Realme 1 Gets Bootloader Unlock, New Camera Watermark Feature with Latest Update


Realme is rolling out a new OTA software update for the Realme 1 in India, which comes with the build number CPH1861EX_11.A.29. This new update brings with it a new camera watermark, added reboot functionality, support for unlocking the bootloader, and Android Security Patch for the month of February.

According to the official post on Realme’s website, this new update will have a staged rollout, meaning that only a limited number of Realme 1 users will receive the update now, and if there are no critical issues with the update, the brand will then roll it out to the remaining Realme 1 users. However, if you do not want to wait till your device receives the OTA update, you can manually download the update from Realme’s website and install it with the help of instructions mentioned by the brand.

Let’s talk about the added features that this update brings. Realme 1 already had the camera watermark option. If you capture an image with this option enabled, the device will add ‘Shot on Realme 1’ watermark on the images. According to Realme, the latest update brings new camera watermark feature. Although we haven’t tested it out, it looks like they have added another watermark with a new style. The Realme 1 lacked the reboot option earlier, but this update adds that option too. The most important feature that this update brings, however, is the ability to unlock the bootloader. For those who do not know, your smartphone needs to have the bootloader unlocked to gain root access and install custom ROM. So, with the option to unlock the bootloader, users can now tinker with their OS.

Realme 1 Price in India

The Realme 1 launched in India in three variants; 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. At the time of launch, the brand priced the base variant at INR 8,990, the middle variant at INR 10,990, and the top-end variant at INR 13,990. However, the brand has recently discontinued the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage versions, leaving only the top-end variant currently available to purchase. At the time of discontinuing the two variants, Realme also dropped the price of the top-end variant permanently by INR 1,000, making it available to purchase for INR 12,990. The Realme 1 can be purchased online exclusively from Amazon India.

Realme 1 Features and Specifications

The Realme 1 has a 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with thin bezels around it. The device features the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, which has an octa-core CPU, and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It comes with the Android 8.1 Oreo OS, and as this is a smartphone from Oppo’s sub-brand, it features Oppo’s Color OS 5.2 UI customization in its operating system. On the back, the smartphone has a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase-detection autofocus, and at the front, it has an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture. The Realme 1 is powered by a 3410mAh battery, and it features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.