When realme revealed that they would be releasing a laptop, we were not shocked. To begin with, the world’s largest mobile phone business has made a concerted effort to include products into their whole technological and lifestyle ecosystem.
In terms of appearance, specifications, and, coincidentally, pricing, the realme Book made a strong impact. It is the realme signature to cause market disruption. Your work-from-home workhorse is already up to the task, with a starting price of P37,990 (USD747.24) for the Core i3 model.
realme Book specs
Windows 10 (free upgrade to Windows 11)
14-inch 2K IPS display, 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution, 185ppi
100% sRGB, 400-nits peak brightness, 3:2 aspect ratio
11th-Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 dual-core quad-thread CPU, 3GHz (4.1GHz turbo boost)
11th-Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core octa-thread CPU, 2.4GHz (4.2GHz turbo boost)
Intel UHD (i3) / Intel Iris Xe (i5) graphics
8GB dual-channel LPDDR4x RAM
256GB/512GB PCIe SSD storage
Fingerprint reader/Power Button
Stereo speakers, DTS audio
WiFi 5 (i3) / WiFi 6 (i5), dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1 (i3) / Bluetooth 5.2 (i5)
Ports Intel i3: 2x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, 1x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1
Ports Interl i5: 1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1
Colors: Real Grey, Real Blue
54Wh battery, 11 Hours Battery Life, 65W PD fast charging
Unboxing & First Impressions
As we mentioned, realme has already made a signature about their branding. The realme Book is another milestone to their premium products to date.
The commercial box is sleek and very minimalistic. When it comes to the laptop’s physical appearance, it’s easy to tell that it’s a high-end model. Corners are rounded and tapered towards to bottom part. There is a long strip of rubber foot to ensure airflow. Inside you’ll get a USB Type-C to Type-C cable, a 65W PD wall charger, and a user manual.
Coming to the ports, realme Book, like any other modern laptop in the market, comes with very minimal ports. A Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C port that supports charging and DisplayPort, and a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port that also supports charging and DisplayPort.
In terms of software, realme ensured that the laptop have the essential applications loaded. During the cold boot, it displays the welcome logo and is pre-installed with Windows 10, and that’s all. Users do not need to be concerned because Windows 11 will be upgraded for free.
A compact design, a gorgeous screen, and adequate performance are all found in the realme Book. The realme Book is also reasonably priced. The realme Book laptops don’t ship with any “bloat” software, which may appeal to certain users.
A minor issue would be the fixed or not user-upgraded RAM. You are stuck with the 8GB RAM. No upgrades.