If you regularly find your phone’s battery indicator turning 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 packaging off the GT Neo 5, a new smartphone that Realme says has the fastest charging speed on the market. This is reported by GSMArena (opens in new tab)the smartphone can be fully charged from zero juice in just nine and a half minutes, thanks to the support for 240W fast charging.
If you need a quick blast before rushing to catch that morning train, the GT Neo 5 can hit 20 percent in just 80 seconds, with the 4,600mAh battery reaching half capacity in a minuscule four minutes.
The 240W fast charging technology 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 hasn’t appeared on any of the latter brand’s smartphones so far.
Boasting a striking design with a glowing rectangle on the back, the new phone isn’t short on other features either, with an equally fast Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU 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 50MP 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX890 sensor, while the punch-hole selfie camera has a 16MP Samsung sensor, with the device running on Android 13 with Realme’s UI 4.0 overlay on it.
The bad news is that the Realme GT Neo 5 is only available in China for now, with no confirmed roadmap for a global release.
The device is set to come in two configurations, with a 150W “slower” charging option with a larger 5,000mAh battery priced at 2,599 yuan (around $383 / £315) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The lightning-fast 240W version is unsurprisingly the premium offering of the two, with prices starting at 3,199 yuan (around $472 / £390) for 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
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Aside from the fact that the GT Neo 5 will probably have a wall wart that will definitely take up more room in your pack than that handy little 2.5V charger you currently use, the arrival of 240W fast charging has us extremely excited.
Of course, it only makes sense to juice at these speeds if the actual battery life is solid, so we’re fascinated to see how that 4,600mAh pack holds up with what appears to be a power hungry processor and screen.
If the phone can combine power efficiency with those hugely impressive charging times, the Realme GT Neo 5 will probably be among the best phones out there. We’ll bring you all the details when the phone launches later this year.