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Realme U1 With 25-Megapixel Selfie Camera Launched in India

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Realme U1 has been launched in India as the company’s latest smartphone, and the first smartphone in the Realme U-Series that’s focused on photography. Following the release of Realme 2 Pro and Realme C1 in September this year, the company has now unveiled Realme U1, the first smartphone in the world to sport the Helio P70 SoC unveiled by MediaTek back in October 2018. The key features of the Realme U1 are its 6.3-inch display with a waterdrop notch, up to 4GB of RAM, dual rear camera setup, 25-megapixel front camera, AI Face Unlock, and more.

To recall, Realme is a spinoff from Chinese phone company Oppo, and recognises itself as an independent brand. The company is headed globally by Sky Li, former Global VP of Oppo. Notably, Realme has announced the pricing details and availability at the Realme U1’s launch event in New Delhi today.

Realme U1 price in India
The Realme U1 price in India starts at Rs. 11,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant. Meanwhile, the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model has been priced at Rs. 14,499. The phone will be available exclusively via Amazon India site, as revealed earlier, from 12pm IST on December 5. Notably, the smartphone comes with three colour options – Ambitious Black, Brave Blue, and Fiery Gold.

When it comes to Realme U1 launch offers, the company is offering a 5 percent cashback on SBI cards, no-cost EMIs, and Jio benefits up to Rs. 5,750 and up to 4.2TB Jio 4G data.

The company at the event also announced Realme Buds, with 11nm driver units, a magnetic switch design with Kevlar fabric wire, and a 3-button in-line remote. A Realme U1 Iconic Case was also announced, said to feature durable materials and a wrist strap attachment. Both accessories are priced at Rs. 499.

Realme U1 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme U1 runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio, 2.5D curved glass, Gorilla Glass 3, a pixel density of 409ppi, and a peak brightness of 450 nits.The smartphone is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC clocked up to 2.1GHz, coupled with ARM G72 GPU. It comes with 3GB and 4GB RAM options.

In terms of optics, the Realme U1 features a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, coupled with an LED flash. The company says the Realme U1 also comes with Portrait Lighting, Slo-Mo video (up to 90fps), AI Scene Detection, and Bokeh effect. There is also an AI Face Unlock feature.

At the front, the Realme U1 has a 25-megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.8-micron pixels, and 4-in-1 pixels tech. The company is also touting a Backlight mode, which keeps both the background and foreground in focus despite bright backlighting behind the subject. An AI Beauty+ mode is also being touted, optimised for Indian complexions, featuring 296 identification point. There is also the Smarter Groupie feature that gives customised beautification for multiple subjects in a single photo.

The Realme U1 is equipped with 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS/ GLONASS, micro-USD port, OTG support, and 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors on board include ambient light sensor, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

Notably, the Realme U1 is fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 157x74x8mm and weighs 168 grams.

Realme U1


General

Release date November 2018
Launched in India Yes
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 157.00 x 74.00 x 8.00
Weight (g) 168.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3500
Removable battery No
Wireless charging No
Colours Ambitious Black, Brave Blue, and Fiery Gold
SAR value 1.31

Display

Screen size (inches) 6.30
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2340 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI) 409

Hardware

Processor 2.1GHz octa-core
Processor make MediaTek Helio P70
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256
Dedicated microSD slot Yes

Camera

Rear camera 13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear flash LED
Front camera 25-megapixel (f/2.0)

Software

Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo
Skin ColorOS 5.2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
USB OTG Yes
Micro-USB Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Face unlock Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes