Realme U1
8,790
Highlights
  • 32 GB / 3 GB RAM
  • 13 MP + 2 MP Dual lens Primary Camera, 25 MP Front Camera
  • 6.3 inches 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) Display
  • MediaTek Helio P70, Octa Core Processor
  • Non-Removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery

Realme U1: Price

Realme U1: Review

Pros
  • Great Selfie Camera
  • Good Display
Cons
  • Plastic Build
  • micro USB port

Realme U1 Design

The Realme U1 is the first selfie camera-centric smartphone from Realme, which offers a ton of additional features. In terms of looks and aesthetics, the Realme U1 looks similar to the Realme 2 Pro with a glass-like 2.5D curved finish at the back with a rear-facing fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup. The smartphone's design approach is more conservative compared to other mid-tier smartphones. The Realme U1 is available in a ton of colors, and the retail package also comes with a complimentary TPU case for added protection of the device.

Realme U1 Hardware Performance

The Realme U1 is the first smartphone to launch in India, based on the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC. The raw performance of the MediaTek Helio P70 can be compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. What makes the Helio P70 a special chipset is the AI capability, which helps the smartphone to take better pictures, optimize the battery, and even improve the overall performance of the smartphone. The Helio P70 is clubbed with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Like most of the Realme smartphone, the Realme U1 also has triple card slots, which can accept two nano SIM cards and a microSD card.

Realme U1 Camera Performance

The Realme U1 has a dual camera set up at the back with a 13 MP primary camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. This is a smartphone for selfie enthusiasts, and the high-res 25 MP selfie camera proves the same. The smartphone takes good looking pictures under broad daylight conditions with support for 1080p videos @30fps. The 25 MP selfie camera on the Realme U1 is the one that makes all the talking. It is not only high-resolution sensor, but, it is also capable of taking bright and clear pictures in almost every light conditions, and the Realme U1 for sure has one of the best selfie cameras under Rs. 13,000 price tag.

Realme U1: Price To Specs Ratio

The Realme U1 is the one unique smartphone, which nails almost all the parameters of a mid-tier smartphone priced around Rs. 12,000. Alongside the 25 MP selfie camera, the smartphone has a great IPS display with FHD+ resolution protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass. Similarly, the device is capable of handling modern FPS games like PUBG without any issues. For the asking price, the Realme U1 is one of the most round-off smartphone that one can buy in the Indian smartphone market.

Realme U1: Important Features/Highlights

The unique selling point for the Realme U1 is the 25 MP selfie camera and a high-resolution FHD+ display with a water-drop notch. The smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 skin on top (launched with Android 8.1 Oreo) and offers a ton of customization options. Though it has a slightly smaller 3500 mAh battery, the chipset level AI optimizations makes sure that the device can last up to an entire day even for heavy users. Also, note that the Realme U1 comes with a micro USB port and does not support fast charging.

Realme U1: Verdict

If you have of the budget of around Rs. 11,000, and looking for a smartphone that is great for gaming and also offers a rock selfie camera performance, then the Realme U1 might be the right smartphone for you. The only pain point that I have with the Realme U1 is the fact that it runs on ColorOS 6.0, which does not offer some of the features that I look for Android smartphones running on stock Android OS or a light third party skin.

Realme U1: Specifications

GENERAL
Operating System Android OS, v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UI ColorOS 5.2
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual Sim
Colours Black, Blue, Gold
ANNOUNCED
Status Available in India
Indian Release Date 5 December, 2018
BODY
Dimensions 157.0 x 74.0 x 8.0 mm
Weight 168 g
DISPLAY
Screen size 6.3 inches
Form Factor Touch
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type) IPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
PROCESSOR
Chipset MediaTek Helio P70
CPU Octa Core (Quad 2.1GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53)
GPU ARM Mali-G72 MP3
STORAGE
Internal Storage 32 GB Storage
RAM 3 GB RAM
External Storage up to 256 GB
Card Slot microSD Card
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email
Call Records Unlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera 13 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP (f/2.4) Dual Camera with LED Flash
Front Camera 25 MP (f/2.0) Camera with AI
Video Recording 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
Camera Features Geo Tagging, HDR, AR sticker, Bokeh mode, Portrait Mode, Beauty Mode, Slow Motion
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Player MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, FLAC
Video Player MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Games Yes
FM Radio Yes
Speakers Yes
Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
BATTERY
Type Non-Removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
CONNECTIVITY
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, LE
USB microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
GPS Facility with A-GPS
Browser HTML5
3G Speed HSPA, LTE-A
NETWORK SUPPORT
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Dual VoLTE
MORE FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint Sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Light sensor, Gravity sensor
Other Features AI Face Unlock, AI Camera
Videos

How do we rate a Device?

Rating a smartphone is a tedious process and a lot of parameters have to be considered before judging the overall performance of the device such as display, camera, processor, RAM, storage, battery, and the pricing.

So, here are how these specs will affect the real-life usage of a device and why how we meticulously consider each of these points to rate a smartphone.

Camera

Cameras have evolved a lot over the last few years and multi-camera setup is a new norm. We consider various parameters like MP count, aperture size, pixel size, image stabilization to rate a camera system of a smartphone out of 5. Any device that scores more than 3.5 can take good photos and videos and if a phone scores over 4, then it will be one of the best camera smartphones in the market.

Battery

Though battery seems like an underrated feature and we look at the battery capacity, fast charging supporting technology, and even the wireless charging capability is also taken into consideration to rate smartphone's battery capability.

Display

The display is the face of a smartphone. And there are a lot of parameters like the panel technology (IPS LCD, OLED, TFT) and other parameters also taken into consideration like the resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate.

Value for Money

A smartphone could have great specs, but if it is not priced well then you might not get the best value-for-money. So, we compare a smartphone with the contemporaries to rate the value-for-money of a device out of 5.

Performance

This aspect is decided on various sub specifics, such as availability of microSD card slot, the amount of RAM the device offers, processor capability, and the network support. This parameter has more weightage when compared to other departments.

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