Realme is sure to be one of the hottest brands in the Indian smartphone market. The Oppo’s sub-brand could soon launch the Realme 3 Series which includes the Realme 3 Pro, and even the successor to the recently launched Realme U1, in 2019. Interestingly, eager buyers and Realme fans are not waiting for the company to announce finalized specifications and features. Instead, they have begun listing their desired list of features they expect in Realme devices. We at MSP Gear have collated some of the most prominent feature and specifications that are routinely demanded.
Emerging from the shadows of its parent company Oppo, Realme has grown into a fast-growing company and a largely independent brand on its own. Ever since the introduction of Realme 1, the company has attempted to constantly redefine the affordable and budget segment of the Android smartphones.
With the Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro, the brand firmly established its presence. With Realme U1 and the upcoming Realme A1, the sub-brand has excellent opportunity to become even bigger and more aggressive with specifications and features. The company has an active social media presence, and hence Indian smartphone buyers have been sending their requests for features. Here we report on the five most commonly asked features in the Realme 2 Pro, Realme U1, and the upcoming Realme 3, Realme 3 Pro, and Realme U2.
1) Fast Charging for Realme 3 Pro
The Realme 2 Pro packs a 3,500mAh battery. The capacity is quite smaller than the Realme 2 smartphone that packs an impressive 4,230mAh battery. The Pro version of the device not only has a smaller battery, it also lacks any Fast Charging support. Needless to mention, this means users have to keep the handset tethered to a charger for a longer period of time.
Majority of smartphones today have some form of Fast Charging, which significantly reduces charging time. Hence it is high time Realme 3 Pro support something much higher than the standard 5W chargers.
2) Quick updates/Android P out of the box for all Realme phones
Realme does offer updates for its devices. However, majority of the Realme smartphones are still on Android 8.1 Oreo. This fact is a little concerning because Realme handsets do not have a heavily customized ColorOS skin over base Android OS. Hence, it should be fairly easy for the sub-brand to send out updates at an accelerated pace.
However, the company appears focused on launching newer devices with improved hardware. Hence Realme smartphone users have been quite vocal about their demands for ColorOS 6 that’s based on Android 9 Pie OS. Needless to mention, companies like Xiaomi have proven that updates need not take a lot of time.
3) EIS, 4K Recording on Realme U2
The Realme U1, a device that launched recently, has a surprisingly capable rear as well as front camera setup. The dual rear camera setup consists of 13MP primary sensor that’s coupled with 2MP depth sensor.
While the arrangement does have auto-focus, it completely lacks any kind of image stabilization, which is quite a glaring omission. While the Realme device is permitted not to have OIS, the brand could at least deploy EIS, which could be activated using a software update. The same goes for the ability to record videos in 4K resolution, especially when the imaging hardware can support the feature. Fans are expecting to get these features in the upcoming Realme U2 device.
4) Night Mode feature for Realme 3 Pro, Realme U2
The Google’s Night Sight mode, Huawei’s Night Mode, and OnePlus’ Nightscape mode have been quite successful in offering some amazing photos taken in low or even poor lighting conditions. Surprisingly, Google’s Pixel manages to get excellent photos with just a single rear camera.
Incidentally, several smartphone enthusiasts have extracted the feature and conjured it within the Android camera app. Surprisingly, the results were quite promising. Given the Night mode majorly relies on software and AI-driven features, the Realme 2 Pro, the Realme U1 could have some decent iteration that attempts to pull in more details and improve the image quality. So the upcoming Realme 3 Pro and Realme U2 should have the required hardware to support these features.
5) Widevine L1 support for Realme 3 Pro
The lack of Widevine L1 support became a commonly known issue when Xiaomi’s POCO F1 was found to lack the same. Smartphones that do not have Widevine L1 support cannot stream premium and subscription-based content in high definition. Netflix and a few other services limit the stream to 480p or even lower.
Although the Realme and the Realme 2 could be excused, the Realme 2 Pro and subsequent devices from the Realme sub-brand should have confirmed Widevine L1 support. We can expect Widevine L1 support in the upcoming Realme 3 Pro device.