As a part of Qualcomm’s annual Tech Summit, we have been launched to its subsequent flagship-tier cellular chip: the Snapdragon 888, and producers – together with Realme – are clamouring to shout about their upcoming telephones powered by this scorching new silicon.
Xiaomi took the lead, with the Xiaomi Mi 11 already on sale, adopted by Samsung and its S21 sequence, on sale throughout quite a few markets on the finish of January, each boasting the 888 (in choose markets). However to not be outdone, Realme has additionally stepped in to verify that its subsequent flagship-class telephone, codenamed ‘Race’, will even tote Qualcomm’s new lucky-numbered SoC.
When does the Realme Race/GT launch?
Whereas it is too early for Realme to have set a date, throughout Qualcomm’s Tech Summit occasion, firm CEO Sky Li confirmed that Realme would function one of many first producers to launch a smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform.
“The brand new flagship of Realme might be known as ‘Race’ powered by Snapdragon 888, and its codename ‘Race’ exhibits the flagship will include quick velocity and excessive efficiency,” Li mentioned.
Proper now, our greatest estimates come from the corporate’s excellent 2020 flagship – the Realme X50 Professional – which launched again in February. Assuming the corporate’s 2021 launch technique follows an analogous path and we’re to imagine its eagerness, we should always count on the 888-powered Race to the touch down across the identical time this 12 months.
The truth that a Realme telephone has appeared on Chinese language certification physique TENAA and that the title ‘Realme GT’ was not too long ago trademarked in India counsel the telephone is not that distant from being unveiled.
So sure, as I instructed yesterday, the Realme Race sequence may very properly launch because the Realme GT sequence. The moniker has been trademarked in India.Be happy to retweet.#Realme #RealmeRace #RealmeGT pic.twitter.com/itPGbpHYBc
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings)
February 9, 2021
Mukul Sharma, aka Stufflistings, noticed the Indian trademark itemizing, which strains up with the picture related to the TENAA documentation, the place the letters ‘GT’ will be seen on the telephone’s again.
Following all this, Realme exec Xu Qi Chase has taken to Chinese language social community Weibo with an on-the-nose tease relating to the telephone’s racing-inspired title, with a mannequin automotive that occurs to be a scaled-down Nissan GT-R.
‘Race’ was at all times often known as the machine’s codename, whereas ‘Realme GT’ would work as a logically related last title for the product when it is formally introduced.
How a lot is the Realme Race/GT?
As with its launch information, there is not any pricing to accompany information of the Race/GT at this stage, nonetheless, Realme is understood for providing up spectacular worth for cash throughout its complete vary, so we count on the pricing its subsequent flagship to be no completely different.
For reference, within the UK the X50 Professional price an impressively-low £569 and whereas there’s an opportunity that Realme’s prime finish will attain even larger when it comes to each options and value, it might be a shock if the machine broke the £700 barrier, nonetheless making it markedly extra reasonably priced than numerous rival producers’ lead 2020/2021 gadgets.
What does the Realme Race/GT design seem like?
Though the intricacies of the Race/GT stay a thriller, there’s already loads of data that we are able to piece collectively from numerous leaks. Within the case of its design, we also have a leaked photograph of the telephone within the flesh:
This picture offers us our greatest have a look at the Realme Race/GT, sporting what seems to be a metallic body with a bodily energy key, a glass again with curved edges and a round digicam association that includes 4 sensors with what is perhaps a skinny xenon flash to 1 facet.
Whereas the sensors within the picture all seem like the identical bodily measurement and one appears to be like to have been cut-and-pasted utilizing picture manipulation software program, it seems that we’ll get a good sensor measurement from at the very least one of many telephone’s snappers. There’s additionally no obvious periscopic zoom setup – as seen on the likes of the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
What concerning the Realme Race/GT specs?
As for internals, the Snapdragon 888 guarantees larger energy effectivity than the earlier era’s 865, thanks partly to an built-in X60 5G modem and the usage of a 5nm course of (the 865 relied on a separate modem and was constructed on a 7nm course of). The selection of modem additionally implies that telephones just like the Race/GT can probably help each Sub-6 and mmWave 5G requirements, leading to each larger and quicker 5G connectivity (relying on accessible networking expertise).
Improved digital and picture sign processors, together with an upgraded GPU and a brand new CPU structure, ought to guarantee improved efficiency throughout the board; from normal use to gaming, digicam efficiency and AI-based duties.
There’s additionally the matter of energy and whereas we do not know the Race’s battery capability as of but, the corporate had beforehand promised a future machine would debut its 125W ‘UltraDart’ quick charging expertise.
Nicely-known tipster IceUniverse has leaked a doc claiming that the ‘Realme Race Professional’ will function the 125W charging tech, together with a 5000mAh battery, 12GB of DDR5 RAM and can run on Realme UI 2.zero (primarily based on Oppo’s ColorOS 11), which implies it would run on prime of Android 11.
Different leaked specs embrace 256GB of inside storage and the mannequin quantity RMX2202, although the IceUniverse leak raises the opportunity of an everyday Race/GT alongside a Race Professional, which in flip raises questions on which leaks check with which gadgets.
This is the Realme Race Professional’s rumoured spec sheet:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
6.8in 20:9 160Hz 3200×1400 OLED show
(As much as) 12GB RAM
Triple rear digicam setup w/ xenon flash
64Mp main + two unknown 13Mp sensors
Curved glass again
Android 11 w/ Realme UI 2.zero
5G (Sub-6 + mmWave)
125W UltraDart quick charging
Beforehand, it was thought that the Race Professional would prime out at 256GB of storage, nonetheless, the newest specs promise as much as 512GB of inside area, together with an OLED show boasting an uncommon 160Hz excessive refresh price and three cameras on the again, as an alternative of 4; fronted by a 64Mp sensor.
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