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realme U1 teased with 'most powerful selfie camera ever'

realme says its next phone will have a waterdrop notch, brand-new mid-range chipset, and a powerful selfie camera.

Published onNovember 19, 2018

The realme U1 teaser.
  • realme and Amazon India have teased the realme U1, a selfie-focused smartphone.
  • Oppo’s sub-brand claims the new phone will also have “the most powerful selfie camera ever.”
  • The device will have a Helio P70 chipset and waterdrop notch, according to the teaser.

The Realme series might be the breakout brand of the year, delivering a family of affordable phones. We’ve seen quite a few entries this year already, but it looks like the Oppo sub-brand isn’t done just yet.

The realme Twitter account, in conjunction with Amazon India, has teased the arrival of the realme U1. And realme says the new phone will be the first device with MediaTek‘s Helio P70 chipset.

MediaTek’s latest processor is essentially a minor upgrade over the Helio P60, featuring slightly higher CPU and GPU clock speeds, for one. Nevertheless, the Helio P60 was a pretty capable mid-range chipset that offered AI silicon too, so an incremental improvement isn’t a bad thing.

The realme U1 teaser also reveals the phone will have a waterdrop notch, which will play host to “the most powerful selfie camera ever.” Does this mean it’ll be the highest resolution selfie camera or that it’ll simply take the best selfies? I’m leaning towards the former, as realme parent company OPPO has been touting a 25MP AI-powered selfie camera this year. Hopefully realme puts the megapixels to good use if it indeed takes this route.

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We don’t know much else about the new smartphone but, if it’s like previous realme devices, we’d expect a few compromises of some kind. After all, the realme 1 offered powerful internals and a full HD+ screen, but lacked a fingerprint scanner. The realme 2, on the other hand, delivered a fingerprint scanner but served up a 720p display and weaker, Snapdragon 450 chipset.

We won’t have to wait too long for a full reveal, as realme will host a November 28 launch event in India at 12:30PM (2AM ET). What would you like to see from the realme U1? Give us your thoughts in the comments section!

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