If you regularly notice that your phone’s battery indicator shows red when you’re about to leave the house, Realme may have just unveiled the handset of your dreams.
The Chinese manufacturer has just revealed the GT Neo 5, a new smartphone that Realme claims has the fastest charging speed on the market. According to GSM arena (opens in a new tab)The smartphone is able to fully charge from scratch in just nine and a half minutes, thanks to the 240W fast charging support.
If you need a quick blast before rushing for the morning train, the GT Neo 5 can hit 20 percent in just 80 seconds, and the 4,600 mAh battery will hit half capacity in just four minutes.
The 240W fast charging tech appears to be the same as the one unveiled by Realme’s sister brand, Oppo, at last year’s Mobile World Congress, but so far it has not appeared on any of the latter brand’s smartphones.
Eye-catching design with a glowing rectangle on the back, the new phone is not without other features, with an equally fast Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and a tasty 6.74-inch, 10-bit, 2772 x 1240 resolution AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz.
The main camera on the back has a 50-megapixel 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX890 sensor, while the punch-hole selfie camera has a 16-megapixel Samsung sensor, with the device running Android 13 with a Realme UI 4.0 overlay on top.
The bad news is that the Realme GT Neo 5 is currently only expected to be available in China, with no confirmed roadmap for a worldwide release.
The device is expected to come in two configurations, with a “slower” 150W charging option with a larger 5,000mAh battery priced at 2,599 yuan (around $383 / £315 / AU$545) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The flashy 240W version is, as you’d expect, the better deal of the two, with prices starting at 3,199 yuan (around $472 / £390 / AU$670) for 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
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Aside from the fact that the GT Neo 5 will likely have a wall wart, which will certainly take up more space in your backpack than that convenient little 2.5V charger you’re currently using, the arrival of 240W fast charging makes us very excited.
Juicing at these speeds obviously only makes sense if the actual battery life is solid, so we’re fascinated to see how this 4,600mAh pack handles what looks like a power-hungry CPU and screen.
If a phone can combine energy efficiency with these incredibly impressive charging times, the Realme GT Neo 5 is likely to be one of the best phones available. We’ll give you all the details when the phone is released later this year.