The Realme GT line excels at offering high-end features for a fraction of the price. These phones do this so well that they sometimes compete on our best Android phones and even best phones lists, so we’re looking forward to the Realme GT 3.
We might not have to wait long either, as this power-packed phone could land in early 2023. Below we’ll take a more detailed look at the potential release date and price, as well as what little we’ve heard about its specs and features.
As soon as we hear more, we’ll add it to this article, but in the meantime, you’ll also find a list of things we want most from the Realme GT 3.
cut to the chase
- What is this? Realme’s next strong mid-ranger
- When is the exit? Possibly early 2023
- How much will it cost? Expect mid-range price
Realme GT 3: release date and price
We don’t know when the Realme GT 3 will be launched, but early 2023 seems likely, given that the Realme GT 2 was announced in January 2022, and the original Realme GT landed in March 2021.
Since most phones launch about a year after their predecessors, our best guess is January 2023, but sometime in the first few months of the year seems very likely anyway.
We don’t know yet how much the Realme GT 3 will cost either, but the Realme GT 2 started at £499 (around $660, AU$885), so it’s possible to get a similar price.
But as you’ll gather from price conversions there, the previous model wasn’t available everywhere, so while the Realme GT 3 — and any siblings like the Realme GT 3 Pro — will likely land in the UK, we’re less confident about other regions.
Realme GT 3: news and leaks
There isn’t much in the way of Realme GT 3 news yet, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has been announced, and while Realme hasn’t confirmed that it will use this chipset in upcoming phones, it will likely do so, as the Realme GT 2 Pro will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a year ago.
So we think there is a high chance that the Realme GT 3 Pro will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, although based on the previous figure, the standard Realme GT 3 may be stuck with an older chipset – perhaps an 8 Gen 1 or 8 Plus gen 1.
The new second generation is likely to be the most powerful chipset we’ve seen in Android phones through at least the first half of 2023, so the Realme GT 3 Pro wouldn’t be a slouch if it made use of that silicon.
What we want to see
As much as the Realme GT 2 has – achieving 4.5 stars in our review – there’s always room for improvement, so with the Realme GT 3 we want to see the following things.
1. The best secondary cameras
The main camera on the Realme GT 2 is great, but we found the ultra-wide and macro medium to be quite poor, so there’s definitely room for improvement here on the Realme GT 3.
We’d like to see real improvements to the ultra-wide camera, and ideally to replace or remove the macro shooter for telephoto shooting altogether, so Realme can focus on offering two really good cameras.
2. More polished software
While the interface on the Realme GT 2 is generally clean and customizable, it’s not quite as polished as we’d like, and it suffered from a number of bugs during our review.
This lack of attention to detail was disappointing, and while improvements may have been made since launch, we’d like to see a polished interface that’s flawless from day one on the Realme GT 3.
3. Improved battery life
The Realme GT 2 doesn’t have terrible battery life but it’s not great, especially when using the 120Hz refresh rate — which you might want to do if you’ve spent your money on a phone with this feature.
So we’d like to see improvements there for the Realme GT 3. The good news is that this is easily achievable, because at 4,500mAh, the Realme GT 2’s battery isn’t huge, so there should be room for a bigger battery in the next model.
4. Wireless charging
While the Realme GT 2 charges a respectable 65W when plugged in, it doesn’t charge at all wirelessly, which is a shame for a phone that has a number of other high-end specs and features.
This omission is perhaps one of the ways Realme has kept costs down, and the relatively affordable price is one of the GT 2’s main selling points, so we’d like to see that continue. But if at all wireless charging can be added to the Realme GT 3, we’d love that too.
5. Water resistance
Another potential cost-cutting measure comes in the Realme GT 2’s absence of a water resistance rating, but while this isn’t an expensive phone, it’s still pricey enough that we’d like to be confident it can survive.
So we hope the Realme GT 3 will have water resistance, especially since this is a fairly common feature on mid-range phones and above. It is definitely a feature that will help the Realme GT 3 stand out from its predecessors and rank among the best Realme phones.