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Realme U1 Update Brings March Security Patch, Nightscape Mode Coming With Android Pie Update

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Realme U1 Update Brings March Security Patch, Nightscape Mode Coming With Android Pie Update

Realme U1 is currently priced at Rs. 9,999 and runs Android Oreo

Highlights
  • The Realme U1 is receiving an OTA update with small tweaks
  • The update is bringing the Android security patch for March 2019
  • You can also unlock Realme U1 bootloader after the new update

Realme U1 was launched late last year, and is a popular smartphone from the Chinese company that was once a sub-brand of Oppo. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 9,999 and features a modern design with a waterdrop-style notch. The smartphone was launched running Android 8.1 Oreo, and the users are now waiting for the Android 9 Pie roll-out for the device. However, before that happens, the company is rolling out its latest OTA software update with minor tweaks.

The company has announced that it will be rolling out a minor software update that brings the March Android security patch, along with the ability to unlock the bootloader. The latter will be useful for users who want to experiment with features and software on the device, while the former adds a bit of new protection to the phone from security threats such as malware and viruses. The rollout will be gradual, but the users can directly download the package and install it using the link above.

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth also tweeted recently that the Realme 1, Realme 2 Pro, and Realme U1 will be receiving nightscape mode for low light photography along with Android 9 Pie. He indicated a timeline as well, suggesting that the three phones would receive their Android Pie updates in the first half of 2019. Nightscape is a feature similar to Night Sight on the Google Pixel range of phones, which enhances low-light photography, and will improve the photography chops on the Realme phones.

The Realme U1 (Review) was launched in November 2018, powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC and featuring up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device is currently available at a discounted price of Rs. 9,999 on Amazon India, the Realme e-store and authorised offline retailers.


Is Realme U1 essentially Redmi Note 6 Pro on steroids? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Smooth app and gaming performance
  • Looks good
  • Bright and crisp display
  • Cameras do well in good light
  • Fast face unlock
  • Bad
  • No 4K recording and video stabilisation
  • Cameras struggle in low light
  • Body attracts smudges easily
Display6.30-inch
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Front Camera25-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity3500mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution1080x2340 pixels
Further reading: Realme, Realme U1, Android 9 Pie
Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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