When does the Realme Race launch?
While it's too early for Realme to have set a date, during Qualcomm's Tech Summit event, company CEO Sky Li confirmed that Realme would serve as one of the first manufacturers to launch a smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform.
"The new flagship of Realme will be called 'Race' powered by Snapdragon 888, and its codename 'Race' shows the flagship will come with fast speed and high performance," Li said.
Right now, our best estimates come from the company's superb 2020 flagship - the Realme X50 Pro - which launched back in February. Assuming the company's 2021 release strategy follows a similar path and we're to believe the company's eagerness, we should expect the 888-powered Race to touch down around the same time this year.
How much is the Realme Race?
As with its release info, there's no pricing to accompany news of the "Race" at this stage, however, Realme is known for offering up impressive value for money across its entire range, so we expect the pricing its next flagship to be no different.
For reference, in the UK the X50 Pro cost an impressively-low £569 and while there's a chance that Realme's top end will reach even higher in terms of both features and price, it'd be a surprise if the device broke the £700 barrier, still making it markedly more affordable than a lot of rival manufacturers' lead 2020 devices.
What does the Realme Race design look like?
Although the intricacies of the 'Race' remain a mystery, there's already plenty of information that we can piece together from various leaks. In the case of the design we even have a leaked photo of a Race phone in the flesh:
This leaked image gives us our best look at the Realme Race, sporting what appears to be a metal frame with a physical power key, a glass back with curved edges and a circular camera arrangement featuring four sensors with what might be a thin xenon flash to one side.
While the sensors in the image all appear to be the same physical size and one looks to have been cut-and-pasted using image manipulation software, it appears that we'll get a decent sensor size from at least one of the Race's snappers. There's also no apparent periscopic zoom setup - as seen on the likes of the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
What about the Realme Race specs?
As for internals, the Snapdragon 888 promises greater power efficiency than the previous generation's 865, thanks in part to an integrated X60 5G modem and the use of a 5nm process (the 865 relied on a separate modem and was built on a 7nm process). The choice of modem also means that phones like the Race will likely support both Sub-6 and mmWave 5G standards, meaning both greater and faster 5G connectivity (depending on available networking technology).
Improved digital and image signal processors, along with an upgraded GPU and a new CPU architecture, should ensure improved performance across the board; from general use to gaming, camera performance and AI-based tasks.
There's also the matter of power and while we don't know the Race's battery capacity as of yet, the company had previously promised a future device would debut its 125W 'UltraDart' fast charging technology.
Well known tipster IceUniverse has leaked a document claiming that the 'Realme Race Pro' will feature the 125W charging tech, along with a 5000mAh battery, 12GB of DDR5 RAM, and will run on Realme UI 2.0 (based on Oppo's ColorOS 11), which means it will be on top of Android 11.
Other leaked specs include 256GB of internal storage and the model number RMX2202, though the IceUniverse leak raises the possibility of a regular Race alongside a Race Pro, which raises questions about which leaks refer to which devices.
Here's the Realme Race's rumoured spec sheet as it stands:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
- (Up to) 12GB RAM
- (Up to) 256GB storage
- Quad rear camera setup w/ xenon flash
- Curved glass back
- Metal frame
- Android 11 w/ Realme UI 2
- 5G (Sub-6 + mmWave)
- 5000mAh battery
- 125W UltraDart fast charging