Realme U1: Price & Review

Xiaomi and Honor are dominating in the smartphone market with affordable range. But the Realme brand has once again made the race interesting. In a recent report, it was claimed that Reality has become a fast-growing company in India due to the aggressive price and rapidly growing portfolio.

Realme has added a new series in its portfolio and the first smartphone of this series is Realme U1. It is also the company's first selfie pro smartphone. It appears that at one point in time, Oppo's sub-brand, Reality wants to repeat the strategy of its old company. No Opposition Oppo's F-Series has been extremely popular. In addition to the high-resolution front camera, this handset is the first smartphone to come with the Halio P70 processor. This processor has been claimed to be more powerful and capable than the Halio P60.

Realme U1 in the market will be from Xiaomi's Redmi Y series which is known for the selfie smartphone. Also, the challenge will be the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. Is the Realme U1 smartphone worth buying?

Realme U1 Design

Realme U1 looks much like the recently launched Realme 2 Pro. There is nothing wrong in this. The grip is good due to the curved edges and due to a matte finish, it does not slip into the hands. The display is slightly out of the phone body. There is also a similar laminated back. The good thing is that during the review, there are no scratch marks on the back of this phone. The Realme U1 with a thickness of 8 mm is comfortable enough to keep it in hand and 168 grams cannot be considered too weighty.

Button's position is good. During the review, we did not have much trouble reaching the power and volume buttons. The SIM tray left on the left has different slots for two Nano SIM and MicroSD card. Realme U1 has a speaker grill, micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone socket in the lower part. Once again, disappointed with not seeing the USB type-c. We have a complaint with the position of the speaker grill. Holding the phone horizontally makes it easy to block. This means that the voice will not come clean when watching games or watching videos.

The 6.3-inch screen comes with 450 knit brightness level. For this reason, the sunlight does not have trouble reading on the screen. It's an IPS panel and the screen resolution is 1080x2340 pixels. Photos appear sharper on the display. You will also get the ability to control the color temperature in the Settings app. Realme has used Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is a bit old. But nothing is better than nothing. There is already a screen guard on the phone. Scratches on this easily fall. Fingerprints fall on the screen guard easily. Similar is the case of the laminated back panel. In this way, Realme U1 will not always be easy to keep clean.

Waterdrop or Dewdrop Nice is beautiful in appearance. If you want, you can hide the Nokia. There is a camera on the front panel. There are also earpieces and selective sensors. There is no notification LED due to limited space.

Laminated backlight gives a great visual effect when bounced. We received an Ambitious Black Unit for review. You also have options for Brave Blue and Fairy Gold. The bulk of the dual rear camera module is not very much. The fingerprint sensor is able to quickly identify. Its texture is slightly different from the back panel texture. So finding the sensor is easy. Face unlock is also fast and light lights up in low light so that the phone can be easily unlocked from the face.

The Realme U1 handset comes with 10 W power adapter, USB charging cable, Silken case, SIM ejector tool, and some papers., The quality of the accessory is good.

Realme U1 Software and Specification

MediaTek Helio P70 processor is one of the key features of Realme U1. This is a faster version than the Helio P60 chipset. According to Realme, this chipset gives 13 percent better performance compared to its old variants. It claims to have a better version of MediaTek's on-chip AI processing engine. Realy U1 achieved good scores in the benchmark test.

We've reviewed this phone's 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. By the way, you also have the option of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Other features include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-OTG, FM radio, GPS and GLONASS. Dual 4G Dual VoLTE support is available. Proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor, and accelerometer are part of this phone.

Based on the Android 8.1 ORIO in Realme U1 like Realme 2 Pro ColorOS 5.2 has been given. There is security patches in October 2018. The company says that the phone will get an update of Android pie in the beginning of the next year. There are also some new software features. Realme has finally given the single right swipe feature by removing the two-step process to dismiss the notification.

You will already get many app installs. Most of these can be uninstalled. Gestures are given for navigation, screenshots and split screen modes. This phone has features like smart scans and oroming.

Smart Scan now supports Hindi. Using this app, you can also scan the Hindi document, after which the picture will be transformed into text format. It works well and does not even require an active internet connection. However, you will need an Internet for 'Scan and translate,' which does a real-time translation.

Realme U1 Performance, Camera and Battery Life


Realme U1 is never startled in daily use. The performance was as expected. Removing fingerprint from this phone is a very difficult task. We suggest you use the cover provided with the phone. The display is lively. Viewing angle is also quite good. We do not have any complaints from call quality. On most occasions the phone is cool.

Helio P70 processor easily handles most games. Framerate also does not see a decline. Asphalt 8: Legends also run great in high graphics presets. Smoothly run in PUBG Mobile Medium settings Gaming and long-term use of the camera is sure to warm the phone, which is common. Most popular audio and video formats run smoothly.

Because it is a selfie camera smartphone, so start with the front camera. It has a 25 megapixel F / 2.0 aperture sensor. Captures selfie with Realme U1 details in daylight. The skin tones are good and colors come in handy. AI Beauty Mode is not too aggressive. It smashes your skin on most occasions.

If you like more customized colors then you will love SuperVid mode. If you want, you can activate the Deep Effects or Portrait mode, which works well to blur the background. In portrait mode, the camera uses four-in-one binning technology. You get pictures of better details, but the resolution remains 8-megapixel shots. You also get a preview of the HDR version when you shoot in Bright Lite.

In less light, we found that the camera was having trouble capturing clean and detail shots. Surprisingly, the camera here shoots at 25 megapixels resolution. Not in the pixel binding technique. Because of this, selfie gRAINES come. HDR mode also does not help much In this background, Bright Lights are burned out. Edge Detection is also not very light in low light and Bokeh mode.

There is a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, which is F / 2.2 aperture. It captures photos with details in Natural Light but lags behind in low light. Autofocus is not too fast. It consumes a few seconds before the focus is locked. SuperVid mode is an effective feature. HDR also works satisfactorily. You will find modes like Panorama, Timelapse, Professional, and Portrait. Portrait shots are good due to the depth sensor of 2 megapixels.

With this phone, you will be able to record videos of 1080 pixel resolution. But there is no electronic stabilization. Quality is good, but autofocus does not work fast. The framerate is very solid and low-light footage is not too Noisy. Despite the power processor, the rear camera can not record 4K video This is going to be disappointing because many phones in this price segment are equipped with this feature.

3500 mAh battery easily lays the whole day. Realy U1's battery lasted 14 hours and 56 minutes in our HD Video Loop Test. There is no fast charging, but the 10 Watt adapter helps in charging fast.

Our decision

starts with the price of Realme U1 at Rs 11,999. This price is of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage version. Looking at the powerful processor and battery life, the price seems invasive. At this price Xiaomi Redmi will get 4 GB variants of Y2 But keeping in mind the performance of the front camera of both the phones in low light, Realme U1 is a better option for us. Because it comes with the latest design and more powerful processor.

The price of the 4GB RAM variant we have tested is Rs. 14,499. In a way, it challenges the first variant of Realme's Powerful Realme 2 Pro. Reliable 2 Pro comes with the better rear camera and it has support for 4 videos. If both of these things are elementary for you, then we would recommend buying a Pro Model. We had the hope that the performance of the Reality U1 cameras would be better than that of Reality 2 Pro. In this phone market, there will also be a challenge from Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB) which offer good performance in every department.

Realme has some drawbacks on this phone too. There is no video stabilization and low light performance of both camera setup is extremely average. But Powerful Processor, Strong Battery Life, Great Camera Performance in Daylight, Sharp Display and Beautiful Design make this phone a great choice.


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