Realme 1 Review

According to Oppo, its sub-brand Realme has understood the pulse of Indian youth. Realme’s smartphones will currently be exclusively available on Amazon India. Realme is trying to compete with Realme in the budget market segment on its own price. Realme 1 smartphone starts at Rs 8,990. It has 18: 9 display, RAM is 6 GB. It has a unique design with fiberglass body. Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box will be found in Realme 1. The phone directly competes with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Oppo has promoted this in a similar way. Is Realme 1 so powerful that it can prove itself ‘different’ and ‘better’ in the budget smartphone, let’s know …


Realme 1 design

Realme 1 has a diamond-cut look in the back with fiberglass body. Oppo says that it has made the back panel so that when the light falls, it will reflect it in different directions. The design is really unique. One problem with this is that the phone easily catches fingerprints. Thanks to 84.75% screen-to-body ratio, due to which Realme 1 looks compact and handy. The screen is not really borderless but the front look of the phone looks sleek and modern. Despite the plastic frame, build quality is better. We dropped Realme 1 several times but it did no harm.

The rear camera module has a slight bulge. There are volume rockers on the left side of the phone, where it is not difficult to reach. The power button and the SIM tray are on the right side. While, many phones in this price range come with hybrid SIM trays, Realme 1 has separate slots for two nano SIMs and SD cards.

The absence of fingerprint sensor is inconceivable but the company has given facial recognition instead. Passcode options are available for security. Face recognition works better but there is a problem in direct sunlight and low light.

Realme 1 specification

Realme 1 specifications are attractive in terms of price. The phone works in the Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor, which has a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. This feature makes it a competitor to the Redmi 5, but it also has the power to compete with the much more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Realme 1’s 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variants cost 8,990 rupees. 4 GB RAM and 64 GB variants will have to pay Rs 10,990. Also, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB variants will be available for Rs 13,990. It is possible to increase storage up to 256 GB via microSD card. The entry-level variant has brought a lot especially in its price.


Realme 1 has a 6-inch full HD + display. The display is a bit reflective and viewing angles are not good. The colors are vibrant but the screen is too bright for outdoor use. We are happy that the company has not copied the Nokia display. Realme 1 has a 3410 mAh non-removable battery. Fo Color runs on OS 5.0, which is present on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone will get FM radio, GPS, A-GPS. Micro-USB port will be available in the phone. It does not have a USB-Type C port according to the trend. One SIM in Realme 1 will give 4G speed at a time. The second SIM will automatically shift to 3G.

Realme 1 performance, software and battery life

During our review everything went smoothly in the smartphone. Daily tasks like taking pictures, web browsing, 4K videos were easily done. Heavy games like Subway Surfer and Asphalt 8 also ran uninterrupted in Realme 1. The phone does not get too hot during this time. Realme 1 also surpassed the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the NTTU Benchmark Rating.

Realme 1 runs on Oppo’s modified color OS 5.0, which is on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The interface is smooth. The Settings app and the Quick Launch panel are a bit hard. The app drawer is not provided and the Google Now panel has been replaced with a custom screen, which shows options such as weather, steps, favorite contacts, recent events. The positive thing is that unnecessary apps will not be found in it. However, in this user will get dual app, three-finger screenshot shortcut, theming app and locking gesture. However, nothing has been said about the Android P update in the phone.


The battery given in Realme 1 is better. In our HD video loop test, the handset supported for 11 hours and 30 minutes. If the phone is used fiercely, then the charger is needed only at 12-1 pm. Realme 1 smartphone does not support quick charging. It takes two and a half to three hours to be fully charged.

Realme 1 cameras

Realme 1 has a 13-megapixel rear camera, which comes with a single LED flash. The front camera is 8 megapixels. The company says that it can recognize 296 facial points. It also has an Artificial Intelligence feature.


A camera app like iOS can be used easily. It has panorama, time-lapse and AR sticker. It has a pre-featured Pro mode, which helps the user to adjust shutter speed, ISO, exposure, aperture and white balance. The AI ​​based selfie camera automatically detects skin tone, skin type, age, gender. In our experience, the front camera brought better pictures but there was a problem in low light. AI beautification is better but brings some non-essential watercolor effects.

The camera app took better pictures in good light. It was seen struggling in low light. AI beautification is better but comes with unwanted watercolor effects. Both front and rear cameras use the Bokeh effect. Pictures did not look good. Edge detection was poor and detail was not good either. The 13-megapixel rear camera captures photos with details, but they remain dull. The dynamic range of the sensor is poor and it seems to struggle for auto-focus in detail and low light. AR stickers are better applied. A total of 14 stickers can be used through front and rear cameras.


Realme 1 has a unique design, which does not mean much to everyone. The 6 GB RAM, which we reviewed, had a better display. Battery life is good. There is a dedicated microSD card slot and the display is also good. Lack of fingerprint sensor, stuck software and average cameras prevent Realme 1 from making it the best in its segment. Its 3 GB and 4 GB RAM variants are value for money products. It is certain that Realme 1 has created some trouble for Xiaomi.

Oppo Realme 1 is offering the brand as a competition to Xiaomi. Oppo says that she will not sell it through flash sale. But it is not clear how many units the company will launch in the first time. Demand is obviously going to be high, so if the phones go out of stock then it will not be surprising.

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