The Realme 5i was launched in India at a price range of Rs 8,999, while the Realme 6 arrived in the country at Rs 12,999 for the base model.
Realme C11, an upcoming smartphone from Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme has been making the rounds on social media of late. Some new details have emerged, revealing what to expect from the device, hinting at the possible specifications and design as well. As per a leaked poster on Twitter, the Realme C11 smartphone is expected to feature a nightscape dual camera, backed by a large 5000mAh battery and a 6.5-inch mini-drop notch display.
Interestingly, last week, Realme took on Facebook to reveal that it will soon roll out the unannounced MediaTek Helio G35 chipset in one of its upcoming smartphones but didn’t furbish more details on the same. Having said that, if the Realme C11 gets launched with the MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, it will be the world’s first-ever smartphone to run on it.
The leaked image on Twitter also reveals the speaker grill, 3.5mm headphone jack, and charging port of the upcoming Realme C11 smartphone. Furthermore, if reports are to be believed, the Realme C11 will not sport a fingerprint scanner on the back and it will not have an in-display scanner as well. The Realme C11 has already been cleared by several certification databases including NBTC certification listing with model number RMX2185. Besides, the phone is likely to be launch in green and grey colour options. However, the Realme C11 doesn’t have a release date yet, but it could launch in Malaysia first followed by others including India.
Realme has started rolling out Android 10-based Realme UI update for three of its affordable smartphones — Realme 5, Realme 5s, Realme 5i. The update will bring features including a refreshed interface, optimised three-finger screenshot gesture, navigation gesture 3.0, optimised smart-sidebar and more. The update also adds Airtel and Jio Wi-Fi calling support for all three phones.
The firmware version for the Realme 5 and Realme 5s updates comes with version number RMX1911EX_11_C.39 while for the Realme 5i, it is RMX2030EX_11.C.45. The update is rolling out over-the-air (OTA). Additionally, there are several updates related to wallpapers, animations, new icons, visuals, new built-in ringtones selector as well as an optimised camera app.
Realme said that the new update is being rolled out in a phased manner and a broader rollout will begin in the next few days after ensuring there are no critical bugs associated with the new update. Furthermore, users need to be on version A.20 to receive this update, Realme said in its forum post.
Here is the complete changelog:
• Updated UI to Realme UI
• Brand new Real Design makes visuals more attractive and operation more efficient.
• Optimized user interface and improved one-handed operation.
• Optimized Smart Sidebar: Replaced File Console with File Manager; removed OSIE Visual Effect and No Notification Alerts.
• Drag an app out of Smart Sidebar to open it in Split-screen Mode.
• Added two new features: “Assistive Ball Opacity” and “Hide Assistive Ball on Fullscreen App”.
• Optimized the Floating Window feature for more apps.
• Added Bubbles: A bubble is displayed when you open an app in a floating window from the Smart Sidebar. Tap the bubble to collapse or open the app.
• Optimized 3-Finger Screenshot Gesture: Use 3 fingers to touch and hold the screen, and swipe to take a screenshot of the selected part of the screen (partial screen capture). Use 3 fingers to touch and hold the screen, and swipe your fingers outwards to capture a long screenshot.
• Added screenshot settings: You can adjust the position of the screenshot preview floating window and set the screenshot sound.
• Optimized screenshot preview floating window: After taking a screenshot, drag it up and release to share it, or drag it down and release to take a long screenshot.
[Navigation Gestures 3.0]
• Optimized gestures: All gestures are supported in landscape mode.
• Added Focus Mode: Minimizes outside distractions when you are learning or working.
• Added whole new charging animation.
• Optimized the Quick Settings user interface for easier one-handed operation.
• Added pause feature for screen recording.
• Added a floating window and settings for screen recording.
• New sounds added for file deletion, calculator key touches, and compass pointer.
• Optimized system built-in ringtones.
• Added TalkBack floating prompts for Accessibility.
• New management feature for recent tasks: You can view memory of recent tasks and locked apps.
• Optimized visual interaction for Game Space.
• Optimized loading animation for Game Space.
• Added new live wallpapers.
• Added artistic wallpapers.
• Added option to open Global Search or the notification panel when swiping down on homescreen.
• Added option to customize the size, shape, and style of app icons on homescreen.
• Optimized the graphic design of password unlock to facilitate one-handed operation.
• Support for animated wallpapers on the lockscreen.
• Added a Simple Mode for homescreen, featuring larger fonts, icons and a clearer layout.
• Random MAC address Generator: When your phone is connected to Wi-Fi network system generates a random MAC address to avoid targeted ads and protect your privacy.
• In Quick Settings or Smart Sidebar, you can open Calculator in a floating window.
• Added the trim feature in Recordings.
• Added the Weather (dynamic) ringtone, which automatically adapts to the current weather.
• Added weather-adaptive animations in Weather.
• Optimized the Camera UI for better user experience.
• Optimized the Timer UI and sound.
• Optimized the Album UI for a clearer structure and photo thumbnails.
• Added Album Recommendations that recognize more than 80 different scenes.
• Realme Share now supports sharing files with OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi devices.
• Optimized the Contacts UI for a more efficient experience.
• Added Airtel and Jio VoWiFi feature
• Search Settings now supports fuzzy match and contains a search history.
Realme will host an online event which will be streamed via its YouTube channel as well as its social media platforms.
- Last Updated: May 15, 2020, 2:11 PM IST
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme on Friday announced to launch its much-anticipated TV and smartwatch in India on May 25. According to the company, it will host an online event which will be streamed via Realme’s YouTube channel as well as its social media platforms. “The wait is finally over, the party is about to get started with Realme! As we are ready to introduce new members of our family – the Realme TV and the Realme Watch along with other accessories,” the company said in a statement.
The Realme TVs would compete against Xiaomi TV which already has several successful TV models in the country along with OnePlus TV. Realme has also announced to host an event in China on May 25 where it plans to unveil eight new products. The company has not mentioned what exactly it is going to unveil but the poster shared by the Chinese phone maker on Weibo includes a smartphone, a power bank and a true wireless earbud.
The phone in the poster has a quad-rear camera set up in a vertical orientation while the power bank has a regular USB port as well as what seems to be a USB Type-C port, along with some LED lights. The company may also launch new earbuds. These earbuds are expected to be the Realme Buds Air Neo which was certified by the Taiwanese National Communication Commission (NCC) back in January this year.
The launch was earlier scheduled to take place on April 26 but it was cancelled due to the lockdown extension because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As smartphone brands face a state of uncertainty as both supply and demand has been diminished in India, the industry will bear the maximum brunt in the second quarter (April-June period), leaving the sector with at least 11-12 per cent overall decline in shipments for the entire 2020, a new report said on Thursday.
According to CMR’s ‘India Mobile Handset Market Review Report for Q1 2020’, the total smartphone shipments in India in the March quarter grew a mere 4 per cent (year-on-year). The first wave of 5G smartphones hit the market, accounting for 2 per cent of the overall smartphone shipments in Q1 2020. The smartphone market grew modestly on the back of good consumer demand before the onset of COVID-19 hit the market.
“Going forward, we remain cautious about the speed of recovery in India’s smartphone market this year. We are keeping a close tab on the macroeconomic factors and how it plays out from here on. Our best-case scenario suggests a decline of 11-12% in overall smartphone shipments for 2020,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.
At the beginning of the year, COVID-19 was merely a supply-side challenge confined to China and smartphone brands in India were able to tide over the initial wave of the crisis with enough inventory supplies.
“However, as COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 500 marks in late March, India went into a complete lockdown. For smartphone brands, this has put both supplies as well as demand in a state of uncertainty. Q2 2020 will be where the industry will face the brunt of the pandemic and test the resilience of smartphone brands,” Ram elaborated.
Faced with personal and economic uncertainties, consumer spending will remain muted for the better part of the year,” according to Anand Priya Singh, Analyst- Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.
“Unless absolutely necessary, such as replacing a mobile phone, consumers may choose to conserve. However, we expect the market to recover lost ground in the run-up to the festive season,” Singh added.
Xiaomi (30 per cent), Vivo (17 per cent) and Samsung (16 per cent) rounded off the top three spots in Q1 2020. Realme and IQOO launched their first 5G smartphones, with the Realme X50 Pro accounting for the bulk of the 5G shipments. The feature phone segment declined 20 per cent (YoY) primarily due to the migration of consumers from feature phones to smartphone segment.
Chinese smartphone brand Realme on Tuesday announced it has resumed online sales of its smartphones and accessory products through online channels which include realme.com, Flipkart and Amazon and has received huge orders. Complying with the Centre’s guidelines that allow delivery of non-essential items in the green and orange zones in the country, Realme said it has commenced online orders of its products, starting May 4.
Meanwhile, the company’s offline channels in green and orange zones have also resumed operations, complying with the directives. “We have been receiving massive orders online since Sunday midnight and will be able to meet the current demand through our inventory stocks till factory reopens,” informed a company spokesperson. The brand has approached the Uttar Pradesh government to get necessary approvals for reopening limited production lines with measures to ensure the safety of its employees. “If we receive the approval, our factory’s primary task will be on producing the new Narzo series and the popular existing models including realme 6 series,” said the company.
The company had postponed its much-awaited Narzo series launch event and a few Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIOT) products that were scheduled for April owing to the lockdown. The company said that its service centres in green and orange zones are gradually starting operations in accordance with the respective state governments’ guidelines. “For the warranty of Tealme products which expired during the whole lockdown period, we have decided to extend it till June 30,” said Realme. The company has also procured necessary permissions for the vehicles to pick up goods and steps are taken to ensure proper supply to the customers.
On Monday, the India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and mobile manufacturers urged the UP government to help restart manufacturing gradually in the Noida-Greater Noida belt so that supply chain can be streamlined in days to come. Pankaj Mohindroo, Chairman, ICEA, said the normalcy up to 30 per cent in mobile manufacturing will return by the end of May if factories are allowed to function.
Xiaomi claims that its upcoming phone will be the first to house India’s satellite navigation system but Realme says that the X50 Pro 5G already supports NavIC.
- Last Updated: February 28, 2020, 5:00 PM IST
- Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh
Taking on Xiaomi once again, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has tweeted that despite Xiaomi claiming its next device (probably Redmi K30 Pro) would be the first phone in the world with India’s satellite navigation system (NavIC), Realme X50 Pro with 5G capabilities already supports India’s version of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Sheth revealed that not only the first but the second phone in the world with NavIC support would also come from the house of Realme, set to be unveiled on March 5.
“Yes, our ultimate flagship, #realmeX50Pro features #NavIC and even our upcoming phone will feature it as well. So World’s first, the World’s second, coming in a row, all for India. Plan to talk more on 5th March,” Sheth tweeted on Thursday. Manu Kumar Jain, Manu Jain, Global Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, tweeted on February 25: “Glorious new chapter for tech in #India! Flag of India. Proud to announce that upcoming #Redmi phone will be 1st in the world to feature @isro’s #NavIC – Nation’s own satellite navigation system! Satellite”.
Jain also posted a photo with Sivan. The two top executives are engaged in a Twitter war for quite some time now. In May last year, both took to Twitter, starting with Jain’s Twitter outburst against Realme where he hit out at Realme 3 Pro that features Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, saying this is older than Snapdragon 675 used in Xiaomi’s latest device Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Taking on Xiaomi after being called a ‘copy-cat brand’ in the Indian smartphone market, Sheth took to Twitter last month, saying “a real innovative brand and market leader won’t behave like that”. In January, ISRO chief Dr K Sivan announced a collaboration with Qualcomm to provide better navigation systems using the NavIC satellite system in India.
At the Qualcomm event, Jain and Sheth confirmed they will “work closely” with the chipmaker to introduce phones with the new chips, starting with the Snapdragon 720G. Sheth said the company would be among the first smartphone brands in the country with this next-gen chip.
“We have worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies to ensure that the Snapdragon 720G Mobile Platform enables our customers to unlock this potential and experience high-performance seamlessly at faster speeds,” said Sheth. “I am happy to share that we will be one of the first brands globally to launch a smartphone-based on the new Snapdragon 720G,” added Jain.