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Realme launches the V13, an affordable new 5G phone that might also go international soon

The new V13. (Source: Realme)
The new V13. (Source: Realme)
The V13 is a new Realme phone launched on the Chinese market today. Admittedly, its processor - the MediaTek Dimensity 700 - has been seen before. It is joined by a 90Hz display and a 5000mAh battery in its latest vehicle, which, as rumor has it, might launch in other regions as the Realme 8 5G soon.

Realme launched the world's first Dimensity 1200-powered phone, the GT Neo, today (March 31, 2021). It did not have the event entirely to itself, however: the OEM also unveiled the even better-priced V13 today. Then again, its own MediaTek platform is not a new chipset this time.

It is the Dimensity 700, which confers dual-mode 5G on the new phone. This connectivity comes in a polycarbonate chassis with a 6.5-inch FHD+ display. This panel has a decent 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a 180Hz touch-sampling rate; however, it is also LCD. The V13's rear panel features an 8 Pro-esque camera hump, although only 3 of its rings are occupied with a 48MP main sensor as well as dual 2MP shooters for monochrome and macro photography.

Then again, the V13 may still be able to make a good enough case for itself due to its large 5000mAh battery - even if it charges at only 18W. Luckily, it also ships with its own power brick, not to mention Android 11 skinned with Realme UI 2.0 and a headphone jack.

Realme has also decided to take the increasingly 2021 route of setting 128GB as the base internal storage in the V13, in SKU that only get 8GB of RAM. It can be pre-ordered from Realme's website for 1,599 yuan (US$245), as can a second SKU with 256GB of space for 1,799 yuan ($275) from now.

Therefore, the V13 looks like another potential bargain of a phone that will not be seen outside its home country. On the other hand, a device with suspiciously similar-looking specs (particularly in the connectivity and battery departments) has also just been certified by Realme with the FCC. 

This phone (the RMX3241) has also reportedly been registered by the BIS and NBTC regulators. This has led to speculation that the V13 is coming to other markets (the US, India and Thailand, at least) as the 8 5G - which might admittedly explain its resemblance to current members of this series.

Should this be the case, the phone might arrive on those shores with different, holographic sticker-like finishes rather than the V13's simpler black or blue colorways. Then again, without any form of official confirmation as yet, we can only wait and see.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-31 (Update: 2021-03-31)