Realme GT 2 Pro was launched in India on Thursday, April 7. The company’s latest flagship smartphone was unveiled in China in January and made its debut in Europe in February. The Realme GT 2 Pro is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and features an LTPO 2.0-backed ‘Super Reality’ display. The handset features a bio-based design with a paper-like texture. Alongside the Realme GT 2 Pro, the company also launched the Realme 9 4G, along with the Realme Book Prime, Realme Buds Air 2 true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds, and the Realme Smart TV Stick in India.
Realme GT 2 Pro, Realme 9 4G, Realme Book Prime, Realme Buds Air 3, Realme Smart TV Stick price in India, availability
Realme GT 2 Pro price in India is set at Rs. 49,999 for the base 8GB + 128GB storage model and Rs. 57,999 for a 12GB + 256GB storage option. The smartphone will be available in Paper Green, Paper White, and Steel Black colour options and will go on sale starting April 14 via Realme.com, Flipkart, and retail stores, according to the company.
Meanwhile, Realme 9 4G pricing starts at Rs. 17,999 for the 6GB + 128GB RAM and storage model, while the 8GB + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 18,999. The handset will be available in Meteor Black, Stargaze White, Sunburst Gold, colour options and will go on sale starting April 12 via Realme.com, Flipkart, and retail stores.
The Realme Book Prime is priced at Rs. 64,999 for the 16GB + 512GB storage model. The laptop will be available in Real Blue, Real Green, and Real Grey colour options, and will go on sale starting April 13 via Realme.com, Flipkart, and other retail stores as well.
The Realme Buds Air 3 are priced at Rs. 3,999 and will be available in Galaxy White and Starry Blue colour options. They will go on sale starting today via Realme.com, Flipkart, and retail stores. Meanwhile, the Realme Smart TV Stick is priced at Rs. 2,999 and will go on sale at 12pm on April 13 via Realme.com, Flipkart, and retail stores.
Realme GT 2 Pro specifications
The dual-SIM Realme GT 2 Pro runs on Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0. The handset sports a 6.7-inch 2K (1,440×3,216 pixels) LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus screen protection. It is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, paired with up to 12GB of RAM and features Realme’s Stainless Steel Vapour Cooling Max solution for heat dissipation.
The smartphone is equipped with a triple rear camera setup, featuring a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS), a 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The Realme GT 2 Pro is also equipped with a 32-megapixel selfie camera at the front for selfies and video calls.
The Realme GT 2 Pro offers up to 512GB of inbuilt storage. Connectivity options on the handset include 5G (10-gigabit), 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. It is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Realme GT 2 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery with 65W SuperDart Charge Enhanced fast charging, according to the company. The phone measures 163.2×74.7×8.18mm and weighs 189 grams.
Realme 9 4G specifications
The Realme 9 4G runs on Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0. It features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is powered by a Snapdragon 680 SoC, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and supports Dynamic RAM expansion up to 5GB by utilising unused storage space.
On the camera front, the Realme 9 4G features a 108-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HM6 primary sensor with an f/1.75 aperture lens, an unspecified ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens, and an unspecified macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens. The Realme 9 4G comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.45 aperture lens, for selfies and video calls.
The Realme 9 4G offers up to 128GB of inbuilt UFS 2.1 storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.1, and a USB Type-C port. It is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The handset packs a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Dart Charge fast charging. The smartphone measures 160.2×73.3×7.99 and weighs 178g.
Realme Book Prime specifications
The Realme Book Prime is equipped with a 2K Full Vision display. The laptop is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11320H processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The laptop features a dual fan liquid cooling system, according to the company.
For inputs, the Realme Book Prime packs a backlit keyboard with a touchpad. It has stereo speakers with DTS audio technology. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6 and a Thunderbolt 4 port. The laptop is claimed to offer 12 hours of battery backup on a single charge, and comes with support for 65W fast charging over USB Type-C, according to Realme.
Realme Buds Air 3 specifications
The Realme Buds Air 3 TWS earphones are equipped with 10mm dynamic bass boost drivers. The earbuds offer active noise cancellation certified by TUV-Rhienland to reduce external noise by up to 42dB, with two microphones and a transparency mode. The Realme Buds Air 3 offer 88ms low latency with the included Game Mode, which is claimed to be 35 percent lower than the previous generation.
The newly launched Realme Buds Air 3 offer Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity and can connect to two devices at the same time, along with support for Google Fast Pair. The earbuds are IPX5 rated for sweat and water-resistance and are claimed to deliver up to 30 hours of total playback on a single charge, with 100 minutes of playback time with just a 10-minute charge, according to the company. The Realme Buds Air 3 measure 64.5×48.3×24.3mm and weigh 37g (charging case) and 4.2g (individual buds).
Realme Smart TV Stick specifications
The Realme Smart TV Stick runs on Android 11 TV OS out-of-the-box, with support for full-HD resolution and HDR10+ support. The streaming device is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port and supports multiple streaming platforms. The Realme Smart TV Stick offers access to the Google Play store, Google Assistant, and comes with inbuilt Chromecast support, according to the company.
Government Said to Seek Ouster of Chinese Firms From Affordable Smartphone Market
India seeks to restrict Chinese smartphone makers from selling devices cheaper than Rs. 12,000 to kickstart its faltering domestic industry, dealing a blow to brands including Xiaomi. The move is aimed at pushing Chinese giants out of the lower segment of the world’s second-biggest mobile market, according to people familiar with the matter. It coincides with mounting concern about high-volume brands like Realme and Transsion undercutting local manufacturers, they said, asking not to be identified discussing a sensitive matter.
Exclusion from India’s entry-level market would hurt Xiaomi and its peers, which in recent years have increasingly relied on India to drive growth while their home market endures a series of Covid-19 lockdowns that crippled consumption. Smartphones under Rs. 12,000 contributed to a third of India’s sales volume for the quarter through June 2022, with Chinese companies accounting for up to 80 percent of those shipments, according to market tracker Counterpoint.
Xiaomi’s shares extended losses in the final minutes of trading in Hong Kong on Monday. It slid 3.6 percent, extending its decline this year to more than 35 percent. It’s unclear whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will announce any policies or use informal channels to convey its preference to Chinese companies, the people said.
New Delhi has already subjected Chinese firms operating in the country, such as Xiaomi, and rivals Oppo and Vivo, to close scrutiny of their finances, which has led to tax demands and money laundering allegations. The government has previously employed unofficial means to ban Huawei and ZTE telecom equipment. While there’s no official policy prohibiting Chinese networking gear, wireless carriers are encouraged to purchase alternatives.
The move shouldn’t affect Apple or Samsung, which price their phones higher. Representatives from Xiaomi, Realme, and Transsion didn’t respond to requests for comment. Spokespeople from India’s technology ministry also didn’t respond to Bloomberg News inquiries.
India amped up pressure on Chinese firms in the summer of 2020 after more than a dozen Indian soldiers died following a clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbours on a disputed Himalayan border. It has since banned more than 300 apps, including Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s TikTok, as relations between the two countries fray.
Homegrown companies such as Lava and Micromax comprised just under half of India’s smartphone sales before new entrants from the neighbouring country disrupted the market with cheap and feature-rich devices.
Chinese smartphone players now sell the vast majority of devices in India, but their market dominance has not been “on the basis of free and fair competition,” India’s junior tech minister told the Business Standard newspaper last week. Recurring annual losses posted by most Chinese handset makers in India, despite their leading position, add to criticism of unfair competition.
In private, the government continues to ask Chinese executives to build local supply chains, distribution networks and export from India, suggesting New Delhi still very much wants their investment, the people said.
© 2022 Bloomberg L.P.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4 Colours, RAM, Storage Options Tipped; Live Images Leaked
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are expected to go official on August 10. Ahead of the official confirmation, a fresh leak has tipped the colour options as well as RAM and storage details of the new Samsung foldable smartphones. Both Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are tipped to come in three different colours and two RAM and storage configurations. Separately, live images of the devices have surfaced online suggesting the possible design. The renders suggest a triple rear camera setup on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
A report by 91Mobiles has claimed the colour variants and RAM + storage configurations of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. As per the leak, the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 will come in three colour options — Beige, Grey-green, and Phantom Black. The Galaxy Z Flip 4, on other hand, is said to be offered in Bora Purple, Graphite, and Pink Gold shades in India.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is said to come in two configurations — 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, 12GB RAM + 512GB storage. The Galaxy Z Flip 4, in contrast, is said to arrive in 8GB RAM +128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage options. The information is in line with past leaks. Both the phones could go on sale in India starting August 26. However, there is no official word from Samsung on it.
Separately, tipster Noh (@noh_tech) has shared leaked live images of Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 on Twitter, tipping the design from all angles in unfolded mode. The leaked live shots show the handsets in a blue shade with a design similar to previous generation foldable phones.
The renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 show a triple rear camera unit arranged in the upper left corner at the back along with an LED flash. The live shots also suggest an under-display camera. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is seen with flat edges. In unfolded mode, the horizontal crease on the clamshell folding display is visible.
Both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are expected to be launched on August 10 at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The company has recently started pre-bookings for the “Next Galaxy smartphones” in India without revealing the exact moniker and price details.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G India Launch Date Set for August 10, Specifications Teased
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G India launch date has been set for August 10, the Chinese company confirmed on Sunday through its official social media channel. It is teased to come with a triple rear camera unit, headlined by a 64-megapixel camera sensor. The company unveiled the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G in select global markets in June alongside the Tecno Camon 19 Pro. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM. Other key highlights of the phone include a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 16-megapixel selfie camera and a 5,000mAh battery.
The launch of the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G in India will take place on August 10, Tecno announced via a post on Twitter. Ahead of the launch, the Chinese vendor is actively teasing key specifications of the phone via social media channels. It is confirmed to offer a 64-megapixel camera sensor and 0.98mm thin bezels. However, the time of the launch event and India pricing details of the smartphone are yet to be announced.
To recall, the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G was unveiled in select global markets in June with a price tag of $320 (roughly Rs. 25,000) for the 8GB + 256GB storage model. The Indian variant can be expected to be priced in the same range.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G specifications (expected)
The Indian variant of the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G is likely to carry similar specifications as the global model. The handset launched earlier this year runs on Android 12 and features a 6.8-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,460 pixels) display with 120Hz refresh rate. The display also has a hole-punch design. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC, along with 8GB of RAM.
As mentioned, the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G is equipped with a triple rear camera setup led by a 64-megapixel sensor paired with RGBW+G+P 1/1.6 aperture lens. The camera unit also includes two 2-megapixel cameras for macro shots and bokeh photos. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G offers up to 256GB of inbuilt storage and is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Flash Charge support.
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