Realme U1: 4 Reasons Why the Latest Selfie Pro Phone is a Better Pick Over the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Realme's latest budget Android smartphone has an edge over the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in some areas.


Realme launched its first U series smartphone in India last week, dubbed U1. The Realme U1 is being marketed by the company as India’s “SelfiePro”, thanks to an impressive 25MP AI selfie snapper. In addition the impressive selfie camera, Realme U1 is also the world’s first smartphone to be powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 12nm octa-core processor under the hood. Its main rival in the Indian market happens to be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, which was launched in the country last month. Here are a few reasons why you should consider getting a Realme U1 over Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro.

6.3” Dewdrop Display With 90.8% Screen-to-Body Ratio

The Realme U1 comes with a 6.3-inch Dewdrop IPS LCD display offering 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the Dewdrop notch design, Realme’s first U series smartphone achieves a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, higher than all its main rivals. Protecting the large display panel is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a marginally smaller display measuring 6.26-inches diagonally with 1080 x 2280 pixels Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. While the notch at the top of the display allows for an improved screen-to-body ratio compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, it isn’t as impressive as the Realme U1. Despite featuring a slightly smaller display than the Realme U1, it is the Redmi Note 6 Pro that is the bigger of the two handsets in terms of physical dimensions.

More Attractive Design

One of the main reasons behind Realme’s success in the Indian market is the company’s focus on the design of its smartphones. Just like the other Realme smartphones, Realme U1 is a very attractive device in terms of design. The smartphone has a polycarbonate frame with a metallic finish, which helps give it a more premium look than you would expect. Realme U1’s back panel is made out of glass-like polycarbonate resin, similar to the Realme 2 Pro. The “Light Pillar Design” on the back is achieved using a 13-layer laminated technology.

Xiaomi uses a combination of polycarbonate and metal for making the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which helps make it quite durable. However, there is no doubt that the Realme U1 is the more attractive of the two phones.

MediaTek Helio P70 12nm Processor

The Realme U1 is the first smartphone to be powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor. Manufactured on a 12nm FinFET production process, the Helio P70 offers improved performance compared to the Helio P60, thanks mainly to faster clock speeds. The Helio P70 is clocked at up to 2.3 GHz and featured a tri-core Mali-G72MP3 GPU clocked at 900 MHz. When it comes to benchmarking performance, the Helio P70-powered Realme U1 has an edge over the Snapdragon 636-powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in pretty much all major benchmarks.

Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot

Just like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 6 Pro does not include a dedicated microSD card slot. It comes with Hybrid Dual-SIM slots, which means you will have to make a choice between adding a microSD card or a secondary SIM card. With the Realme U1, you will not have to make that choice as the smartphone comes with two SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot for further storage expansion up to 256GB.