Interview: Realme's Madhav Sheth talks 5G, Europe expansion and foldable phones

28 April 2019
The young brand - it was founded less than a year ago - has bold plans to expand to new markets, segments and products.

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  • Indrajeet

Salesman

  • Andy

If they plan to succeed in Europe they need to have NFC in their phones like Honor does. Honor will be they budget brand to beat

  • Anonymous

Perhaps a digression, but the stock Android fans should check out OxygenOS

Dear Mr. Madhav Seth,

I wish to share my opinion with you. I prefer stock android because of low ROM size, less bloatware, and whole lot of support for changes online (its like a common standard) etc.

Also, I had considered Realme 3 Pro. You made a fantastic phone, but the audio output quality from 3.5mm jack is something that left a little to be desired. Of course, I understand that the choice of Snapdragon 710 did that, so there's nothing much that can be done..
I'm still looking for a decent replacement to my Redmi 2 Prime, because most phones are not music focused as of now.
A decent music focused phone, if your internal surveys say so, might be a good choice for the market. Kindly consider it. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 28 Apr 2019I agree with the last point. Stock android is plain and bor... moreThat's what most company and people don't get about stock android.
We are free to customize and remove every app that we don't need.
Every company just slap some of their own useless software in there (browsers, image viewing etc) while we actually have better options but we can't uninstall / disable them because fuck you pay me. The worst, they even put ads on their UI (Xiaomi) while good things, it can be disabled.

Feature is cool, but I wish they are more flexible as to let the user to decide if they want to use those or not, rather than forcing their shitty app to fill the phone memory and ram.

Still I prefer stock Android. This guy's is silly and marketing bollocks

no, 28 Apr 2019Although some features ( 64MP , super slo-mo , .. ) can mis... moreYou are saying that companies should lie instead of actually making interesting products? Yeesh

Waiting for smart accessories

Not gonna lie, I really like this guy. He sounds kinda like us in some ways, minus the micro USB

I mean who just care about this shit realme with shitty color os when we got Xiaomi😉

no, 28 Apr 2019Although some features ( 64MP , super slo-mo , .. ) can mis... more"Although some features ( 64MP , super slo-mo , .. ) can mislead many people , they are also important to encourage the confused consumers to buy their phones over other brands' phones"

Really what do you want to convey from this paragraph ? Misleading will help people to buy phone and if they buy the product and then regret is that what you saying......LOL
LED notification is gimmick really get a life man hahaha. Type C is future so yeah it is must have feature
Fast charger is not available in country now but it will be and can be purchased and yeah u can't purchase type C and replace it with USB port.....LOL

Madhav Sheth, still no USB C on your phs,,,its such a real SHAME.

Truth, 28 Apr 2019Yes competition is good but it must be healthy not misguidi... moreAlthough some features ( 64MP , super slo-mo , .. ) can mislead many people , they are also important to encourage the confused consumers to buy their phones over other brands' phones .

For example, People who want to buy Realme 3 pro or Redmi note 7 pro may choose the 3 pro because of its ( gimmick ) features even if they don't need them but they will feel that they have bought the better value for money.

When you look at the note 7 pro , you'll notice some features that can be gimmick. You have USB-C but you don't have or even find fast chargers , you have a notification LED light which is hardly noticible and can be useless while you can buy the 3 pro and have a faster charger , better gaming experience.

When you look at the two phones , you'll have true slo-mo up to 240/480fps ( don't remember ) but you can shoot 960fps on the realme ( if it's not perfect or even fake ).

Anonymous, 28 Apr 2019Why? competition is good for consumers. It drives prices do... moreYes competition is good but it must be healthy not misguiding and you don't tell me about value for money products cause Xiaomi is first company on this planet to give VFM products in smartphone industry and this realshit started by oppo to compete with Xiaomi. Cause they were losing their market shares in India it sounds like they are taking revenge which is not healthy competition .
What realme does 64mp gimmick, slo-mo gimmick , blame YouTubers if they criticize their products, IMX 519 is better than IMX 586...lol give underclocked SoC and tell customers that it's for battery optimisation , Madhav is confused about underclocked SD 660 is powerful or helio p70 and lastly
most gimmicky The COLOR OS ..... hahaha

Derek, 28 Apr 2019Better don't come here. We already have Xiaomi/Redmi/Poco f... more“Dracarys”

  • hmm

I dont care if they come to Europe. they dont have anything good anyways on there phone list. And nothing new too. Not even compact size phones that would be compact something under 140mm tall and under 70mm wide.

  • Anonymous

I agree with the last point. Stock android is plain and boring. Featureless.

The reason people want stock Android is for clean UI and be a less resource hog on RAM, CPU, GPU and not for extra feature.
Make it functional by adding functionality which people actually gonna use do not just assume on your own, nobody ask for an inbuilt cleaner app if someone need it they can download it for free and that just one example from your feature list.
Listen to the user feedback.

"I have a very clear view that biometric sensors will be the future and not the fingerprint scanner. The reason is because more and more technology focuses on digital payments. I think that will be the future."

The FPS scanner is officially a biometric sensor. If he meant "Face Unlock" then he deserves a Face Palm.

"The issue with that kind of facial recognition is that it’s not very secure.

That’s the perception, but again, this is the first gen and maybe down the road it will improve. Yes, we might need something more secure for payments, but for day to day use I’d say it’s secure enough already."

That's NOT the perception. A 2D picture is not and never will be safe. I wouldn't trust a phone with my credit card / other IDs if the phone can't tell me apart from a picture.

  • Anonymous

Derek, 28 Apr 2019Better don't come here. We already have Xiaomi/Redmi/Poco f... moreWhy? competition is good for consumers. It drives prices down & features up. Without realme & other value brand, xiaomi will still stuck @ SD625, while reducing battery capacity for each generation.

Ideally, we want 3 competing brand with around 20-30% share in a region. As long as it's unlockable & got decent hardware, we can tweak it as much as we want.