Realme recently shared its plans to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 chip. According to the company, Realme Race will be the first smartphone on this chip, and its release is scheduled for early 2021.
Xu Qi, vice president and president of Realme China, has already stated that Realme Race will also have an “attractive design”. And today the CEO of Realme revealed that Realme Race will also be the start of a new line of the company.
Xu Qi clarified that Race is just a codename for the device; and the line will bear a completely new commercial name.
Many believe that Realme Race could enter the market as part of the “Ace” series. According to rumors, the parent company of Realme – Oppo – just gave its sub-brand the Ace line; the last smartphone in the series was Ace 2.
Unfortunately, Xu Qi did not specify a specific timeline for the release of the new smartphone. Realme Race is rumored to be released before February 15th. One way or another, many insiders agree that they will not have to wait longer than the first quarter of 2021.
At the beginning of the month, we has a look already at the renders of Realme Race. The smartphone should have a glass back with curved edges; and a round camera module with an extended LED flash unit. Also today, another render of an unknown smartphone from Realme appeared on the Web; which may possibly belong to that very new line.
In addition to the Snapdragon 888, Realme Race will be equipped with 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage; and the firmware will be Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11.
Realme breaks records to become the fastest-growing brand in the world
Founded in mid-2018, Chinese brand Realme is one of the youngest and most promising manufacturers of smartphones and other wearable electronics on the market. This can be confirmed by a fresh report from the research company Counterpoint Research, summing up the results of the third quarter of 2020.
In such a short span of time, Realme has been able to grow smartphone shipments by an incredible 132% QoQ and 45% YoY; making it the fastest-growing brand in the world with nearly 50 million units shipped since its inception. And all this despite the difficulties that have arisen in connection with the impending pandemic.
And although the largest volume of deliveries of Realme falls on India (55%); the company successfully manages to occupy leadership positions in other regions of the world. So, in the Chinese market, it managed to take the sixth line right after Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi, and in some other markets, it even entered the top five most popular smartphone manufacturers. At the same time, the global smartphone market in the third quarter grew by 32% relative to the second and sank by 4% compared to Q3 2019, and the most affected by the drawdown are LG (-11%), Apple (-7%) and OPPO (-4% ).