- 120Hz refresh rate
- AMOLED display
- Good main camera
- Impressive Performance
- Ultra-fast charging
- Design might not please everyone
- Poor Ultrawide camera
Realme has been quite successful with their GT lineup. It includes semi-flagship and flagship phones with top-notch hardware.
Last year’s Realme GT Neo 2 was a very good phone and now they have launched GT Neo 3. Everything has been upgraded but the best upgrade is a 150W fast charging.
So, how fast is the Realme GT Neo 3? I’ll tell you all about it in this review.
Realme GT Neo 3 Specifications
- Body: 163.3 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm, 188g
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Display: 6.7 inches FHD+ AMOLED Display, 120Hz, 1080 x 2412 pixels (20:9), HDR 10+, 1B colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 8100 (5nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.85 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G610 MC6
- Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM
- OS: Android 12, Realme UI 3.0
- Rear Camera: 50 MP, f/1.88, 23.6mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS
- 8 MP, f/2.25, 15.4mm, 119.7˚ (ultrawide)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, 21.8mm, 88.8˚ (macro)
- Video: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60, gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 16 MP, f/2.45, 82.3˚, 26mm (wide), 1/3.09″, 1.0µm
- Video: [email protected]
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh, 150W fast charging
- USB: USB Type-C 2.0
- Misc: Fingerprint (under-display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, compass, proximity
- Colors: Nitro Blue, Sprint White, Asphalt Black
Realme GT Neo 3 Price in Nepal: Rs. 77,999 (12/256GB, 150W)
Realme GT Neo 3 Review
- 163.3 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm
- 188 g
Realme GT Neo 3 has a racing-inspired theme with white stripes on the rear. The blue paint job on the glass back looks excellent and the rear panel has a smooth texture that easily hides smudges.
Though it uses a glass back, the side frame is built from plastic but the finish is pretty good.
The phone feels easy on hand despite it’s size. It is a sleek and light phone.
The power button is placed on the right and on the left is the volume rocker. On the bottom, it has a dual sim slot, a mic, a USB-C port, and a speaker. There’s also a secondary speaker on the top that doubles as an earpiece.
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The fingerprint sensor is placed underneath the display and it works well without any problems. But, it is placed a bit lower than expected.
- 6.7 inches Super AMOLED
- 1080 x 2412 pixels
Realme GT Neo 3 has a 6.7-inches FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. And, it is an excellent panel
The 120Hz AMOLED panel is very good for the price.
The AMOLED panel has impressive color reproduction with good contrast and excellent color accuracy. Plus, it has a 10-bit color depth and HDR10+ support. Likewise, it is more than bright enough to use outdoors.
Talking about the high refresh rate smoothness, the display feels buttery smooth at 120Hz. It is not an adaptive refresh rate. So, you can either set the display at 120Hz or at 60Hz. However, even in 120Hz mode, the refresh rate will drop to 60Hz in certain apps like the camera app.
Good Main Camera
- Rear Camera: 50MP, f/1.88, PDAF, OIS
- 8MP, f/2.22, 119.7˚ (ultrawide)
- 2MP, f/2.4, (macro) 88.8˚ (macro)
- Front Camera: 16MP, f/1.88, PDAF, OIS
Realme GT Neo 3 rocks the same main camera as the Realme GT 2 Pro, the 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor. It is then paired with an 8MP ultrawide angle sensor and a 2MP macro sensor.
With the flagship sensor, GT Neo 2 captures impressive photos in daylight. The photos are sharp with good details and the dynamic range is also wide. The color is a bit more saturated than what I would like but it’s not overdone.
The ultrawide range sensor is below par compared to the main sensor. The photos look flat and the detail is also average. Likewise, the color profile is different than that of the main sensor.
LOW LIGHT PHOTOS
The bigger sensor size of the IMX766 helps to capture good low-light photos. In auto mode, the photos have good detail with good color reproduction. Overall, the photos look sharp and natural.
You can also use Night mode but there’s no difference in photos captured from the main sensor. However, the ultrawide photos get a good boost in detail and exposure in Night mode.
The portraits come out decent with good subject separation and background blur. The dynamic range is wide but photos would have looked better with a boost in sharpness.
On the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera. It captures sharp photos with good details and the dynamic range is impressive too. The face is always well exposed resulting in appealing selfies.
For videos, it can capture up to 4k 30fps from the main camera and 1080p 30fps from the ultrawide camera.
The 4k videos look sharp and I really liked that contrast and dynamic range. The color is a bit too saturated for my liking but the overall video quality is really nice.
The 1080p videos from the ultrawide sensor look bad though. The video looks flat with low detail and limited dynamic range.
- MediaTek Dimensity 8100 (5nm)
- Octa-core (4×2.85 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- Mali-G610 MC6 GPU
- 256GB 12GB RAM
Realme GT Neo 3 is a fast phone that’s equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset. It’s a 5nm chip featuring four Arm Cortex-A78 big CPU cores running at 2.85GHz, four Arm Cortex-A55 little cores ticking at 2.0GHz, and an Arm Mali-G610 MC6 GPU.
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In benchmark tests, the GT Neo 3 goes head to head with the likes of Xiaomi 12 Pro and Realme GT 2 Pro equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
The 8100 is not a flagship chipset but its performance is on a flagship level. In daily life, the phone feels fast and smooth. Literally, it feels like you’re flowing through apps and whatever you throw at it.
In our benchmark, the GT Neo 3 stays competitive even against the flagship phones.
In GeekBench v5.4.4 it manages to achieve a single-core score of 963 and a multi-core score of 4032. With this, it beats the Xiaomi 12 Pro and Realme GT 2 Pro in multi-core score.
Likewise, it does post a competitive score in ANTUTU 9 but the flagship phones seem too powerful in the 3D Mark Wild Life test.
Dimensity 8100 is also really good at sustained performance as it only throttled to 82% in our 60 mins CPU throttling test.
For gaming, we tested Apex Legends, Genshin Impact, and PUBG Mobile on the Realme GT Neo 3.
Apex Legends can be played at Maximum settings and the game runs very smooth with average fps of 59.5.
For Genshin Impact, I tested it on default ‘Medium’ settings. Given it is a graphic-heavy game, I was easily getting 53.7 fps. Though there were some frame drops, Genshin Impact runs very well.
For PUBG Mobile, GT Neo 3 can play it at a ‘Smooth’ graphic with ‘Extreme’ frame rate option and it can play up to ‘HDR’ graphic with ‘Ultra’ frame rate option. I was getting an average FPS of 59.5 in the smooth setting and an average fps of 40 in the HDR setting.
The Dimensity 8100 is a really good chipset, the performance it offers is just too good.
Ultra-Fast 150W Charging
- Non-removable Li-Po 4500mAh battery
- 150W Fast Charging
The Realme GT Neo 3 is equipped with a 4500mAh battery and 150W fast charging. Note that, there is also another variant of GT Neo 3 with a 5000mAh battery and 80W fast charging. However, Realme has only launched the 150W edition in Nepal.
The 4500mAh battery may seem a bit low on paper but it can deliver 5-6 hours of screen on time on moderate usage. This would easily get you through a day but you might need to charge the phone at the end of the day.
On to its special ability, the 150W fast charger can take this phone from 0 to 100% in just 17 mins. Yes, it is just too fast.
OS & Others
- Android 12
- Realme UI 3.0
- Stereo Speaker
Realme GT Neo 3 runs on Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0 out of the box.
Realme UI 3.0 doesn’t bring UI overhaul but it does bring features of Android 12 like ‘Privacy Dashboard’. In addition, Realme UI feels optimized but packed with plenty of bloatware. Likewise, it gives customization features like changing icons and accent colors as well.
Moving on to the speaker, it is a very good one for the price. It is loud enough and has a decent thump at the low end. The mid-tone is not impressive at max volume but it is decent overall.
The vibration motor has been improved compared to the Neo 2. It is much more strong and more precise.
Should You Buy Realme GT Neo 3?
Realme GT Neo 3 is almost excellent at everything. It has a very good performance, an excellent display, a good main camera, and ultra-fast charging. One of its major weaknesses is the ultrawide angle sensor, it could have been better.
If you’re looking to buy a powerful phone with ultra-fast charging and a good camera then GT Neo 3 is the best choice.
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What do you think about the Realme GT Neo 3? If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!
Also, watch our review video of the Realme GT Neo 2 in Nepali.
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