Realme GT Neo 3 launched in India: 4 reasons to buy this flagship killer (and 3 reasons you shouldn’t)

We take a look at 4 reasons why you should buy the Realme GT Neo 3 and 3 reasons to skip it.

Realme GT Neo 3 launched in India last week as one of the first phones with 150W UltraDart charging support and the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset. The GT Neo 3 had to fill in big shoes since it comes as a successor to the GT Neo 2 that was well-received thanks to the top-end specifications like the Snapdragon 870, 120Hz AMOLED display and 65W fast charging. The handset brings improvements in terms of specifications and design-wise as well, thanks to the unique GT racing stripes.

We have already reviewed the phone and found it to be pretty impressive, mostly due to its stunning display, camera, mind-blowing charging speeds and overall aesthetics. However, this doesn’t mean the phone doesn’t have any flaws. In this story, we tell you 4 reasons why you should buy the GT Neo 3 and 3 reasons not to buy it.

4 Reasons to buy Realme GT Neo 3

Stylish Design: Design is a subjective case. The GT Neo 3 comes with a unique back panel design that is inspired by GT racing. It has stripes with slightly curved edges for a comfortable grip on hands even after extended usage. Among white and Black, the new Purple colour option looks unique and is an instant eye-pleaser.

As we said in our review, it doesn’t come across as gaudy or tacky. The white racing stripes complement the purple hue quite well. The phone has a combination of glass and metal build but that doesn’t mean, it’s heavy as the phone weighs just 188 grams.

Capable performer: The Realme GT Neo 3 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, which is the latest SoC and is on similar lines as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870/888. The performance in day to day tasks is quite impressive with occasional to no lags whatsoever. The device wasn’t heating as well thanks to its vapour cooling system that dissipates heat admirably.

The chipset is paired with 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage. The phone boots Android 12 OS out of the box. All that glitters isn’t gold, meaning there’s a downgrade to the MediaTek Dimensity 8100. Read along to know.

Incredibly fast charging: Realme GT Neo 3 features a 150W UltraDart fast charging support, which is the highest on any other phone (except for the OnePlus Ace/10R). The phone takes just 20 minutes to charge from 0 percent to 100 percent. It takes just 5 minutes to charge up to 50 percent.

There’s another version with 80W fast charging and a 5000mAh battery. This is too quite fast for a phone. Buy either of the models, you are guaranteed incredible charging speeds.

Stunning display: The Realme GT Neo 3 sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 1000Hz touch sampling rate, a 10-bit panel, and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper. The Realme GT Neo 3 ships with a dedicated display processor that can increase a game’s FPS by means of frame rate interpolation.

The phone offers smooth transitions and animations, a wider colour gamut, 1,000 nits brightness, and a 94 percent screen-to-body ratio. There’s widevine L1 support, meaning you can stream FHD content on the phone.

3 Reasons not to buy Realme GT Neo 3

Games need optimisation: Realme GT Neo 3 is one of the first to come with MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset. While this was positive with regards to performance, there’s a downside as we mentioned above. The handset has enough power to play any game thrown at it but since the chipset is new, popular games like BGMI and COD aren’t properly optimised. Just to clarify, the games run fine but the graphics are set to low and the frame rates are just in the range of 30 fps and not 90 which most gamers seem to prefer.

Ships with bloatware: Realme GT Neo 3 is a flagship phone by all means, though it is priced in the mid-range segment. A flagship phone is the one that offers a premium user experience but Realme GT Neo 3 fails to offer one. The handset ships with quite a few bloatware apps out of the box.

There are even ads on the lock screen in the form of a glance app. While most of these can be uninstalled and disabled, how many regular consumers buying the phone would be aware of the steps. All this negates the phone from being called a premium model despite being on.

Just two years of OS upgrades: Realme is promising just two years of OS upgrades to the GT Neo 3. This is a slight letdown considering there are brands that offer three to four years of OS updates.