- Realme has unveiled the â€œRace,â€� one of the first phones to use the Snapdragon 888 chipset.
- Details are scarce, but it will boast gaming-friendly performance and speedy 5G.
- New details of a â€œKoi phoneâ€� have now also emerged.
Update: December 24, 2020 (1:10 AM ET): Realme has teased a new Snapdragon 888 phone apparently inspired by koi. Dubbed the â€œKoi phoneâ€� on Weibo, the device will also sport Qualcommâ€™s latest high-end chipset judging by the â€œ888 red envelopesâ€� or prizes the company is giving away.
Realme previously confirmed that the Race name is just a codename, so itâ€™s possible that Koi is the final name (or that weâ€™re looking at two different phones). Nevertheless, it seems the firmâ€™s early 2021 flagship could make a splash either way.
Original article: December 1, 2020 (1:15 PM ET): Qualcomm only just unveiled the Snapdragon 888, but that isnâ€™t stopping phone makers from boasting about using the new chip. Realme has teased the â€œRace,â€� its codename for a new flagship-class smartphone that will be one of the first phones to use the Snapdragon 888 inside.
The company isnâ€™t sharing many details about the phone â€” not surprising when Qualcomm itself wonâ€™t share more about the Snapdragon 888 until a December 2nd event. Itâ€™s poised to be a powerhouse for â€œgaming, video, and communication,â€� however, and you can expect speedier 5G through the X60 modem.
The â€œleaksâ€� attached to the announcement provide a few extra clues. The design appears to have quad rear cameras, and it wonâ€™t skimp on memory. Realme hinted the phone would pair the Snapdragon 888 with 12GB of RAM, so this will be a higher-end handset aimed at enthusiasts. You can also expect 256GB of storage and Realmeâ€™s version 2.0 UI.
Qualcomm said the 888 would boast faster graphics with high refresh rates, better AI performance and updated image processing power.
The firm didnâ€™t reveal a price or release date for the Race. We wouldnâ€™t count on it being the very first to ship, however. Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S21 is rumored to debut as soon as January, and it might well beat Realmeâ€™s phone in bringing the Snapdragon 888 to market. Donâ€™t be surprised if you have to wait a few months to get this device in your hands.
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