OPPO Realme 1 In-Depth Review: Performance monster for your bucks
Oppo recently launched their new sub-brand, Realme in partnership with Amazon India. They launched the Realme 1 smartphone recently with a major focus on performance offering in the budget smartphone, the Realme 1 really delivers to that focus. With 6 GB RAM can the Realme 1 be the best performing budget flagship smartphone?
The Realme 1 is only available online on Amazon.in and is priced modestly with the range starting from INR 8,990 upto INR 13, 990. At such low prices, the Spec sheet of the device seems even more impressive. We reviewed the most expensive 6GB and 128GB internal storage.
Oppo Realme 1 review: Display and design
The first thing that would catch your eye will be the Polygonal effect which looks great under the light and is only visible when the light hits the device in a certain way. The design gives the device a bit of uniqueness and character. The body is a polycarbonate Unibody design, which feels better than many metal body smartphones in the segment. The device doesn’t have a lot of weight on it so it’s not the most reassuring device to hold but the weight is not unbalanced.
The only downside of the shiny hexagonal reflective design is that it is a scratch magnet if not kept properly, so we advise if you are a rough user put a clear case on the device. I for one did not like the buttons on the device, Volume rocker has been split in two which you never really get used to and also have the same size and texture to the power button, which is a little annoying.
The screen is 18:9 aspect ratio 6-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2169×1080 pixels, with a pixel density of 403ppi. Touch on the device is not the smoothest but it easily does the work and more. The most bugging thing I found was that the brightness under sunlight was simply underwhelming. I don’t understand why they could not make the display brighter, but you can see the display but it’s just not that satisfactory.
The device is powered by Helio P60, which is not the most powerful chipset in the market but that coupled with the 6GB of RAM on offer can practically run anything you can throw at the device, for the PubG fans out there, rest assured this device can easily handle the game but sadly if you lose you won’t be able to blame the lag on your device for the majority of the times. What I feel is that the inclusion of 6GB of RAM at this price is a masterstroke by Realme, this lets the device handle all multitasking and power usage with little to no lag, navigating between apps is swift, gestures work fine. 18:9 display is helpful while multitasking and using apps.
With the Helio P60, there also is an in-built neural processing unit, which brings a number of AI features on board. Most notably the face unlock, unlocking the Realme 1 is very fast, the face unlock works like a charm (most of the times), we have heard the claim that the reaction time on the face unlock is 0.1 seconds, I can’t be a witness to that claim but when it works it is mighty fast, better than Redmi Note 5, or Asus Max pro M1. The only real downside on the device is the no fingerprint sensor, which means in low light you will have to use code or pattern to unlock your device. Also, you cannot use the face unlock for payments so that is also an issue where you will have to do with passcodes.
Let me start by saying I am a stock Andriod fan through and through so what might not be my cup of tea, might be your preferred cup. The Realme 1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS UI on top of it. The UI doesn’t have that much bloatware but it’s not the cleanest. If you don’t love the Color OS you can definitely change it with multiple launchers on the Play Store. The UI is not the most in your face and is pretty well optimised. For gaming, they also have a system similar to OnePlus and most recent companies where the device is more optimised while gaming, phone calls don’t open over games also messages are kept in the background.
The device scores a respectable score on the Antutu Benchmarks with a score of 137,813 which is a pretty solid score for a device at this price. The device is comfortably outperforming or is neck and neck to many smartphones its own segment. All android apps ran easily on the device with some heavy usage apps lagging once or twice rarely.
As I said at the start of this review this device heavily focused on performance at a cheap price and there some areas that have been pushed over in the process of achieving great Performance. The camera on the Realme 1 is in simple words not on par with the competition but does the job. If you are the one whose sole focus in a smartphone is the camera, you might want to stay away from the Oppo Realme 1.
The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel sensor, which sounds like it can deliver amazing selfies but maybe because of software it just doesn’t produce anything that would get me excited to talk about.
At the rear of the device, you have a 13-megapixel single lens sensor which is not really with the norms of the new budget smartphones, the lens produces fairly appealing photos under good lighting but nothing special. You have a narrow aperture of f/2.2 the colour reproduction and the final photos hit the average mark at best. Low light performance is average, sometimes the photos look a bit drained even in fairly fitting lighting. Although, I feel Realme can definitely improve the camera with a few updates, also as it stands the device was delivering decent quality photos where you won’t feel cheated by the photos yet not be talking to your friends how amazing photos can your INR 13,000 will take.
Review: Final conclusion
To put it to a perspective that you are buying a 6GB RAM smartphone for a price of INR 13,990 is insane, for such a low price you can basically do anything that a high-end flagship smartphone of this day and age can do. You might have to make a few sacrifices but even id you go and look the cheapest version of the OnePlus 6 is more than twice the price of the Oppo Realme 1.
The device also has a 3,410mAh battery which easily lasts a day if you not playing PubG every hour, like an intense gamer. I was playing a few games a day, mostly always having my car connected to the device and playing music, surfing the internet and I was not at all annoyed with the amount of screen time I was getting out of the device. There is no claim of fast charge on the Oppo Realme 1, but if you are charging the device with a 2Amp charger you will get a good charge, and that too fairly quickly, roughly a full 0 to 100% charge in a little over 2 hours. Here the AI features of the Helio P60 really comes through and does the job, which was very impressive.
How have Oppo and Amazon came together to build this device
at this price, I’m unable to comprehend but it is a steal
You do have to give up on a quiet lot of stuff, the fingerprint sensor is what we all slated Apple for removing from the iPhone X, so the loss of that is hard to swallow even though the face unlock on the Realme 1 is mighty rapid it is just not that secure. The body is not the best quality I have touched but it is definitely not the worse, I’ll go as far to say that this might be among the best Polycarbonate Unibody design I have held in a while but it doesn’t make me feel like I’m using something fairly premium. The camera lacks against its competitors like the Asus Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 but those are more expensive in respect to Oppo Realme 1.
If you can get over some budget cuts Oppo has made to bring the cost of the Realme 1 so low yet offer a good powerful package. We would definitely recommend the Oppo Realme 1 to you.