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Realme’s GT5 Pro: The New Flagship Contender


Global Milestone

Realme has rapidly become a major player in the smartphone market, now boasting over 200 million units shipped worldwide. The company’s latest offering, the GT5 Pro, launched in China on December 7th, marks Realme’s first foray into the true flagship territory.

Dual-Engine Flagship

The GT5 Pro is poised to be a powerhouse with a perfect balance between performance and camera capabilities. It features the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset and boasts an impressive triple camera setup, including the industry’s largest IMX890 periscope telephoto lens. The device also comes with a 3VC Iceberg Cooling System to keep it running smoothly.

Evolution of Design

From the paper-like back panel of the GT2 Pro to the customizable RGB light of the GT3, Realme’s design philosophy has evolved significantly. The GT5 Pro sports a clean, sleek look with a prominent round camera island, dubbed the “Star Trail lens,” which adds a touch of luxury. Available in three colors, the device offers a choice between textured vegan leather and a glass back panel.

Handling and Build

At around 218 grams, the GT5 Pro feels balanced in hand, thanks to its center-circle design. A round shiny aluminum copper frame provides strength without discomfort. However, the fingerprint sensor’s placement might require a thumb stretch for unlocking, but palm gesture unlocking is also an option—albeit with room for improvement.

Camera Capabilities

The GT5 Pro’s 50MP main camera produces vibrant, detailed daylight photos and performs well in low-light situations. The telephoto lens impresses with its 2.7x optical zoom and macro mode, while the ultra-wide camera offers decent dynamic range. Selfie enthusiasts will find the front camera to be more than adequate.

Display and Performance

With a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 4,500 nits, the GT5 Pro’s display is designed to impress. Underneath, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip powers the device, which is available with up to 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. The 3VC Iceberg Cooling System ensures the phone stays cool under pressure.

Software and Battery Life

The GT5 Pro runs on Realme UI 5.0 based on Android 14 and introduces palm unlock and air gestures—features that could use some refinement. A hefty 5,400 mAh battery provides all-day endurance, complemented by 100W wired and 50W wireless charging capabilities.

Sustainability and Price Point

While the GT5 Pro doesn’t boast the same sustainability credentials as its predecessors, it still represents a strong commitment to eco-friendly technology. Priced at approximately US$490, the GT5 Pro is an exceptional value, though it is currently only available in China.

Final Impressions

Realme’s GT5 Pro is an impressive entry into the premium smartphone segment. Despite some areas needing polish, the device shines with its stylish design, strong camera performance, especially in low-light, vivid display, and fast charging. It’s a well-rounded device that offers flagship features at a more accessible price point.

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