Realme’s latest phone comes with insanely fast 240W charging and a bright interface inspired by Nothing

The Realme GT3 240W can charge your entire phone from 0% to 100% in less than 10 minutes… and just 30 seconds of charging could give you enough battery life for a 2-hour call on a 5G network. It’s so fast that wireless charging suddenly doesn’t seem convenient anymore.

While most of Realme’s presentation at MWC was just stats, there was an excellent 80-second demo of the GT3 charging at 240W, going from 0 to an astonishing 23 percent in just 1 minute and 20 seconds. In fact, the battery consumed most of the phone’s keynote speech, with little time devoted to a “new” detail that Realme calls the pulse interface. Housed right next to the camera module, this interface borrows heavily from the back design of the Nothing (1) phone, featuring a transparent window with a rectangular LED inside it. The rectangular LED glows in 25 different colors and can be customized for a wide variety of notifications, though the most important ones are letting you know when you’re low on battery, when you receive a call/notification, and when your phone is actually charging. Additionally, you can make the lights glow ambiently while playing or listening to music, or by counting down the timer when you click a photo.

Designer: Realme

With more than 15 full minutes of the keynote being spent on the GT3’s battery alone, it’s perhaps the phone’s most notable feature. 240W charging capabilities give you 20% in less than a minute and a half, 50% in four minutes and a full 100% in less than ten minutes, making the GT3 the fastest charging phone on the planet right now and making it a red battery icon top right, a thing of the past. The fast charging feature works while the phone is in use too, with Realme boasting an o-100 in just 17 minutes if you’re playing a game.

You’d think this kind of fast charging would do an absolute number on the battery, but Realme tells us that its battery and phone architecture are designed to optimize and maintain battery health over time. For starters, the phone features three strategically placed chipsets in the phone exclusively for charging and a new stainless steel vapor cooling system to cool the GT3’s ultra-slim 4600mAh battery. The battery is built to charge optimally in both high and sub-zero temperatures, with a life cycle that is twice that of the average phone – 1600 charge cycles before the battery degrades to 80%. To facilitate this 240W charging capability, the GT3 also comes with its own GaN charging adapter and a durable 12A charging cable.

Flip the phone over and you’ll see its second distinct feature – the Pulse interface. Sort of like the Nothing (1) phone’s Glyph interface, but with a distinct lack of, well, glyphs… the Pulse interface sits right next to the camera bump, under a transparent window. The rectangular LED has the words ‘Dare To Leap’, Realme’s slogan, and right in the center is a Snapdragon logo plate. You wouldn’t be alone in wondering if this is actually the phone’s chipset… although I hate to burst your bubble, it’s not. The chipset sits well inside the phone, surrounded by the vapor cooling system. This, right here, is just a sign that serves more of a branding purpose than anything else. There is, however, an NFC-reader located just below the Pulse interface… right where it says “NFC”.

A close-up of the Snapdragon nameplate and the Pulse interface

The interface lights up to indicate a variety of notifications, with up to 25 colors to choose from. You can customize the color and flashing pattern of the Pulse interface to match various notifications, even color-coding certain contacts so you know when they’re calling you even with your phone face down. Plus, the LED ring lights up red when your battery is running low, blue when it’s charging, and green when you’re at 100%, so you know when to unplug your charger. Alternatively, you could just wait 10 minutes and unplug your charger anyway!

The GT3 240W also comes with a 6.74-inch 144Hz Ultra AMOLED display that features an in-display fingerprint reader, three main cameras (50MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro) and a 16MP wide-angle selfie camera. Available in 3 colors (black, white, and purple), the GT3 has five trim levels to choose from, including a lower tier of 8GB RAM + 128GB storage that starts at $649, going all the way up to the ultimate in 16GB RAM and storage. 1 TB space, the price of which was not disclosed in the announcement. Hi Realme… does the 240W charger come in the box?

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