Realme is introducing a Naruto version of its GT Neo 3 in the latest “collaborations we didn’t realise we wanted” announcement. The phone isn’t a significant advance, but it is a fun new take on the 4-month-old mid-ranger.
The base GT Neo 3 has a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 6.7″ 1080p 120Hz display (we gave the phone a thumbs up in our preview). The ordinary phone comes in 80W and 150W charging modes, while the Naruto edition phone will only come in the 150W configuration.
A new theme has been applied to the phone. The back, for example, is made to look like Naruto’s(opens in new tab) clothes, with orange and black parts and a silver accent in the camera area with a hidden leaf village insignia, as seen throughout the show. On the back of the provided case are a few stylised designs.
The phone comes with a themed charger brick, hidden leaf village symbol SIM card remover, and a power bank with a Naruto graphic on it, as well as a themed charger brick, hidden leaf village symbol SIM card remover, and a power bank with a Naruto graphic on it. The primary character’s orange and black colour palette pervades the entire package. Naruto wallpapers, ringtones, and animations are also included in the phone’s firmware.
Outside of China, there’s no word on availability, although the Naruto edition’s 12GB RAM and 256GB storage option will start selling for CNY 2,799 ($415) on May 31 in China.
Is it possible to have one?
Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Naruto or anime, you can’t deny how adorable this is. Not only is the phone themed and comes with interesting wallpapers, but the entire experience is based around the show, right down to the SIM removal tool. It’s a wonderful tribute, but phones in the West don’t usually get to have as much fun.
We rarely see great partnerships like this in the United States, whether it’s flashy new hues or entirely themed tributes to legendary pop culture phenomenon. We wouldn’t mind if any smartphone manufacturer wanted to link us up with a Kirby-themed smartphone experience or whatever. Just a thought.