Wednesday, 20 May 2020 09:14

Optus to offer realme C3 smartphone as a pre-paid option

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Singtel Optus and China's realme have signed an agreement for the former to offer the latter's C3 smartphone as a pre-paid device for $199, The C3 was released in April at an RRP of $269.

A statement from realme said the C3 would be available at all retailers that offered Optus pre-paid smartphones, including Yes Optus, Kmart, Big W, Target, Australia Post, Woolworths (red only) and Coles (from 1 June).

realme managing director Andy Yang said: “This business development represents an incredibly exciting step forward for realme. Partnering with one of Australia’s leading telecommunications companies demonstrates our determination to expand further into the Australian market.

"It remains our priority to ensure Aussie consumers are armed with smartphones that have the latest and most impressive features all for a competitive price, and by working with Optus, this will enable us to connect with more consumers across the country.”

Yang is a former vice-president of OPPO, one of the three brands sold by China's BBK Electronics. realme was founded in 2018 and has operations in China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, Russia, Pakistan and Africa.

Though it split off from OPPO, the company is still backed by its parent, with a shared production line, supply chain and ColorOS, a modified version of Android.

The C3 has a 5000mAh battery, which is claimed to last 30 days on standby or stream 20.8 hours of video. It is also claimed to make 43.9 hours of calls.

The device has a 6.5-inch HD+ mini-drop full-screen display with a triple AI camera.

The rear main camera has a F1.8 large aperture and a large 1.25μm pixel size. The device is NFC enabled, has a G70 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Optus Pre-paid Devices manager Erin Guinan said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with realme with the launch of the C3. We look forward to working with realme in offering Australians high quality devices at a price point everyone can enjoy.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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