Oppo Realme 1 review

GSMArena team, 28 May 2018.

Display

Oppo equipped the Realme 1 with a really impressive IPS display. At least, as far as marketable specs are concerned. Few competitors can actually offer FullHD resolutions at this price point. A certain Redmi Note 5 does come to mind, but even so, 1080 x 2160 pixels on a 6-inch diagonal is a veritable achievement, worth noting.

Oppo Realme 1 review

We also appreciate the slightly rounded corners of the panel, as well as the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio. Prospective buyers are likely to feel the same way. It's still a budget screen though - nothing unexpected on an affordable phone.

Brightness and contrast figures, while not terrible, are hardly impressive.

It seems Xiaomi did marginally better with its choice of extra-tall, FullHD+ panel on the Redmi 5 Plus/ Note 5. Still, it's not a substantial difference. The Realme 1 does have auto brightness, but lacks a real max-auto feature, only managing to push a few extra nits, when subjected to a direct light source.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei Honor 6X 0.321 579 1804
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 0.548 555 1013
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Max Auto) 0.419 554 1321
Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1) 0.315 527 1673
HTC 10 evo 0.387 525 1357
Xiaomi Redmi 5 0.378 503 1331
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Max Auto 0 485
Motorola Moto G6 Play 0.339 476 1404
Meizu M5 Note 0.614 463 754
Oppo F7 0.228 446 1956
Oppo Realme 1 0.35 423 1209
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 0 326

Contrast figures are also not ideal, but the Realme 1 is still perfectly usable. The same goes for the sunlight legibility.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Huawei P20 Lite
    2.952
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Oppo Realme 1
    2.932
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Color accuracy on the 6-inch IPS can also be best described as adequate. Out of the box, the Realme 1 has an overall blue hue. Color accuracy measurements work out to a maximum deltaE of 11.4 and an average of 6.8.

Oppo has included a custom white point adjustment, or rather a color temperature slider. If you are after the most accurate colors possible, just set it all the way to warm and you should end up with a maximum deltaE of 9.2 and an average of 5.1. Not ideal, but good enough.

Battery life

The Realme 1 packs a sizeable 3,410 mAh battery inside its relatively slim 7.8mm body. It's a decent amount of juice to work with. Plus, there is also the distinct benefit of TSMC's efficient 12nm fabrication process, on which the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset is based.

In our testing, the Realme 1 scored a very respectable 79 hours of total endurance.

Oppo Realme 1 review

Battery life numbers have been updated after re-testing, due to some cellular signal issues.

Looking at the numbers in more detail, there is nothing really out of line. A little over 20 hours is about what we would expect from a 3,410mAh battery on a 3G network, with a current chipset.

If you look around and try a few third-party video players. You might be able to get a noticeable boost in the local video playback test. The default Oppo browser, on the other hands, seems to fair really well in the battery department.

Unfortunately, despite its frugal approach to battery spending, the Helio P60 doesn't really support any form of modern fast-charging. You can only pump power into it at a maximum of 10W, or the rather standard 5V@2A. That's what the bundled wall charger puts out as well.

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Oppo Realme 1 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern, so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Loudspeaker

The Oppo Realme 1 only has a single speaker at its disposal. It is bottom-firing, located right next to the microUSB port. Stereo might be out of the question, but the speaker can still put on a good show, even in the budget segment.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Dolby audio) 66.1 70.0 76.2 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 5 66.1 68.4 82.1 Good
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 68.0 70.2 82.3 Very Good
HTC 10 evo 65.8 75.4 80.6 Very Good
Oppo Realme 1 64.8 70.5 89.9 Very Good
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent

This one delivers nicely on that end. Well, to be less liberal with the praising - it's quite loud. In fact, only a couple of decibels short of the Excellent rating. Regarding sound quality, it's a bit dull, with not much in the way of mids or low. Plenty of highs, though. And by that we mean it likes to really screech and squeal with higher-pitched sounds. That's where most of the volume actually came from in our test.

Still, we can't complain, since you can at least count on hearing the Realme 1 ring even in the noisiest of environments, if you choose an annoying enough ring tone.

Audio quality

Oppo Realme 1 delivered perfectly accurate output in the first part of our audio test and it had impressive loudness too.

Sadly, plugging in a pair of headphones caused the volume to drop to only average, while at the same time introduced moderate amounts of stereo crosstalk and intermodulation distortion. Frequency response was also slightly shaky on this occasion and while none of these issues is a deal breaker, when put together they add up to a rather unspectacular showing. Not a bad one, mind you, but not one worth bragging about.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Oppo Realme 1+0.06, -0.03-89.086.60.00520.019-87.3
Oppo Realme 1 (headphones)+0.06, -0.03-90.587.10.00540.028-77.3
Motorola Moto G6 Play+0.06, -0.03-89.086.60.00520.019-87.3
Motorola Moto G6 Play (headphones)+0.06, -0.03-90.587.10.00540.028-77.3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 +7.87, -4.89-92.188.60.00560.044-89.7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-77.878.30.0330.055-41.6
Xiaomi Redmi 5 +2.83, -1.24-27.773.90.002417.349-54.7
Xiaomi Redmi 5 (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-78.879.30.0230.035-41.6
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus+1.55, -0.61-29.776.60.001712.493-91.8
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (headphones)+0.06, -0.02-92.492.30.00230.025-76.3

Oppo Realme 1 frequency response
Oppo Realme 1 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Azeem

Why is it not available online 😭😭😭

Don't say that, i got a p70 on one of my phones (Motorola One Macro) and it's great! Not black shark 2 great but it's waaay more than you would expect for a phone that costs (i bought it on a massive sale) 130 euros

  • SK

This phone isn't made for gaming. Processor is mediatek and I don't think it's necessary to expand any further. Waste of money for gamers.