Realme has finally begun rolling out its long-awaited Realme UI skin update with Android 10 operating system for its Realme C2 ultra-budget smartphone.
The Realme C2 smartphone debuted in the first half of 2019. It became the cheapest and best-selling Realme smartphone at that time. It comes with ColorOS 6 skin based on Android 9.0 Pie.
In May 2020, Realme promised that an update to Android 10 would be rolled out for the Realme C2 as well. By the end of 2020, the company was expected to transfer its bestseller to Realme UI with Android 10. However, this only happened now. Beta testing has been conducted since September, and now stable firmware has begun to come to ordinary users, and not just to test participants.
The firmware is 2.1 GB in size for Android 9 Pie devices and 164 MB for those who have previously tested Realme UI 1.0. At the moment it is available to a small number of users. The distribution is expected to expand its reach in the coming days.
Realme C2 specifications
- 6.1-inch (1560 x 720 pixels) 19.5:9 Dewdrop 2.5D curved glass display
- 2GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- 2GB RAM with 16GB storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
- Color OS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Dual SIM
- 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, secondary 2MP camera
- 5MP front-facing camera with 1.12μm pixel size
- Face unlock
- Dimensions: 154.3×73.7×8.5mm; Weight: 166g
- Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, micro USB with OTG
- 4000mAh (typical) built-in battery
Realme will open thousands of stores around the world
Recently, Realme Founder and CEO Li Bingzhong shared an open letter on Weibo, in which he shared the company’s success and plans for further development this year.
Last year, Realme became the fastest growing mobile phone brand in the world, and in the fall the company surpassed 50 million smartphones sold. At the end of 2020, the company ranked seventh in terms of smartphone shipments.
The company currently sells its products in over 60 countries around the world. According to Counterpoint’s report, Realme is one of the top 5 brands in 12 markets worldwide. The company ranks first in the Philippines and has already climbed to fourth place in India.
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Going forward, Realme will focus more on AIoT products that integrate artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things technologies. In addition, the company is actively working to expand its portfolio of smartphones with support for fifth-generation networks.
One of the most important things that Realme should do to noticeably strengthen its position in the market is that the company is finally starting to build a retail chain of stores. In the near future, the first flagship store will be opened, and in total the company plans to open thousands of branded stores around the world.
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% ).