Our Opinion

The realme 1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM)  realme 1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Lenovo K8 Plus realme 1
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Excellence Score
28.1
35.5
Value for Money Score
81.1
91.4
Price ₹ 8,447 onwards ₹ 8,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.5 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P25 Mediatek Helio P60
GPU Mali-T880 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 5MP), 5P Lens, F/2.0 Aperture, Dual-tone LED Flash F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84-degree Wide-angle Lens, LED Flash F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.99 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 165 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3410 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Battery Standby Time (4G): upto 401 hrs, Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; TheatreMax Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built
  • Ergonomically sized, comfortable for one-handed use
  • Useful physical button that can be setup to to play/ pause music, switch tracks, or launch a custom app
  • Dedicated slots for dual SIM cards and memory card (which is a always a good thing when many other phones are choosing to come out with a hybrid SIM/memory slot)
  • Fingerprint scanner at the back is easy to reach, and quite responsive
  • Decent Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection - viewing angles are good and colour reproduction is decent
  • Stock Android UI keeps thing nice and simple, and will be much appreciated by Android enthusiasts
  • Good all-round performance backed by solid hardware - multitasking is easy with several apps running in the background, and games run well too
  • Decent dual-camera setup on the rear - decent bokeh shots (as long as you set it up right), good macros, and indoor shots are also pretty good
  • Decent front camera too - photos taken with the the front camera are good and can be used on messengers and social networking apps - also, the front flash is handy in dark areas
  • Very good battery life - the phone can run for a day and a half with regular use
  • Pretty decent charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, if stock Android and good battery life appeal to you, then the Lenovo K8 Plus is a good choice
  • Bold, stunning design thanks to the diamond-like reflective body - this is a device that certainly stands out - it is housed inside a fibre-glass casing that has been cut at different angles such that each section of the glass back turns to a different shade of black when light is reflecting off it!
  • Lightweight and well built
  • Decent, modern 18:9 display with minimal bezels - which means that despite the large screen size, the phone will fit nicely into your hand
  • Good all-round performance, similar to Snapdragon 636 phones, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Decent rear and front cameras - both the cameras support depth of field or Portrait effect, and Augmented Reality (AR) stickers
  • The rear camera pictures are reasonably crisp, and have decent color reproduction
  • The front camera relies heavily on Oppo’s AI algorithms to fine-tune the photos which results in good (if slightly artificial looking) photos
  • Overall, cameras are decent, but not quite up to the high benchmark of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Dedicated dual SIM card slots and microSD slot
  • Supports VoLTE on both the dual sim slots
  • Good battery life - easily gives over a day’s usage for an average user
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A bit on the thick and bulky side, measuring 8.99mm and weighing 165g
  • Sunlight legibility of the display could have been better
  • Rear camera is pretty good but could have been a bit better in landscape mode, and with HDR
  • Also the camera tends to sometimes lag a bit in depth (bokeh) mode
  • No fingerprint sensor, so you have to rely on the face unlock for quick unlocking (which does work quite well)
  • The display is decent on the whole, but outdoor visibility is pretty ordinary
  • Oppo's Color OS UI is not the most refined Android UI, and looks cluttered at places
  • No support for fast charging - the phones take a little over two hours to charge from zero to full
  • On the whole, the Realme 1 offers an interesting design, fast performance and good battery life - and if these are the most important things, it may make for a good choice - but most people will find the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 to be much more complete and well-rounded phones
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