Realme 5 Review: All Round Package in Budget

This year, Realme, a sub-brand of Oppo, has been giving us impressive smartphones without a break and Realme 5 is one of them. It is an entry-level smartphone that comes with a solid hardware package and a versatile camera. After a month of usage, I am finally to give an honest Realme 5 review of how the phone favors the current Nepalese smartphone consumers. We also have a comparison article with its best competitor Redmi Note 8 on our website.

Realme 5 Review

Key Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Resolution: FHD+ (720×1600 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 198 g
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SD 665
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) , 11nm technology
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 3/4 GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128 GB, Expandable up to 256GB
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, Color OS 6
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide) 1/2″, 8 MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide 1/4″, 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″ (Macro), 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″ (depth sensor)
  • Front Camera: 13 MP
  • Battery: Li-Po 5000mAh battery with fast charging support
  • Security: Fingerprint (rear-mounted)

Price and Availability:

It comes in two colors options: Crystal Purple and Crystal Blue.

  • Rs.20,900: 3GB/64GB Variant
  • Rs. 23,990: 4GB/128GB Variant

You can expect about 4-5% discount from the offline stores.

Realme 5: Design and Display

Realme 5 Display

Talking about the design, Realme 5 which has a crystal-like pattern plastic back finish with curved edges. It weighs a little heavy at 198 grams with 9.3mm thickness due to its bigger battery. The phone has a big 6.5-inch 720p IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. The bezels are thin with a larger chin and a waterdrop notch on top. The viewing angles and color reproduction is impressive even with the phone’s lower resolution.  

Realme 5 Review: Software and Performance

Realme 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz (11nm) processor with Adreno 610 GPU which is good enough for your day to day tasks and all types of gaming at medium graphics. It was impressive that we were able to run Call of Duty on the highest settings possible with very fewer frame drops. Even with the big battery, I experience no heating issues during my intensive gaming sessions. In the software department, the phone runs on Realme’s own Color OS 6 based on Android Pie. We already have an official announcement from Realme that the phone will be getting the Color OS 7 update based on Android 10 by the start of 2020. So, that is quite impressive for an entry-level smartphone. Even though it took me some time to get used to the OS, I actually have no complaints regarding its clean and smooth UI. You can also toggle the system-wide Dark mode support in the Settings.

Realme 5 Review: Camera

These days, even entry-level smartphones have become so much better and versatile with their camera setup. Realme 5 is no exception with its quad-camera setup which includes a 12MP f/1.8 main sensor, 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, and 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. The notch houses the 13MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. We all have probably heard about the whopping 100MP in the smartphone main sensor category but it doesn’t mean that this phone’s 12MP sensor is bad. The AI software does a great job of utilizing the main sensor for great shots in every lighting condition.

The ultrawide sensor captures a 120degree field of view but the quality isn’t as good as the main sensor. The portraits come out great in good lighting with decent edge detection and background blur.

The 2MP macro has the least clarity than all but it lets us get as close as 4cm to the subject of capture and in good lighting, the shots aren’t that bad.

The super nightscape or the night mode is quite helpful in capturing darker images with less noise and more clarity. It works with both the main and the ultra-wide sensors.

The selfies come out very natural with enough highlights and accurate colors. The AI beauty mode has quite a bit of option and helps you beautify your face in many different ways but personally, I don’t like it. The edge detection and background blur seem a little aggressive with the selfie portraits.

The max video resolution supported is 4K at 30 fps with EIS which is quite good. You can also switch between the ultra-wide and main while recording a video and the image optimization software helps maintain the video quality as constant as possible. Slow-motion videos can be recorded at 120fps in 1080p and 240fps in 720p. Selfie-videos supported is of 1080p at 30fps which is also quite good but the stabilization is not there.

There are also modes like Panorama, Time-lapse, and Expert or Pro mode to help you tweak with ISO, Shutter Speed, and White Balance. Time-lapse and Panorama for wider selfies are supported by the front camera as well.

Realme 5: Other Features

The sound quality is not of flagship-level with a single downward-firing loudspeaker but it isn’t disappointing as you can make use of the headphone jack to enjoy your content. The physical fingerprint sensor on the back is more secure than the face-unlock provided on the phone. The phone has a single tray on the left for Dual-nano Sim cards and a Micro-SD card of up to 256GB which is more than enough on a smartphone. Sadly, the phone has no notification LED or IR blaster.

Realme 5 Review: Battery

The phone’s best-selling point is the massive 5000 mAh battery and coupled with that lower 720 resolution, the phone’s like a power-bank lasting more than 2 days with my moderate usage. Though there’s no fast charging with the 10W charger in the box taking me about 3 hours to charge from 0 to 100, I actually have no complaints as a night’s charge will last me two days without charging. The only downside here is that we get the old traditional Micro-USB port which is annoying as all my other gadgets have a type-C port and I need to carry an extra cable just for this phone.

Verdict:

The only competitor for this being the Redmi Note 8, this phone is more than perfect for an entry-level smartphone consumer. The phone comes with almost all the features packed along with a versatile camera which is everybody’s requirement today. I won’t recommend this phone if you are into higher resolution displays and slim phones since this phone lacks it and the design is not much slip. Else, go for it!