It’s a Macbook clone with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and with a cheaper price tag
BBK and Realme’s first laptop has arrived in India! It has been long awaited, including some sneak peeks given to Android Authority a few months ago. This is Realme’s response to the Redmibook launched last 3rd August in India.
The ultrabook’s main caveat is its 2K display and ultra-light design. Other specs include 11th gen Intel Core i3 or i5 processors that are not intended for gaming. Rather, this laptop is meant for students who are looking for a premium-feel laptop but at an affordable cost.
The laptop has a 14in. screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a resolution of 2160×1440 which is rare to see on its price range. The laptop also has narrow bezels which are common to modern laptops nowadays. The display has 400 nits peak brightness which is similar to the MacBook Air
For the design, Realme opted for an aluminium frame and a full-metallic body while also keeping it light in the hands. The laptop is only about 1.4kg in weight and has a thickness of 14.9mm overall. The weight is only for the laptop and does not include the accessories and the charger. There are two colours: Real Blue and Real Gray.
Under the hood of the Realme Book comes Intel Core i3 and i5 processors. There’s no i7 variant unfortunately. And yes, this is the U trim of the Intel Core i3 and i5 meaning it’s more of a power saving and a mainstream use laptop than a heavy performer. However, Realme did include a dual-fan cooling system so that, when you’re rendering that 3D sculpture of yours as well as video, it doesn’t get too hot. Although not advisable, the processor can be clocked by up to 4.2GHz.
The laptop comes with only 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and either 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD. Realme did not state whether these are expandable however.
The laptop does not have a dedicated GPU, but it does have Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics. This may be for cost cutting measures since it targets students and office users. For ports, you have a speedy Thunderbolt 4 which is also used for charging the 54Wh battery that comes along with it, along with a USB-C 3.2 2nd gen port and a single USB-A 3.1 port. Unfortunately, these ports are quite minimal that you might need to get an extender if you’re plugging in more than 3 devices. The laptop does come with an audio port as well.
And speaking of audio, Realme has partnered with Harman-Kardon to bring you stereo speakers for the Realme Book. In addition, the laptop supports dual mic noise cancellation so when you’re talking in a conference, your voice remains loud and clear.
As mentioned earlier, the laptop comes with a 54Wh battery that can last up to 8.5 hours on an office-level setting. With the screen on, the laptop can last for over 11 hours. This battery is rechargeable via the Thunderbolt 4 port with 65W fast charging. This port also supports 30W fast charging if you ever plan on charging your phone through it.
PC connect is an ecosystem app created by Realme so that you can use your phone and PC into one, basically turning your Realme Book into a screen caster. This allows for a simplified drag and drop transferring of files without ever needing to connect your phone through the PC. It only works for selected Realme devices however.
The Realme Book is now official in India. It comes in two variants: an i3 variant and an i5 variant. Below are the price conversions:
- i3 8/256: INR 46,999 (~Php 31.9K)
- i5 8/512: INR 59,999 (~Php 40.7K)
In addition to these regular prices, there’s also introductory prices:
- i3 8/256: INR 44,999 (~Php 30.5K)
- i5 8/512: INR 56,999 (~Php 38.7K)
We hope that this Realme Book would also release internationally, including the Philippines. It’s a worthy alternative to other mainstream laptops from the usual brands.
Source: Realme Book launch event (has ended)