The Realme GT5 Pro Is Live in China (And Will Never Go Global)

Imagine releasing a decent phone but not bringing it worldwide. Shame.

Just a week ago, Realme launched its last flagship killer this year, the GT5 Pro. It appears to be China-only and that the company has no plans bringing it on a global scale. Which is a shame because the phone is packing with some outstanding specs. (But really, can we talk about that logo placement?)

The design seems to be taken from Oppo’s Find X6 series but it overall resembles the Huawei Mate 50 Pro more, especially with the camera island. Expect that next year, phones with huge circular bumps are going to be the hot trending design. This was popularized by Huawei and later, Honor. Also, the phone’s back is made of vegan leather. In a way, the phone is Realme’s answer to the OnePlus 12. Some say the two are even related. If you own the GT5, you can tell a big difference here as that phone has a more over-the-top design.

The phone’s display is a 1.5K OLED with 1.2K (2780x1264px) resolution. Of course, it has a high refresh rate, an adaptive one at that from 0.5Hz to 144Hz. Impressive how it can scale this far and have a wide range of refresh rates. Also, the screen is painstakingly bright, so bright that it can potentially blind you but also makes it very useful at night. This screen has a total of 4500nits of brightness and we’re not sure how this passed TUV-Rheinland’s safety standards.

As expected, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 powers the phone. It initially has 12GB RAM but can go all the way to 16GB. Also, there’s a choice between 256, 512, or 1TB internal storage. We’re not exactly sure when will Realme implement OnePlus’ physical 24GB RAM option but there will be a time.

Sony’s 50MP Lytia LYT-808 camera sensor once again makes a stark appearance. The phone is targeted for gamers so cameras are not that huge of a priority. This sensor is paired with an 8MP Sony IMX355 ultrawide and another 50MP for telephoto (Sony IMX890 this time). On the bright side, these two cameras are actually real cameras and they function. The OnePlus 12 shares the same LYT-808 sensor. Meanwhile, the telephoto camera is taken directly from the Find X6 Pro so we’re expecting outstanding-quality shots here.

For the front camera, Realme opted go for a 32MP Sony IMX615 sensor with f/2.45 aperture and 90-degrees field of view. Yes, the brand took some notes and this can record in 4K@30fps.

The phone has raised the stakes for battery life. It has a 5400mAh battery which is bigger than your usual 5000mAh cells. Completing that is a 100W SuperVOOC fast charging on a USB-C 3.0 port as well as 50W fast wireless charging. Reverse charging is supported but it is capped at 10W.

As for the audiophiles out there, you’ll be happy to hear that your gaming sessions are immersive and loud thanks to its stereo speakers with Hi-Res certification and Dolby Atmos modification. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner (obviously) and 5G connectivity. The phone features a triple heatsink, each covering an area of 12,000 sqm, for a grand total of 36,132 sqm of graphene sheet. It does not have the best IP rating but it’s better than nothing and certainly more so than your normal flagship killer. The phone is IP64 rated so it could survive some splashes of water but a whole speck of dust.

It is available in three colours: Red Rock, Bright Moon, and Starry Night. Prices begin at CNY 3,999 (~PHP 31.5K) with 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM. Meanwhile, the highest-end 16/1TB is priced at CNY 4,299 (~PHP 33.8K). As mentioned in the title, the phone will not be seeing the international market, so that’s another flagship phone missed. On the bright side, the very similar OnePlus 12 is available globally.

Source: Realme China