- Versatile selfie camera with very good photo quality
- Dependable battery
- Excellent performance for the class
- Great display with dewdrop-like notch
- Eye-catchy design
- Barely usable for low-light photos
- No 4K video capturing
- Made of plastic
- Available in India only
hey what’s up guys, after separating from Oppo, Realme has been pretty busy this year releasing budget smartphones, the latest is our Realme U1, catering to the Indian market it promises better selfies and faster performance and and siblings, but is it actually worth looking into or is it just more of the same .
We are nasphones.com and this is a Realme U1 Review
forget those fragile shatter prone glass sandwich bills that are so popular these days, the Realme U1 is built totally from polycarbonate, in other words plastic .
it does look pretty similar to glass though or at least quite shiny, Realme U1 aims to stand out from the crowd with this unique eye catching paint jobs, in our fiery gold you one is quite stunning .
the way the surface refracts the light creates a unique vertical pattern, which is dazzling, and a good conversation starter .
the frame is rounded with a matte finish, in the hand the phone does feel a bit light, and of course you can feel that it’s plastic, not necessarily a bad thing .
though it really you one comes at the clear silicone case in the box, it’s not bad, someone too other such cases that come included with phones, but if you want to take your case game to the next level, Realme U1 also sells a tougher one made of solid plastic, complete with catchy logos and a thick rubber edge .
but just a note that there’s no waterproofing on this phone, the Realme U1 has a 6.3 inch IPS LCD, with a dewdrop notch cut out actually it’s the same panel that we saw in the Oppo f9 .
the rounded notch at the top holds the selfie cam and a couple of sensors, it’s rather small and unobtrusive, but there is no option to hide it with a black strip, if you want to do .
with a 1080p resolution in the 409 PPI pixel density content does look decently sharp, and blacks are quite deep for an LCD, the color rendition is a bit on the cold side in the default color mode, the switching to the warm setting will correct for that .
this panel gets bright, 520 nits at maximum brightness, and the minimum level is 3.3 nits, quite comfortable to use in the dark, however in our sunlight legibility tests, the Realme U1 only got an average score .
it’s usable outdoors, the colors will look washed out of its bright out there, for audio there’s a single bottom firing loudspeaker, next to the microUSB port, we’ll say it again, why don’t manufacture errs just switch to USBC .
but in any case audio quality through the speaker is great for a budget phone it sounds good and it’s nicely loud, if you plug in the headphones through the 3.5 millimeter jack loudness is above average, however sound quality here is just mediocre, stereo separation is lacking and there’s some distortion, you do get FM radio though .
internal storage is expandable through a dedicated slot on top of the 32 or 64 gigs built in the tray also fits to nano Sims, you can unlock the Realme U1 with a sarire mounted fingerprint reader, which is always on to wake up the phone as expected it’s blazing fast and accurate, there’s also a face unlock option which is just as lightning fast .
the Realme U1 is the first phone to use the new mediatek helio peace 70 chipset, and it has the other 3 or 4 gigs of ram however it isn’t a major performance bump over the Helio P 60 or the Snapdragon 660 .
the major difference is that it has a bit higher clock speed on both the CPU and GPU cores although the difference is a bit tough to notice in real life the Realme U1 is the most powerful, Realme phone so far in benchmark scores we didn’t notice any overheating or throttling either .
the battery of the U1 has a thirty-five hundred million power capacity, the same is on the Realme 2 Pro, battery endurance isn’t quite as stellar as it is there but is still quite, excellent it earned a rating of 93 hours in our proprietary tests .
with the bundled ten watt charger we were able to charge from 0 to 30% in half an hour, not too fast, but I’ll write for this price point .
the Realme U1 runs Oppo’s color OS 5.2 over Android 8.1 Oreo, and if you’re familiar with the interface you should feel right at home here, it does come with all Google services pre-installed for you too .
there is no app drawer, everything is on the home screen, there’s an edge panel on the left which gives shortcuts to quickly access apps or take a screenshot, swiping to the left opens up a customizable space, that can hold appointments, shortcuts and weather among other things .
you can also opt to use gestures to navigate instead of a navigation bar, swiping up and holding from the middle of summons the task switcher swiping up to the left or the right of that access back, and swapping up from the middle goes home .
let’s move on to the camera it’s the same setup as the Realme U1 a 13 megapixel f/2 point two primary cam with phase detection autofocus, and a secondary depth sensor we are a bit disappointed .
that it actually seems to be a downgrade compared to the Realme U1 to pros 16 megapixel F1.7 camera but it is what it is in daylight the images we snap to have okay detail for this class, as well as accurate color rendition and good contrast .
however they’re far from impressive with high noise levels softness around the corners and low dynamic range, the HDR mode does help to preserve detail in highlights and shadows, but at the expense of other intricate details, but Auto HDR does a good job of turning on when you need it, there is a two times zoom on the viewfinder but it’s purely digital here is what you’ll get if you use it .
portrait mode is where the secondary camera comes into play as a depth sensor, the UI actually does a pretty good job separating the person from the background, if it’s not too busy .
in low-light on the other hand regular images are a disappointments, the exposure is quite dark they lack detail, and colors are washed out, they even come out blurry quite often .
the Realme U1 has a twenty five megapixel F2.0 front-facing camera fix focus, Realme U1 has emphasised his prowess as a selfie shooter and they’ve delivered, there’s more than enough detail the colors are nice and the images are sharp .
our biggest issue with it is that you have to get the camera distance right in order to be in sharp focus but you get the hang of it after a while, there is also a selfie portrait mode and these shots come out pretty good, however they are saved in 8 megapixels .
the Realme U1 can record video only up to 1080p at 30fps, it’s strange, as the Helio P70 is 4k capable, there’s no eis either, however we were pleased with the quality of the footage, there’s plenty of resolved detail, good dynamic range, accurate colors, and low noise, it captures stereo sound too .
so that’s the Realme U1, overall you get an eye-catching design, a great display, excellent performance, a dependable battery and a high quality selfie cam, all for a great price, only 12,000 rupees or around 150 euros .
as for its downsides well there aren’t a whole lot, the bill it is made of plastic which isn’t for everyone, in the main camera well it’s about par for the course for this price range, although we do wish that 4k video recording was available here, but the biggest concern is that this phone is available in India only, until Realme U1 decides to expand its availability elsewhere .
if you already have a real made phone there’s probably not enough reason here to switch, a lot of the features are shared between this year’s releases, but if you’re in the Indian market looking for a new device in this price range this is one of the best devices you can find, and it definitely deserves our recommendation .
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Specification: Realme U1
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, December
157 x 74 x 8 mm (6.18 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
168 g (5.93 oz)
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.9% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Android 8.1 (Oreo); ColorOS 5.2
Mediatek Helio P70 (12nm)
Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
13 MP, f/2.2, AF, 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor, Dual
LED flash, HDR, panorama
25 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8", 0.9µm, Single
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
4.2, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Charging 2A/5V 10W, Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
Ambitious Black, Brave Blue, Fiery Gold
About 140 EUR