Oppo Realme 1 review: a good and affordable phone

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According to Oppo, a well-known electronics manufacturer, the new Oppo Realme 1 was released to meet the needs of young people. The novelty will be sold exclusively online and only through Amazon.

Realme 1 has a 18: 9 display, up to 6 GB of RAM (depending on version), a fiberglass case with a unique design, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It looks like the phone was designed as a rival for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Oppo marketers don’t hide it.

Let’s find out if this gadget has everything you need to stand out in the market of budget smartphones?

Oppo Realme 1 Design

The case of Oppo Realme 1 is made of fiberglass with the effect of gem faces. Fifteen tangential planes of the back panel, very unusually reflect light, it makes the smartphone look like a diamond.

Although this design is definitely unique and luxurious in its own way, for some it may seem tasteless. One of the problems with using fiberglass is that it easily collects fingerprints.

Due to the impressive screen / case ratio of 84.75%, Realme 1 is very compact. And although the screen is not entirely frameless, the front of the phone looks sleek and modern. Despite the fact that the frame is made of plastic, the build quality here is first class. For all the time of the review, the phone I accidentally fell several times, without receiving any significant damage.

The Oppo Realme 1 rear camera module protrudes slightly from the case. On the left side of the smartphone is a volume rocker, on the right is a power button and a tray for SIM cards. Although many models in this price range have hybrid trays, Realme 1 is equipped with a separate one for two Nano-SIM cards and one microSD card.

The fingerprint scanner is missing here. Instead, the gadget offers face recognition, for security, plus standard login options with a password. The face recognition function works quite well, but in direct sunlight or in low light, it does not work correctly.

Smartphone features

The Oppo Realme 1 has impressive specifications for its price. It is equipped with an 8-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor operating at 2.0 GHz. This makes it a competitor not only for Redmi 5, but also for the much more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The flagship MediaTek Helio P60 processor is manufactured using the 12-nm process technology and is equipped with NeuroPilot AI technology, which contributes to the better face recognition function, as well as improves photos and videos.

Realme 1 is on sale in three versions: 3 GB / 32 GB for the price of $ 130 (Rs 8,300); 4 GB / 64 GB for the price of $ 160 (Rs 10 200); and the model I am reviewing is 6 GB / 128 GB for the price of $ 205 (Rs 13,000). Internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card up to 256 GB.

Screen and brightness

Oppo Realme 1 is also equipped with a 6-inch Full-HD + display (1080 × 2160 pixels) with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The screen is very shiny in the sun, and the viewing angles are disappointing, alas. Nevertheless, the colors are saturated, and the panel itself is bright and suitable for comfortable outdoor use. I am glad that Oppo Realme does not have an eyebrow, which has recently become a popular trend among smartphones.

Add-ons and communication

Smartphone Oppo Realme 1 has a non-removable 3410 mAh battery and works on Color OS 5.0 installed on top of Android 8.1 Oreo.
As for wireless connections, the phone uses 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. GPS / A-GPS is responsible for navigation.
Instead of a faster USB Type-C, Realme 1 is equipped with a Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer. Of the two installed SIM-cards, only one can work in the 4G range, while the other is only in 3G. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and an FM radio.

Performance and Tests

Inexpensive Oppo Realme 1, easily copes with basic daily tasks, like creating photos, surfing the Internet, using social networking applications, watching videos and recording videos in Full HD.

Casual games like Subway Surfers, and heavier ones like Asphalt 8 are played here without loss of frames or stutters. During heavy loads, the smartphone does not even heat up.
In the AnTuTu test, Realme 1 achieved an impressive 138,326 points, while the more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro, running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, reached only 105,369 points.

Other test results are also impressive. This Oppo smartphone showed 38 fps in GFXbench T-Rex and 12 fps in the more demanding GFX Bench Manhattan 3.1 test, as well as 8,009 points in the PC Mark Work 2.0 and 1513/5795 in the same and multicore Geekbench tests, respectively.

System and software

Oppo Realme 1 works under the control of Color OS 5.0 branded shell based on Android 8.1 OS Oreo. The animation at the interface is instant and smooth, but the system as a whole is very cluttered up. In the settings menu and in the quick launch panel, it is quite difficult to navigate.

In Color OS 5.0, there is no application menu, and the Google Now panel is replaced with a special screen that displays the weather, steps taken, favorite contacts and recent events.

However, there are a lot of great features like dual apps, a shortcut for three-screenshots, a theme app and support for gestures on the lock screen. Information about plans to upgrade to the version of Android P is not available yet.

Battery autonomy

The battery life of the Oppo Realme 1 impressed me. In the HD Video loop test, the battery lasted an impressive 11 hours and 30 minutes. As for the real performance, I have never been able to completely discharge the battery even with heavy use of the phone during the day.

Oppo Realme 1 does not support fast charging, but fully charges from 0 to 100% from 2.5 to 3 hours.

Camera Oppo Realme 1

The budget Oppo Realme 1 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera that can recognize 296 face points with AI (AI – artificial intelligence).

The camera application is easy to use and offers a wide range of modes like Panorama, Time Lapse, Virtual Objects, and also the fully functional Pro mode, which allows you to change the shutter speed, ISO, exposure, aperture and white balance.

Selfie camera using AI automatically determines the tone and skin type, age, gender and based on this data optimizes image settings. The facial features become softer, but an unpleasant watercolor effect is also added. AI has 8 million beauty points in its database.

The front camera of Realme 1 creates decent self-shots in good light, with poor – the quality gets worse.

Both the rear and the front camera use software algorithms that are capable of creating images with a blurring background effect. However, images are obtained with poor quality edge detection and lose some detail.

The 13-megapixel rear camera of Realme 1 is also equipped with an AI-based scene recognition function, which allows you to optimize settings for different scenes and objects in real time. Images are obtained with a decent amount of detail, although they look a bit dull. But, the sensor has a bad dynamic range and is constantly focused in low light.

The maximum video resolution for recording for both cameras is 1080p. The video is obtained with poor detail and not stabilized.

There is also a “virtual objects” mode, which is well implemented. Another fun way to impress friends. It can be used both front and rear camera.


The new Oppo Realme 1 has a unique design (not everyone will appreciate it), excellent performance, good battery life, a separate microSD card slot, a decent screen and an amazing price-performance ratio.

But the lack of a fingerprint scanner, cluttered software and the mediocre quality of cameras make Realme 1 not the best smartphone in this market segment.

Benefits of Oppo Realme 1

  • Unique design.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Not expensive.
  • Good battery life.

Disadvantages of Realme 1

  • Average quality cameras.
  • There is no fingerprint scanner.
  • Cluttered OS.

Oppo Realme 1 – video

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