Realme promises even cheaper 5G phones for India, more Narzo and GT models incoming
While India’s first 5G network is still in the testing phase, Realme has identified 5G as a growing trend – the company quotes Google data that says 5G-related searches have gone up 70% between May 2020 and May this year, YouTube searches are up 115%.
The company points out that since the upgrade cycle is around 2 years, buying a 5G phone now means that you’ll get to use it on a 5G network before you move on to the next model. According to a report by Ericsson (which is working with Indian carriers to build out their networks), 26% of mobile subscribers in the country will use a 5G network by the end of 2026.
Realme wants to make 5G phones affordable and earlier this year it said that all of its phones costing INR20,000 and above ($270/€225) will be compatible with next-gen networks. Now the company has revised that figure down to INR 15,000 ($200/€170).
This is already happening as the Narzo 30 5G that launched a couple of weeks ago costs INR 16,000. And it is not the bottom either, Realme is working on developing 5G phones costing less than INR 10,000 ($135/€115).
There will be high-end models too, with multiple Realme GT phones set to launch in India this quarter. The Realme GT 5G will arrive before Diwali and the recently-launched X7 Max 5G is a version of the GT Neo.
The company has already found success in its endeavor – according to Counterpoint Research data, Realme is the #1 5G smartphone brand in India where it held 28% of the market in May.
Realme has committed $300 million over 2 years to develop its 5G offerings. In fact, 90% of the R&D budget goes to 5G products.
- 15 Jul 2021
People are "searching" 5G only to factor in whether they should buy new phones with 5G support or buy discounted 4G versions.. just future proofing.. they aren't excited by any means.. especially in a country like India where ANY netwo...
- 08 Jul 2021
MicroSD is slow, get over it.
- 08 Jul 2021
The hell you think 5G is a gimmick? You still don't prefer high cellular speeds?