Realme GT Master Edition review

Quality hardware and competitive imaging make the Realme GT Master Edition a great buy

Realme GT Master Edition review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With a focus on undercutting the competition while delivering seriously impressive specs, the Realme GT Master Edition stands out. Its display, design, and internals are all top-notch for the price, and the battery lasts all day while charging in just over half an hour. While the camera hardware isn’t too impressive, Realme has started to cement its look now the Chinese brand has dropped umpteen smartphones. All its phones ramp up contrast and saturation, so won’t be for more discerning photo enthusiasts. That said, with a rich selection of shooting modes, at the sub-£350/$450 mark, Realme stays competitive on all fronts.


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    Sleek and slender design

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    Great looking Super AMOLED display

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    Very fast 65W charging


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    Mediocre macro and ultra-wide camera

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    No wireless charging

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    No telephoto camera

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While the Realme GT Master Edition launched £329, and is now £279 in the UK, and $370 in the States. For a phone with a nippy 5G Qualcomm chipset, not to mention incredibly speedy charging as well as a very well specced Super AMOLED display, Realme clearly isn’t playing games – it wants your cash and is willing to undercut the competition on specs to get it. 

In its price bracket, the Realme GT Master Edition goes up against the OnePlus Nord CE and OPPO Reno 4 Z, out speccing both in certain respects, while still delivering much of what makes each phone stand out – high refresh rate displays and high-resolution imaging. For photo fans, $80/£20 extra will get you a Google Pixel 4a, which really lays down the gauntlet for low-cost high-quality photography.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.