Realme’s budget low-light monster gets a big upgrade
The Realme 3 was a hit for the brand, and despite a sub-Php 10k price, the phone had one of the best-performing cameras for its price. Determined to maintain its lead in the budget category, Realme incorporated big upgrades on their newest phone, the Realme 5. Armed with quad cameras on the rear, a big battery, bigger internal storage, and a larger display, the Realme 3 looks poised to dominate the budget segment.
You get a white box with a photo of the Realme 5 in front, along with highlights of its key features: quad rear cameras and a 5000mAh battery. Inside, you get the usual contents: SIM ejector pin, jelly case, the phone itself, MicroUSB cable, and 10w charger.
One of the things you’ll immediately notice with the Realme 5 is that it is taller than the previous model. The Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ LTPS display—0.3 inches bigger than the Realme 3’s display. The phone is also thicker and heavier than the Realme 3 due to its 5000mAh battery.
Like the Realme 5 Pro, you get a geometric diamond design for the Realme 5’s polycarbonate back panel. While the design is definitely eye-catching, its glossy finish makes it a fingerprint magnet. Fortunately, you have a clear case to protect it from smudges and scratches.
The port layout is similar to its predecessor: volume controls and SIM card tray on the left, power button on the right, and loudspeaker, MicroUSB port, and headphone jack at the bottom.
For the display, you get the same dewdrop notch housing the same 13-megapixel snapper found on its predecessor.
The Realme 5’s key upgrade is the rear camera setup: this time, you get a quad-camera setup comprising of a 12-megapixel main snapper, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro camera, and 2-megapixel portrait camera. Like the Realme 5 Pro, the latter two cameras are meant for close up shots and depth-sensing respectively. You also get Realme’s suite of camera features like Chroma Boost and Nightscape.
Like the Realme 5 Pro, you can use Nightscape on the Realme 5’s ultra-wide-angle camera—which is useful for shooting landscape shots at night.
With the processor upgrade (more on that later), the Realme 5 can shoot 4K videos via its main rear camera.
Powering the Realme 5 is a Snapdragon 665 processor, making it the first non-Pro Realme (aside from the Realme C1) to come with a Qualcomm chipset. Our review unit comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage—the latter being expandable via a dedicated MicroSD slot. Performance-wise, the Realme 5’s Snapragon 665 chipset should perform better than the Helio P60 found on the Realme 3, though we have to do our usual tests and benchmarks to confirm if this is true.
You get Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 with the Realme 5. Just like the Realme 5 Pro, the ColorOS iteration used for the Realme 5 has less bloatware than usual.
For the battery, you get a bigger 5000mAh battery on the Realme 5 that should last you around two days on regular use. Topping up the battery is done via 10w charging.
That’s it for our quick review of the Realme 5. We do not have details about the Realme 5’s price yet, but based on Indian pricing, the 4GB/128GB variant should have a sub-Php 10k price tag.
Realme 5 Specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor
- Adreno 612 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 6.5-inch HD+ LTPS IPS Dewdrop display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- 128GB of expandable storage
- Quad rear cameras: 12-megapixel f/1.8 main camera; 8-megapixel f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 portrait camera; with LED flash, Dual Pixel Autofocus, EIS, Chroma Boost, Nightscape, and 4K video recording
- 13-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Fingerprint scanner, AI Facial Unlock, Dust and splash resistant
- 5000mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6