Realme U1

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Market Status: Available in India | Launch Date in India: 5 December, 2018 |
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32 GB
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)
MediaTek Helio P70, Octa Core
Non-Removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
  • FM Radio
  • 3G /4G
  • Finger print sensor
  • Dual SIM /Nano SIM
  • GPRS
  • WIFI
  • Bluetooth
  • VoLTE
  • Secondary Camera
  • Gorilla Glass
  • OTG Supported

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Realme U1 Review

  • Great Selfie Camera
  • Good Display
  • Plastic Build
  • micro USB port
By Vivek

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.

₹ 8,790

Realme U1 Specifications

Operating System Android OS, v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UI ColorOS 5.2
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual Sim
Colours Black, Blue, Gold
Status Available in India
Indian Release Date 5 December, 2018
Dimensions 157.0 x 74.0 x 8.0 mm
Weight 168 g
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)
Chipset MediaTek Helio P70
CPU Octa Core (Quad 2.1GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53)
GPU ARM Mali-G72 MP3
Internal Storage 32 GB Storage
External Storage up to 256 GB
Card Slot microSD Card
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email
Call Records Unlimited
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
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
Type Non-Removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
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
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Dual VoLTE
Sensors Fingerprint Sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Light sensor, Gravity sensor
Other Features AI Face Unlock, AI Camera

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