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The Realme 1 is an OPPO F7 doppelganger but with a cheaper price tag

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A few weeks ago, OPPO has announced a new brand under its umbrella. The Realme 1 is teased to be the first smartphone from this sub-brand that plans to take on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Now, the company delivers to its promise as the Realme 1 just became official. And unlike OPPO’s usual offerings, the Realme sports an attractive set of features in a more enticing and reasonable price tag — something that Xiaomi is keen on doing in pretty much all of their releases.

To start, the OPPO Realme 1 obviously came from the same mold as the OPPO F7 (read our review). It has a large 6-inch Full HD+ display on the front, although it lacks the display notch so the aspect ratio is still 18:9 instead of 19:9. Unsurprisingly, it is also available in a flashy Diamond Black color variant.

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On the downside, we’re not seeing a fingerprint scanner at the back, although it does have the Face Unlock feature, which was made possible by its 8-megapixel front camera and other sensors. A 13-megapixel primary camera can also be found on the back.

And just like the OPPO F7, the Realme 1 is also powered by a MediaTek P60. It might not be as enticing as what the Snapdragon 636 of the Redmi Note 5, but the P60 is actually a good performer as well.

The device runs on the new Android 8.1 Oreo, has tons of AI capabilities, and will also borrow OPPO’s ColorOS 5.0. Other than the branding at the back, there’s no easy way of telling that this is a Realme-branded smartphone.

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OPPO Realme 1 Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, ColorOS 5.0
  • Dual nano-SIM, Dual standby
  • 6-inch IPS FHD+ display, 2160 x 1080 resolution, ~402ppi
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 2GHz MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor
  • 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage, microSD up to 256GB
  • 8-megapixel front camera, f/2.2
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, LED flash
  • Face Unlock
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • microUSB 2.0, OTG compatible
  • Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.2 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 155g
  • Diamond Black, Moonlight Silver, Solar Red
  • 3410mAh non-removable battery

The OPPO Realme 1 has a starting price of INR8,990 (~Php6,929) for the 3GB/32GB variant, INR10,990 (~Php8,473) for the 4GB/64GB, and INR13,990 (~Php10,787) for the 6GB/128GB. The initial sale will be exclusive in Amazon India starting May 25.

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