Realme U1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and goes up against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and its own Realme 2 Pro smartphone.
Realme’s latest smartphone, the Realme U1 (review) will be up for grabs in its first sale today. The smartphone was launched late last month and is the first device to be powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC. The Realme U1 is the company’s fifth offering and the first device in its ‘U’ lineup. The company is touting a powerful camera on the handset and claims that the Realme U1 has the most powerful selfie camera in its price range. The new smartphone by the company will take on others like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and its own Realme 2 Pro smartphones in the same price segment.
The Realme U1 goes on sale today at 12 PM via Amazon. The phone’s 3GB RAM version is priced at Rs 11,999, while the 4GB RAM variant will cost Rs 14,499. SBI Bank users can avail 5 percent cashback on Debit and Credit Cards, and there is also a No-Cost EMI option on the device. Realme has partnered with Reliance Jio and Jio users can get up to 4.2TB 4G data on purchase of this device. The company also announced Realme accessories, including back covers that’ll cost buyers Rs 499 and Realme buds earphones available for Rs 499.
In terms of hardware, the Realme U1 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with 90.8% screen to body ratio and a Dewdrop notch. As mentioned above, the smartphone runs on the Octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC that was announced in October. The handset comes in two variants, one with 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It is backed by a 3500mAh battery with AI Power master technology, which is said to intelligently analyse and help conserve the device’s battery. The dual SIM phone has a dedicated microSD slot for storage expansion as well.
On the back, the Realme U1 sports a 2.5D glass finish with ‘Light Pillar design’ and gets a dual camera setup with a fingerprint sensor. The 13MP + 2MP camera setup is capable of capturing images in portrait lighting, bokeh and super vivid modes. It can also record slow-motion video at 90fps in HD resolution. Coming to the selfie camera, the phone comes with an AI-powered 25MP sensor that is said to feature a high-res depth engine with “accurate” AI detection. The front has f2.0 aperture and 1.8um pixel size. The front camera supports Hybrid HDR, group selfie features, selfie bokeh effect and AI facial detection. Realme claims that AI Face Unlock feature can unlock the smartphone in 0.1 seconds. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.