The global version of the Realme GT Neo 3 that launched in China about a month ago has been launched in India with a price tag of ₹ 36,999 which roughly converts to 482.91 USD. The GT Neo 3 is marketed for its 150W UltraDart charger, but there is an 80W version also with a bigger battery. Today we will be reviewing the 150W model for our readers.
In the package, the GT Neo 3 150W comes with a SIM ejector, a USB-C cable, a protective TPU case, some paper works, and a 160W charging brick. A 160W charger is bundled with the phone, but the phone only supports 150W.
The GT Neo 3 comes in 3 colors: Asphalt Black, Sprint White, and Nitro Blue but we got the blue variant. The phone is well built and weighs only 188g, so it is very light. It is rectangle-shaped with curved edges and sits comfortably in the palm.
The backplate is made of plastic, which is covered with finger-resistant AG glass. There are 2 white lines on the left side of the back, interrupted at the top by a camera bump that houses 3 cameras, and at the bottom by the “Realme” name and the tagline “Dare To Leap”. Realme calls the design a “Racing Stripe Design,” a tribute to the racing legends meant to represent the speed and performance of the device.
The display takes most of the real estate on the front with a 94.5% screen-to-body ratio. There is a tiny cutout at the top for the 16MP selfie camera.
The GT Neo 3 has a power button on the right side and a volume rocker on the left. There is a speaker on either side of the phone, and the charging port sits at the bottom of the phone. The sim tray slots in at the bottom on the left side of the USB-C charging port.
The GT Neo 3 is powered by the latest MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC, a 5nm processor with 8 cores and clocks at 2.85GHz. This processor handled everything I threw at it with ease, including COD and Asphalt Legends 9. The stainless steel vapor cooling system kept the phone under 50°C at all times, even after long hours of gaming. Day-to-day usage is a breeze and I experienced no lagging. There is low latency and the haptic feedback is quite pleasant.
The display on this phone is also very impressive. It is a 6.7″ 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It has a dynamic refresh rate which allows the phone to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz. The display also excelled particularly well when viewing HDR content. I also encountered no problems using the phone in the sun because the screen can get very bright. In a dark room, I had to manually adjust the brightness to the level I wanted, as the auto function adjusted it too low.
The company also claims there is a dedicated display processor which intelligently inserts intermediate frames, increasing frame rates up to 120 fps, but this feature is only available for a few games.
For biometric security, the phone comes with an under-screen fingerprint reader and a face ID sensor, both of which are very fast and responsive
The GT Neo 3 runs Realme UI 3.0 OS which is based on Android 12. It is very well implemented and optimized. This is evident in the smooth and buttery experience I got as I swapped through the pages.
The GT Neo 3 features 3 cameras: a 50MP primary camera with OIS, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The primary sensor is a 50MP Sony IMX766 with OIS. Pictures from this camera are highly optimized with a lot of details. The camera also performs well with HDR subjects, managing to capture a range of different tones. In the night mode
The ultrawide camera is great for the price bracket.
Video-wise, the rear camera can shoot 4K videos up to 60 fps, while the front camera is limited to 1080p at 30 fps.
Charging & Battery
A 4500mAh is the source of power for the GT Neo 3, and I easily got through the whole day on a single charge.
In terms of charging, according to the company’s marketing, the 150W charger can charge from 0 to 50% in 5 minutes. During my tests, it did charge up to 50% in about 6 minutes and charged to 100% in about 17 minutes.
FYI, Realme markets the 80W variant as being capable of charging from 0-50% in 12 minutes.
As mentioned earlier, the GT Neo 3 comes in 3 colors: Asphalt Black, Sprint White, and Nitro Blue. For the chargers, you have the option to choose between the 150W or the 80 W variants.
The 150W version comes in a single 12GB + 256GB storage configuration, but with the 80W version, you get the options of 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB to choose from.
If your preference is based on battery life, the 150W model comes with a 4500mAh dual-cell battery, while the 80W model packs a 5000mAh dual-cell battery.
- Although most of the bloatware can be removed, it is not always a welcome addition.
- The 2MP camera does not wow me, yet it does take some nice photos. A telephoto lens would have been ideal.
- The dedicated display processor is currently only available for a small selection of games, but this will be addressed in a future firmware update I hope.
- Very similar to GT Neo 2 in most areas
The GT Neo 3 150W global version offers a lot for its price tag. I am very comfortable recommending this phone to anyone who wants to swap out an old phone. If you have the GT Neo 2, I think you aren’t missing out on much.