Realme 1 Unveiled: Starting From 8,990 INR – Our Thoughts

Last updated on May 31st, 2018

Oppo-powered Realme just unveiled its first product – Realme 1.

Well, it is a promising product for a specific group of users but not something “disruptive” because of some trade-offs that they won’t talk about.

In total, there would be three variants of the smartphone:

  • realme 1 (6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM) – 13,990 INR
  • realme 1 (4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM) – 10,990 INR
  • realme 1 (3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM) – 8,990 INR

For now, only the variants with 6 Gigs and 3 Gigs of RAM will be available on Amazon India. The 4 GB RAM variant will be available in the next month.

Key Specifications

  • Chipset: Helios P60 (AI-powered)
  • RAM: 6/4/3 GB
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 8 MP (Portrait Mode)
  • Battery: 3410 mAh
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • FM Radio Supported
  • Triple SIM Slot (with Dual 4G SIM slots and an SD card slot)
  • 6-inch 18:9 Full HD Screen (2160 x 1080 resolution) – IPS LCD
  • Pixel Density: 403 ppi
  • Face Unlock
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

What Do We Think About The Smartphone?

Considering the price, it’s a steal deal if you want a budget smartphone with excellent multitasking capabilities and storage options.

However, when you take a look at the specifications carefully, you will observe that there’s no “Fingerprint Sensor.” So, it might be the most significant deal breaker for many who prefer a fingerprint scanner instead of using the face unlock feature.

Also, you should note that the smartphones with MediaTek processors haven’t seen a great deal of software updates. The Helio P60 is a relatively new chipset with some advanced AI capabilities, so it’s uncertain whether it’ll receive a good deal of software support compared to what Qualcomm chipsets get.

Maybe, or maybe not?

The realme 1 runs on top of Android 8.1 with a custom UI referred to as “ColorOS 5.0“.

If you prefer stock Android, switching to ColorOS 5.0 wouldn’t be a smooth sail. So, keep that in mind before making your purchase decision.

Our Verdict:

If you want a smartphone with enhanced multi-tasking capabilities and larger storage options at a jaw-dropping price tag, realme 1 would be a good deal.

However, if you are a power user requiring a better software experience (with potential future updates) along with the need for a fingerprint sensor, realme 1 isn’t for you.

What do you think of the smartphone?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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