The Realme GT range is characterized by offering high-end features at a fraction of the price. These phones do it so well that they’re sometimes contenders for our best Android phones and even for the best phones list, so we’re excited for the Realme GT 3.
We might not have to wait long either, as this powerful handset could land in early 2023. Below we’ll take a closer look at the estimated release date and potential price point, along with what little we’ve heard about its specs and features.
We’ll add it to this article as we hear more, but in the meantime, you’ll also find a list of the things we want most from the Realme GT 3.
In a nutshell
- What is it? The next powerful midranger from Realme
- when is it out Probably early 2023
- How much will it cost? Expect a mid-range price
Realme GT 3: release date and price
We don’t know when the Realme GT 3 will launch, but early 2023 seems likely since the Realme GT 2 was announced in January 2022 and the original Realme GT landed in March 2021.
Given that most phones launch about a year after their predecessors, our best guess is January 2023, but sometime in the early months of the year it seems very likely anyway.
We also don’t know what the Realme GT 3 will cost yet, but the Realme GT 2 started at £499 (around $660, AU$885), so a similar price point is possible.
But as you can see from the price conversions there, the previous model wasn’t available everywhere. While the Realme GT 3 – and all siblings like the Realme GT 3 Pro – will likely end up in the UK, we’re less sure about other regions.
Realme GT 3: news and leaks
There isn’t much news on Realme GT 3 just yet, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has been announced and while Realme hasn’t confirmed it will be using this chipset in upcoming phones, it’s likely since the Realme GT 2 Pro has been using it for a year previously the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
So we’re assuming there’s a good chance the Realme GT 3 Pro will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, although given its previous form, the standard Realme GT 3 may be stuck with an older chipset – maybe the 8 Gen 1 or 8 plus gen 1
The new Gen 2 will likely be the most powerful chipset we’ll see in Android phones for at least the first half of 2023, so the Realme GT 3 Pro won’t be a problem if it uses this silicon.
what we want to see
As great as the Realme GT 2 is – it scores 4.5 stars in our review – there’s always room for improvement, so here’s what we want to see from the Realme GT 3.
1. Better secondary cameras
The Realme GT 2’s main camera is great, but we absolutely hated the ultra-wide center and macro, so there’s definitely room for improvement on the Realme GT 3 here.
We’d like to see real improvements to the ultra-wide camera and ideally the macro snapper is either replaced with a telephoto camera or just removed altogether so Realme can focus on delivering two really good cameras.
2. More sophisticated software
While the Realme GT 2’s UI is generally both clean and customizable, it’s not quite as polished as we’d like and suffered from a number of bugs during our test.
This lack of attention to detail was disappointing, and while improvements may have been made since launch, we’d like to see a polished, bug-free user interface on the Realme GT 3 from day one.
3. Improved battery life
The Realme GT 2 doesn’t have terrible battery life, but it’s not great either, especially when using a 120Hz refresh rate – which you’ll probably want to do if you’ve spent the money on a phone with this feature.
So we’d like to see improvements for the Realme GT 3 there. The good news is that this could be easily achievable, because at 4,500mAh the Realme GT 2’s battery isn’t massive, so there should be room for a bigger one in the next model.
4. Wireless charging
While the Realme GT 2 charges at a respectable 65W when plugged in, it doesn’t charge wirelessly at all, which is a shame for a phone that has a number of other high-end specs and features.
That omission is probably one of the ways Realme has kept costs down, and the relatively affordable price point is one of the GT 2’s main selling points, so we’d like it to stay that way. But if it’s at all possible to add wireless charging to the Realme GT 3, then we would like that too.
5. Water resistance
Another likely cost-cutting measure is the lack of a water resistance rating for the Realme GT 2, but while this isn’t a super expensive phone, it’s still expensive enough that we want to be confident it can survive a splash.
Hopefully the Realme GT 3 will be waterproof, especially as this is a fairly common feature on mid-range and higher-end phones by now. It is certainly a feature that would help the Realme GT 3 stand out from its predecessors and be among the best Realme phones.