Realme is already well-known for its popular smart and mobile devices, particularly its Android smartphones. As early as 2022, the brand is expected to break into next-generation form factors such as foldable phablets. This new rumor is based on social media posts and an alleged schematic of a relevant device, which suggests high-end specs.
Realme, a well-known BBK Electronics subsidiary, is already rumored to be working on its first-ever under-display camera smartphone. The company is expected to release its first foldable smartphone in the near future. These rumors were sparked by a Weibo post from Yu Qi Chase, the company’s CEO.
High-resolution screens with punch-hole selfie cameras, once the exclusive domain of flagships on the bleeding edge of Android smartphone technology, will be decidedly “mainstream” by 2022, according to the executive (at least according to Google Translate), and display panels capable of either folding or hiding cameras may be next.
This message could be interpreted as a general (and reasonable) comment on the progress of the mobile device industry; however, some people believe it means Realme is about to release a new device with one or more of these next-gen specs.
The recent appearance of a “Realme Design Studio” diagram purporting to depict a “GT 2 Fold” with an 8-inch flexible primary AMOLED display may support this theory. A 6.5-inch ‘cover’ display and dual 50MP rear cameras are also included in the alleged schematic.
Since Realme is essentially under the same umbrella as Oppo, another OEM linked to a first-generation foldable smartphone with potentially similar specs, it’s possible that the two companies have access to the same approximate designs and plan to release them in the near future with their own spins on the technology.
Realme’s version may prove to be the more cost-effective of the two, given the company’s typical ‘youth-focused’ marketing tactics. On the other hand, this is still a matter of conjecture at this point.
Is 2022 the year of the low-cost foldable?
Many smartphone companies, including Vivo and Oppo, have been linked to upcoming foldables. We haven’t seen any of these companies release mainstream foldable phones, but it’s worth noting that Realme, a fellow BBK brand, is now pushing the folding agenda.
Oppo’s foldable phone, which is expected to have a 7.7-inch foldable display and a much smaller outer display, has been delayed to 2022, according to early rumors.
Other rumors suggested that Vivo would release a larger device with an 8-inch main screen and a 6.5-inch external display. Realme’s design philosophy is unknown at this time.
In any case, if Realme is serious about releasing a folding phone in 2022, it will be competing against Samsung. Despite being the most polished large foldable phone to date, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still a $1,800 investment.
With its flagship phones, Realme has a history of undercutting its major competitors. Using the same strategy with its foldable could provide us with the less expensive option that consumers have been waiting for.