Realme is all set to storm in the budget category with its latest Realme 5 series. The most anticipated launch event was a great success and revealed two major smartphones namely Realme 5 and Realme 5 pro. The smartphone has taken everyone by surprise with the quad-camera setup in the budget category.
Realme 5 is the basic variant with very aggressive pricing. On the other hand, Realme 5 Pro offers some of the advanced features if you are comfortable spending a few more bucks. Let’s check out if Realme 5 is really worth the wait.
The phone has a unique crystalline design and helps the phone to stand out from the crowd. It still uses a polycarbonate body with a laminated plastic back, which is not bad, keeping the price in mind.
The design focus is the quad-camera setup at the back lined up, but it would be better if the lenses were placed horizontally. The phone feels quite bulky at 200g. Also, the screen is 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600) with a small dewdrop notch. Realme claims to reduce the notch by 30% than it’ s predecessors. The display is not great but the difference is unnoticeable unless you are a heavy gamer.
Last but not least, Realme also claims that the phone is capable of sustaining small splashes, although there are no IP rating details provided. The phone also packs a screen guard on top of gorilla glass.
Power at its best
The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 SoC. Also, Realme has overclocked the CPU so its performance can reach to the level of SD 675. Also, the Adreno 610 GPU offers a great gaming experience. Realme 5 scores 142,000 in the AnTuTu benchmark test which is a decent score. The phone offers different storage options such as 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM.
Paired with the 5000 mAh battery and battery optimization, the phone can easily last for up to 2 days. The 10 W charger takes around 3 hours to charge the phone, which is a bit disappointing. But if you have the habit of plugging in the phone at night then this will not be an issue.
This is the main highlight of the phone, and this is where things get really interesting. Realme 5 has the primary 12-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel depth sensor like all the dual camera setup phones in this category. But, Realme has given this phone an extra 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera for closeup shots. The primary camera has an f/1.8 aperture and PDAF, so focusing is pretty insane. But the ultra-wide-angle camera lacks autofocus. The macro lens has a very narrow aperture of f/2.8, so it’s not useful in low light. During the day, however, you can get some really detailed shots.
Low light is where things get uncanny and Realme seems to struggle a bit. The photos seem to miss details and have a fair amount of noise. Although it has nightscape mode to clear it up a bit, still low light is not something you would love with this device.
The selfie camera is a 13- megapixel shooter and offers decent image quality. Also, the camera optimization and we all know the Oppo’s algorithm to beautify the image. In some of the images, the pictures seemed too much beautified. Moreover, the edge detection is not that great.
Since Realme 5 is being marketed as a quad-camera device, so I had a little higher expectations from the device. The device takes great images in daylight but struggles to bring out details in low light.
Also, the phone is significantly bulky and has no fast charging so it will be too long for it to charge. If you are ok with the HD display and the big size, then surely you can go for it. But I would recommend you to rather purchase the pro variant. You can get more details on the official website. Realme 5 base variant is priced at $ 140.
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