The Realme GT Neo 3 is better than other fast-charging smartphones

Realme GT Neo 3 Naruto Edition phones aren't available at Verizon or AT&T. Realme branded phones are typically available in the US as unlocked global versions sold on Amazon, and they are not always compatible with a carrier's network.

There will be only 5,000 units of this model, which pays homage to the anime franchise Naruto.

Either the American population does not have a preference for special edition phones, or manufacturers determine that it is not worthwhile to sell them here. It seems that the most exciting thing that we are likely to see is a green iPhone, which is simply a green iPhone.

The GT Neo 3 stands out among other special edition devices. Realme did not simply design the phone and add a logo to the box.

The branding is carried over from the user interface (UI) to the maroon and green package that the phone arrives in, which is shaped like a ninja scroll. Even the SIM ejector tool resembles the leaf symbol from the show.

However, there is another reason to take a look at this phone: very, very fast charging, which we might actually see come to this phone. The same company that owns Realme also owns OnePlus, which makes phones that work in the U.S.

The GT Neo 3 (as well as the Naruto Edition) comes with a 150W wired charger. Tanya Tang, a representative of Realme, cautioned me that the device would only adapt to 125W here because of the lower standard voltage and that its performance would be slower.

Only 46 percent in five minutes. Comparatively, the OnePlus 10 Pro's 65W charging can take it from 0 to 100 percent in about 30 minutes. This could be double the speed, even at slower speeds than are allowed in the US. I asked Realme to send the phone as soon as possible.

The fast-charging brick is included in the box, but if you want the very fastest charging speeds, you may need to use Realme's equipment.

Third-party charging bricks are only able to offer about 18W of power to a phone when using a different USB-C cable. The Realme charger is rated at 45W overall, so it's quick-charging a device like the Google Pixel 6 Pro up to 30W, but it cannot charge the MacBook Pro at the same time.

Therefore, will we see 150W charging on OnePlus phones headed to North America in the near future? Perhaps. India already supports 150W charging on the OnePlus 10R. Is fast-charging useful, or is it just a gimmick? It's hard to say.

If super-fast charging did not result in a significantly higher price or a reduction in other features, I would gladly accept it. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that fast charging would come without some kind of tradeoff when designing a phone.

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