The phone is identical to the Neo, which further confuses customers. The Q3s is a typical Realme phone
Realme has released another phone in the GT Neo lineup. Realme is no stranger when it comes to confusing customers which device is which, just like their competitor Xiaomi. They really wanna give their salespeople and customers a headache don’t they? At least with Xiaomi and their business model, they don’t have to worry about that.
Recently, Realme has released the Neo 2. Just now, they released an “updated” or derivative version called the Neo 2T. It has very typical specs like any other “flagship-killer” performance phones.
Starting with the display, it’s a FHD+ SAMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate with support to DC Dimming, 1000 nits peak brightness and DCI-P3 colour gamut
The phone uses a chipset identical to the OnePlus Nord 2, the Mediatek Dimensity 1200 Ai. However, Realme said that the company has worked with Mediatek to create a custom version of the chipset thanks to the Open Resource Architecture program.
The cameras are also typical to that of any flagship killer: the same old 64mp main, 8mp ultrawide and 2mp macro. Just like the original Neo. It also has the same 16mp camera. The phone has kept the 3.5mm audio port. In addition to that connectivity, you also have support for NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and USB-C.
The battery is also identical to the Neo, having a 4500mAh capacity battery and 65W fast charging. Take note that the Neo only has 50W fast charging which Realme may have regretted considering they rereleased the phone (again, under a new name, another shady marketing tactic) with 65W fast charging called the Realme GT Neo Flash. The phone launches with Android 11 with Realme’s RealmeUI 2.0 out of the box.
The phone is actually identical to the original Realme GT Neo. In fact IT IS THE REALME GT NEO, just with a name change and some minor alterations. Both phones have the same dimensions, same chipset (although the Neo 2T uses the AI version like the Nord 2) and the same design overall. This is quite a shady marketing tactic that only gives customers a disadvantage into believing they are buying an entirely new device. Another minor difference is the new back finish. The new Neo 2T uses glass for the back while the original used plastic. Due to this reason, and probably the only major reason, the Neo 2T is costlier. But hey, if you wanted a more premium GT Neo, then the Neo 2T is for you. Long story short, the Neo 2T is a more premium version of the original Neo with a glass back finish instead of plastic.
- 8/128: CNY 2099 (~Php 16.7K)
- 8/256: CNY 2299 (~Php 18.3K)
- 12/256: CNY 2599 (~Php 20.7K)
The Realme Q3s is a midranger, a typical high-end midranger. In comparison to the GT Neo series, this phone is a much more toned-down version. First off, you get a 6.6in. IPS LCD panel instead of AMOLED. However this is partly compensated by the fact that it comes with an even higher refresh rate, at 144Hz. The phone uses the same chipset as the GT Master, the Snapdragon 778G. In China, this chipset is paired with 6 or 8GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage.
The phone’s camera is “mediocre” to say the least. It comes with pretty much a gimmicky set of 48mp main and two 2mp depth and macro. Nothing special here. Seeing that the phone is pretty much a sacrificial lamb for that 144Hz refresh rate, it’s no wonder it got this type of camera modules. The selfie camera remains at a typical 16mp resolution.
The battery wasn’t also saved from being downgraded. Sure, you get a 5000mAh battery, but this comes at a cost. Instead of 50 or 65W, you’re getting 30W fast charging. It’s pretty fast, yes. But in comparison to the GT Neo, it’s lackluster. Please do mind that the phone is targeted for consumers who wanted a phone with a super-fast display, mainly gamers.
As for the price, well… It’s above. Below is the conversion. The phone comes in Night Sky Blue and Nebula colour schemes.
- 6/128: CNY 1499 (~Php 11.9K)
- 8/128: CNY 1599 (~Php 12.7K)
- 8/256: CNY 1999 (~Php 15.9K)
Both are currently released in China. We’re waiting for international availability, if that ever happens.