Chinese brand realme launched India’s first 5G smartphone in the form of realme X50 Pro in the first quarter of 2020. Also, this handset happens to be the only 5G-enabled device from the brand in the country ever after months. But now, the company’s Indian CEO has confirmed to release more 5G smartphones in 2021.
Last week, a popular Indian tech influencer claimed that realme may debut its X7 series of 5G smartphones in India in December. Then, earlier this week, Anku Jain, the Managing Director (MD) of MediaTek India hinted at the launch of these devices.
Now, Madhav Sheth, the CEO of realme India himself has confirmed that the realme X7 series will launch in 2021. Also, he revealed the brand’s plan to ‘democratize 5G technology in 2021’. That means realme will be launching more 5G smartphones next year in India, instead of only one handset like it did this year.
Anyway, users of these phones will not be able to use 5G as there’s no 5G network in India. Above all, the government is yet to auction spectrum for the fifth-generation wireless network.
So one might be wondering why realme is bringing 5G handsets to India. The answer is simple: the brand wants to be a forerunner by readying the market even before 5G arrives as India is one of the three largest smartphone markets in the world.
Another reason is that almost all Chinese brands have been only launching 5G smartphones in their home market since the beginning of 2020. This trend is expected to get stronger in the coming quarters. Hence, it does not make sense for the companies to invest in R&D for 4G phones.
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