Realme is set to unveil its latest flagship, the Realme GT 5 Pro, in China, anticipated to make its debut in November or December this year. The device is confirmed to feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, marking Qualcomm’s most powerful processor to date. However, it appears Realme isn’t wrapping up the GT series just yet, with leaks hinting at the introduction of another contender – Realme GT Neo 6.
According to a leak from Weibo source, the Realme GT Neo 6 will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which is a slightly lower-end version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The Gen 2 is also speculated to be the chipset of choice for upcoming affordable flagship phones from other brands, including Redmi K70, Honor 100 Pro, iQOO Neo 9 Pro, and OnePlus Ace 3/12R. However, the leaker claims that the Realme GT Neo 6 will have a competitive edge over these devices, as it will feature a metallic middle frame and a very attractive price of around 2,000 Yuan (~$275), positioning it as the cheapest phone featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
Drawing insights from the GT series’ preceding models, one can anticipate certain design and feature resemblances. For instance, the Realme GT 5 Pro is expected to have 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery supporting 150W fast charging, a 108MP primary camera, and up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The cheaper variant, featuring 65W fast charging instead of 150W, is anticipated to kick off at 3,000 Yuan (approximately $410). This raises some questions about how Realme will manage to cut the cost of the GT Neo 6 without compromising too much on the performance and quality.
Earlier this year, Realme introduced the GT Neo 5 (also known as GT 3 globally), succeeding the GT Neo 3 from Q1 2022. The GT Neo 5 housed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a 6.6-inch AMOLED display boasting a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging, a 64MP main camera, and up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The base model of the GT Neo 5, priced at 2,499 Yuan (~$340), posed strong competition in its time. However, with the advent of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and 3 chipsets, the GT Neo 5’s allure might dwindle for consumers seeking enhanced power and performance.
Realme has a trend of spacing out the launches of its GT Neo devices, which usually come after the main GT models. This means that we might not see the Realme GT Neo 6 until next year, possibly in the first or second quarter of 2024. Presently, attention is focused on the impending release of the Realme GT 5 Pro, slated to emerge as one of the brand’s most powerful and premium flagships.