The very idea of affordable style is a life saver and is not just limited to clothes. Smartphones these days, too are stylish and well-specced, all packed in an affordable package. Widening this package, Chinese company OPPO recently launched a sub-brand- Realme, in collaboration with Amazon India and produced the Realme 1. I got the OPPO Realme 1 for review to find out how it really is and here are some of my findings:
Out of the Diamond Black, Solar Red and the very recent Silver colour options, I got to lay my hands on the red one, and the delight to get the red beauty could not be matched. With all the heart I wished to buy a red phone (didn’t buy though!), and reviewing the Realme 1 painted in red, I could feel all the redness I wanted.
While the smartphone is mostly plastic, the design and the looks tell a different story. The red rear panel (looks more like a glass one) combined with the black front panel gives all the premium feels and the device is really lightweight.
Aesthetics-wise, the OPPO Realme 1 has the rear snapper along with LED flash at the top-left corner at the back, followed by the ‘Realme’ logo in the middle, and the ‘OPPO’ logo at the bottom. Upfront, at the top lie the front camera and the assortment of usual sensors, with nothing present at the bottom, due to lesser bezels.
Additionally, the left side has the volume buttons and the right side houses the SIM card tray and power on/off button. While the top portion is left bare, the bottom has the speaker grilles, the micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
In totality, the looks of the affordable Realme 1 is a refreshing treat to the eyes and scores excellently.
Following most smartphones, the Realme 1 too has a bezel-less display, rated at 6-inch and features an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a screen resolution rated at 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. The display, during the review period, proved to be adequately bright and the icons appeared fine too. Even though at times the display wasn’t at its best quality, everything which appeared on the screen managed to look fine. Among all, the display is slightly reflective.
Additionally, the Realme 1 comes with the option to adjust the colour temperatures according to ones needs, and has the Night Shield option to adjust the brightness for the low-light usage.
Starting with the camera configuration, the Realme 1 has a 13-megapixel primary camera which is assisted by LED flash and there is an 8-megapixel front snapper, also with LED flash.
The camera department is expected to be one of the highlights of the smartphone, coming with AI features, Bokeh effect and AR stickers.
The rear camera (in almost every photography condition) was able to produce decent images, however, appeared blurry at times. The HDR mode worked fine and the Bokeh effect created was decent too. The front camera did a fine job too, yes! We got Bokeh too for selfies and it was quite a thing for a budget smartphone. However, the images were way too processed which was not to my liking.
Among this, the inbuilt AR stickers got all my attention, and the beauty mode was fine too but contributed more to the processed pictures. The Super Vivid mode over-brightened the pictures making my hair appear orange instead of the actual brown tone.
Overall, the cameras for a price tag like this (Rs 13,990 for your knowledge), along with the various AI-driven camera features are above average. However, they do lack in certain areas!
Performance and Specs
The OPPO Realme 1 gets the power from octa-core Helio P60 processor, and comes in three RAM/ROM variants: 3GB RAM/32GB ROM, 4GB RAM/64GB ROM and 6GB RAM/128GB ROM, all the options being expandable via a microSD card. I got the high-end one from the lot, and the combination was generous enough for a mid-ranger.
Regular tasks such as browsing my way through the internet and social media sites, clicking pictures, playing games or streaming videos, was done nicely. While the smartphone did lag a bit and the touch too wasn’t really impressive, I still could use the device with much comfort and irritation-free.
The device is backed by a 3,410mAh battery and it went on with ease for more than a day on a single charge. Additionally, it took an hour to get fully charged which is quite decent. The device runs ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Now, the Android Oreo worked pretty well with not much bloatware, however, the company’s own skin didn’t impress me much, specially the red theme.
Furthermore, the Face Unlock feature worked really well and the audio was fine too. However, I really did miss the fingerprint scanner.
The OPPO Realme 1 starts at Rs 8,990 and the one I received retailed at Rs 13,990. Lesser bezels, AI camera features, Face Unlock, AI processor and a decent battery, all scream ‘Awesome’ for the smartphone. However, each feature has shortcomings we might not fail to look into. Plus, the OPPO Realme 1 stands against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Y2 with dual rear cameras and Mototola Moto G6 with dual cameras and better processor.
However, we still have a share of pros and my take on this is, if you wish you can definitely go for the OPPO Realme 1.