If you regularly find your phone’s battery indicator showing red just as you’re about to leave the house, Realme may have just unveiled the handset of your dreams.
The Chinese manufacturer has just taken the wraps off the GT Neo 5, a new smartphone that Realme claims has the fastest charging rate on the market. According to
GSM Arena, the smartphone can fully replenish from zero juice in just nine and a half minutes, thanks to its support for 240W fast charging. If you need a quick blast before rushing to get that morning train, the GT Neo 5 can hit 20 percent in a mere 80 seconds, with the 4,600 mAh battery reaching half capacity in a minuscule four minutes.
The 240W fast charging tech appears to be the same as what was shown off by Realme’s sister brand Oppo at last year’s Mobile World Congress expo, but which has so far failed to appear on any of the latter brand’s smartphones.
Featuring an eye-catching design with a glowing rectangle on the back, the new phone isn’t short on other features either, with an equally speedy Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU and a tasty 6.74-inch 10-bit, 2772 x 1240 resolution AMOLED screen that boasts a 144Hz refresh rate.
The main camera on the back has a 50MP 1.56-inch Sony IMX890 sensor, while the punch-hole selfie camera has a 16MP Samsung sensor, and the device runs on Android 13 with Realme’s UI 4.0 on top.
The bad news is that the Realme GT Neo 5 is currently only scheduled to be available in China for now, with no confirmed road map for a worldwide release.
The device is set to come in two configurations, with a “slower” 150W charging option and a larger 5,000mAh battery set to be priced at 2,599 yuan (around $383 or £315) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The lightning-quick 240W version is unsurprisingly the more premium offering of the two, with prices starting at 3,199 yuan (around $472 or £390) for 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Analysis: A glimpse into a fast-charging future
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Leaving aside the fact that the GT Neo 5 is likely to come with a wall wart that will take up more space in your rucksack than that handy dinky 2.5V charger you’re currently using, the arrival of 240W fast charging has us very excited.
Juicing up at these speeds is, of course, only meaningful when actual battery life is solid, so we’re fascinated to see how that 4,600 mAh pack manages to hold up with what looks like a power-hungry processor and screen.
If the phone can pair energy efficiency with those hugely impressive charging times, the Realme GT Neo 5 is likely to rank among the best phones out there. We’ll bring you all the details when the phone is released later this year.