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The OPPO K9 might convert into a Realme phone in order to get a global launch

The OPPO K9. (Source: OPPO)
The OPPO K9. (Source: OPPO)
The OPPO K9 5G is a somewhat rare new smartphone in 2021, as it has launched with the lesser-spotted Snapdragon 768G processor. It has debuted as a "performance"-focused device in its OEM's native China; however, there are now signs that it may completely change its name - even its brand name - in order to become available outside that country.

OPPO recently unleashed the K9 5G with triple rear cameras and a distinctive "Performance" logo superimposed in its black colorway. It is now available on the Chinese market at a starting price of ~US$310. Oddly, it now looks like this same new phone has been certified by TENAA all over again - albeit by Realme this time.

This brand - a sister company to OPPO under the same holding company - really does seem to have submitted the K9 5G for regulator approval for the second time. Its new official listing reportedly shows that it has the same 6.43-inch display, 4,400mAh battery and camera hump (64MP main sensor included) as the K9, although it now has a new model number: RMX3142.

The same number has also just surfaced on Geekbench 4. Its benchmarking results show that it has 8GB of RAM and runs Android 11 on a Qualcomm SoC of the lito platform (encompassing many CPUs of the mid-range Snapdragon 7xx series) clocked at 1.8GHz. Those specs could all be said to match the 768G processor.

These new leaks have given rise to speculation that the K9 5G has been handed off to Realme so as to launch in markets besides China. This could be interesting to international smartphone enthusiasts, as there are not many devices with its 5G processor available to buy out there. Furthermore, the K9 actually launched alongside a smart TV of the same name; maybe it will also make it to other markets as a Realme screen.

On the other hand, this 'non-OPPO K9', thought to be called the Realme V25 5G on its debut, has yet to be officially acknowledged by its possible new brand. 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-19 (Update: 2021-05-19)