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The Realme GT Neo 3 launches for less than its OnePlus rival in India

The new GT Neo 3. (Source: Realme)
The new GT Neo 3. (Source: Realme)
The GT Neo 3 is now officially one of Realme India's newest products. The Android 12-powered smartphone comes with a choice of batteries that charge at either 80 or 150 watts (W), much like its OnePlus equivalent the 10R. However, in an awkward twist of events, the Realme version has started as the cheaper option.

Realme has made the GT Neo 3 official in India. There is not much getting away from the fact that this phone is a practically 1-to-1 rehash of the OnePlus 10R, which beat it onto the same market by 1 day yesterday (April 28, 2022). Then again, as it turns out, the latest version works out as the slightly less expensive option.

The GT Neo 3 has arrived on Indian shores in 3 variants, with 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB or top-end 12GB/256GB RAM/internal storage configurations. Of these, only the last has the smartphone's new special selling-point of 150W charging. 

The 8GB SKUs have slower, yet still high-end, 80W SuperVOOC SuperDart charging, which is paired to 5,000mAh batteries, while the 150W Edition has to use a smaller one of 4,500mAh in capacity. Therefore, the OEM asserts that its Indian fans can get the GT Neo 3 that is best for them.

They can also undercut OnePlus in the process, as the 8GB+128GB Neo 3 has debuted at INR 36,999 (~US$484), compared to INR 38,999 (~$510) for the 10R of the same configuration. Furthermore, the Realme's 8GB+256GB SKU is not available in alternatively-branded forms, and is also priced at INR 38,999.

Furthermore, the GT Neo 3 150W Edition - which has pretty much the same specs as the "10R Endurance Edition" - has been unveiled as the cheaper of the 2, at INR 42,999 (~$562). Then again, OnePlus can argue that it offers the phone as a 12GB/256GB option without the 150W charging.

In addition, the 10R's SoC is the Dimensity 8100-MAX as opposed to the standard 8100 in the Neo 3, although any putative advantage held by the former has yet to materialize in independent testing.

Nevertheless, it also remains that the GT Neo 3 is the only device of its triangle-camera design and racing-themed rear panels in either black-striped Sprint White or white-striped purplish Nitro Blue finishes. It can be ordered via realme.com/in, from May 4, 2022 - Realme's birth-date as a brand.

Alternatively, the GT Neo 3 or Neo 3 150W Edition comes in Asphalt Black. (Source: Realme)
Alternatively, the GT Neo 3 or Neo 3 150W Edition comes in Asphalt Black. (Source: Realme)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-29 (Update: 2022-04-29)