Hello everyone! My today’s review is devoted to two smartphones manufactured by the Chinese company Realme. This is the Realme 5 and its advanced version – the Realme 5 Pro.
Externally, these smartphones differ from each other mainly in size and color range. The Realme 5 has a length of 164.4 millimeters, a width of 75.6 millimeters and a thickness of 9.3 millimeters. The device weighs 198 grams. The advanced version is slightly smaller in size. The length of the Realme 5 Pro is 157 millimeters, the width is 74.2 millimeters, and the thickness is 8.9 millimeters. The smartphone weighs 184 grams. As for the color assortment, both smartphones have two colors for each case. The Realme 5 is available in blue and purple, while the Realme 5 Pro is available in blue-violet and blue-green.
Another difference in the appearance is the presence of an additional microphone at the top end of the Realme 5 Pro, as well as a different inscription on the quad camera unit. Otherwise, these smartphones are identical. In terms of form, the smartphones have classic rectangular bezelless frames with rounded corners. The front side is almost completely occupied by the touch screen. Its usable area is reduced only by a narrow chin at the bottom and a mini-drop-shaped notch under the front camera in the middle of the upper face. The chin of the base model of the smartphone is slightly wider than that of the advanced one. There is the speaker grille right above the neckline of the smartphones .
There is a power button o n the right side of the smartphones . On the left side there is a volume control in a form of two separate buttons. There is a triple slot for two nanoSIM cards and one microSD memory card on the left above the buttons . You can find a speaker, a microphone, a standard 3.5 millimeter headphone minijack and a jack for connecting charging and external devices a t the bottom of the smartphones. The Realme 5 has a microUSB connector while the Realme 5 Pro has USB Type-C.
Both smartphones have a vertical oval block of the main quad camera on the rear panel in the upper left corner. The unit sticks out noticeably from the body. Between the main lens and the ultra-wide angle you can see the inscription, which allows you to accurately distinguish the basic and advanced versions from each other. It says “F / 1.8” f or the Realme 5 , and it shows “48 MP” for Realme 5 Pro instead. There is an oval-shaped LED flash t o the right of the block, directly opposite the inscription . In the lower left corner of the cover, in a straight line with the block, there is a vertical logo of the Realme brand. There is the “round” fingerprint scanner i n the center of the upper half of the rear panel, not far from the quad camera unit. For both models, the scanner works quickly and accurately.
The back panel of both smartphones as well as the side frame is made of plastic. The glass is installed only on the front side. Both smartphones have splash protection, but they do not have full water protection.
All the colors of both smartphones are made in a pearly gradient color. That is why the back panels shine and shimmer in different shades. In addition to the gradient, the visual 3D effect of the crystal texture is reproduced on the glossy surface of the lid. Thanks to the large faces of various sizes and shapes applied by multi-cycle laser engraving, the back side of the smartphones plays beautifully in the light. The design is very interesting, but it’s also very peculiar. Not everyone would like it.
Both gadgets received a touch LCD-display with IPS-matrix, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass generation 3 Plus. The display of the Realme 5 has a diagonal of 6.5 inches, a resolution of HD Plus 1600 by 720 pixels, an aspect ratio of 20 to 9 and a pixel density of 269 ppi. The screen contrast of the base model is 1200 to one, and the maximum brightness is 480 candelas per square meter.
The Realme 5 Pro has a 6.3-inch display. Despite its smaller size, it surpasses the screen of the basic version in almost all respects . The advanced model’s display has a resolution of Full HD Plus 2340 by 1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 19.5 to 9, a pixel density of 409 ppi and a maximum brightness of 450 nits.
As for the display settings, both models have a night mode for protecting eyesight. In terms of image quality, the display of the base model is inferior to the screen of the advanced version. It is quite good – it has decent viewing angles, brightness and contrast are more than sufficient, color reproduction works without complaints. But the display of the basic version is not as good as the one of the advanced version in terms of visual features – There is a strong difference in resolution here. In terms of clarity and detail, the picture of the Realme 5 Pro display is much better.
Both smartphones run on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system, packaged in the proprietary shell of Color OS 6. In fact, the proprietary firmware hasn’t changed Android much, except that the application icons look a little different. In general, it’s still the same old Android with its simplicity and ease of use.
Both smartphones have the main AI quad camera. The set of sensors in the basic and advanced versions differs only in the main lens. The Realme 5 Pro has a resolution of 48 megapixels and an f / 1.79 aperture. As for the main quad camera module, the base smartphone model has a 5-lens Sony IMX386 sensor, and the advanced version has a 6-lens Sony IMX586 sensor.
Despite the difference between the main sensors, they both have a number of identical parameters. This includes the phase detection autofocus feature, digital shooting stabilization and 10x digital zoom, AI-HDR, beauty and scene recognition, time lapse and built-in filters, color saturation modes, panoramic, expert and ultra-night.
By default, the Realme 5 Pro quadcamera main sensor shoots in Super Pixel 4 in 1 mode, giving an output resolution of 12 megapixels. You can start shooting at full 48 megapixels in the settings.
Three additional lenses included in the set of sensors quadrocams of the basic and advanced versions are exactly the same. There is a five-lens ultra-wide module with a pronounced edging above the main sensor in the quad camera unit . It has a resolution of 8 megapixels, aperture f / 2.25, a viewing angle of 119 degrees (plus or minus one and a half degrees) and support for ultra-night mode.
There is a pair of 2-megapixel sensors with an f / 2.4 aperture for each under the main sensor . This is a macro lens for shooting small objects at a distance of 4 centimeters and a portrait module (aka depth sensor). The Realme 5 sensor supports 8 portrait modes. The Realme 5 Pro has 6 modes.
The quad cameras of both smartphones are capable of shooting video with maximum quality in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. Both gadgets can conduct slow motion video at a frequency of 120 and 240 frames per second. But only the Realme 5 Pro supports the frequency of 960 frames per second is available .
In terms of quality of shooting, the base Realme 5 sensor is logically inferior to the advanced version. During daytime shooting, it produces clear pictures with good detail and adequate color reproduction (even without the inclusion of the color saturation mode). When shooting in the dark, the camera produces a noticeably worse result. There are obvious noises on the frames. It is not possible to completely get rid of them even by starting the night mode. The main sensor of the Realme 5 Pro produces brighter and more detailed frames, with more accurate color reproduction.
The additional sensors of both quad cameras for shooting quality do not differ from each other. Ultra-wide angles are not bad, but they shoot much worse than the main sensor. This especially affects the detail and color reproduction. It’s worth shooting with these sensors only if you really need to fit more information into the frame. The portrait module gives an excellent result in most cases. Athough it is not so rare to make mistakes when blurring the background. But there are no complaints about the macromodule – this sensor perfectly fulfills its duties.
As for the front camera, the Realme 5 is presented with a Samsung ISOCELL S5K3L6 sensor with a resolution of 13 megapixels, and the Realme 5 Pro has a Sony IMX471 sensor with a resolution of 16 megapixels. Both sensors are 5-lens, with f / 2.0 aperture, equipped with AI-HDR and the beauty feature.
The Realme 5 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 11-core 11nm chipset. The Adreno 610 video accelerator is responsible for the graphics. The processor shows excellent results of any task. There are practically no cases of braking.
The Realme 5 Pro received a powerful 10-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor for 8 cores. GPU Adreno 616 installed as a video accelerator of the smartphone . It works vigorously and demonstrates high performance.
In terms of memory, these smartphones are available in four configurations each. The Realme 5 has 3 plus 32 or 64 gigabytes, and 4 plus 64 or 128 gigabytes. The possible configurations of the Realme 5 Pro memory are 4 plus 64 or 128 gigabytes, 6 plus 64 gigabytes and 8 plus 128 gigabytes. Despite this diversity, the Russian smartphone market has these models officially presented in the same memory configuration each – 3 plus 64 gigabytes for the Realme 5 and 4 plus 128 gigabytes for the Realme 5 Pro.
There is the possibility of expanding the internal memory i n both models . The triple slot has a separate tray for installing a microSD memory card up to 256 gigabytes.
Both gadgets support all the necessary modern communication standards. Among other things, there is support for dual-band Wi-Fi 5. Both gadgets use Bluetooth 5.0.
The Russian version of the Realme 5 is equipped with an NFC-module for contactless payment with support for Google Pay. The versions for other countries have no NFC chip in the smartphone. The Realme 5 Pro does not have an NFC module in any version.
The Realme 5 has a built-in battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh. It supports charging power of 10 watts. The Realme 5 Pro is equipped with a non-removable 4035 mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging power of 20 watts.
I’ve analyzed the reviews on the Internet. Now I will tell you what they think about these smartphones. Let’s start with the negatives.
The realme 5
- It has a low display resolution comparing to the modern standards .
- It has a weak main camera.
- Its plastic case is quite h eavy .
The realme 5 pro
- Its plastic case get dirty easily.
- There is no NFC module.
- It’s difficult to cover the protruding quad camera.
The realme 5
- There is an NFC.
- Its battery is capacious.
- There is a function of recording conversations.
- It has a loud speaker.
The realme 5 pro
- Its performance is high.
- It charges fast.
- The display is of excellent quality.
- There is a function for recording conversations.
Both smartphones belong to the mid-budget price segment. The advantages of the Realme 5basic version are a larger screen, the presence of an NFC module, a more capacious battery and a lower price. Among advantages of the advanced version of the smartphone there is a larger display resolution, better cameras (both main and front), more memory, higher performance and faster charging. At the same time, the Realme 5 Pro is on average around thirty dollars more expensive than the basic version.