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Realme GT Neo 3 review: Up to speed

(Pocket-lint) – Android phone releases may be relatively dime a dozen, but the latest arrival in the Realme GT series has a feature that really separates it from the rest of the crowd.

With the GT Neo 3, the company is offering a faster charging rate than any other phone on the market can handle.

Supporting an astonishing 150W – topping the typical peak of 120W charging – Realme’s latest mid-range phone is aiming to redefine what to expect plugging in for a reboot.

While it’s an undoubtedly cool headline feature, though, it’s only useful if the rest of the phone is impressive, too.

So, aside from lightning-fast battery replenishment, let’s find out what else the GT Neo 3 has to offer.

Our quick take

The Realme GT Neo 3 has a lot to offer – especially since it’s around half the price of some flagships.

You get snappy performance, a lovely display, a great main camera and solid battery life – not to mention the fastest charging tech around.

On the other hand, there are a lot of omissions here. There’s no IPX rating, no wireless charging, some bloatware and pretty terrible auxiliary cameras. The styling won’t be for everyone, either.

Whether it’s right for you all depends on your priorities, but it’s definitely a decent value proposition. And, after experiencing the convenience of 150W charging, we don’t want to go back.

Design

  • 163.3 x 75.6 x 8.2mm
  • 188g
  • Glass front and back, plastic frame
  • Nitro Blue, Sprint White and Asphalt Black colour options

The Realme GT Neo 3’s speedy credentials are reflected in the design of the phone, with the Nitro Blue colourway we have in for testing appearing heavily inspired by the Ford GT supercar.

It’s a pretty bold design, with two prominent racing stripes intersecting with the camera module on the rear of the phone. The blue colour looks great in the light, shifting between blue and purple hues depending on the viewing angle.

We must admit, the racing stripes aren’t really to our taste, but the phone is also available in a black colourway, sans stripes, for a more subtle look.

The rear panel is made using a new anti-glare glass process that further reduces light reflection and is highly fingerprint-resistant. It feels fantastic in the hand, but it is on the slippery side.

Given that this device uses a polycarbonate plastic frame, you probably won’t want to be dropping it too often, either. That said, the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, so it’s not all bad when it comes to durability.

It has a slightly chunky camera housing, featuring a glossy surround, and that looks quite nice in our opinion. This also includes an impressive-looking (and sizable) primary camera, along with two auxiliary cameras and an LED flash – but more on those later.

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Ajmal Solangi is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and reviews. He likes tech news, mobile unboxing, reviews, gadgets, and more.

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