Chinese tech company Realme is hosting a launch event on June 15 at 5am PT / 8am ET / 1pm BST / 8pm ACT, and while it's mainly for the Realme GT mid-range Android smartphone, we could end up seeing a lot more at the event.
That's because tech website GSMArena (opens in new tab) is claiming the brand will unveil its first tablet, which judging by the company's output will likely be a cheap Android tablet with a high-end processor. According to the site, the brand will also launch its first laptop, which it has already been teasing (opens in new tab).
Realme's CEO Madhav Sheth teased some new products via Twitter (opens in new tab), talking about 'exciting new product categories' with an image that states 'another GT is coming', but there's no indication that this refers to a tablet and laptop instead of, say, a GT-branded smartwatch.
Realme UK posted on Twitter (opens in new tab) saying 'the GT squad grows', which seems to suggest the new product could also be a phone, though it doesn't explicitly rule out another type of product with the GT name. The brand also teased a robot vacuum (opens in new tab) for the launch event.
A new cheap Android tablet
We've been working and hinting about some exciting new product categories.Get ready for another surprise coming up at the #realmeGT Global Launch!I know you all have guessed it. Do reply with your answers. pic.twitter.com/6J6WeTNZqEJune 11, 2021
If you're looking to buy a new tablet, and don't want a relatively-high-priced iPad, there's usually very little choice on the market. You could buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab, an Amazon Fire HD tablet, or perhaps a Lenovo slate, but there's generally not much else.
It sounds like lots of Chinese tech companies have noticed this hole in the market though, with Realme just one of the bunch. Xiaomi's Mi Pad 5 is also expected and Huawei just launched its new MatePad 11, which will likely come with a low price.
We'll have to see if any of these new slates are as good as the stalwarts on the market, but competition is always good news, and we might be about to witness a renaissance in Android slates.