Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's latest premium processing chip that will pretty much power every Android flagship smartphone next year. And following the announcement, Realme has announced that it has already started the development of a new smartphone - codenamed Race, and says that it will be powered by the new processing chip.
According to a tweet by the official Realme UK account, the phone will be the first flagship in the market to be powered by this new processor. This means that we can expect the phone to be launched at the quiet start of next year. Although we had not much information about this flagship previously now it has sparked an interest among the consumers. The codename Race wasn't just a random pick. From the recent reports, we can safely assume that Race is short for Realme Ace.
And now when the industry's interest has been shifted to the Realme race, we have seen some leaks around the phone as well. The leak by GSMArena reveals that the phone will bear the model number RMX2202. The same leaks also suggest that the phone will run the latest Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 out of the box. The phone will feature 12GB of rAM and 256GB of storage, though we expect that there will be other configurations too. The image also shows that the phone has a Snapdragon 888 processor under the hood.
There are also some images of the rear side of the phone on the internet which shows that the phone will feature four camera sensors inside a round shaped camera housing. On the right side, the phone has an LED flash. The display has a curved glass back and the design is almost identical to that of the OPPO Ace2 that was launched in April this year. Unfortunately, we don't know anything about camera specs for the time being. But hopefully, we will be getting more information on this phone in the near future. It is also important to mention that since the tweet was made by Realme UK, we expect the Realme Race will be launched in Europe and UK next year before it lands in other parts of the world.
We have reached the end of 2020. This year brought so many new technologies and innovations in the smartphone industry and now we can expect some amazing flagship iterations in the next year. In 2021, most companies are going to update their processing systems to more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Soc. This has begun and hence, we are going to look at the list of contenders for the next year's flagship that will be powered by the Snapdragon 888. Chinese smartphone manufacturers are at the top of this list. In fact, Qualcomm itself has named the companies which show how much American MNC values the Chinese vendors. Anyway, the list includes the company names like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, etc.
The first phone that confirmed the use of Snapdragon 888 is the Xiaomi Mi. The series will include Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro. A leak suggests that the devices will feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 20MP selfie shot, a UFS 3.1 storage, face unlock, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Mi 11 will have a 4,780mAh battery with 30W wireless charging. The phone has a triple-camera system with 108MP primary sensor, 13MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro lens.
Nubia also confirmed that they will launch a flagship smartphone with the Snapdragon 888 in 2021. Among this, the Red Magic 6 series will be the first gaming mobile phone to feature this processor. Along Nubia, Oppo is releasing its flagship smartphone Find X3 with the same processor. The device is coming in Q1. According to the company, "Find X series will bring an unparalleled new experience to users worldwide". Although OnePlus officially confirmed to release a premium mobile phone in H1 2021. The series will include OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with a slightly different design with and without curved displays. They will likely have an AMOLED display that runs the latest OxygenOS 11 with the fas 65W fast charging. The device will feature a dual 48MP primary camera sensor and an ultra-wide camera sensor on the back.