OPPO Realme 1 launched in India | Offers 128GB + 6GB RAM for ₹13,990

Realme1 by OPPO

OPPO today revealed its first device under the online Amazon exclusive Realme series. The Realme 1 offers great hardware specifications for the asking price. Be it the processor, or the RAM or the onboard storage, the device offers a decent package. We generally don’t cover news at TechMesto, but this device really redefines the budget segment and deserves a mention. Realme 1 comes in different variants, obviously costing differently. So, it’s jump in deep and take a closer look at OPPO’s Realme 1 smartphone.

Specifications that matter

There’s a lot that goes into a smartphone. All hardware and software components are important. However, there are few that make for the buying decision. And we’ll take a look at just those specifications of the OPPO Realme 1 smartphone. For detailed specifications, you can always visit GSMArena.

  • Display: 6.0-inches full HD in 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Storage: Upto 128 GB internal storage and upto 6 GB RAM (read price section). Storage is expandable upto 256GB using MicroSD card.
  • CPU/Processor: Mediatek Helios P60
  • Cameras: 13MP primary (back) camera | 8MP front camera
  • Battery: 3410 mAh
  • Security: Face Unlock
  • Operating system: Color OS 5.1 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo)
  • Colors: Diamond Black, Solar Red

The Helios P60 is a CPU with AI at its core. Hence, the Realme 1 uses AI to smartly improve the phone’s performance. AI is used in all areas of phone’s functioning, from camera to battery optimization. So, expect the phone to provide a great user experience.

realme 1 back diamond

Price of OPPO Realme 1 in India: Sure, the title of the post already reveals the price. Here’s it again for the different storage and memory variants of Realme 1.

  • 32GB storage and 3GB RAM – Rs. 8,990
  • 64GB storage and 4GB RAM – Rs. 10,990 (only available in Solar red color)
  • 128GB storage and 6GB RAM – Rs. 13,990

What’s in the box?

The OPPO Realme 1 packs pretty much everything in the box. If you are the one who doesn’t like spoilers, then kindly switch to the next section as we are going to reveal what is included in the box with the Realme 1.

  • The Realme 1 itself in either Diamond black or Solar red color
  • Indian charging adapter (5V – 2A)
  • MicroUSB (sorry no type-C) cable for charging and PC connectivity
  • SIM Card and MicroSD card ejector tool (pin)
  • 1x screen protector (pre applied)
  • 1x back case (silicone/TPU material)
  • Warranty information booklet & useless manual

The competition and Opinion

There is an extreme competition in the budget and lower middle range smartphone segment. The Realme 1 from OPPO will compete directly with the Redmi and Asus smartphones. Here are some of the smartphones which are true competitors or alternates to the Realme 1. The success of Realme 1 will mean loss of sales of these smartphones:

  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
  2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
  3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
  4. Huawei Honor 7X
  5. Billion Capture Plus

With Realme 1, OPPO is off to a great start to take on the online smartphone market. The device offers a great value for the money. The Helios P60 is a powerful processor, and it coupled with decent amount of storage and RAM will offer a positive user experience.

We do not have many examples of brands which got successful while trying to offer cheaper hardware exclusively to online buyers. They need to be careful with what they do, because Micromax even lost the offline space while trying to jump into the online market using its YU brand.

We do not see it as a big threat to established/Tier-A brands like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and the others as they have a different target audience. However, it will definitely affect their sales to some extent. What we feel is that the Realme will have a more worsening effect on the sales of oppo branded devices in the segment than any other.

Answering your questions

Do you have any questions about the Realme 1 smartphone from OPPO? We’ll answer most of them below. If a query of yours is left unanswered, then you can write it down in the comments below and wait for our response.

Q: Where and how to buy the Realme 1 smartphone?
OPPO is keeping the Realme 1 as an amazon exclusive product. So, you can only buy it online at Amazon. You can click the button below to reach the Amazon webpage for Realme 1.
Buy Realme 1 at Amazon

Q: Is it a flash sale? If yes, what is the date and time?
With Realme series, OPPO is mimicking the business model of Xiaomi Redmi series. So, yes the device will be sold via flash sales. That means, you’ll only be able to buy the phone if you are lucky among the thousands others who will be trying to buy the Realme 1.

The first flash sale is scheduled for 25th May, 12:00 PM.

Q: Will OPPO sell Realme 1 at retail stores?
OPPO has many retail stores in India, probably more than any other OEM. That said, the Realme series is their online-only smartphone series. Hence, it will not be available at retail stores. That said, as always some 3rd party retail stores will offer the Realme as a reseller unit and it will cost you a few hundred more than the price at Amazon India.

Q: Does it come with face unlock?
A: Yes, the smartphone comes with AI powered face unlock. But there is no fingerprint scanner. So, you either need to rely on the face unlock or use the PIN/Pattern to unlock your device.

Q: Does it support Jio VoLTE
Yes, the Realme 1 supports Jio VoLTE services. It will also support VoLTE from Vodafone and Airtel, but probably not out of the box. The CPU also supports Dual SIM Dual VoLTE, so you can use VoLTE on both SIM cards at the same time.

Q: Does Realme 1 come with dedicated SD card slot or a hybrid setup?
Realme 1 by OPPO provides you with a dedicated MicroSD card slot. So, you can use 2 SIM cards and a MicroSD card at the same time. This is good for the users who are opting for 32GB storage variant, because the 128GB is already enough for most.

Q: Will OPPO service center provide service to Realme phones?
Yes! All Realme phones will be serviceable at Oppo service centers. OPPO is advertising the 500+ service centers. These are the same service centers which also takes care of OPPO branded smartphones.

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