Realme introduced the first member of the Realme 10 series in 2018. It will launch on November 9 and we managed to get an interview with Madhav Sheth – Realme VP and Head of Realme International covering some of the key aspects of the upcoming phone.
The interview covers the sales performance of the previous Realme 10 series devices, key hardware features of Realme 10, software support and other interesting topics like consumer preferences like phone screen sizes and battery endurance.
Do you know how many units were shipped with the serial number?
A total of over 50 million units between the Numeric and Pro series.
What are your goals for the Realme 10 series?
I’m more of a product person, so I prefer to focus on the product. Sales numbers are just the results of actual inputs, I’ve always believed.
Yes, but you have to keep a certain number in mind when starting production.
Sure – we have our base figures, but we also have our aspirational figures. Next year, 10 series will be very important for us, but there are many factors to consider. We have to understand that the world is going through a lot right now and global supply chains are disrupted so it’s extremely difficult to make these predictions. But even so, we are extremely optimistic about the performance of the 10 series.
What were your main considerations when designing the Realme 10?
The most important things a consumer looks at are three – processor, screen, storage and RAM. The camera is closely related to the processor, because its capabilities are not only about megapixels and hardware, but also about the process. We’ve focused on these key features with the MediaTek G99, 90Hz AMOLED and up to 16GB of flexible RAM.
Realme 10 chipset and RAM specifications
Touching the camera, Realme 10’s main camera seems to be downgraded compared to Realme 9, what are your thoughts on this?
Of course, we have a 50MP dual camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera. However, we have put a lot of effort into improving the results and performance of the 50 MP main camera. So we really feel that the results will not be different from what the 108MP camera on the Realme 9 did. This allowed us to offer a better product without increasing the price.
What kind of software support can users expect when buying realme 10?
We’ve decided to offer two major upgrades for every genuine phone. At the same time, we are closely monitoring the new policies coming to Europe that will push the reforms to 5 years. But while no final decisions have been made there, buyers can expect at least two major upgrades when they get the Realme 10.
What is the best battery life for a phone in your opinion? Where do you draw the line when it comes to balancing phone size and durability?
I consider battery life as three different aspects. One is the battery size, second is the charging speed and finally there are software updates that ensure better performance. What we have seen is that users normally expect a 5,000mAh battery with 33W and above charging support. For the Realme 10, we are able to offer a 5,000mAh battery with an ultra-slim body, the slimmest Realme ever launched globally.
People want their phones to last 8 hours to 12 hours and from heavy multitasking. You are also looking at the time it takes to charge the phone after draining the battery. The Realme 10 can easily last a whole day with users playing with it and even charging it to 50% in 28 minutes. And we will try our best to reduce the charging time.
Can we officially call the compact phone dead with Apple leaving the small? Do you see screen sizes settling between 6 and 7 inches because people can’t comfortably hold larger devices?
I will not comment on Apple’s strategy as they have their own consumers and strategy. But I believe that generally people look at at least 6 inches and above screen on their phones.
The reason is that heavy users and multi-taskers – whether you’re browsing, gaming, checking email or reading a book (and it’s getting bigger) – you’ll need at least a 6.4-6.5-inch screen to get things done properly. .so I think 6″ is going to be the bare minimum going forward, as the applications are designed these days.
Any parting words?
What we are trying to do with the Realme 10 series is a new price point difference. I wouldn’t say innovation directly, because things are already being created, but what we’re trying to do is bring that innovation to price points that people haven’t been able to enjoy before.
This time the 10 series brings our users three leap forward innovations: performance, display and design. Realme 10 will be a performance-oriented variant and stay with the other two models