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Realme C21 may launch soon as company's next affordable smartphone

Realme is said to have got a new smartphone certified in various countries and this phone could be called C21.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | January 19, 2021 | Updated 14:14 IST

Highlights

  • Realme may be close to launching the C21 smartphone in some markets.
  • The Realme C21 has been spotted on certification websites of India, Thailand, and now Indonesia.
  • The specifications of the Realme C21 are not clear at the moment.

Realme may already be working on the next C-series smartphone. The new C21 has been spotted on the website of a telecom company in Indonesia, which directly hints that the device may launch soon in the market. The Realme model number that is listed on the Indonesian website was interestingly spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) website recently, which means the C21 is expectedly also headed to the Indian market.

Tipster Mukul Sharma has claimed to have spotted the RMX3021 on the website of an Indonesian telecom company. According to him, this model is going to be known as Realme C21 as and when it is launched in the market. The same model number has also appeared on Thailand's NBTC and India's BIS certification websites, which means this smartphone is almost ready for launch in all three markets. There is no sketch or render to glance at to know what the Realme C21 will be like, but it surely will bring upgrades over the C17.

Realme launched the C17 smartphone last year in Bangladesh. This smartphone never made it to India, confining the Realme portfolio of C-series smartphones at C15. The Realme C15 was launched in India last year along with the C11 and the C12 -- all powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 processor. With C17, things improved a bit as the Snapdragon 460 processor runs the show. Since the company launched the C17 as a standalone device -- and not as one of the trio like the C11, C12, and C15 -- this processor may not be used on subsequent versions.

The Realme C21 could be powered by a new processor, either from Qualcomm or from MediaTek. A 5G C-series seems far-fetched right now, which is why the processor may support only up to LTE networks. There is nothing available on this yet. But the listings on several certification websites have revealed there will be Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and Android 10-based Realme UI on this phone. Other specifications are not available, which is why we will have to wait for more details to pour in before Realme confirms the device.

Separately, Realme is also gearing up to launch the X7 series in India soon. It was last year when Realme India boss Madhav Sheth confirmed that but since then the launch date is awaited. Even the parent company Oppo beat Realme in launching the Reno 5 Pro 5G in India before the X7 Pro as both are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor. Realme is teasing the launch on Twitter but, again, without a launch date. But I think the secret will be out soon, given the company is bullish about its 5G offerings, X7 series being one of them, in India.

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