Cheapest way to get Qualcomm’s fastest chip?
The Realme GT, Realme’s Snapdragon 888-equipped flagship phone, is coming to Europe and will sell for €549 (about $670) for the model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, according to the company’s website. The price makes it one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 devices ever, if not the cheapest. For comparison, Xiaomi’s excellent-value Mi 11 starts at €749 (~$910) for the 8GB/128GB model.
Realme says the GT will ship in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal, though the device isn’t actually available to order. It is unclear which other European markets it will be available in when it launches.
Realme announced the Chinese version of the GT in March. It started at 2,799 yuan for the 8GB/128GB model, or about $440 at current exchange rates. Realme’s India and European business CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed last week that the GT will get a global launch – a performance-focused flagship model in June and a camera-focused flagship model in July.
The GT series will be part of Realme’s new flagships, which will focus on high-performance and images respectively. This will not only allow us to achieve technological breakthroughs but will also keep us ahead of the market.
— madhav max 5g (@madhavsheth1) 3 June 2021
It’s not yet clear how these models will differ in Europe, but the Chinese version of the GT had a 64-megapixel primary camera with an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel macro sensor, so there’s certainly room for improvement on the camera flagships. . Elsewhere, the GT packs a 6.43-inch 120Hz OLED display, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging.
Realme started out as a sub-brand of Oppo focusing on the Indian market, but quickly became a major force in its own right and is now focusing on capturing Europe with more premium devices. The GT’s launch follows last year’s €499 X3 SuperZoom, which featured the Snapdragon 855+ and a periscope telephoto lens.