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Realme 5i is a budget device that can be a great daily driver for those who favour power over everything else. The massive battery capacity and robust processor ensures a smooth performance throughout the day. However, the display and cameras sure leave you wanting for more.
- The phone has a beautiful and elegant design with a splash-resistant body.
- The large screen makes for an immersive viewing and gaming experience.
- The large battery capacity keeps the phone going all through the day.
- The camera performance disappoints
- Unappreciable UI
- Still on Android 9 operating system
- Skip this if you are buying for gaming
The Realme 5i is a budget device launched by the Chinese smartphone giant Realme in 2020. Overall, it is the fourth launch in the Realme 5 series. The Realme 5i looks much like the Realme 5. Flaunting a dot-notch, the Realme 5i features a quad-camera setup and a massive 5000mAh battery. Going by the Realme 5i price, it can be said that this budget device packs in many praiseworthy specs within a budget.
Realme 5i Price in India
Realme is gaining popularity throughout the globe for providing healthy features at pocket-friendly price tags. As for the Realme 5i, the smartphone manufacturing company has placed this smartphone in the affordable price range and launched this device in two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The 4GB RAM variant of Realme 5i is currently available on Flipkart and the price for which is Rs.10,999.
The rear panel design and texture draws inspiration from sun rays, imparting a new touch to the look of the Realme 5i. While the back panel is glossy, Realme claims that there’s anti-fingerprint protection to prevent fingerprint smudges. The rear panel houses the quad-camera setup aligned vertically. The fingerprint scanner rests conveniently in the middle portion of the back panel. The display has a tiny waterdrop notch with minimalistic bezels and a small chin at the bottom. On the right side, you have the power button and on the left lies the volume rocker and the dual-SIM slot along with the microSD card slot. At the bottom, you get a micro-USB port instead of a USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a speaker grille.
Considering it is a budget phone, the Realme 5i specs are mediocre. Although it has a big 6.52-inch HD+ screen, the pixel resolution is on the lower side. This means that the colours won’t pop as much as seen in other screens with higher resolution. The tiny notch is never intrusive and allows for more expansive screen space, imparting an 89% screen-to-body ratio
The Realme 5i uses the Snapdragon 665 SoC – the same chipset that was seen in the Realme 5. So, the performance of the Realme 5i is more or less similar to that of its predecessor. Coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM, the Realme 5i delivers a mediocre performance. When it comes to routine tasks like calling, texting, browsing, etc., the processor performance is excellent – there are no hiccups or lags whatsoever.
Coming to the ColorOS, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. While it does offer lots of scope for personalization, the OS has a fair share of bloatware
The Realme 5i features a quad-cam setup at the back. This is a big deal since offering four cameras at 9k isn’t something that all smartphone companies can do. The rear cam setup consists of a 12MP primary shooter, an 8MP wide-angle-camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is 8MP. The rear camera can capture some beautiful shots with an adequate amount of detail. While the selfie camera can take some Insta-worthy clicks in favourable light settings, it fails to deliver good shots in low light.
Needless to say, battery capacity is one of the strongest Realme 5i specs. The 5000mAh battery is more than enough to cater to your power needs throughout the day. On a single charge, the battery can last more than a day, if you use it only for routine tasks. Since you only get a 10W charger bundled in the box with no fast charging support, charging the battery to 100% takes about 2 hours.
The bottom line is, Realme 5i is a phone for power-hungry users. The processor and battery mileage are the primary selling points of the phone. Another thing to remember is that the price at which Realme launched the Realme 5i is good enough to keep the common mass happy. After all, you get a large screen, a quad-camera setup, and a stylish looking phone within 9k.