Realme 1 first impressions: the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a crazy good competitor now!

OPPO’s subsidiary Realme just launched its first smartphone, the Realme 1. As the name suggests, the Realme 1 directly competes with Xiaomi’s Redmi series and literally blows it right out of the water with its specifications. Well, we got to spend some time with it and here are our first thoughts.

Realme 1 design

The Realme 1 is a smaller Oppo F7 when it comes to the outer shell. The plastic glossy body with the frame also being made out of the same material. I must say that it’s comfortable to use and has all the curves in the right place. It’s a bit wider than most 18:9 phones but I think that’s not really a disadvantage. The power button sits on the right side and the volume rockers – which are two separate pieces instead of one – sit on the left. The Realme 1 houses a Micro-USB port,  a headphone jack, a speaker grill, and two microphones. 
It’s no doubt a slippery phone, but the rectangular form factor makes it ergonomically good.

Realme 1 display 

Coming to the display we have 6-inch full-HD+ LCD panel which looks quite good. It can easily be considered one of the best displays at this price. Colour reproduction is good, sharpness and details are A-Ok, and it overall seems like something only resolution extremists wouldn’t enjoy. It gets bright enough and the auto-brightness seemed to be as average as an Android phone would offer. We’ll go more in-depth in our full review so stay tuned for that.
The panel is curved at four corners and I’m sincerely glad the notch hasn’t infiltrated this one.

Realme 1 software

 The Realme 1 comes with Color OS 5.0 built on Android 8.1 Oreo and looks like any other OPPO phone. The iOS-y look is very much intact, you have all apps on the home screen and even the icons look very similar to iOS’. That said it’s a rather interesting take on Android and gives people something to chose from. 
Color OS does come with a ton of features and can be navigated through using gestures too. Oppo has some of the better gesture implementations and I think you’ll enjoy them. There are themes built-in too for personalisation and I think it’s a perfectly adaptable and enjoyable user experience.

Realme 1 performance

The affordable Realme 1 comes with a not-so-affordable MediaTek Helio P60 which is a very powerful mid-range processor. The Helio P60 is the same processor that powers the more expensive OPPO F7 and if you missed reading how well it performed, head over to our review of the phone. Spoiler alert! It’s insanely powerful for the price. 
The apps open up quickly, games seem to work well, and multitasking is a breeze. That last part is something I’m very excited about and that’s because this thing has 6GB RAM. It is the only device at its price with 6GB RAM and along with the powerful chipset, the experience should be smooth. You also get 128GB Storage inside with the ability to add a micro-SD card. Keeping the lights on is a 3410mAh battery and at least on-paper looks quite promising.

Realme 1 camera

The Realme 1 comes with a 13MP camera at the back and a 5MP camera on the front. The single-camera setup comes from the OPPO F7, which clicked some really good looking pictures with a single camera. The pictures come out pretty good looking in daylight and details seem well preserved. I’ll reserve my final thoughts for the full review.

Realme 1 price and variants

The Oppo Realme is priced at an awesome Rs 13,990 for the 6GB variant. The 4GB variant costs Rs 10,999, and the 3GB variant costs Rs 8,990.  It comes in an eye-catching Diamond Black colour and a hot Solar Red colour. The first sale takes place on 25th May. 

Closing thoughts

OPPO has for a long time producing smartphones for India, but this certainly seems like it’s the first one that has been built specially for the Indian market. The Realme 1 has an envious spec-sheet with a price tag that looks like it has been through rounds of discount. OPPO has indeed produced a Redmi killer and the Realme 1 is a going to turn a lot of heads.

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