Realme U1 went on sale for the first time at 12 noon today via Amazon and Realme.com, though the first sale of the new Realme smartphone didn't last very long. The company announced on Wednesday that "over 2 lakhs Realme U1 devices sold out in just 6 minutes", though if you are someone who missed out there's good news. There will be another sale of the Realme U1 later today. "Realme will be restocking with another 1 lakh devices at 6pm," the company added.
To recall, the Realme U1 went on sale via Amazon India and Realme.com at 12pm IST. The company had detailed the launch offers ahead of the release. The Realme U1 is said to be focused on photography, and runs on the brand new MediaTek Helio P70 SoC — in fact, it is the first smartphone in the world to do so.
Realme U1 price in India starts from Rs. 11,999 for the base model, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant. On the other hand, the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage model price in India is set at Rs. 14,999. Realme U1 (Review) will be available via Amazon India from 12pm IST, and also be available via via Realme.com at the same time.
The company has several Realme U1 launch offers, such as Rs. 5,750 worth of benefits from Reliance Jio, apart from up to 4.2TB of Jio 4G data. No-cost EMIs are also being touted, while there is a 5 percent cashback using SBI credit cards on Amazon India. On Realme.com, the same Jio offers are listed, with 5 percent Super Cash cashback (up to Rs. 500) via MobiKwik replacing the SBI cashback.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme U1 runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. 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.
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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