Usually, the Realme brand releases two smartphones of the “numbered” series annually – this has become a tradition since the inception of the brand. In 2018, Realme 1 and 2 came out, in 2019 – Realme 3 and 5, in the past – Realme 6 and 7. However, an exception to the rule is expected this year.
The company has already released Realme 8, but it’s not worth waiting for the ninth model until the end of 2021. The head of Realme in India and Europe, Madhav Sheth, told reporters that the global shortage of chips has caused the release of the new model to be delayed.
“We solved the problem by carefully discussing everything with chipset manufacturers and Realme 9 will be available to users in 2022”– he declared. However, Sheth claims that all of the company’s other releases in 2021 will go exactly as planned.
For those who were counting on a new purchase, the Realme 8 series, Redmi Note 10 series smartphones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy A and M series remain in approximately the same price range.
Realme isn’t the only company hit by a shortage. Apparently, Samsung has postponed the release of the Galaxy S21 FE for the same reason, and in India, the release of the super-budget JioPhone Next, developed with the participation of Google and Reliance, has been postponed.