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Realme GT is the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone (currently)

OnePlus may have abandoned the "flagship killer" tagline long ago, but its sister brand Realme-which once brought us "garlic" and "onion" phones-is now reusing this for its latest global release Two words. Realme GT was first launched in China in March and finally entered other markets with a starting price of 369 Euros (approximately US$450), making it the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone in the world. Anyway, now.

Gallery: Realme GT hands-on | 16 Photos

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Gallery: Realme GT hands-on | 16 Photos

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Before we dive into the specs (which, to be honest, is actually the most boring part in today's flagship market), let's take a look at the phone's design. The Realme GT comes in three flavors: "Racing Yellow," "Dashing Silver" and "Dashing Blue."

Personally, I'm all for the "Racing Yellow" which features vegan leather jazzed up with a glossy race track stripe. Even though I'd most likely keep the bundled protective case on, I do like the feel of the ultra-fine grain. This version comes in at 9.1mm thick and 186.5g heavy, which isn't bad considering these are just an additional 0.7mm and 0.5g over the other two glossy designs, respectively.

Realme GT is the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone (currently) Richard Lai/Engadget

The Realme GT ticks all the boxes for a 2021 flagship: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 120Hz Super AMOLED panel (6.43 inches, FHD+), in-display fingerprint reader, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, dual Nano SIM slots, NFC, a 4,500mAh battery and 35-minute rapid charging (a 65W SuperDart Charger is included). If I must nitpick, it would have been nice of Realme to throw in a third microphone for an even better noise cancellation.

The Realme GT is shipping with Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 and, for those who care, you'll be able to try Android 12 beta builds on this device ahead of the next Realme UI release later this year.

Realme GT is the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone (currently) Richard Lai/Engadget

Realme is also pitching this as a mobile gaming device, thanks to its 360Hz touch sampling rate, linear motor tactile engine, 3.5mm headphone jack and stainless steel vapor cooling system — this can apparently reduce the core temperature by up to 15 degrees Celsius. You can activate a "GT Mode" which pushes the processor performance and screen refresh rate to the max, so long as you keep an eye on the battery level.

Realme GT is the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone (currently) Richard Lai/Engadget

Photography isn't the Realme GT's main selling point, but you're still getting a 64-megapixel f/1.8 main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera (119 degrees), a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 16-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera. You'll find the usual features like "Super Night Mode," "Timelapse," "Panoramic View," "AI Beauty" and up to 4K/60fps video capture on the main camera.

Realme GT is the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone (currently) Richard Lai/Engadget

The Realme GT will soon be up for grabs in select European markets, with the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage version going for 369 euros (around $450) in an early-bird sale on AliExpress between June 21st and 25th. The higher-end 12GB RAM + 256GB storage option will be available for 499 euros (around $605) as part of Amazon Prime Day between June 21st and 22nd. Afterwards, these prices will be bumped up to 449 euros (about $540) and 599 euros (about $730), respectively, across all retail channels.

Realme is also working on bringing its "flagship killer" to other major markets, namely the UK and India, which will undoubtedly further threaten the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei. That said, the company currently has no plans to bring its phones to the US.

Realme GT is the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphone (currently) Realme

In addition to Realme's ambitious entry into the global flagship smartphone market, the company also launched its Techlife smart home device series, starting with a robotic vacuum cleaner that uses lidar to map sucking and mopping and a 300ml vacuum cleaner. Water tank. When it starts pre-sale on AliExpress on June 16, it will cost 299 euros (about 360 US dollars).

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