Realme 5 review

Realme is making new phones by the dozen and we will forgive you if you stopped following somewhere along the way. The Realme 5 series launched last month, but once we were done with the 5 Pro, the XT had already arrived. Well, the Realme 5 is still worthy of the spotlight and today we are making it the guest of honor in this review.

The Realme 5 is the bigger phone of the duo due to its larger 6.5" display and beefier 5,000 mAh battery. The phone is powered by a very capable Snapdragon 665 chip, which should be thriving under that 720+ display. Sure, the resolution is less than ideal, but with a price of 10,000 Indian rupees (130 euros) - we'd forgive almost anything.

But regardless of what the price suggests, the Realme 5 quite rich in features. Things start off with a quad-camera setup on the back - a 16MP f/1.8 primary, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide shooter, a 2MP macro snapper, and a 2MP depth sensor (a.k.a. portrait cam).

In addition, the phone has a rather premium build with Gorilla Glass 3 at the front and splash-resistant protection across its whole body. Then there are the two very cool gradient paint jobs - Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple.

And here's the full specs list to learn more about the rest of the features available on this phone.

We think the dated microUSB port is probably the only issue we have with this impressive specs sheet, but then again, we are talking about a phone priced at INR 9,999 and we are giving this port a get out of jail free card.

The Realme 5 may be rocking one very low price tag yet its retail bundle is quite respectable.

The phone ships with a 10W charger, a microUSB cable, and a transparent silicone case.

That's not all, of course. As any other Realme, this one also 5 comes with a thin screen protector that's applied in the factory.

Realme 5 review
Realme 5 review
Realme 5 review

Realme 5 review at a glance

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 3+ front, polycarbonate back
  • Screen: 6.5-inch, 19:9, 720p+, LCD
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, f/1.8 lens; 119° ultrawide-angle 8MP camera; 2MP macro camera; 2MP portrait camera; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording
  • Front camera: 13MP sensor
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 665: octa-core CPU (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver), Adreno 610 GPU
  • Memory: 3/32GB, 4/64GB or 4/128GB; dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
  • OS: Android 9.0; Color OS 6.0 on top
  • Battery: 5,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Micro-USB, FM radio
  • Colors: Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader