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’ve received a review unit now, and these are our first impressions before the review team begins its tests.
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 has a distinct look inspired by vintage luggage carrying equipment. The phone has 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 in order at 195 grams.
There’s a flat 6.7-inch OLED screen up front with FHD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and a centered hole for the 16MP selfie camera. Realme also brings capacitive shoulder triggers on the side where the power button is placed. These buttons allow you to perform certain actions in games like driving a car, but strangely there are no markings on them so you could miss the feature entirely.
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 with Realme UI 3.0 on top of Android 12, but since this is a China-exclusive release, you won’t get Google services out of the box. That’s all for now, but stay tuned to our website for the full review of the Realme GT2 Explorer Master edition.