Oppo sister brand Realme on Tuesday launched a new high-spec phone, the Realme GT2 Master Explorer Edition, at a relatively low price.
Why it matters: Oppo’s Realme is known for making phones with a combination of high specs at low prices, similar to Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi. The GT2 features Qualcomm’s latest processors and new RAM technology.
- The phone’s gaming capabilities are also competitive against similarly priced competitors, making it a solid option for gamers on a tight budget.
detail: The Realme GT2 Master Explorer Edition is now the cheapest phone to feature Qualcomm’s new processor, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the chip that high-end Android phones tend to use. The phone is 12.5 percent cheaper than three other phones using the chip, according to TechNode’s calculations.
- The phone is equipped with a 6.7-inch punch-hole display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and supports screen fingerprint recognition. However, the display’s clarity is lower than its rival’s high-end models, a compromise made to keep costs in check.
- According to Realme’s Weibo post, one of the phone’s standout features is the adoption of new LPDDR5X RAM that consumes less battery, which helps reduce power consumption by 20 percent compared to previous-generation Realme phones.
- For gaming features, Realme uses an imaging chip from American company Pixelworks that generates extra frames for smoother performance. The technology also helps offload GPU workloads to reduce overall power consumption, preventing overheating and helping extend gaming time on mobile devices.
- The phone also comes with an analog arm trigger feature with a pressure sensor for gaming, which according to Realme makes it the first company in the world to use this feature.
- The phone has three rear cameras and 100W charging from a 5,000 mAh battery.
- Available in three colors, the phone will go on sale on July 19, with prices ranging from CNY 3,499 ($520) for 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage to CNY 3,999 ($595) for 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage .
Context: Top Chinese phone brands Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have all established sub-brands such as Redmi, Realme and iQOO to better serve more price-sensitive target groups.
- These sub-brands enable major brands to raise prices. For example, the price of Xiaomi phones has increased by around 30% since 2018.
- In the first quarter, OPPO captured 22 percent of the market share in China’s budget smartphones ranging from 3,000 yuan to 3,999 yuan and 27 percent in phones from 1,000 yuan to 2,999 yuan, according to a report by Chinese hardware insights firm CINNO Research. third in the data.