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.