The second member of Realme’s GT range to arrive in France, the GT Master Edition is a less powerful smartphone than the original model. It does, however, retain a few strengths, such as the camera equipment and the screen. It is also much cheaper. Is it a good formula to play? What about everything else? Answer in this comprehensive test.
Is gaming reserved for the high-end segment? It obviously depends on your definition of gaming. Does gaming include any type of game, but the ” casual gaming Symbolized by Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds? Or is this practice exclusive to demanding games, both for the smartphone and the user, such as Genshin Impact, Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile or Black Desert Mobile?
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In the collective mind, gaming is more associated with the second definition, because it is similar to the experience offered by consoles and the PC. Adapting this definition to telephony therefore requires a powerful technical platform, especially those found in high-end smartphones. Perfect example: the Snapdragon 888 accompanied by 8 GB of RAM (or more). Specialized gaming models, Legion Duel 2 and ROG Phone 5 for example, are equipped with it.
You usually find it in smartphones sold over 700 euros. The only perfect counterexample: the Realme GT. He is the only smartphone sold below 600 euros with a Snapdragon 888. It is the only real affordable gaming smartphone. However, thanks to numerous software optimizations, it is possible to achieve a good gaming experience with less ambitious chipsets. We think for example of the Dimensity 1200 of the OnePlus Nord 2. From this observation was born the Realme GT Master Edition, a light version of the Realme GT. Is this a good formula for gaming? Does it have other assets? Answers in this comprehensive test.
Our video test
|Dimensions and weight||159.2 x 73.5 x 8.0 (glass)
159.2 x 73.5 x 8.7 mm (vegetable leather)
174 grams (glass)
180 grams (vegetable leather)
FHD + (2400 x 1080 pixels)
409 pixels per inch
Sampling: 360 Hz
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 (6nm)|
|BONE||Android 11 + Realme UI 2.0|
|Main sensor||64 MP, f / 1.8, 0.8 µm, PDAF
8 MP, f / 2.3, 119˚
2 MP, f / 2.4, macro
4K @ 30 fps video
|Selfie sensor||32 MP, f / 2.5|
65 watt wired fast charge
|Biometrics||Optical impression scanner under the screen|
3.5mm jack port
Price and availability date
The Realme GT Master Edition comes in two versions. The first is sold 349 euros. It is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The second is sold 399 euros. It benefits from 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
These are the prices that position the GT Master Edition against the North range of OnePlus. And more precisely against the OnePlus Nord CE 5G (or even the OnePlus Nord 2). Equal configuration, the Realme GT Master Edition is more affordable than the Samsung Galaxy A52s, which is offered at 449 euros with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
The Realme GT Master Edition comes with several accessories in the box. A polycarbonate shell flexible which takes the design of the smartphone. A SuperDART charger that can power up to 65 watts. And a USB type-A to USB type-C cable. There is a place in the box for a pair of headphones.
For this test, Realme lent us the gray version of the GT Master Edition. Its design is quite different from that of the classic Realme GT. He’s even quite different from anything we’ve seen so far. Even if it uses fairly classic ergonomics as a whole, the Realme GT Master Edition has a shell, some parts of which are thicker than others. Designer Naoto Fukasawa, who designed this case, was inspired by the luggage. And it’s true that it easily compares to a small hard suitcase.
Each slot is spaced 18mm apart and increases the thickness of the product by 0.3mm. Note that there are also two other dresses for this smartphone: white and blue. Their design is much more classic, with a flat mineral glass back. The materials used for this phone are not all premium. If the rear shell is made of leather or glass, the frame is made of polycarbonate (taking into account the absence of separation for the antennas), glossy finish.
At the back, you will find a vertical photo module with three optics. It is not metal, but mineral glass that defines the contours of this block. The elements available on the edges are very classic. Power button on the right. Volume control and SIM drawer on the left. USB Type-C port, speaker, 3.5mm jack port and main microphone at the bottom. Secondary port at the top.
At the front, you will find a large touch screen with a punch in the upper left corner. There is a telephone headset between the screen protection glass and the polycarbonate border. Protection is preinstalled on the smartphone, as always. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the rear. And it is quite effective.
The handling of this gray version of the GT Master Edition may seem surprising. But the slots formed by the hull offer excellent grip, especially for playing. In addition, vegetable leather has fewer fingerprints and is less slippery than mineral glass or shiny plastic. Even if it lacks elegance, this design is a very pleasant surprise.
Now let’s talk in more detail about the screen. This is a very similar panel to that of the Realme GT. We find the same screen size of 6.43 inch in 20/9 format. The definition is Full HD +, as before, that is to say a resolution of 409 pixels per inch. This is good enough for almost all the usual uses with a smartphone.
The nature of the backlight is Super AMOLED, unchanged here either. The promise: infinite contrast ratios and deep blacks. And this is confirmed with our probe. Realme announces that the GT Master Edition is able to display 100% of the sample colors DCI-P3. As always with Realme, the display has three color profiles: vivid (dedicated to DCI-P3), soft (sRGB sample) and intense.
The soft profile is the best of the three, as before. The average Delta E is 2.7. Which is pretty good (without being excellent either). The average temperature is 6567 °, what is excellent. The average gamma is 2.3. The least respected colors are blues. The lively mode, set by default, is less respectful. Average Delta E at 3.8. Average gamma still at 2.3. Average temperature at 7300 °. And almost half the colors above a Delta E of 4.
The maximum automatic brightness of the panel announced by Realme is 1000 nits. We naturally noticed lower figures in manual mode. Between 460 and 500 nits depending on the display mode. These are not bad numbers, but they are below the best in the field, at the same price.
The GT Master Edition uses the refresh rate of 120 Hz. There are three settings for the refresh: always at 60 Hz, always at 120 Hz and a dynamic mode which changes between the two rates depending on the application. The sampling frequency is 360 Hz, or three times the refreshment. It’s pretty high. And that’s very good.
The GT Master Edition is based on Realme UI, Of course. The installed version is numbered 2.0. It looks a lot like ColorOS 11. And it is based on Android 11. It takes all the advantages and adds certain ergonomic elements, as well as a range of homemade applications.
Unlike other Chinese ROMs, Realme UI (like ColorOS) activates the application drawer by default. It is of course possible to deactivate it in the options. Like ColorOS, Realme UI offers many options for customizing the interface, wallpapers, and information displayed on the lock screen. The options are not yet as numerous as those of ColorOS, however.
An interesting feature is the lock screen wallpaper. Like Windows 10, for example, the operating system regularly change the image of this screen (if you wish it). It is also possible to switch between images without unlocking the phone. This function is not present in ColoroS. This is good news.
On the gaming side, you will find the Games Space, which allows you to optimize smartphone performance and block certain notifications. Some additional options have been incorporated, in particular the possibility of preload in ram the games you play most often to speed up their launch, or the possibility of lower the screen resolution if a game is not Full HD compatible, only HD only. These are good ideas that are not offered at ColorOS.
There are quite a few preinstalled applications: there are system software, the usual Google Play skewer, a few applications from Realme and Oppo, as well as business partners. We crossed Netflix, Facebook, LinkedIn, WPS Office and PUBG Mobile for the gaming deposit.
Let’s move on to performance. The Realme GT Master Edition is equipped with a Snapdragon 778. It is a SoC that replaces the Snapdragon 765G and the Snapdragon 750. And you find in the Motorola Edge 20, the Galaxy A52s or the Honor 50 and 50 Pro. This is a very interesting chipset, because it offers theoretically good performance while being quite energy efficient. We could compare it to a “Lite” version of the Snapdragon 888.
This is the first time that we have tested the Snapdragon 778 in our columns. We will therefore compare it to the performance of the Dimensity 1200, tested with the Nord 2, and to the performance of the Snapdragon 765G (Motorola Edge, Vivo X51, Oppo Find X2 Lite, etc.).
The SoC is accompanied here by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Note that, by default, 3 GB of virtual RAM (a portion of the storage space transformed into RAM) are enabled by default. You can assign less (2 GB) or more (5 GB, provided you have available space). You can also deactivate this function.
The little surprise on the cake is the appearance of a “GT” mode (in addition to the performance mode of the games area), which is activated using a button in the quick settings area. This is a mode that optimizes the performance of the chipset. When you activate this mode for the first time, the phone tells you that it is not only energy intensive, but that it may also go mobile. This is encouraging. Only we couldn’t help but try it out.
Let’s take a closer look at the results obtained by the Realme GT Master Edition and its Snapdragon 778. On AnTuTu, they reach the bar of 520,000 points. We are therefore well above the Snapdragon 750 (Vivo V21 for example) and the Snapdragon 765 (Vivo X51). This is a very good first news. Note that the smartphone even grazes the 540,000 points if GT mode is active. The difference remains “negligible”, since it is less than 5%. But it does, in some cases, avoid some slowdowns.
The 3D Mark benchmarks confirm this good trend. No “Slingshot” test is exceeded. But here we are also above the results of previous Snapdragon 7XXes. On the other hand, we note that we are below the Dimensity 1200 from MediaTek, which we find for example in the OnePlus Nord 2. Too bad.
The WildLife stress test tells us two more things. First, when the platform is under pressure, it offers identical performance at the beginning or at the end. Its stability is exemplary: more than 99%. This means that there is a difference of less than 1% between performance at the start and performance at the end of the session. This is very good news, because while the flow may not be optimal, it will not decrease.
Second information, the processor does not heat up too much. The temperature is never passed above 40 ° C. And it only slightly exceeds 35 ° C. So there is no risk of overheating here, even if the gaming session drags on. It also means that the energy loss in heat is moderate. This is good news for autonomy.
Let’s talk about autonomy. The battery of the Realme GT Master Edition is a model 4300 mAh. It’s a shame: this capacity is 200 mAh lower than that of the original GT battery. So, at first glance, it’s quite disappointing. However, consumption (excluding GT mode) is lower, the SD778 consuming less energy than the SD888. Theoretically, the processor therefore partly compensates for this slightly less generous battery.
Really, what is the autonomy of the Realme GT Master Edition? As always, there are two answers to this question. The first concerns the players. Those who want to play Genshin Impact for example. Depending on the quality of the graphics, the autonomy of the smartphone ranges from 3 hours to 6 hours. 3 hours with the best quality. 6 with the worst quality. These figures are confirmed by 3DMark stress tests.
The second answer concerns those who don’t play (or those who don’t play every day). The autonomy of the Realme GT Master Edition with normal use (telephony, messaging, social networks, Internet, simple games, streaming) is included between a day and a day and a half approximately. This is a result within the market average.
Once the smartphone has been discharged, it is time to charge it. The Realme GT Master Edition is, like the Realme GT, fast charging compatible ” SuperDART , A more than first cousin of Oppo’s Super VOOC. The maximum power is 65 watts. And if you already have a 65-watt compatible Oppo smartphone, its charger will be compatible with the GT Master Edition. It’s very useful.
Charging is very fast. With the phone switched off and the battery empty, the GT Master Edition is recharged at 99% in 35 minutes. It’s a very good performance. Too bad it takes another 10 minutes to fill up the remaining percent to get to 100%. We believe this is a protection of the charging system to prevent damage to the battery. Remember that the Realme GT took less than 40 minutes to reach 100% (with a more generous battery).
On the audio side, we have two important remarks about the GT Master Edition. The first is the presence of a 3.5mm mini jack port on the lower edge. This is rather good news, since, thanks to it, you will be able to use your headphones to enjoy great game music and soundtracks from movies and series. The jack port here does not benefit from advanced processing, like that of the ROG Phone 5.
Second remark, there is onlya single speaker in this smartphone. The telephone earpiece does not double as a secondary speaker. It’s a shame, even if the setup is often wobbly, because asymmetric, it offers more power and better immersion. We are therefore satisfied here with a single loudspeaker, placed on one side and often obstructed by a finger. We hope that this point will be reinforced in a next generation.
Finally, let’s finish this test with photography. Let’s briefly introduce the sensors present here. Briefly, because it is very much the same camera equipment as in the Realme GT. 64 megapixel main sensor with lens opening at f / 1.8 and phase detection autofocus (shooting in 16 megapixels by default).
8 megapixel sensor with ultra wide-angle lens (119 ° viewing angle) opening at f / 2.2 without autofocus. 2 megapixel sensor with macro lens opening at f / 2.4. And 32 megapixel selfie sensor with lens opening at f / 2.5. This last sensor, larger than that of the Realme GT Master Edition, is the only novelty in the photo.
Let’s move on to the results. Overall, the photos produced by the Realme GT Master Edition are correct, but not surprising. The main sensor is of course the master card here: the pictures benefit from beautiful colors and a lot of light (sometimes even a little too much). The contrast could be better. At night, the results remain correct, but without stabilization, we lose nose down and precision. Night mode provides details in the shadows, but tends to lower the color temperature, to draw red, going so far as to distort some of them.
The main sensor is responsible for portraits and digital zoom (up to a 30x ratio). In the first exercise, the results are clean, day or night, with beautiful blurred backgrounds and precise clipping. The digital zoom remains good up to the 5x ratio, then loses considerably in quality. The fault is mainly due to the lack of stabilizer. At night, even the 5x ratio is no longer qualitative enough, despite the addition of light. The noise is omnipresent there. It is also with the 2x report, but it is still sufficiently contained.
The wide-angle sensor offers good results during the day. The colors are natural. And the light is under control. Be careful, however, of the unsightly blurs that appear in the corners, because of the distortions. The sensor offers a definition of 8 megapixels, it is strongly recommended not to zoom, because you will quickly be overwhelmed by noise. Also note that this sensor fails to focus on an object too close. When the day falls, the quality becomes low. Night mode provides a lot of detail in the shadows, but does not improve the noise problem.
The macro sensor is almost anecdotal. With a 2-megapixel photo only, you don’t have to want to print the photo on paper. The colors are degraded. Details are smoothed out. On your smartphone screen, it looks correct. But once the image is displayed on a computer screen, it is terrible.
Let’s finish with the selfie sensor. This is certainly the best surprise of the GT Master Edition. He makes beautiful self-portraits, day and night. Beautiful colors. Good balance. Nice pique. Many details. Be careful here in portrait mode where skin smoothing is enabled by default (at 30%). If you want to look natural, don’t hesitate to turn them off. In addition, you also gain in sharpness.
The Realme GT Master Edition is a pleasant smartphone to watch, learn and use. It benefits from a good screen, very efficient fast charging and a technical platform that offers a good balance between power and energy consumption. The Snapdragon 778 shows great qualities here, served by a fluid and easy-to-use interface. The few exclusive additions to the Realme UI Games Room are a nice surprise.
However, the Realme GT Master Edition, beyond its beautiful hull, lacks elements for not only assert itself as a gaming smartphone (unlike the Realme GT which has the means), but also for to distinguish oneself sharper competition in its price segment. The photo, battery life, audio are average. Nothing more. And maybe it’s this lack of roughness that is lacking in a smartphone that’s as smooth on the inside as it’s not on the outside.