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Price, specs in PH: realme’s first laptop, the realme Book

Gelo Gonzales
Price, specs in PH: realme’s first laptop, the realme Book

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If you want a laptop that looks like a MacBook, with a 2,160 x 1,440 resolution display, and a claimed 30-minute 0-to-50% charging, check out the newly launched realme Book

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Realme on Thursday, September 23, launched its first laptop in the Philippines, the realme Book.

The laptop was first released in China and India on August 2021.

Just based on photos as we have yet to see the unit in person, the laptop appears to draw heavy inspiration from the Apple Macbook, specifically the MacBook Air. The realme Book is thin, and its body tapers from hinge to the surface edge like the MacBook Air, with black bezels as well, and the realme logo on the bottom of the display, similar to a MacBook’s name being display in the same area.

Windows laptops have drawn inspiration from MacBooks, but the realme Book appears to be among the closest to come to Apple’s design in recent memory. The MacBook’s signature silver finish is also replicated in the realme Book, although the realme Book does have a blue option.

The realme Book is cheaper than a MacBook. The cheapest, which comes with an 11th-generation Intel Core i3 chip is P37,990 while the model with a more powerful Core i5 chip is priced at P47,990.

The current Apple MacBook Air’s price starts at P54,990, as listed on the Apple website.

Despite copying Apple’s design elements, the realme Book does have solid specs for the price. First, it has a 512GB SSD drive. If you’re getting a MacBook, you need to spend almost P70,000 to get the variant with that amount of fast SSD storage.

The display is sharp at 2,160 x 1,440, which is a resolution you’d more commonly find higher up the price range. This means that text is crisper, and images look sharper than a regular 1,920 x 1,080 display. Although we have yet to review the unit, the crisper text along the 100% sRGB color gamut (a richer range of colors) will be more pleasing to look at, especially if you work all day in front of a computer – which is what this laptop appears to be designed for.

It looks to be a relatively affordable laptop with some premium features (higher resolution display with wide color gamut, sturdy aluminum alloy body) and skinned like an Apple. It’s ultra-portable, and based on the specs, it’s good for most computing tasks except the heavier levels of multimedia editing.

Realme says it weights 1.38 kilos with a thickness of 14.99 millimeters, and has a battery that lasts up to 11 hours for everyday office tasks.

What stands out as well is its fast-charge technology, which realme says allows the laptop to be charged to 50% in only 30 minutes. It also has 8GB of RAM.

Realme also promises a “crystal-clear audio experience” with a bass sound powered by HARMAN.

The laptop was launched along with a new flagship phone, the realme Master GT featuring a unique “suitcase” back, which you can read about here.

Prices, pre-order promos:

i3 – P37,990
i5 – P47,990

Lazada pre-order details:

Minimum of 10% downpayment to secure the unit
Pre-order period: September 24 to 29
Pre-order prices:
i3 – P29,990
i5 – P41,990

Silicon Valley store promos:
Pre-order freebies: one-year Microsoft Office 365 subscription, realme 
laptop bag, and mouse

Units arrive on October 1. – Rappler.com

Get your hands on this realme laptop using these Shopee promo codes.

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.