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RealMe 1 review: Cheapest 128GB smartphone at Rs 13,990

The device has a premium-looking design and better specs than any of its competitors.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12.49 PM IST
RealMe 1
Competition is great for consumers. Driving home this adage is Oppo with their first phone in the RealMe series. The company’s sole focus with the RealMe 1 was to make a market disruptor. They call it a ‘premium mid-range smartphone’ because it has a premium-looking design and better specs on paper than any of the competition.

One of the most striking things about the RealMe 1 is the diamond black design (only available in the black version, though silver and red colours are also available). The geometric shapes glint as you twist the phone giving it a unique, three dimensional diamond cut look. The official description says that it uses a composite material with layers of Niobium oxides (it’s a rare, grey-white metal) to achieve the effect.

RealMe review: Cheapest 128GB device at Rs 13,990

There’s no metal or glass here but the phone feels good to hold. It has a high-quality 6-inch 18:9 display with great viewing angles, high contrast and punchy colour. The 1.98mm slim bezels further add to the premium feel. There’s a single 13MP camera at the back and a single 8MP camera up front.

The interface is Oppo’s ColorOS based on Android 8.1. There’s no bloatware and you get a long laundry list of features and customisation options. For instance, there’s a theme engine, app lock, kid space, split screen, private safe (for photos, videos, documents), blocklist, call recording, gestures, smart assistant, quiet time, clone apps, Oppo cloud storage, game mode, screen recording and homescreen magazine. Useful if you like to have a lot of features — not so much if you prefer a clean, stock Android.

ReadMe 1

In terms of performance though, the RealMe 1 doesn’t disappoint. First, we benchmarked the storage speed and got very respectable results of 300MB/s read & 248MB/s write. It’s not ultra-fast like OnePlus 6 but great for the price. The Helio P60 processor is up to most tasks too. Geekbench gives it a multi-core score of 5772 which is great too. Real world usage we found no lags or bottlenecks and the 6GB RAM is enough to satisfy heavy multi-taskers.

As for the camera, you get many different modes: time-lapse, AR stickers, AI beauty, expert/pro, Ultra HD double resolution, depth effect. Camera quality is also great for the price. There’s no shutter lag and results offer good colour and clarity. The depth effect works fairly well despite the lack of a second camera. It suffers a little in low light but still above par for the price range. Battery life is a day and a half with light use which is also good.


So what are the downsides, really? We could nitpick and say that the camera can’t record 4K video (max is 1080p). That all surfaces are smudge/ fingerprint magnets and there’s no fingerprint scanner. But these smaller issues don’t matter. More than one person commented that Oppo will likely be losing money by selling at these prices. If you’re looking to spend around Rs 9k, the 32GB offers great value. And for someone who’s always running out of storage space on their phone, the 128GB version is ideal. It’s the cheapest 128GB by far and an amazing deal for the price!
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