Oppo spin-off brand Realme is not working on a 48MP camera phone, Realme India CEO, Madhav Sheth has confirmed during a AMA session. There have been reports that Realme might be working on a 48MP camera phone to take on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 and soon-to-launch Redmi Note 7 Pro. As it turns out, Realme does not have any plans of getting into the whole megapixel race just yet.
“For Realme, we are not going to adapt the high megapixel just for the sake of launching it because we believe that camera tuning and software optimization is even more important. We always strive to give our users the best combination of both hardware and software,” is what the Realme India CEO said adding that “a very high megapixel like 48MP doesn’t necessarily stand for 4 times enhancement comparing to a 12MP sensor. This number doesn't necessarily mean high quality images.”
Huawei sub-brand Honor has sparked fresh interest in megapixel count with its recently launched Honor View 20. The Honor View 20 packs an “industry-first 48MP rear camera with Sony IMX586 sensor” which when coupled with “the AI computing power and graphic processing power enabled by the dual-ISP and dual-NPU of Kirin 980 chipset, will automatically perform multi-frame image processing to create high-definition images.” The Honor View 20 has been generating rave reviews globally and is set to launch in India on January 29.
The Honor View 20 is not the only phone with a 48MP rear camera though. The Redmi Note 7 also packs a 48MP rear camera, with a different Samsung-sourced GM1 sensor though.
Realme might not have a 48MP camera phone in its kitty for now, but apparently, it has its hands full with “lot of exciting things coming in Q1 as well as in Q2.” The Realme India CEO has also confirmed that all its upcoming smartphones will run Android 9 Pie software out-of-the-box while existing devices will get the update as per schedule.
Realme made its India debut in May 2018 and has since launched a flurry of affordable devices that bring lots of value to the table. Something on the lines of a Xiaomi Redmi. Realme, in fact, has grown to become a viable alternative to Xiaomi in the affordable price segment in a short span of time. Only recently, it confirmed that it had sold 40 lakh Realme devices in India in only 7 months after launch.