Realme has launched four smartphones (Realme 1, Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro and Realme C1) till now after entering in smartphone market. After success of these smartphones Realme has launched its another smartphone Realme U1 in mid-budget range. Realme has added another series in its portfolio. The Realme U1 is the first smartphone of this series. Also this is selfie pro smartphone. It seems that selfie centric phones will be introduced inside this series. In addition to the high-resolution front camera, this handset is the first smartphone to come with the MediaTek Helio P70 processor. The Helio P70 processor is more powerful and capable in comparision of Helio P60.
In the market the direct competition of Realme U1 will be from Redmi Y series of Xiaomi which is known for selfie smartphone. Apart from this the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will also get chellange from Realme U1.
Let’s know how is this smartphone in a price of Rs. 11,999 and know about Price and Specification of Realme U1…
Processor of Realme U1
Talk about processor of Realme U1, the main feature of the phone is its MediaTek Helio P70 Processor, this is the first smartphone which comes with Helio P70 chipset processor. This is also specialty of the phone. It is necessary to see that how this processor performs in budget range. The Smartphone coming with Helio P60 processor such as Realme 1, Nokia 5.1 Plus and Oppo F9 Pro were performed better. Now it is necessary to see that how Realme U1 performs in the case of saving to battery and performance.
Design of Realme U1
In case of design the Realme U1 looks like recently launched Realme 2 Pro. It has waterdrop Notch on the display. Its rear panel is glossy and reflexive, which gives an attractive look to the phone. Grip is good due to the curved edges and due to matte finish, it does not slip into the hands. The phone is available in 3 color variants of Ambitious Black, Brave Blue and Fiery Gold. Because of waterdrop Notch, the phone’s screen to body ratio is up to about 90 percent, which gives full visual display experience. The display is slightly out of the phone body. The display of Realme U1 is 6.3 inch Full HD +.
The Realme U1 has single speaker but it gives fine audio. The phone has 2 nano SIM slots in addition of microSD card slot. Apart from this it has 3.5 mm headphone jack also. The speaker grill, micro USB port and 3.5 mm audio jack are at the bottom of the phone. Button’s position is good. It is disappointing that the USB type-C is not given in the phone. We have a complaint with the position of speaker grill. Holding the phone horizontally blocks to it. That means while playing games in the phone the sound will not come clear.
6.3 inch screen of the phone comes with 450 knit brightness level. Because of it does not have trouble reading on the screen in sunlight. There is IPS panel on the screen and the resolution of the display is 1080×2340 pixel. Pics looks sharp on the display. The display of the phone has protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is a bit old but something is better than nothing. The phone comes with screen guard. Fingerprints fall on the screen guard easily. Realme U1 will not always be easy to keep clean.
Waterdrop Notch is nice beautiful in appearance. You get option to hide it. There is selfie camera, earpiece and selected sensors of its front panel. The phone has not any notification LED light due to limited space.
Realme U1 Camera
Talk about camera of Realme U1 then the front camera is big specialty of this phone. It has a 25 megapixel camera on the front panel for selfie and video calling. It is designed to give sharp image results in any lighting condition. The results of the selfie in the indoor are good.
There is a dual rear camera on the back panel of the Realme U1. The rear camera includes 13+2 megapixel sensors. The 13MP sensor has f/2.2 aperture. The phone has slow-motion feature which will be given in Realme 2 Pro soon. The video quality of rear camera is fine. However, its camera can only be said in the detail review.
Camera shots of Realme U1
Software of Realme U1
Other features of the Realme U1 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.
Realme U1 Battery
Talk about battery of Realme U1 3,500 mAh battery easily lays the whole day. Realme 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.
Disadvantages of Realme U1
These are drawbacks of Realme U1
The company has given the Android Oreo by not giving the latest Android 9 in the phone. In this case we have been a little disappointed. But most of the other smartphones coming in this range are also in the same condition. Realme is providing timely updates in its other smartphones. It is expected that this phone will also get an update of Android 9 Pie soon.
The phone comes with 3,500 mAh battery. Keeping in mind the larger display, we expected a bigger battery. In this case the phone disappoints slightly. However, the new chipset helps in increasing the phone power efficiency in this case. Even if a large battery was provided, the phone could have a good package.
The price of Realme U1 starts at Rs. 11,999. This price is of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant. Looking at the powerful processor and battery life, the price seems invasive. At this price you will get 4 GB variants of Xiaomi Redmi Y2. But keeping in mind the performance of the front camera of both the phones in low light, Relme U1 is a better option for us. Because it comes with latest design and more powerful processor.
The price of the 4GB RAM variant is Rs. 14,499. In a way, it challenges the first variant of Realme’s Powerful Realme 2 Pro. Relme 2 Pro comes with better rear camera and it supports for 4k 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 Realme U1 cameras would be better than that of Realme 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 in 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.