Last week Realme announced the GT2 Explorer Master flagship armed with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and a bespoke design developed in collaboration with fashion designer Jae-Jung. We’ve received a review device now and these are our first impressions before the review team gets going with its tests.
Design is the one aspect where the GT2 Explorer Master definitely stands out from other phones. We’ve got the Travel Trunk model on hand here and it features a distinct look inspired by the vintage luggage carrying equipment. The phone features a light grey vegan leather back and copper brown elements and a flat metal frame. It’s a solidly built device though its weight is kept sane at 195 grams.
There’s a flat 6.7-inch OLED screen upfront with FHD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and a centered punch hole for the 16MP selfie camera. Realme is also bringing capacitive shoulder triggers on the side where the power button is housed. These buttons allow you to perform certain actions in games like steering a car but oddly enough there are no markings to them so you could completely miss out on the feature.
The retail box consists of the phone, a black silicone case, a 100W Realme charger and a USB-C cable. The software side is covered by Realme UI 3.0 on top of Android 12 though since this is a China-exclusive release you don’t get Google services out of the box. That’s all for now but stay tuned to our homepage for the Realme GT2 Explorer Master edition full review.