Oppo Realme 1 launching in India
In the past several years, the Indian smartphone market has grown to be one of the largest in the world, with some Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Oppo even producing exclusive models for India. Just recently, Oppo teamed up with Amazon India to launch a new smartphone brand called Realme, which targets the youth. The new Realme 1 phone has a glossy diamond-cut design, similar to that of the F7 and A3 models, and Oppo is marketing it as a mid-range phone with premium features, but an affordable price.
Oppo equipped the Realme 1 with a 2160 x 1080 18:9 6-inch IPS LCD, which is usually featured on more expensive variants. The MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC is indeed indicative of a mid-range model, but Oppo allows its customers to choose between three variants that include 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage, 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, or 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. Users may expand the default storage to 256 GB through the included microSD slot.
As it is targeted for the younger population, the Realme 1 includes a camera setup made up of one 8 MP selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture and one 13 MP rear shooter with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. Oppo included some AI-powered features like the 296-point facial recognition algorithm that can identify gender, skin color and age among other traits. Another AI-powered feature is the face unlock system, which allows users to unlock the phone through face identification.
The list of features also includes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, audio jack and a generous 3,410 mAh battery. The Realme 1 is running Android 8.1 together with the highly customized ColorOS 5.0 launcher. For color options, users will be able to choose among Diamond Black, Solar Red and later on Moonlight Silver.
Oppo’s Realme 1 will go on sale beginning May 25, but only the 6 GB RAM version will be initially available for ~US$205. The 3 GB RAM version will be priced at ~US$131, while the 4 GB one will cost ~US$161, and both will be available in late June.
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