Realme U1 to go on sale in India today, price starts at Rs 11,999

Realme recently announced the Realme U1 selfie-centric smartphone in India and the device will go on sale for the first time on Wednesday, December 5. The Realme U1 will go on sale starting 12pm exclusively on Amazon India. The device is part of a new U-series that aims to offer smartphones with impressive cameras. To this end, the Realme U1 highlights a 25MP selfie camera. This is also the first and only smartphone as of now to come with the new Helio P70 chipset.

The Realme U1 is priced starting at Rs 11,999 for the base model that offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Consumers can also opt for the 4GB + 64GB variant that is priced at Rs 14,499. This variant is priced above the Realme 2 Pro, which starts at Rs 13,990. Amazon India is also offering 5 per cent cashback with SBI Card, No Cost EMI and Jio benefits on purchasing the U1. Realme also announced a couple of new accessories such as the Iconic Case for the Realme U1 and the Realme Buds earphones with kevlar fabric and magnetic attachment, both of which are priced at Rs 499 each. These accessories

Realme U1 specifications

The Realme U1 looks awfully similar to the Realme 2 Pro in terms of design. It gets the same 6.3-inch FHD+ dewdrop display with a tiny droplet-style notch and a chin. This allows the phone to offer a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. This also makes the Realme U1 the cheapest phone right now to offer a waterdrop display. The rear panel offers what Realme calls a light pillar design, which essentially means light refracts on the panel in a way to offer straight lines. The rear panel comes with a 13-layer micron-level coating under the back cover and an atomic-level bonding to make it look translucent.

The Realme U1 will only be offered in Ambitous Black and Brave Blue colours as of now. The Fiery Gold option will be available starting 2019. The Realme U1 is the first phone in the world to come with the new octa-core Helio P70 chipset. The processor promises to deliver a 13 per cent boost in performance and up to 30 per cent improvement in AI processing over its predecessor, the Helio P60.

The 25MP selfie camera housed under the notch is a Sony IMX576 sensor that includes an f/2.0 aperture. The camera aims to offer crisp and sharp selfies with impressive noise control and colour recovery. The front camera also supports selfie bokeh and group selfies.

The dual rear cameras include a 13MP primary sensor and 2MP secondary sensor for portrait support. The Realme U1 ships with a 3,500mAh battery and ColorOS 5.2 based on Android Oreo. It supports dual nano-SIM cards with 4G VoLTE support and a dedicated microSD card slot. The handset measures 157x74x8mm and weighs 168 grams.