, here are our initial thoughts on the phone.

Realme GT Neo 3: Hits

The GT Neo 3 is no doubt Realme’s big entry into the mid-range segment where we are primarily talking about the Rs 35,000-Rs 45,000 price. There’s 150W UltraDart Charge is that one big feature that can help Realme GT Neo 3 beat even Android flagships that cost more than double in India. In the limited time spent with the device, we could notice how efficient is the charging. 

The company claims a charge of up to 50% in 5 minutes, and indeed that was the case. However, we want to clarify that the 50% charge in 5 minutes doesn’t apply to 0 to 50% charging but instead anything between 20 to 80%. And that makes sense. We got decent battery backup for a couple of days, but we will reserve our verdict on the overall battery performance for our review.

The phone is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 octa-core processor based on TSMC 5nm process technology. Initial impressions are fantastic, and the phone works smooth. Multitasking, gaming and everything else are handled efficiently. The good news for gamers is that the GT Neo 3 packs the biggest vapour cooling system we have seen on a Realme phone so far. It also gets the GT Mode 3.0 for boosting the gaming experience. Well, we will get into more details when we put the phone through its paces in our review.

The design is the next thing we loved about the GT Neo 3. The back panel is inspired by a racing stripe that is a big enough hint that this one is for power users. It’s excellent that Realme has started to keep the branding a little low-profile, unlike its old days where the brand name was almost across the back panel. The phone has launched in three colours – Nitro Blue, Sprint White, and for those who love minimalistic design, there’s the Asphalt Black.

The back panel is made of AG Glass but isn’t a fingerprint magnet or a shiny piece of glass, something we loved. There are dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos on board.

The Realme GT Neo 3 packs triple cameras featuring a 50-megapixel primary Sony IMX766 camera with f/1.88 aperture along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view and a 2-megapixel macro camera. At the front, there’s a 16-megapixel in-display selfie camera that’s in the centre. The GT Neo 3 seems to pack a decent primary camera that can click good quality daylight images with abundant details and colour accuracy in our limited time with the unit. The ultra-wide and macro seem to do well in the limited shots we took from GT Neo 3. Even the selfie camera did an excellent job in daylight. We will have to reserve our verdict on the cameras for review.

Realme GT Neo 3: Some misses

If there’s something that we wanted that could have been better, then it has to be the display. The 6.7-inch display on the GT Neo 3 is suitable, but we have seen it better in this segment. Realme has fit in its biggest screen real estate for multimedia obsessed users on the GT Neo 3, which stands at a 94.2% screen-to-body ratio. The AMOLED display with 1080×2412 pixels screen resolution and 120Hz refresh rate look good. But, as we said, it isn’t the best display we have seen in this segment. But, mind you, it isn’t a deal-breaker by any means. It’s just that the GT Neo 3 raises stakes at such magnitude that we expected a slightly better resolution on this one.

The next thing that could have made the GT Neo 3 a great all-rounder would have been some sort of IP protection. Under Rs 40,000, only one phone offers an IP rating, and that’s the Galaxy A53 5G. A phone with some kind of dust and water-resistant protection is always a safer option.

The next thing that needs changes is the UI, of course. Soon after setting up the Realme GT Neo 3, we got an over-the-air update for Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12, which felt more refined than any earlier version of Realme UI we have used. However, what slightly spoils the fun are random bloatware app notifications that keep popping from here and there. On top of that, Realme bundle some random apps like Josh, ShareChat, MX TakaTak, DailyHunt, FinShell and more, which keep sending notifications throughout the day. The good thing is you can permanently delete these third-party apps. But, the Realme suite of apps can’t be deleted, so some work can be done to improve the UI further. We will talk in-depth in our review.

Realme GT Neo 3: Initial thoughts

Realme has managed to pull a nice trick with the pricing, thanks to the offers galore that bring down the GT Neo 3 price to below Rs 30,000 for the 80W version. However, this only holds for the first sale. 

Of course, if you want to experience the 150W UltraDart Charge, you will have to spend more. The GT Neo 3 with 150W charging comes in a single 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant and is priced at Rs 42,999. It just marginally undercuts the OnePlus 10R. The first sale will offer flat Rs 7,000 discount for SBI customers bringing down the price to Rs 35,999. Not bad for the first sale. 

We can’t really complain about much in our initial time with the GT Neo 3. It has features to satisfy the spec obsessed users while the overall product feels balanced. We want to say more about the GT Neo 3, but that will be only after spending some more time with the handset. Stay tuned for our Realme GT Neo 3 review.

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