Realme GT 6T review: A smooth operator

After being away from the market for two years, Realme recently introduced its GT series. The Realme GT 6T is the 'comeback' product for the Chinese smartphone maker in the GT series. The GT series is a step up from the number series sold by the company. Realme introduced the GT series along the lines of affordable premium phones – in other words, packing relatively premium features in a low-cost package. Can the GT 6T give tough competition to its competitors? We tested the smartphone and here is our full review.

Realme is positioning the GT 6T as a premium device and it starts with the packaging. The smartphone looks quite classy in a sleek back box. The case that comes with it also gives a premium touch. Inside the box, you get the usual stuff – a Type-C cable, SIM ejector tool and a 120W SuperVOOC charger. It's good to see that Realme is offering a charging adapter as there are many brands that have stopped doing so in this segment.

The Realme GT 6T is an attractive looking phone and that's because of its shiny, glossy finish. The Fluid Silver colour variant we got had a dual-tone design on the back. It has a shiny – almost mirror-like – finish that makes for quite a different look. And it's nicely different but the design can be polarising, at least in the silver colour. The mirror-like finish means there are a lot of smudges and fingerprints that leave their mark (unintentionally).

Realme GT 6T back

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Just like the frame, the back is also made of plastic, yet the edges are flat, making the phone comfortable to hold. It is slim and measures around 8.65mm in thickness. The phone doesn't feel like you are carrying an accessory in your pocket, as it weighs around 191 grams.

The buttons are placed on the right side while there is an IR blaster at the top of the phone, which allows you to use the smartphone as a remote control for TVs and other devices. The speaker grille, SIM-card tray, and charging port are placed at the bottom.

On the front, there is a 6.78-inch AMOLED display that offers 1.5k resolution and the now standard 120Hz refresh rate. Offering 1.5k resolution is a good move from Realme as text is clear and crisp and offers great clarity. Colours are accurately portrayed and watching videos is a pleasure as there is ample clarity. Even in direct sunlight, you won’t have any trouble reading text on the Realme GT 6T or have to squint your eyes too much.

The LTPO panel ensures that the display adjusts to the refresh rate. If you are gaming on the phone, the refresh rate increases and the display remains responsive and fluid.

The display also houses a fingerprint scanner which we found to be accurate and responsive. The placement of the display is a little lower than we are used to, but we quickly got used to it.

The biggest feature of the display is its low bezels. There is ample space on the screen and Realme has done a good job in reducing them.

Realme GT 6T review: Performance, battery life

The Realme GT 6T is the first smartphone in the country to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 chipset. It has up to 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. However, the base model has 128GB of UFS 3.1.

When it comes to everyday tasks, the Realme GT 6T can easily be called an impressive performer. The smartphone handles multitasking quite easily and effective RAM management ensures that it stays fast. Switching between apps is a breeze and the phone is extremely responsive. Qualcomm has done a great job tuning its latest chipset.

The GT series was known for its gaming prowess and the 6T lives up to that legacy. It may not be the best but it is certainly impressive when it comes to gaming. We tried our hands on crowd favourites like Call of Duty Mobile or Shadow Fight and found that the GT 6T does a very competent job even at high-frame rates.

There was no noticeable heating of the device even after long gaming sessions. In fact, in our time with the Realme GT 6T, we never noticed the phone heating up – be it while gaming or shooting videos. Realme has installed a large refined vapor chamber and it has the Iceberg vapor cooling system. The system lives up to its name and does a commendable job of keeping the phone cool.

The Realme GT 6T runs on RealmeUI 5.0 based on Android 14. It has a few pre-installed apps, but not as many as we have seen in Realme's entry-level or budget phones. RealmeUI has features like File Dock and Microsoft Phone Link Experience and the interface is quite smooth. Realme says the phone will get three years of OS updates and four years of security patches, which is common in this price range.
Impressive battery life is another highlight of the Realme GT 6T. The smartphone can last up to 8-9 hours on moderate to heavy usage like using the camera, watching videos, and doing day-to-day tasks.

Realme GT 6T review: Camera

The camera setup of the Realme GT 6T has many great specifications. The primary rear camera has a 50MP sensor, which uses the Sony LYT-600 sensor with an f/1.88 aperture lens. Apart from this, it also has an 8MP Sony IMX355 sensor which is equipped with a wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.

In daylight, the Realme GT 6T delivers commendable photo quality, although it falls short of the top-tier standards set by other flagship devices and some competitors in this price range. Photos offer adequate clarity and details, but fall short at times. The clarity and details are thanks to the Hyper Light Engine.

No phone camera comes without some AI chops these days, and the GT 6T is no different. The camera's AI capabilities enhance scene depth and subject recognition, improving subject isolation. The camera has some great features, such as Quick Shot and Target Zooming, which are fun to use and can be quite effective.

What's new is a new algorithm called HyperShot 2.0 image architecture. Realme claims that it speeds up data processing from the camera sensor and includes an improved anti-shake algorithm. Results? Overall, it works quite well as HDR photos come out really good but at times the colours are a bit too boosted for our liking. The low-light mode works quite well and the camera activates night mode when needed.

The video recording capabilities of the Realme GT 6T allow you to capture 4K footage at up to 60fps thanks to its 50MP primary camera. The video quality is consistent and we have no complaints.

The Realme GT 6T has a 32MP Sony IMX615 sensor. The front camera does a good job at taking portraits, but that's not what's expected from a Sony sensor.

Realme GT 6T review: Verdict

The Realme GT 6T has remarkable hardware and delivers solid performance everywhere. Its design is sleek and distinct and the display is one of the best aspects of the phone. In terms of performance, it is a smooth operator and the battery life will definitely impress you.

The Realme GT 6T starts at Rs 30,990 and is a pretty attractive package at this price. Of course, there are some software shortcomings, but that doesn't diminish the GT 6T's position. If you're looking to buy a phone under Rs 35,000, the Realme GT 6T definitely deserves more than a look.

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