realme GT Neo 3T is efficient, has an excellent processor, a phenomenal AMOLED display and an excellent battery with 80W charging. In my review, I answer whether it is worth buying. Or maybe there are better phones for the money?
A few days ago the Polish premiere of realme GT Neo 3T and Neo 3 took place. The first went to me for testing. This is a nice revised version of realme GT Neo2. It has super-fast charging, a large screen, an excellent processor, a long battery life, and a pretty forgiving look.
Is it worth the PLN 2099 that the manufacturer requires for this in Poland?
Realme GT Neo 3T Specifications:
- Filter: 6.62-inch AMOLED, FullHD, 120 Hz, up to 1300 nits in auto mode, LTPS.
- Construction: plastic frame, plastic back panel, glass screen protector (Gorilla Glass 5).
- CPU: Snapdragon 870.
- Memory: 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB for data.
- Battery: 5000 mAh, 80 W charging, wireless charging – no.
- Communication: Bluetooth 5.2, USB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac.
- NFC: is.
- The camera: 64 MP main with OIS, 8 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro.
- Balance: 195 grams.
realme GT Neo 3T is a specific smartphone
If we want to create a smartphone with such a phenomenal display, powerful battery, great performance and charging, this is where to look for savings. From realme we expect them in two places – in the quality of the materials used and in the camera. And that’s also how you can describe the realme GT Neo 3T. The frame and the back panel are completely made of plastic and you can see it at first glance.
Are these materials of good quality, as in the Samsung Galaxy S21? I have no particular objection to the rear panel. I mean, I have – but not to the quality itself. The plastic frame adapts well, but you can also feel the transition between the successive layers of the sandwich. In my copy, the volume button was also too loose.
Speaking of wobbling, the realme GT Neo 3T bounces like crazy on the table. This is quite odd, as the camera island doesn’t protrude so much from the case. The smartphone has no 3.5mm jack connector and – of course – no waterproof standard. I can also tie it to a thick chin, which is a little too big at this price.
And this color variant. I’m not very comfortable, just like that. Fortunately, there is also a white version. This is where the racing flag theme is so much better. On the plus side, the fact that it doesn’t collect smudges and fingerprints – like matte plastic.
If I had to say what impressed me the most about the realme GT Neo 3T, it would be the vibrations. The smartphone vibrates… juicy. Deep. So not like… realme. The producer has made enormous progress and I thank him for that. It was at least as good as the Xiaomi 12, which is almost twice as expensive as the flagship. To classify.
Dreamlike AMOLED 120 Hz
My review didn’t start with a positive tone, but for now I’m mostly going to be happy about it. The 6.62-inch AMOLED screen on the front is a very big advantage in the equipment of the realme GT Neo 3T. It could only be better if it was an LTPO. Such a matrix allows an adaptive refresh rate – here it switches between 60 and 120 Hz.
For most users, this will not matter. The display on the realme GT Neo 3T is simply phenomenal. And on top of that – very bright. When I got it to test it, the sun was warming up nicely. It made no impression on him. In the manual, it easily reaches 500 rivets, and in the machine – more than 800. The manufacturer claims that it can even be 1300. I don’t care – the main thing is that it is perfectly readable in any conditions.
The colors are impeccable. I’ll also add that support for HDR10+ content on YouTube and Netflix works flawlessly. The 360Hz touch response is addictively smooth while gaming. If only the frame around it were slightly narrower, the display can safely be called the flagship.
Performance is great – what about the software?
realme GT Neo 3T was not equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or 888. I’m very happy with it. Instead, here we have the Snapdragon 870, i.e. an overclocked flagship system from 2020. We know it from many models and each of them has impressed with its efficiency and working time. It’s exactly the same here. With 8GB of RAM and fast memory, I was pleased with the work culture.
I just need to note one thing. realme GT Neo 3T is the successor of realme GT Neo 2. This model – like many realme models – was available with 12 GB of RAM. You won’t find any here, you can only double the space for your data. Why? The more expensive variant probably didn’t sell very well.
This one is fine, but I like numbers and wish I had extra RAM. This one can be expanded virtually up to 5GB. I honestly haven’t seen a difference. If it changes anything, you can’t see it with the naked eye.
The test below shows CPU performance over time. It’s not hard to see that strangulation it is marginal. It’s a nice change from the Xiaomi 12, whose performance was throttled almost immediately. Ba – realme GT Neo 3T performs better than OnePlus 8T, based on almost the same SoC.
Android 12 in realme GT Neo 3T runs smooth, fast and doesn’t irritate me. Honestly, it annoys me less than Xiaomi’s. Yes – several additional apps have been installed here (Shopee, several game demos, Amazon, TikTok and Facebook). At least, though, no ads are pouring down on me at any menu level.
Long battery life
The second thing is the battery. This one has a capacity of 5000 mAh and is phenomenal. realme GT Neo 3T offers an average working time. Of course, in a good way. I easily rerolled 6, sometimes 7 hours of SoT. It is one of the few most powerful models that can last all the way Community day in Pokemon Go in direct sunlight. Ba, Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G can’t handle it.
realme GT Neo 3T is also in love with the charger. The set includes an 80 W adapter. And here I am a little disappointed. Not because it’s slow – 37-39 minutes and the link is full. I am disappointed that the predecessor with the 65 W adapter charged … faster. Apparently more battery saving tricks have been applied here.
The camera is the weakest feature of the realme GT Neo 3T
And that probably doesn’t surprise anyone anymore. Moreover, it is even worse on paper than in the predecessor. We are dealing here with a set of three lenses. The 64Mp main die is a physically smaller sensor than last year (1/2″ versus 1/1.73″ a year ago). We also have an 8MP wide angle and a 2MP macro. How does it work in practice?
It’s fine during the day – but even a layman like me won’t say it’s great. Note the artificial looking sharpening. You can see them on the boundaries between planes – for example, between the background and the building. On the other hand – I only see it on the big screen, not on my smartphone. But I have to find a fault. The lighter I am, the more obvious the gaps.
Taking full 64MP resolution photos doesn’t make sense. Every time I shot the same scene, I got a worse shot. Narrower tonal range, noise and low color – in any mode and in any light.
realme GT Neo 3T allows you to take pictures with double zoom. Of course it’s right crop of the main matrix. As I mentioned, the sensor is rather small. As expected, the software is not able to fool the physics and the 2x zoom pales in comparison. After dark, it is completely useless, even when there is a lot of street lighting.
The large angle is the typical medium shelf. However, I must notice some progress in the colors. Usually wide-angle images in every area were terribly pale. It’s much better here, but it’s still not level with the main camera. The macro is as useless as in any phone.
I was quite pleasantly surprised by the photos taken by the realme GT Neo 3T after dark. I mean, there’s no surprisingly good quality here. They are just better than expected. Sometimes you don’t even need to tap night mode to work. But that should be a little extra.
Realme GT Neo 3T or Realme GT Neo 3?
Or maybe just realme GT Neo2? Honestly, I would probably choose it myself. realme GT Neo 3T delighted me in many ways – it’s just that for these 2,100 zlotys you can now buy better smartphones. It’s different when it starts showing up in mass promotions, which I really expect.
To be completely happy, I’m missing the 12GB RAM variant here. If it cost as much as the basic version, I would be able to recommend it in good conscience. If you are planning to buy a powerful support from realme, you should probably look at the GT Neo 3. The one with 150W charging that no one else has in the market right now.
Is it worth buying realme GT Neo 3?
If you’ve come to this, you’ll probably be surprised by my review. I believe realme GT Neo 3T is not worth buying. Not now. It’s just that in 2022 you can buy better phones for such a price. And the fact that in 90% of the specifications I am delighted with this model does not change that.
I mentioned the realme GT Neo2, but it’s not the only direct competitor of the Neo 3T from the same stable. Take realme GT2 for example. This one has an even better working time, exactly the same perfect screen, it looks much better and has a better camera with OIS. When you hit a promotion, you’ll probably buy it for the same price. And you will be more satisfied.
So how much is it worth buying? For 1500 PLN. In my opinion, this is a reasonable amount for a phone with 8 GB of RAM, a great processor, a very good battery and fast charging. To spend more, you need added value. A better camera – like the OnePlus Nord 2T. A nicer design – like in Oppo Reno or Motorola Edge 30.
realme GT Neo 3T is definitely not a bad smartphone. He just hit the moment of nightmarish inflation, bad zloty and crisis in the component market. It’s great, but it just needs to stay upright.
- The camera7.0
- Gaming performance9.0