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Realme GT Master review
Sep 09, 2021
Realme this time around tried a different naming scheme distinct from the words Pro, Max and Plus. Today we have the Realme GT Master for you today. The Realme GT Master is not to be confused with the GT Explorer Master. The GT Master is a mid-range smartphone which is the most affordable global GT provided that GT Neo will be limited to China only.
The Realme GT Master comes with a price tag of €350, which allows the smartphone maker to bring some great stuff on board. The GT Master is equipped with a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, a 5G-capable Snapdragon 778G SoC and Realme’s 65W SuperDart fast charging. The GT Master Edition also has a faux leather suitcase design but it comes only in Gray color.
There is nothing to criticise when it comes to the presentation and the contents inside the box. The GT Master comes in a huge black box with a liberal application of contrasting bold texts reiterating the name of the phone and the specs listed on the back.
Upon opening the box you’ll be welcomed by a thin cardboard sleeve covering the tray that holds the phone. Underneath all that, there is a nice yet simple and soft Gray silicone protective case. Below the case there is the 65W charger with a USB-A-to-C cable to complete the SuperDart set.
Realme GT Master and GT Explorer Master were designed by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa. The outcome of this partnership is the Suitcase design - a version of the GT Master and GT Explorer Master with vegan leather back with a design inspired by suitcases.
The smartphone is available in Black, White, Aurora and Voyager Gray color options. The Voyager Gray is the only version with a vegan leather back. The GT Master is mostly made of plastic, including the rear panel and the frame.
The back panel has a matte finish, which is quite capable at hiding the fingerprints and smudges. The phone has a relatively grippy back - ‘pretty slippery’ but not as slippery as the worst. Of course, the Voyager Gray option provides more grip thanks to the texture of the material and raised ridges. This phone is also not prone to fingerprints and smudges.
The camera island is positioned on the back in the top left corner, the whole camera assembly protrudes enough, which results in wobbling when placed on a flat surface, but it won’t be of much bother.
The GT Master has the power button on the right side of the frame while the volume buttons (two separate ones) on the other side. The left side of the frame is also home to the card slot. The SIM card clot has slots for two nano SIMs and that’s all - the GT Master doesn’t support microSD cards for storage expansion.
The bottom of the phone accommodates the USB-C port with speaker grille (three rounded openings) on one side and the 3.5mm audio jack and the primary mic on the other side. Another mic is on the top section of the frame.
The front of the handset is equipped with a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display. The selfie camera sits behind the punch-hole cutout in the top-left corner of the display. Right above the display is the earpiece in the center. To the right of the earpiece, you can spot the ambient light and proximity sensors. The bezels that surround the display are standard - neither too big nor too slim.
The biometrics is handled by the fingerprint scanner that sits underneath the display. The fingerprint scanner is reliable, we have no complaints about that, it’s just placed too low.
As for the dimensions of the GT Master the phone measures 159.2 x 73.5 in footprint and it 8.7mm thick (for vegan leather version) and 8.0mm for the rest of the models. Similarly, the weight is also different, 180g for voyager gray and 174g for the others.
Realme GT Master comes with a really nice 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display with 120Hz high refresh rate and 1080 x 2400p resolution. The display has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a pixel density of 409ppi - pretty standard stuff.
The display of the GT Master offers a brightness of 437 nits when operating the slider manually, with 200 nits boost under direct bright light.
When it comes to color handling, the GT Master has the usual Realme way of offering three modes - Vivid, Gentle and Brilliant. Furthermore, there is a stepless cool-to-warm temperature slider.
The refresh rate on the Realme GT Master is implemented the same way as the other Realmes. There are three modes - Standard, High and Auto select. In the Standard mode the refresh rate is locked at 60Hz, regardless of the activity.
In both High and Auto select modes the behaviour is mostly the same. When scrolling the settings the refresh rate is set at 120Hz, whereas in other cases the UI switches to 60Hz after a brief period of inactivity, and will again go back to 120Hz when you touch it.
Overall we loved the display as it is smooth, bright and really fun to use. We have no complaints about the display.
Battery Life & Charging Speed:
The Realme GT Master packs a 4,300mAh battery, which is comparatively less than the GT Explorer Master and GT 5G both powered by a 4,500mAh battery. The low battery capacity is not unreasonable considering the power-efficient chipset.
The Realme GT Master endured 20 full hours of offline video playback - one of the best in the class. The GT Master lasted for a solid 14 hours of web browsing at 60Hz refresh rate. The GT Master endured nearly 29 hours of voice calls on a single charge, an average result.
The GT Master supports Realme’s fastest commercially available 65W SuperDart fast charging and comes with a 65W adapter in the box.
The phone charges from 0% to 100% in 30 minutes, though it takes a few more minutes before showing ‘Charged!’ message, which falls in line with the advertised 33 minute charge time.
The GT Master packs a single speaker which sits behind the three slotted opening on the bottom of the phone. That sets it apart from other smartphones in the GT lineup that have stereo setups, but more importantly, it puts the GT Master at a disadvantage against competitors that have dual speakers.
The speaker on the GT Master is not particularly loud. The sound quality doesn’t stand out in any way, but there is no objectionable disadvantage either.
The GT Master draws power from the Snapdragon 778G chipset. The Snapdragon 778G is a 6nm chip manufactured by TSMC. The 778G features an octa-core Kryo 670 CPU in a 1+3+4 configuration, with a Cortex-A78 prime core limited to 2.4GHz, 3x2.2GHz Cortex-A78 cores and 4x1.9GHz Cortex-A55 cores. The graphical intensive tasks are handled by the Adreno 642L GPU. The chip comes with a built-in Snapdragon X53 5G modem.
The GT Master is available in two memory configurations - 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. The GT Master also features ‘RAM Expansion’ - a part of the storage (2GB, 3GB or 5GB, 3GB by default) is allocated to work alongside the actual RAM. The extended RAM is used to dump less important processes, thus allowing more apps to be cached and ready for you when you need them.
Moving on to the benchmarks, On the Geekbench 5 test the GT Master scored 785 points in the single core test and 2917 points in the multi-core department. As for the AnTuTu benchmark the phone scored 5,29,263 points.
Images shot with the main cam in the default 16MP mode are very good. They are very expressive with pretty high saturation and contrast. The level of detail is excellent with fairly restrained sharpening. When you enable the AI scene enhancement, the saturation further increases.
The 64MP made can bring out even more detail from the scene, but it has two different methods of processing, of which only one of them offers desirable results. There is no HDR toggle for the 64MP mode.
The GT Master doesn’t have a dedicated zoom camera, but the zoom selector has the preset for 2x and 5x zooming. The shots clicked at 2x zoom are decent. At 5x, the photos are quite noisy and not that pleasing.
The 8MP ultrawide isn’t impressive - the shots lack detail and the dynamic range is limited. The shots look pretty sharp, the distortion correction is great and colors are lively.
Low-light image quality
Low-light photos shot in regular mode from the main shooter are relatively soft and noisy. Dynamic range is narrow, but the colors don’t seem to suffer from the loss of saturation.
Night mode makes a drastic difference and improves the images by a considerable amount of quality. The shots have fewer clipped highlights as well as brightens up the shadows and lower mid-tones. The level of detail looks great.
The performance of the ultrawide camera in low-light situations isn’t that good. In regular mode the photos are dark and underexposed along with a narrow dynamic range and low sharpness.
Once again, the Night mode comes to the rescue. The Night mode improves the exposure and dynamic range by a great margin. It also increases the sharpness and detail, in turn improving the overall quality of the pictures.
Portrait mode on the GT Master offers good results. Subject detection is fairly capable unless you have a complex background.
In places with a simple background there were no issues with subject isolation. The shots have spot on colors and excellent dynamic range.
The 2MP macro shooter on the Realme GT Master is average. The stills don't seem to have a lot of detail, dynamic range is narrow, colors are muted and the fixed focal length is limiting.
The front has a 32MP shooter sitting behind the punch hole cut out. The selfie shooter is capable of delivering some great shots. The selfies have excellent detail, a wide dynamic range and lively colors.
Portrait selfies have all the good stuff that regular shots have to offer, including the HDR treatment, so backlit portraits are great. The subject separation has its own set of issues, but if your hairstyle is neat, the shots will turn out to be great.
The Realme GT Master does all the important stuff right. It features a battery life that’s hard to compete against and charging speed that’s unrivaled. The brightness of the display isn’t the brightest but is quite bright and has an AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. The handset packs a powerful chipset which is a capable performer and the UI is customizable without being too heavy.
The specs sheet clearly shows where the phone is lacking, the phone doesn’t seem to have any sort of screen protection and there are no stereo speakers. The video quality is also a department where the phone seems to be lacking.
All things considered, the GT master is still a good option if you are in the market for a unique looking phone.
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