Last week, Realme announced the flagship GT2 Explorer Master armed with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and a bespoke design developed in collaboration with fashion designer Jae-Jung. We have now received a review device and these are our first impressions before the review team begins testing. Design is the one aspect where the GT2 Explorer Master definitely stands out from other phones.
We have the Travel Trunk model on hand here and it features a distinct look inspired by vintage luggage transport equipment. The phone features a light gray vegan leather back and copper brown elements and a flat metal frame. It is a solidly built device although its weight is kept at 195 grams. There’s a flat 6.7-inch OLED display on the front with FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a centered punch-hole for the 16MP selfie camera. Realme also brings capacitive shoulder triggers on the side where the power button is.
These buttons allow you to perform certain actions in games like driving a car, but oddly there are no markings on them, so you might miss the functionality altogether. The retail box consists of the phone, a black silicone case, a Realme 100W charger and a USB-C cable. The software side is covered by Realme UI 3.0 on top of Android 12, but since it’s 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 full Realme GT2 Explorer Master’s Edition review.