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Realme cuts some 2018 phones out of its Android 10 plans

The Realme U1. (Source: GSMArena)
The Realme U1. (Source: GSMArena)
The Realme 1, 2, C1 and U1 were all released at various points in 2018. Despite this, their maker has just announced that they will not receive an update to ColorOS 7. This is an upcoming software skin based on Android 10 that the company shares with OPPO.

The Realme 1, 2, C1 and U1 were released in May, September, October and December 2018 respectively. They benefit from 6.0- to 6.3-inch FHD+ displays, have 2 to 6GB RAM SKUs, and some even have dual rear cameras. However, it seems even the highest-end of these specs are not enough to get Android 10 out of their OEM.

Realme has revealed plans to update the luckier of its devices to ColorOS 7. This skin for the latest version of Android was originally developed for OPPO phones. Now, despite the fact that these 2 once co-existing brands have gone their separate ways, they will both still use this OS into the coming year.

This also means that the younger company has ditched earlier plans to institute its own in-house Android variant rather than simply updating from ColorOS 6 to this new version instead. It is slated to arrive on newer releases such as the XT and 3 Pro from January. Further devices, including the 2's Pro variant, will be updated in the months thereafter.

Indian owners of the 1, 2, C1 and U1 (which are powered by mid- to low-end MediaTek Helio P-series or Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs) had been hoping for this update for their own phones as well. However, doing so on Twitter has resulted in an official response confirming that this is not to be the case.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12- 2 (Update: 2019-12- 2)