realme was founded as a subsidiary of Oppo that aimed to provide a flagship experience at an affordable price. Over the last four years, the company has seen incredible growth owing to its value proposition, with the latest growth figure standing at 831% in 2021. In its stride, realme has recently launched the GT Neo 3T, an update of their ever-popular GT Neo 2. Let’s take a detailed look at the key features and performance of realme GT Neo 3T.
Key Specifications of realme GT Neo 3T
Design and Build Quality
The build quality of most realme devices has always been plastic. The Neo 3T is no different as well. Because most of what realme is known for happens under the hood. The Neo 3T has a plastic frame and a checkered design on the back which brings a racing flag-like feel to the looks.
Even though the materials are plastic, the durable and sturdy build allows for a pretty solid construction. The glass front is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, which is a useful addition.
Ports and button selection are as usual. Though as an upper mid-range device, realme has moved away from the 3.5 mm headphone jack as there is no headphone port on the 3T. Another major omission is the expandable storage. These choices are made to be mostly in line with the existing flagships in the market though these aren’t necessarily positive ones.
Overall, the design has some subtle changes from the previous iteration. It can be called an incremental upgrade over the Neo 2 as nothing major has changed, at least on the outside.
The display of the realme GT Neo 3T steals the show for us. It is an AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution. In addition to that, the display boasts a 120 Hz high refresh rate along with HDR10+ support.
The high spec also delivers in everyday use. In our test, the display felt buttery smooth while scrolling or navigating through the UI. Outdoor visibility was also on point, thanks to the 1300 nits HBM.
The display contrast of the Neo 3T is on the warmer side. But that’s pretty typical of Realme, and it's something that can be changed from the display settings. We also didn’t notice any kind of color shift with the panel.
Overall, the display experience with the Neo 3T has been top notch with hardly any room for complaints.
The realme GT Neo 3T boasts a triple camera module on the back. While it might sound lucrative and all, the Neo 3T falls into the trap of mid-range smartphones here. Even though there are three different sensors here, the main focus is on the 64 MP main sensor and the 8 MP ultrawide shooter. The 2 MP macro shooter is as good as nothing on the 3T.
Realme, in its typical photo processing fashion, brings out warmer-tone photos that pop the red, blue, and green colors. Photos from the daytime look incredibly detailed with sharp color contrasts. If you take a picture of something very vibrant, the photos might look unnatural at times due to the heavy color balancing.
But the overall dynamic range is pretty good. The contrasted color issue is present in the nighttime photos as well. If you take photos with the night mode on, the subject gets a burst of light which at times might look artificial. Images in low light look overprocessed at times. It's not necessarily bad and will ultimately come down to the user’s personal preference.
The story is somewhat similar to the front-facing camera too. Users will be getting a 16 MP camera which performs similarly to the main sensor, albeit the wide angle feature is absent and the dynamic range underperforms depending on the light.
There is no OIS on the Neo 3T. So users will have to rely on the EIS for video stabilization. The video quality isn’t the best unless you use an external stabilization device. It's passable at best.
Processor and Performance
The realme GT Neo 3T uses Snapdragon 870 5G processor based on the 7 Nm architecture. It’s the same that was present on Neo 2. The 870 is becoming a bit old at this point, with the performance striking somewhere between mid-range and upper mid-range. But combined with the smooth display, the processor delivers.
In day-to-day use, the device absolutely flies. Navigating through the OS and casual browsing didn’t show any sign of slowing down. We tested several graphics-intensive titles like Genshin Impact, Asphalt 9, COD, and PUBG.
All of them delivered a smooth performance at 60 Hz. There wasn’t any lag or frame drop whatsoever. But the device did heat up over time after 30-odd minutes of continued gaming.
Overall, there is no performance slack on the Neo 3T. It’ll be perfect for casual to heavy users alike.
Battery and Charge Time
The realme GT Neo 3T has a 5000 mAh battery with 80W fast charging. The battery itself is good enough to last a whole day of usage. And the insane 80W can fill up the tank in under an hour.
Price of realme GT Neo 3T
The realme GT Neo 3T has not been officially launched in Bangladesh yet. The device is available in three configurations, 6/128 GB, 8/128 GB, and 8/256 GB. The prices of the configurations are 29,999 INR, 31,999 INR, and 33,999 INR, respectively. The price roughly amounts to 37,771 BDT, 40,289 BDT, and 42,808 BDT, respectively, for each configuration.
The pricing on the Bangladeshi market is not certain as it will depend on several regulatory factors when it is officially launched.
GT Neo 3T is a perfect all-around smartphone that will suffice the need of casual to heavy users alike. The changes from the Neo 2 to the 3T are mostly cosmetic with the performance still being a top-notch one.
The battery, display, and processor deserve high praise because of the value they bring for the price. But on the other hand, the camera performance could be a bit better, especially the post-processing. Other than that, the realme GT Neo 3T can be an excellent recommendation.