Chung is quoted to have said that post a potential split, Realme would continue to share resources with Oppo but would develop its own ecosystem and product lines. Realme already has its own R&D team.

Representatives of Honor, Huawei’s sub-brand, have told Tech Advisor in the past that the two brands operate entirely separately as businesses despite the shared hardware and software.

In the interview Chung added that 60% of Oppo’s users are femail and 60% of Realme’s are male. Take from that what you will, but it serves to show that different brands have different market possibilities, and phone makers are trying to find out how they can serve as many potential customers as possible – even if that means maintaining more than one brand,