RealMe Is Now Going Global As A Separate Brand

Recently, former senior executive of OPPO, Bingzhong Li (Sky Li), announced on his
Weibo that he has officially resigned from OPPO and founded the technology brand
Realme. In the future, the Realme brand will focus on providing mobile phones that
integrate strong performance and stylish design, bringing young people a joyful life
featuring affordable “technology” and “beauty”.

Realme founder Sky Li, former vice president of OPPO and head of OPPO’s
overseas business department, led OPPO to grow from the business available in 3

markets to one that covers 31 countries and regions including Southeast Asia, South
Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania. Under the steering of Sky Li, OPPO’s
overseas business started from scratch and now ranks among the top three in many
countries, laying a solid foundation for OPPO’s steady leadership in the global smart-
phone industry.

The original intention of establishment of Realme was also derived from Sky Li’s a
wealth of successful experience in overseas market over the years and insight into
demand from the global youth. According to years of extensive field research and
depth interaction with consumers, Sky Li found that although young people all over
the world may have different cellphone habits, they have the same demands for
mobile phone performance and design. Smart phone is not only a communication
tool to them, but also a basic device for socializing, entertainment, working and
studying. In addition, the appearance design of a cellphone is also be considered as
an outside symbol of their personalities. However, currently similar price smart
phones are far from meeting the demands for both performance and design at the
same time. They often complain that mobile phones easily get stuck, or battery
performance is bad, or design tends towards homogeneity. Therefore, Sky Li founded
Realme, focusing on solving this problem, providing products that can be defined as

‘Power meets style’ which effectively means an integration of strong performance
and trendy design.

It is for this reason that Realme’s first smartphone product Realme1 won wide
recognition for excellent performance and appearance immediately after its launch in
India in May 2018. And it was sold out in two minutes after it became available,
making the whole series Amazon’s “Best seller”. It soared to the second place in
India’s smartphone market by virtue of its right next monthly sales volume. This
model uses an 18:9 display with 6.0-inch FHD+ resolution and is equipped with MTK
Helio P60 chipset, a 13 million pixel rear camera, and an 8 million pixel front camera
for selfie, and a built-in 3410mAh battery. Price of the model starts from 8990 Indian
rupees (equivalent to about 885 CNY), and the premium model is priced at 13,990
Indian rupees (equivalent to about 1,396 CNY). Report from NDTV, an authoritative
local Indian media shows Realme 1 has got 4.4 rate on Amazon and became the
“Highest rated” product among Amazon best sellers ranking. Combined with the
stunning diamond-texture body design, this model has achieved great sales
performance on Amazon. According to data from Amazon, Realme 1 has been sold
400,000 sets after it lunched two months, which is a great amount to a new brand.


As a mobile phone brand for young people, Realme is also very young in terms of
team composition, with the average age of team members being under 30 years old.
The young and localized team has laid a solid foundation for Realme by accurately
grasping the pain points of young people around the world and opening up the global

According to reports from Gartner, an authoritative research institution, global
smartphone sales has been increased in the first quarter of 2018 after it declined in
last quarter of 2017, which was the first decline in the history of the smartphone
market. Global smartphone sales volume in the first quarter of 2018 was 384 million
units, occupied 84% of all cellphones, an increase of 1.3% compared with the same
period in 2017. The leading role of emerging markets still has strong influence to
global market. For instance, the retail sales of smartphone has increased 5% to 197
million units in Central and East European market. The smartphone retail sales was
441 million units, with year-on-year growth of 2% in Middle East and Africa market.
At the same time, report from the German market research company GfK shows that
the sales volume in emerging Asian regions in 2017 was 232.7 million units, an
increase of 8% compared with that in 2016. It is expected that the demand for
smartphones in these regions will increase by 9% in 2018. Therefore, to Realme,
focusing on providing products with strong performance and stylish design, the
market demands is still high. As Realme is targeting global market, it will also inject
fresh momentum into the global smartphone industry.

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