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Realme 5 is a significant improvement over Realme 3. It has a few pros and cons:
- It is a handsome set with a premium diamond pattern design on its rear panel.
- It comes with a decent mid-range processor which helps in breezy multitasking and smooth gaming.
- Realme 5 arrives with a massive 5000 mAh battery that can keep it chugging more than a day.
- The phone has a quad-camera setup that can take decent shots even though its a low-cost phone.
- The phone has a dated micro-USB port.
- Realme 5 has a dated 720×1600 resolution and does not produce enough brightness for harsh sunny conditions.
- The battery does not come with fast charging.
- The phone cameras turn out grainy images, especially when used in challenging light conditions.
Realme 5 comes as a value for money phone. However, it gets some essential items wrong, which makes it lag in the competition it arrives in. However, the phone remains a great buy at a low cost and is recommended for low mid-range users.
The Realme 5 looks like a premium and good mid-range handset. Priced at Rs.9,999, the handsome phone packs a lot of juice and power, making it a capable handset for your daily needs. However, the Realme 5 comes with a few dated aspects to it. It has a mediocre display and a dated micro-USB port. The quad-camera setup may look attractive, but it fails to deliver high-quality images. Overall, the Realme 5 will cater to all your basic needs, but you should not keep your expectations too high with this phone.
Realme 5 Price in India
The price for the Realme 5 falls in the affordable segment. Realme 5 price in India kept at Rs. 10,999 for 4GB +64GB storage. This smartphone is available in two more variants like 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 128GB storage with Crystal Blue, and Crystal Purple colour. At this price point, Realme 5 offers a great processor and you won’t be disappointed.
Realme 5 arrives with a hard plastic frame and a laminated plastic rear which makes it look like a premium glass-coated model. The phone has updated to an outstanding-looking diamond pattern design. It seems durable as well so, the phone will not leave you wanting for more in terms of looks. Flipping it over, you will find a quad-camera module with vertically stacked cameras. Next to the camera module is the fingerprint scanner, which is quite accurate and works well. The power and volume buttons are on either side of the phone and are quite ergonomically-placed. You get a 3.5mm audio jack along with a micro-USB port at the bottom of the phone.
Realme 5 is a bit taller than the Realme 3. It has a 6.5-inch HD+ display which comes with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels. The resolution, of course, is a bit dated but the lack of bezels make the screen immersive. Plus, it comes with a water-drop notch style which does not pose as a distraction. It comes with a 20:9 aspect ratio and is quite bright indoors. However, the brightness begins to falter when you go outside under the harsh sunlight. Overall, the display is just okay for a low mid-range handset.
Realme 5 arrives with a Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset, a decent processor paired with a 3GB or 4GB RAM. The mid-tier processor is suitable for handling multiple apps with ease. However, intensive activity can make you enter the ‘slow-down’ mode. You can use some daily apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Slack with ease. Gaming can be decent on this phone as well. It has Game Space to boost your gaming performance. It helps to reduce network latency and maximize the performance of the processor. High-end games like PUBG Mobile can run with High presets too. There could be minor frame drops, but overall, it will remain playable.
The camera module on this phone includes a 12MP primary sensor, a secondary 8MP ultra-wide sensor and two more 2MP cameras for depth sensing and macro mode. The phone has a 13MP selfie camera with AI beauty mode. The AI makes scene detection efficient and pairs it up with the chroma boost mode to increase the colour saturation of the images. However, you cannot expect too much from the cameras. It can give pleasant shots when there is bright light outside, but not enough details are captured all the time. Macros are a hit and a miss. Macros can lack details when you zoom in. The focus is also a bit off. However, the portraits come out okay due to the depth-sensing camera. The phone has a nightscape mode, which is quite brilliant and can increase the brightness of the captured image. However, the details and the shadow areas remain, mostly ill-defined. For selfies, the front camera can capture great skin tones with enough details for social media posts. Portrait mode can make your skin tone a bit soft. Turning off beauty mode can result in disappointing shots. Otherwise, the edge detection is quite accurate in portrait mode too.
The USP of the Realme 5 is its whopping 5,000 mAh battery. While it is not the first time that phone comes with 5000 mAh, (Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and M2 has such a massive battery already), it does have better optimization levels that make the battery last for over a day. However, it does not come with fast charging, which is a disappointment since most phones have integrated fast-charging with their handsets. The phone can take around 3 hours to charge up.
The Realme 5 appears to be a significant upgrade over Realme 3. It has a larger battery, a quad-camera setup, and a new design that makes it look premium. The performance has improved a lot too. However, the lack of proper display and the iffy camera fail to make it a decent all-rounder. Realme 5 Pro is a better handset to go for. You can also opt for Zenfone Max Pro M2.