Realme’s Naruto special edition phone is absolutely glorious

Not often a tech brand nails a special edition product, but Realme has managed to do so with its Realme x Naruto version of the GT Neo 3 smartphone. Naruto, if you don’t know the name, is a well-known fantasy manga series from Japan that has also become popular. animea serioand follows the adventures of a young Shinobi named Naruto Uzumaki. Realme is a relatively young smartphone brand, created in 2018, and is part of the same family as Oppo, Life and OnePlus.

The back of the Realme x Naruto GT Neo 3.
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It’s an unexpected partnership, and although Realme has some experience in it creating interesting special edition smartphones, this goes beyond what it did before. You know when a company is right, because the words “lovingly created” come to mind when you open the package and explore it more deeply. The moment you see the Realme x Naruto GT Neo 3, that’s exactly what you’ll say about it.

The screen of the Realme x Naruto GT Neo 3 showing the wallpaper.
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It comes in a large cardboard box with some simple mark on the outside, and it’s a subtle introduction to the gear that’s inside. Realme says it chose cardboard so it’s easier to recycle, but it’s doubtful this will ever end up in the trash. Open the box and the wow moment arrives, because inside a foam compartment nests a recreation of Ninja Scroll of the series.

Made of synthetic leather in green and burgundy colors with a Realme x Naruto brand stamped on it, it makes a huge impression when you first see it. Lift it up and you’re immediately struck by the size. It’s a 13-inch by 5-inch cylinder and has a considerable weight, so it feels really big. The immediate temptation is to untangle the roll book using the straps, but don’t. They’re just for decoration and the way you actually get into the scroll is to take out a cap.

The felt-lined interior has a sliding tray, and here you will find the GT Neo 3. However, don’t ignore the documentation, because in it you will find a custom SIM remover in the form of Naruto. home village of the Hidden Leaf symbol of Konohagakure. At this point, you reach the star of the show – the phone itself.

While the phone is the same as any other GT Neo 3 technically, the exterior has received the full treatment of Naruto. The camera module is styled on Naruto’s headband, again with the Hidden Leaf symbol along with more Realme x Naruto brand, while the main body is a stunning bright orange color with the red swirl taken from the back of Naruto’s costume in the center.

Most impressive is the mix of textures and finishes. The rivets on the metal camera module look like you should feel them, but it’s actually a clever 3D effect because the surface is completely smooth. The bright orange section catches the light and really stands out against the matte black body, while the three polished lines under the camera module stand a little proud of the case. Everything comes together perfectly and is both beautifully shaped and instantly recognizable as a Naruto-inspired device.

The camera module of the Realme x Naruto GT Neo 3.
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Back to the box and inside is a TPU case with a slightly tinted finish to protect the phone, and a custom version of Realme’s 150W SuperDart charging block in orange and black. Turn on the phone and there is a choice of three specially designed Naruto wallpapers, and the user interface is packed with Naruto icons. Charge the phone and the accompanying on-screen animation also got Naruto’s treatment. It’s comprehensive, and yes, lovingly created a special edition smartphone celebrating a well-known manga figure.

What about the GT Neo 3? The phone has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 processor and 12GB of RAM, plus a three-lens camera on the back. The module contains a 50 megapixel main camera, an 8MP wide angle camera and a 2MP macro camera. The battery is charged by Realme’s SuperDart fast charge, and in our recent test goes from zero to 100% capacity in an incredible 14 minutes.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Every avid Naruto fan will already be wondering how to get one of these beautiful phones, but unfortunately, it won’t be easy. The Realme x Naruto GT Neo 3 is released only in China, so you will have to rely on import service to get one. Locally it costs the equivalent of $ 415, and only 5,000 will be produced.

Out of the box, your phone doesn’t have Google Mobile Services installed, and although there are ways around it, the device differences may mean that it won’t connect to your local 4G or 5G networks as effectively as a phone purchased locally.

What does this mean? Anyone not in China should consider this a great collection for display and bragging rights, rather than a replacement for their existing phone. Realme’s outstanding efforts in the special edition GT Neo 3 of Naruto make us look forward to any future special edition phone of the brand, and hope that if one comes, it will receive a wider edition.

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