The RealMe Brand in 2020October 25, 2020
The RealMe brand has been making a lot of noise recently taking the world by storm. For those of you who didn’t know, this company started back in 2018. But, if you dig a little deeper, the “Real” branding was actually a variant of an OPPO smartphone back in 2010.
In this article, I’ll be giving you guys the origin story of how I remember this brand from its starting phase to its present glory days.
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In a span of just 2 years, the RealMe brand has gotten so much growth that it was practically the talk of the town giving other brands a reason to be on their toes in manufacturing more products for consumers.
On May 16, 2018, RealMe launched its first smartphone, the RealMe 1.
The RealMe 1, however, was still under OPPO at the time but upon launch had already made so much noise that it gathered so much attention even in the Philippine market. Specifications wise it’s indeed a lot of “bang for the buck” approach as it packs in a lot of features that are usually seen on more expensive offerings from other brands from competitors like ASUS, Huawei, and Samsung.
Because the launch was a success and the RealMe 1 was given so much acceptance in the tech world, come September of the same year the RealMe 2 was unveiled.
In contrast to the RealMe 1, the Realme 2 has received some major upgrades and the design elements were closer to the trend that houses the notch design.
It came with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 in which the performance was still marginally better over the RealMe 1. The RealMe 2 was the first device from the brand to over a secondary camera sensor which provided consumers the ability to add a little bit of depth when taking pictures since 2018 was the age of portrait shots also more commonly called the “Bokeh” effect.
Shortly after the RealMe 2 Pro was released in October with a huge jump from the Snapdragon 400 series to the 600 series and the capability to shoot 4k video recording. Within that same month, the RealMe C1 was born.
Now I’m not going to cover every single RealMe device released but as you can tell, their R&D is hard at work in producing more capable products for everyone in the consumer tech space.
Because of that massive growth in a span of a few months in 2018 they’ve acquired so many awards that it’s one of the brands that’s hard not to consider.
Brands like Xiaomi or Huawei bring innovation but RealMe brings opportunities to everyone under every pricepoint. Fast forward to 2020, the RealMe brand has more than 6 million fans globally, and even in markets where the RealMe brand isn’t available, we can see reports of consumers ordering overseas just to get their hands on it as it brings a lot of value for the money.
If you’re living in the Philippines, chances are you’d think some of their products are overpriced, but if you’re overseas having to score a smartphone that is just $200 – $300 is already a win for so many tech consumers.
Being a tech reviewer, it is important to keep an open mind when reviewing tech, especially tech like smartphones that matters to most people.
The usual Product A and Product B comparison is always a given, but should always be in an open perspective. There’s never really a better product, especially if it involves preference.
Most recently I was using the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 lite and the POCO X3, and although on paper the POCO X3 had a lot more horsepower and technological advancements, I stuck with the Mi Note 10 lite simply because of what it brings to the table. Come October of 2020, we’ve seen a lot of hype towards a few RealMe devices that reached the Philippine shore, this includes the following:
That’s basically a generation after a new generation. Based on my research, the most common feedback is it’s a downgrade from the predecessor. In my honest opinion, it’s not.
It’s actually the brand giving more options for the general consumer. Try to see things from a different perspective, look at the “Apple Approach”.
Apple devices are expensive, as they are always under the “premium” category. You get premium performance, premium build, etc, but customers will flock to the brand every time a new release is made, despite having common specifications under the hood, just because of the fact that it has the word “new”, consider it sold.
An iPhone 11 comes with the A13 Bionic chip which was released back in 2019, the iPhone SE 2020 comes with the same A13 chip but in the body of the iPhone 8 (old design). In terms of cost, you’re looking at around $400 – $500, as opposed to the iPhone 11 that is now at $500 – $600.
Put that scenario with RealMe, specifically for the RealMe 6 and the RealMe 7 series, regardless of how much you play with the idea, you’re still not spending over $400, which still gives value for money whichever model between the two you’d go for.
In that sense, my point in this article is very basic. It boils down to preference. Both devices come with the same processing power or are within the same series, with identical specifications, and in my honest opinion what takes them apart is the overall design and the charging speed.
If you prefer the flashy and loud device, go for the RealMe 6 Pro, but if you prefer the more toned-down approach then go for the RealMe 7 Pro.
If I would be given the chance to review them, I’d personally go for the RealMe 6 Pro. That lightning design is just so unique that it gives character (in my opinion).
Even if you put their spec sheet side by side and you nit-pick on the details, there’s not really much to rant or rave about.
From how things are looking, I can honestly say the RealMe brand is not gonna stop any time soon, it has a very vast user base, a massive following, and fans all over the globe are talking about it. The brand is aggressively looking for more ways to innovate the consumer tech community which in my honest opinion does not show signs of stopping any time soon.
The brand itself is in the right direction and definitely has all the right reasons to dare to leap into the future and be respected as one of the top smartphone tech and lifestyle brands in the tech space in 2020 and the years to come.