Back in the last month, Realme introduced the Realme GT Master series in China. A couple of days ago, some global markets have received the new smartphone series. However, according to a Realme executive, the Indian market will not get the Realme GT Master Explorer Edition. The news was revealed by Francis Wong, CMO of Realme India. He answered a user query on Twitter regarding the launch date of the Realme GT Master Explorer Edition smartphone.
The information has caused disappointment among followers of the brand, who have not held back to express their gross discontent for Realme making such a decision. However, there may be an explanation for this ultimate choice after all.
The Realme GT Master Explorer Edition currently stands as Realme’s most premium smartphone of 2021. Even though it lacks a Snapdragon 888 SoC, the device stands in the display, design, and camera specifications. Apparently, the choice not to bring this device to India has something to do with the OnePlus 9 RT.
For those unaware, the OnePlus 9 RT is still not available, but it is slated to be a follow-up to the OnePlus 9R. The 9R was introduced with specific targeting of the Indian market. Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC the device is way more than a premium mid-range smartphone. It actually offers an entry-level flagship performance for those who can’t pay or don’t want to pay the OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro price.
Realme GT Master Explorer is too similar to the upcoming OnePlus 9 RT
The OnePlus 9 RT, once launched, will fill the OnePlus 9R space. According to rumors, the device is almost the same smartphone as the Realme GT Master Explorer Edition, except for the branding and few design changes. This does not come as a surprise, after all, Realme, OnePlus and Oppo are all part of the same BBK group. The ties between Oppo and OnePlus are even tighter nowadays as the brands are merging. Apparently, BBK is interested in strengthening the presence of OnePlus in the premium and flagship-grade segments. Realme should still focus in the value-for-money segment in India.
For those unaware, the Realme GT Master Explorer Edition boasts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. It is paired with up to 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The device flaunts a 6.55-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR 10+ certification. The device has a triple-camera setup with 50 MP primary, 16 MP ultra-wide, and 2 MP macro cameras. The front-facing snapper is a 32 MP selfie camera. The device draws powers from a 4,500 mAh battery with 65 W fast charging. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner.