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Update | Realme will launch its first-ever button-phones soon under its new Dizo brand

The FCC approves new Dizo button-phones. (Source: FCC via GSMArena)
The FCC approves new Dizo button-phones. (Source: FCC via GSMArena)
Dizo is Realme's first spin-off under its new TechLife smart product ecosystem. This branding has been spotted on 2 new feature phones, rumored to be called the Star 500 and 300. With removable batteries to power their tiny screens, super-compact form-factors and dual-band 2G connectivity, they are likely to emerge as mobile phones of the extreme budget category.

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Update: Flipkart has now confirmed these leaks with new pages for the Dizo Star 500 and 300. They run on the same Unisoc SC6531E chipset (which apparently goes at...26MHz..), although they differ in having 2.8- and 1.77-inch QVGA displays respectively. Both new devices have classic 32MB ROM/32MB RAM configuraitons, although they can use 64GB microSD cards, at least.

The 2 new feature-phones have also been launched with classic feature-phone prices: just INR 1,299 (~US$17) for the Star 300, or INR 1,799 (~US$24) for the 500. For this, the user gets the looks indicated in their FCC registrations (albeit in more color options); dual SIM support (for 2G cards only) and 3.5mm jacks alongside microUSB ports.

Then again, Flipkart does not mention an OS for these 2 new phones, leaving doubt about whether Realme has rendered them simple dumbphones, or capable of something like KaiOS instead.

Original Article: Smartphones might seem to rule the personal-device world sometimes; however, companies such as Nokia have shown that there is still a market for what is still known as the mobile phone (or dumb-phone, sometimes): typically smaller devices with relatively rare features such as physical buttons and often sub-4G connectivity. Now, it seems Realme is charging up to challenge this OEM with its own take on these devices.

To be more accurate, it will be doing so under its new sub-brand, Dizo. This is apparent from the logo splashed liberally across a pair of devices recently certified as dual-band 2G mobile phones by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The 2 phones, rumored to be called the Dizo Star 500 and 300 on their launch, have small displays (although their FCC listings do not, as ever, reveal how small exactly) located above very traditional T9 keypads and removable batteries of 1,830 and 2,500mAh respectively.

Therefore, they may debut as extra-affordable telecomms options (although it looks as though the "Star 500" might be the more premium of the two) on their launch. They might debut in the presence of increasing brand-awareness, as their new brand has now begun trading, starting with 2 kinds of personal audio accessories to start off with.

Then again, both have technically been seen already: the new Dizo GoPods D TWS earbuds and Dizo Wireless were also once the Realme Buds Q and Realme Buds Wireless respectively, albeit with slightly different styling this time around.

They also have new pages on Flipkart in their new forms, on which the Dizo Wireless will be available from July 7, 2021 at a special price of INR1,299 (~US$17, or about the same off their normal cost), whereas the GoPods D will be released on July 14, 2021 at INR2,499. Therefore, it is possible that the new Star button-phone series will also appear on this platform soon, at similarly bargain prices.

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might join its wireless earbuds soon. (Source: FCC, Realme)
might join its wireless earbuds soon. (Source: FCC, Realme)
 
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07- 4 (Update: 2021-07- 6)