Realme U1 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant will go on sale in India for the first time in India today. To recall, the variant was launched in India last week. Its first sale will be held via Amazon India and Realme.com. Oppo spin-off brand Realme has also announced that the first 500 buyers of the Realme U1 3GB/ 64GB via Realme.com will get a pair of Realme Buds for free. Last week, Realme also announced a Rs. 1,000 price cut on the Realme U1's other variants - 3GB/ 32GB and 4GB/ 64GB. Notably, the sale of the Realme U1 3GB/ 64GB variant is occurring for the first time during the Realme Yo Days sale, in which buyers also get a Rs. 1,000 discount on prepaid orders via Amazon India.
The Realme U1 3GB/ 64GB price in India has been set at Rs. 10,999. To recall, the smartphone variant was launched in India last week. The model fits between the 3GB/ 32GB and 4GB/ 64GB models, which were launched by Realme in India back in November last year. The Realme U1 received a price cut in India last week as well, and now, the 3GB/ 32GB price in India is Rs. 9,999 and the 4GB/ 64GB model is priced at Rs. 11,999.
The 3GB/ 64GB Realme U1 variant will go on sale in India at 12pm (noon) IST via Amazon India, while on Realme.com it will go on sale at 11am IST. The first sale of the new model is during the ongoing Realme Yo Days sale. Under the sale, Amazon is offering a Rs. 1,000 discount on prepaid orders of the smartphone, thus, the three models will be priced at Rs. 8,999, Rs. 9,999, and Rs. 10,999 respectively. On Realme.com, the company is offering a pair of free Realme Buds to the first 500 buyers. The smartphone will be available in Ambitious Black and Brave Blue colour variants.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme U1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top. Unfortunately, the Android Pie-based Color OS 6.0 update for the device has been delayed till June. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 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.
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