This story was originally published on July 21, 2021, and last updated on September 24, 2021.
realme’s latest collaboration with Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa brings us the realme GT Master Explorer or Exploration Edition and Master or Discovery Edition. The gray and apricot color options for the aptly named GT Master Explorer Edition feature a textured back that reminds us of suitcases, making us itch to travel again. According to GizChina, these two also adopt the industry’s first 3D plain leather craft.
The realme GT Master Explorer Edition comes equipped with a 6.5-inch Samsung AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch response rate, and 1,100nits maximum brightness. This display is also HDR10+ certified.
This handset runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset paired with Android 11-based realme UI 2.0 and up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Its 4,500mAh battery supports 65W super-fast charging, so it’ll take you less than an hour to top it up. Other features you can expect include dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and NFC (for the enhanced version).
When it comes to its cameras, the realme GT Master Explorer Edition comes with a primary 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor the company co-developed with Sony. This sensor supports OIS, full-pixel omnidirectional focusing, and hardware-level stacked DOL-HDR for improved picture quality. It also has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX481 ultra-wide sensor with a 123-degree field of view and a macro lens. There’s another Sony sensor on the front, but this time, it’s a 32-megapixel shooter.
This realme GT Master series introduces a street photography mode through its new collaboration with Kodak, which the company claims supports ultra-clear capture through built-in three filters and other functions.
Meanwhile, the realme GT Master Edition has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage like the GT Master Explorer. This handset runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
It comes with a triple camera array on the back, including a 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a slightly smaller 4,300mAh battery that still supports 65W fast charging. This model also features vapor chamber cooling technology and support for Hi-Res Audio. But it loses the stereo speakers of its more expensive sibling.
There are new Snow Mountain and Dawn color options for the GT Master Edition that are more typical multicolored shades offered by realme.
According to Gadgets 360, The realme GT Master Explorer Edition costs CNY 2,899 (around USD 448, PHP 22,556) for the 8GB + 128GB option and CNY 3,199 (around USD 494, PHP 24,890) for the 12GB + 256GB variant.
The realme GT Master Edition‘s 8GB + 128GB variant retails for CNY 2,399 (around USD 370, PHP 18,665), while the 12GB + 256GB model starts at CNY 2,599 (around USD 402, PHP 20,222).
The realme GT Master series is now available for pre-order in China, with its launch happening on July 29. There is no word yet about international availability.
For Filipinos waiting for the realme GT Master series, the company has just brought in the realme GT Master Edition with a starting price of PHP 18,990. It’s available in two configurations: 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. The 128GB carries the price mentioned earlier, while the 256GB option is priced at PHP 21,990. It will be available in Voyager Grey and Daybreak Blue.
You can buy the phone on Lazada or pre-order the 256GB version offline. The company is holding the pre-order period starting today, September 24, until October 1, where you’ll get a free realme Smart Scale, too. You can claim your new phone between October 2 and 3.
UPDATE 1: 2021/09/24 10:46 P.M. GMT+8 BY NICOLE BATAC
Added local pricing and availability details
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