The last few weeks have been really busy for the Indian mobile industry with so many launches taking place. Oppo's former subsidiary, Realme, made its presence felt amid all the chaos with the launch of Realme U1 in India on Wednesday. But the new handset faces competition from some existing phones, including Honor 8X and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro.
Does Realme U1 pack better specs than Honor 8X? Which smartphone should you buy under Rs 15,000? Between Realme U1 and Honor 8X, which phone is better? If these are the questions that have been confusing your buying decision, here's a straight-cut comparison of both the phones feature-by-feature.
Realme U1 is priced at Rs 11,999 for the base model, but there's a high-end version for Rs 14,499. The handset can be bought on Amazon.in December 5 onwards.
Honor 8X price starts at Rs 14,999 and its base model is equivalent to Realme U1's high-end variant. Honor 8X is readily available on Amazon.in.
Design and Display
Realme U1 sports a glass-like shiny polycarbonate back, a waterdrop-style notch on a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display. The dual rear cameras are arranged horizontally with a fingerprint scanner positioned at the back.
Honor 8X also has a notched display, but it is slightly bigger than the Realme U1. The Honor smartphone feels more premium as it sports a glass back. The cameras are arranged vertically and the fingerprint scanner is found on the back. The display on the Honor 8X measures 6.5 inches and has the same Full HD+ resolution as the Realme smartphone.
Both phones have a microUSB port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack alongside an array of sensors.
Cameras have become a crucial aspect while purchasing a new smartphone and both phones have dual rear cameras and a single lens for selfies.
Realme U1 features a 13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) sensors with an LED flash on the side. The smartphone supports Portrait Lighting, AI scene detection and bokeh effect. On the front, there's a 25MP Sony IMX576 sensor with f/2.0 aperture 1.8-micron pixels and 4-in-1 pixels tech. Several features are offered in the front camera, including AI Face Unlock, Backlight mode, AI Beauty+ and Smarter Groupie feature.
Honor 8X, on the other hand, has a 20MP+2MP dual sensors on the back with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF. The front camera is equipped with a 16MP f/2.0 selfie snapper. Since both phones have an identical setup capable of taking some good shots, Realme's extensive list of camera features could be a great selling point.
Realme U1 is powered by a 3,500mAh battery, whereas the Honor 8X comes with a slightly bigger 3,750mAh unit. The difference between the two is negligible and both phones could last you a full day depending on your usage.
Honor phones are powered by Huawei's chipsets and in the case of Honor 8X, there's a Kirin 710 processor running the show. On the other hand, the Realme U1 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 processor.
If you're picking up the high-end variant in Realme U1, you get 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage, but there's a 3GB + 32GB model retailing for a lower Rs 11,999. In the case of Honor 8X, buyers can choose up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, which costs Rs 18,999. There's also a 6GB+64GB variant for Rs 16,999, but the 4GB+64GB is what you can consider while comparing against Realme U1 in the sub-Rs 15,000 price range.
Realme U1's interface is same as the one on Oppo phones and it comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS. While Honor 8X also runs the same Android Oreo version, there's an EMUI 8.2 skin on top of it. Both phones also pack dual SIM card slots.
Buyers can choose from Navy Blue, Midnight Black and newly-launched Red colours in Honor 8X. Realme U1 comes in Ambitious Black, Brave Blue, and Fiery Gold hues.