The Hot Topic: Fast Charging on the GT Neo 5 and the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Protocessor, Released at Mobile World Congress
We are at the point of diminishing returns with fast charging on phones. The GT Neo 5 has a 4,600mAh battery and Realme says it can be charged to 100 percent in nine and a half minutes. That’s super fast, but it’s also basically the same as what Redmi was claiming the 210W charging on the Note 12 Discovery Edition could achieve last year (although admittedly it has a slightly smaller 4,300mAh battery). The Realme phone can hit 20% in 80 seconds and 50% in four minutes if you want a partial charge.
The Realme GT Neo 5 has been available in China for a couple weeks now, but I say it has been announced. The makers of Realme are part of the BBK electronics group and one of the companies that showed off a 220 watt proof of concept charging tech at the yearly Mobile World Congress last year.
The Realme GT Neo 5 will only be sold in China, where it will be available in a couple of different charging configurations. The cost of the two are the same, but the cheaper version is more expensive. The price starts at $3,199 (around $472) for 16 gigabytes of RAM and 512 gigabytes of storage. The smaller version has a slightly larger battery, but it also has 150W charging. The 150W model starts at 2,599 yuan (around $383) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Aside from its charging tech, the Realme GT3 also has a neat little RGB lighting rectangle on its rear. It’s called the “Pulse Interface” and it can light up in dozens of different colors to, for example, indicate a low charge, notify you about an incoming call, or act as a countdown timer for a timed camera shot.
Otherwise, the GT Neo 5 is a fairly standard Android device. It has a 6.74-inch 1240p 144Hz The flagship processor of last year, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 runs on the display. The main sensor is 50 megahertz and includes an ultra wide sensor of 8 megahertz and a macro sensor of 2 megahertz. It’s available in white, black, or purple.
Is the Realme phone an official release in North America? Is it still an unofficial release in South America if the Phone is an Unknown Country?
With Mobile World Congress coming up in Barcelona within a week, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear more about international availability and pricing. The phone will not be an official release in North America based on Realme’s previous releases.