A complete review on Realme 5 - specs, display, camera, battery, features, etc.
A quad-camera set up, a decent Snapdragon 665 processor and a huge 5000 mAh battery that to on a budget phone. Yes, I am talking about the new Realme 5. So is this the new benchmark for the budget segment! we are going to find that out in this realme 5 review.
Realme 5 vs Realme 5 pro
Not much difference in between realme 5 versus realme 5 pro.
- Realme 5 Pro has 48 MP Sony IMX 586 sensor primary quad camera, whereas, in realme 5 it is 12MP sensor.
- Front Camera: Realme 5 Pro has a 16MP camera, but Realme 5 comes with a decent 13MP lens.
- Realme 5 Pro has Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM, but in realme 5 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM.
- Battery: pro has 4,035mAh battery power, but 5 has 5,000mAh.
- Fast charging: Although pro has less power than 5, it has a 20W USB-C charger for fast charging, whereas, in realme 5, there is no such feature.
let's get started with the decision and as you can see you get nothing so new. it comes with a plastic frame, a plastic bag with a crystalline pattern. which has made the device somewhat more appealing. And realme has made design tweaks to differentiate the realme 5 pro model with realme 5. The subtle rain machine on the 5 pro, which you can see while tilting the phone at some angles is missing on the Realme 5. Not a deal-breaker I guess, but there's that. the deal-breaker is, it does not feel the same on the hands.
Realme 5 full specification
Realme 5 feels quite hefty in terms of size and weight. but the horrifying part is it hollowed, due to which it feels genuinely cheap on the hands. You can also hear some creaks especially while pressing gently on the area and your fingerprint and to the camera. So the build quality here is questionable. You definitely have to buy a good case.
Also, one more thing realme says that they have included something called humidity protection on the phone. So openings of the phone like near the same tray or the battery area or other gaps of the phone are said to be tightly sealed with all rings and rubber gaskets. It's nothing like IP ratings, but it should survive a few splashes I guess.
Realme 5 display
Talking about the display, Realme 5 is a 6.5 inch LCD panel with a waterdrop style notch on the top. which realme calls in mini drop notch. the waterdrop notch is in itself mini version of the notch. Realme claims a screen to body ratio of 89%. So a skewed by the screen to body ratio, the chin, and the notch does not look as obtrusive. Adding to the niceties, you get Corning Gorilla Glass 3 plus protection on the top. The display, however, features an HD resolution. Because of the HD panel, the display does not look as sharp. But you won't find any pixelation either. The colors also look good on the screen and you won't find any sort of oversaturation. But I found the brightness to be rather dim and hence unlike legibility is not very good.
Realme 5 camera specs
- Front camera:13-megapixel selfie.
- 12MP f/1.8, The second camera - 8MP ultra-wide-angle, the third one is 2MP macro lens and the fourth one is 2MP depth sensor.
- Supports Nightscape, Chroma Boost, HDR and PDAF.
- up to 4K at 30fps, and can capture 720p, 1080p video.
Realme5 is also the first budget phone to pack a quad-camera at the rear panel. the rear camera module comprises of a 12-megapixel main camera followed by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. With so many cameras on board, I had a lot of expectations from the cameras of Realme 5. But on use, I found the cameras to be kind of a mixed bag.
First, let's start with the primary camera. At daylight, the 12-megapixel shooter does a good job in terms of colors and saturation. the images look slightly overexposed at times, but there was nothing so worrying. However, I didn't find the images to be particularly sharp and the dynamic range wasn't so impressive either. In low-light, the phone suffers quite a lot like any budget phone would. But with its nightscape mode you get in more light, imagers look sharper and they look significantly better than that of the normal mode. You can check these samples and judge it all by yourself.
Although the images from the nightscape look good, I noticed a slight drop in the frame, so there's that. with the wide-angle camera, you won't notice any sort of color shifting issues. but the images tend to look overexposed at times. but again having a wide-angle lens at this price is a bonus.
Now let's talk about the 2-megapixel depth sensor. Although the resolution of the depth the sensor does not sound much, I really liked its performance, while capturing portrait images. blurs look natural and edge detection was impressive most of the time. However, the colors and details look softer than from the normal images.
The fourth lens the macro lens was something I was very excited to test out. The macro lens does let you go very close to the subject. Unless you capture a really tiny object that gets lost while capturing from the main camera. Realme says you get the best results while capturing the subject from a four-centimeter distance. But even when maintaining that distance, I never really got a good shot. That's because of the sensor. The macro lens is a 2-megapixel sensor so despite its capability to capture macro shots. The shots don't look that impressive as they lack details. So I found the macro lens to be rather gimmicky. most of the time you get better shots by zooming in slightly into the subject.
Talking about the zoom unlike the Realme x where you can go up to two times here you can perform zooming up to five times. since the zooming on the phone is entirely digital, you will start to lose details while zooming.
Slipping to the front camera, you get a 13-megapixel selfie shooter tucked neatly in the notch. I must say selfies look good. You get enough details with good colors. You won't find any sort of over-processing going on over there. So I was satisfied with its performance. Even the portrait selfies are good, but with software, edge detection does not look perfect. But still, it is used almost all the time.
Realme 5 video quality
When it comes to video quality, you can capture 720p 1080p and 4k videos all at 30fps. Although there is no image stabilization in here. You will get quite stabilized 720p and 1080p videos. Colors and sharpness also look good considering the phone's price.
Realme 5 performance
Now let's talk performance. Memory-wise you get 3 options, these are 3 plus 32 GB, 4 plus 64 GB and 4 plus 128 GB. But unlike the realme5 Pro, you don't get UFS storage in here. So no ultra-fast read and write speed. You do get an expandable SD card slot to expand the memory up to 256 GB. For chipset the phone pack Snapdragon 665, which is a decent upgrade over the Realme 3 and even the Realme 2 pro. You can easily see that on the benchmarks. With a better processor onboard, you can expect a boost in performance. The phone is now quite smooth and you can multitask with a number of apps without any hiccups.
Realme 5 gaming review
Even on the gaming part, you can expect a similar kind of fluidity and that's more so while playing light games. But that does not mean the device cannot run high-end games. You can still play PUBG mobile very smoothly. But that happens, only at low settings. While playing the game at high settings, you can notice some stutters. Given the budget-friendly nature of the phone, I think that's understandable.
Realme 5 software update
On to the software front, there's Android 9 pie with the latest color OS 6.0.1. It has received a few refinements over the color OS 6 found on the realme X. But like I say in every realme review, it's definitely not the best UI and the number of bloatware hasn't gotten any less. But since most of these apps can be uninstalled this is not a big issue.
The phone has wide l3 protection. so this means that you cannot stream Netflix and Amazon Prime in HD. So if the company could provide the L1 certification through an update that would be great.
Realme 5 battery life
Realme 5 houses a 5000 mAh battery and coupled with a low res HD display the battery life is just awesome. I think this is the phone with the best battery life that I have tested till date. But I've heard some rumors that Samsung is launching the Galaxy m30s with a huge 6 thousand mAh batteries. So that is going to be an interesting device as well but really a software and battery optimizations are really impressive here. The phone easily lasts more than two days on normal use. The phone barely spends any battery juice when it's on standby and I find that genuinely impressive.
Realme 5 charging time
When it comes to charging, you get a 10-watt charger inside the box and takes around 3.5 hours to get the device fully charged and that's quite a lot. I also try charging it with a 20-watt book charger that came with the realme 5 pro, but that did not speed up the charging process. So even if you use a fast charger you're not going to get any kind of acceleration in the charging speeds so you will have to deal with that.
As for extras, you get a rarely mounted fingerprint sensor. which is fast accurate and reliable. the face unlock is also quite fast, but since its software-based, it's obviously not that reliable. The output from the headphone jack and the speakers are unimpressive as expected on a budget phone.
So what do I make of the Realme 5? well, you may find me finicky, but I am not particularly impressed with the build quality of the phone. Also, the presence of an issue display is not very impressive and the 2-megapixel macro lens is nothing more than a gimmick. But such trade-offs are found on all budget phones, right!
Looking at the brighter side you get a very capable processor, a huge battery and various options on the camera front. So for some 150 dollars, you get a good package overall with the realme 5. If you want a more premium build and sharper display, you can go with the Redmi Note 7 or the Redmi note 7s. Otherwise, you cannot go wrong with the realme 5. So that was our review of the Realme 5. let us know in the comments section below what do you think of the device.