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Oppo’s sub-brand is not holding back, announcing another midrange, selfie-centric smartphone, Realme U1. And within its household, the Realme 2 Pro is the closest competitor. So, which of the two is the best for you to get?

Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1 Differences

Realme-2-Pro

Advantages of Realme 2 Pro

  1. Adreno 512 GPU
  2. up to 8GB/128GB
  3. 16MP + 2MP main camera
  4. up to 2160p @ 30fps video recording
  5. Wi-Fi ac
  6. Bluetooth 5.0

Advantages of Realme U1

  1. MediaTek Helio P70 12nm
  2. 25MP selfie camera

Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1 Similarities

  1. Polycarbonate build
  2. IPS LCD panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  3. 1080p resolution
  4. Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS 5.2
  5. dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
  6. dual main camera setup
  7. single selfie camera setup
  8. audio jack
  9. micro USB 2.0
  10. 3500mAh battery
  11. teardrop notch

Which is a better buy between the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1?

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Official Realme U1 photos

Realme tries its best to keep their phones to a minimum as the Realme 2 Pro and U1 are identical — from the polycarbonate body down to the glass-like finish at the back. The only exception is U1’s slightly reflective back.

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Their respective SoCs differ with the Realme 2 Pro sporting an older Snapdragon 660 but comes with better GPU from the Adreno 512 while the Realme U1 comes out on top on raw CPU performance from the Helio P70 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.

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With both being a camera-centric phone, expect the 2 Pro to come out with better low-light shots due to the 16MP + 2MP f1.7. But selfie-wise, we’re talking about a crisper and better output from the U1 thanks to its main highlight — a 25MP sensor.

Both clocks in with a respectable 3500mAh battery but charges via micro USB 2.0 of yesterday.

Do take note the Realme U1 can be had at a much cheaper price starting at Php9,990 for the 3GB/32GB model and Php11,990 for the 4GB/64GB top model. The Realme 2 Pro starts at Php 10,990. All estimated after taxes.

To conclude, the Realme 2 Pro is a better overall device but the Realme U1 is a decent pick especially the lower variant, but if, and only if, you want a better selfie camera.

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SpecsRealme 2 ProRealme U1
Display6.3-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340, 409ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 36.3-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340, 409ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions156.7 x 74 x 8.5 mm 174g157 x 74 x 8 mm , 168 g
ChipsetQualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)Mediatek Helio P70 (12nm)
GPUAdreno 512Mali-G72 MP3
Memory128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM + microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Main Camera16 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.8″, 1.12µm, PDAF +
2 MP, depth sensor
13 MP, f/2.2, AF
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Front Camera16 MP, f/2.025 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, microUSB 2.0, headphone jackWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE, microUSB 2.0, headphone jack
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS OS 5.2Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS OS 5.2
Official Priceestimated at Php10,990estimated at Php9,990 – 3GB/32GB

Php11,990 – 4GB/64GB

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