Chinese smartphone brand realme became the world’s fastest-growing 5G brand for the first time in Q4 last year, with a year-on-year growth rate of 165%, realme’s vice president Chase Xu announced on Twitter-like Weibo on Friday.
According to Counterpoint Research, this performance was driven by Western European countries such as the UK, Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland. In each of these countries, realme is the fastest-growing brand thanks to the 8 5G and GT series.
Realme’s future as a major 5G brand looks bright as it continues to broaden access to 5G smartphones. The company recently launched its most affordable 5G smartphone to date, the 9 5G, priced under $200, in India on 10 March 2022. This model is expected to be launched soon in Latin America and Europe at $200-$250.
In addition, Xu said today that the realme GT Neo3 will be released next Tuesday. The device will adopt a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a center-aligned punch-hole. Its 4,500mAh cell and 150W fast charging allows the phone to charge to 50% within 5 minutes, and supports 1600 charging and discharging cycles.
The realme GT Neo3 is equipped with the Dimensity 8100 and another independent display chip. It packs a very sophisticated thermal solution labelled “Diamond Ice Core Cooling System Max” with a total heat dissipation area of 39606mm² and a VC heat dissipation area of 4129mm². This model is also the designated chip for the Honor of Kings National Competition in 2022.
Alongside the GT Neo3, realme will also announce their Buds Air 3 TWS earphones in China next Tuesday. The new earbuds will feature 42dB active noise reduction and an endurance of up to 30 hours. It is also the first high-performance noise reduction earphone certified by Rheinland.