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realme GT6 Unboxing and First Impressions

We look closer at the upcoming realme GT6 with the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, 6,000 nits 120Hz FHD+ LTPO screen, and 5,500mAh battery with 120W charging.
realme GT6 Unboxing and First Impressions
realme GT6 with the two-tone design

The GT Series is realme's flagship line and is confirmed to return to the Philippine market.

The new handset comes with a 6,000 nits 120Hz curved 8T LTPO OLED screen, a 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen3 5G octa-core processor, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 5,500mAh battery with 120W SUPERVOOC fast charging.

At the back are the 50MP main camera, 50MP telephoto camera, and an 8MP 112-degree ultra-wide angle camera with an LED flash. In front is the 32MP selfie camera.

Unique features include NFC, IR Blaster, an In-display fingerprint scanner with heart rate measurement, stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.4, 5G, WiFi, Antenna Array Matrix System, and dual nano-SIM support.

Let's take a look at it.


realme GT6's box
realme GT6's box

It comes in elegant black and yellow packaging with realme and AI branding, key features, and regulatory information. 
Box inclusions
Box inclusions

Inside the box are the phone, the dark blue silicone case, the 120W SUPERVOOC wall adapter, the 12A USB-A to USB-C cable, the SIM ejector, and documentation. 

There are no included earphones in the box.

Build Quality/Design

realme GT6's curved rear panel with two-tone motif
realme GT6's curved rear panel with a two-tone motif

At first glance, the phone looks stunning because of the front and rear curved glass panels and the polycarbonate frame with a faux metal finish. The frame makes the phone solid yet lightweight, especially with the two glass panels.

Solid yet fairly lightweight

The back is interesting as below the glass panel is a light gray area and a mirror-finished area. The mirror finish makes the cameras stand out. Around each camera protrusion is a mirror-finished polycarbonate trim. Inside each protrusion is a black metal barrel that houses the camera modules with a glass cover on top.

Upon holding the phone, you immediately notice how the curved front glass panel, curved frame, and curved rear panel make the phone easy to hold. However, because of the glass panels, the phone is slippery and prone to fingerprint scanners. We recommend wearing a case right away.

It measures 162 x 75.1 x 8.6 mm and weighs 199 grams. It is IP65 water and dust resistance rated.
realme GT6's curved screen
realme GT6's curved screen

In front is the aforementioned 6.78-inch curved 8T LTPO screen with a 2,780 x 1,264 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 6,000 nits peak brightness, 2,160Hz PWM Dimming, and a 2,500Hz instantaneous touch sampling rate.

One of the best displays for mobile phones around

The screen has the following certifications: TUV Rheinland Flicker Free, AI Eye Protection, SGS Sun Glare Certification, SGS AI Eye Protection, SGS 5-star eSports Display, and Dolby Vision Playback & Capture.

Around the panel are super slim bezels with the bottom bezel being the thickest at 1.94mm. The punch hole with the selfie camera is on the upper part of the panel. Above it and inside the top bezel is the super slim earpiece.
Top and bottom view
Top and bottom view

On top are the top-firing speaker, IR blasters, and microphone port while at the bottom are the bottom-firing speaker grills, USB-C port, microphone port, and the SIM tray.
SIM tray with red rubber gasket
SIM tray with red rubber gasket

The SIM tray accommodates up to two nano SIM cards and has a rubber gasket. This reinforces the phone's IP65 water and dust resistance rating.
Left and right sides
Left and right sides

On the left is a smooth surface while on the right are the polycarbonate volume rocker and the power button. Both buttons have a nice resistance to them while feeling satisfying when pressed.
Rear cameras
Rear cameras

The back has the 50MP f/1.69 main camera with a 1/1.4-inch Sony LYT808 sensor with OIS, a 50MP f/2.0 2x telephoto camera with a 1/2.8-inch Samsung JN5 sensor, and an 8MP 112-degree ultra-wide angle camera with a 1/4-inch Sony IMX355 sensor with an LED flash.

While in front is the 32MP f/2.45 selfie camera with a 1/2.74-inch Sony IMX615 sensor.

The included modes of the stock camera app include Photo, Video, Portrait, Pro, Street, Hi-Res, Slo-Mo, Dual-View Video, Group Portrait, Movie, Long Exposure, Starry Mode, Night, Pano, Time-Lapse, Text Scanner and Tilt-Shift.

The Pro controls include EV (+-3), the file format (JPG, RAW, RAW+), ISO (50-3,200), Shutter speed (1/8000-30 secs), Focus, and White Balance.

Added features include Aspect Ratio, Timer, Histogram, Interval Shooting, and Focus Peaking.

The Portrait Mode is equally robust with bokeh strength control (f/1.4-16), and Beautifcations and it allows switching between 1x and 2x cameras.

Stay tuned for more of our camera samples article featuring the phone's photos coming soon.

Quick thoughts

GIZGUIDEPH web surfing
GIZGUIDEPH web surfing

Depending on the price, the realme GT6 could be one of the more appealing smartphone options because of its near bleeding-edge flagship specs including the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, 6,000nits 120Hz LTPO screen, 120W charging, IR blaster, stereo speakers and IP65 water and dust resistance rating.

Near top-tier for us!

On paper, realme has found the right areas to trade off to keep the price down while offering near-top-tier performance for 2024. The use of the polycarbonate frame and the 8MP ultra-wide camera is an example.

But do not discount its 32MP selfie, 50MP main, 50MP telephoto, and 8MP ultra-wide cameras as they can compete with smartphone cameras in its expected price range.

So far we are excited to see how far the GT6 can perform so we will be using it as one of our main phones. 

Stay tuned for the camera samples and the full review soon.

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