Realme 5 Pro Quick Review [Buying Guide]: Better Than Realme X & Redmi K20?
Realme 5 series is official now, and the first-ever budget quad camera smartphones are here. Both Realme 5 and 5 Pro are trending in the country since a few weeks, and they now seem to be taking it all over. We got the Realme 5 Pro and we tested it throughout to see if Realme is keeping up what it promised.
We will be keeping it short, and discuss the whole Realme 5 Pro review in few points covering every aspect.
Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are currently the most affordable quad camera smartphones in the world.
Focusing on the budget segment with good devices, the company aims to take on the bestsellers in the budget space again with new Realme 5 series. Realme 5 Pro boasts some really good features backed by flagship-level specs, all starting at under 15,000 rupees.
Here’s our quick review on Realme 5 Pro decoding every feature and detail.
- 1 It’s Plastic Again, But Looks Awesome
- 2 New Design & Splash Resistance
- 3 New Mini-Drop Display: Better Than Others?
- 4 Hardware & Storage: The Best Gaming Smartphone Under Rs 15,000?
- 5 Software: The Newly Improved UI
- 6 Quad Rear Camera Setup: How Does It Perform?
- 7 Big Battery, 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging Tech
- 8 Pricing: Wins Big Again?
- 9 Realme 5 Pro Verdict: Better Than Poco F1 & Redmi K20?
It’s Plastic Again, But Looks Awesome
The Realme 5 Pro comes with a high-quality polycarbonate body. It’s plastic, but does feel premium. The high quality polycarbonate built is backed by some of the striking gradient colour schemes. There’s a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The colour mixes are stylish, but a glass body would have been better.
Realme 5 Pro has been launched in two colour options: Crystal Green and Crystal Blue.
On the other hand, plastic means its more durable. Glass will hardly survive accidental falls, while Realme 5 Pro would have some advantage here against some premium devices as Redmi Note 7 Pro or Redmi K20. It’s glossy on the out. The company packs in a good-durable TPU case. Use it to stay away from fingerprints and smudges.
New Design & Splash Resistance
The company has used a new design this time called ‘Crystal design’ with 3D curved glossy plastic rear panels. The diamond-cut design is back, and this time with a new triangular pattern. A slight upgrade over the older Realme devices, the new Realme 5 smartphones are a bit different.
There’s a new plus, the Realme 5 smartphones also come with splash-resistant designs.
So, Realme 5 will survive accidental water spills, even can work in rain without any issue. We are yet to do a water test to know in-depth.
Anyway, plastic is plastic, and glass is glass. In the same range there’s Redmi Note 7 Pro with a glass body, so can’t complain. In terms of looks and build quality, Realme 5 Pro does an average job here. In all, it’s good and feels good to be used. The overall ergonomics are perfect, while the new 3D built curves make it really easy to hold.
New Mini-Drop Display: Better Than Others?
Realme 5 Pro features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Mini-Drop display with 450 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.77 percent with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels with a new smaller-sized V-shaped notch to offer a full-screen display.
The display has very thin bezels. Realme has done a great job in terms of the overall screen experience. It’s also an apt choice for content consumption.
The company unveiled new Mini-Drop panels with Realme 5 smartphones.
These displays will come with a 30 percent smaller notches compared to the previous generation Realme devices. The curved, droplet notch is smaller this time with Realme 5 devices. It has turned flatter compared to past dewdrop displays on Realme smartphones. At the back, Realme 5 Pro has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and also supports face unlock.
Hardware & Storage: The Best Gaming Smartphone Under Rs 15,000?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset has been used for Realme 5 Pro. It’s the second smartphone in the country to use the new Qualcomm chip after Vivo Z1 Pro. Based on an 10nm architecture, it couples with Adreno 616 GPU. Snapdragon 712 is almost 10 per cent faster than Snapdragon 710 chip.
It offers 45 per cent better graphical performance and 2 times better AI performance, helping the Realme smartphone deliver around 25 percent better overall performance.
In terms of daily performance, Realme 5 Pro can run almost all tasks and mid-end games without any hiccups. There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media.
It does a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There are three models to choose from: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.
Realme 5 Pro comes with a dedicated triple card slot that can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB of additional storage).
Software: The Newly Improved UI
Realme 5 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie, but with Color OS 6 UI on top. The UI comes loaded with features and bloatware, and delivers a clean performance as any other non-stock device. There’s bloatware and customisations, but it isn’t bad.
The company has added a ton of features in their latest edition of the software, and it does look fresh and sorted.
The company is reportedly working on its own UI, RealmeOS. It’s supposed to launch by the end of the year, and will be pushed to all the existing Realme smartphones via OTA updates. Though the company didn’t mention anything about RealmeOS at the Realme 5 series launch event, we need to wait to know further about the actual developments.
Quad Rear Camera Setup: How Does It Perform?
Realme 5 Pro features a rear four camera system. Realme 5 Pro is the first 48MP quad camera phone under Rs 15,000. Realme 5 Pro sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Up front, Realme 5 Pro has the same 16-megapixel selfie camera with HDR and AI beautification as Realme X.
The selfies we took had a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details. The colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but in overall, the front camera does a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.
The four camera setup has multiple sensors for multiple purposes.
Both the rear and front camera on both the Realme 5 smartphones have EIS support, while the much-hyped Nightscape mode also has been improved.
Realme 5 Pro can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Realme 5 Pro manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.
The dynamic range is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours.
The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens work fine. The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently.
The camera interface is quite minimal and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography. AI works on both sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters. In all, all thee three do good and make use of their respective lenses to take up some great shots.
Big Battery, 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging Tech
Realme 5 Pro houses a big 4,035mAh battery. Compared to Realme 5, it’s slightly smaller, but the smartphone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging with a Type C 20W fast charger included in the box. Realme 5 Pro can charge up the whole device under 80 minutes from 5 to 100 percent.
Coming to how it performs, the Realme 5 Pro can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.
With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the Realme smartphone can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged. The company ships a fast 20W charger inside the box, so you won’t have to buy a fast charger separately.
Pricing: Wins Big Again?
Realme 5 Pro in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There are two other models with 6GB RAM and 64GB, and a top model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively.
Realme 5 Pro will be available in two colour options: Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue colours via Flipkart and Realme.com from September 4, and offline later.
Talking about the price, the company has done a great job again. Realme 5 Pro packs in the right set of features at this price. With top competitors in the space as Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1 or Vivo Z1 Pro, this new Realme smartphone obviously has some of its own unique features to stand out high.
Realme 5 Pro Verdict: Better Than Poco F1 & Redmi K20?
Realme definitely have aspirations. At the launch it did repeatedly kept digging at Redmi K20, and even compared Reame 5 Pro to its own higher-priced Realme X. While definitely the device has its own positives, but it first needs to fight against the likes of other budget bestsellers as Vivo Z1 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro before targeting Redmi K20 or Poco F1.
To be honest, Realme 5 Pro does offer some excellent features onboard at a very affordable price.
The budget-friendly quad camera smartphone does make a good choice considering some of the departments as performance, price, cameras, display and battery.
In all, Realme 5 Pro packs in a solid performance backed by a good processor, bigger display, a large battery and finally the four cameras for different occasions with the 48MP lens backing it up. Redmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro aren’t bad, or not they lose to Realme 5 Pro directly, but the new Realme smartphone has a few better features if compared heads on.
With the new quad camera smartphone technology at a budget price, Realme 5 Pro will have a heads up against the competition.
Given the price to performance ratio, Realme 5 Pro offer good value for money proposition at this range.
In all, Realme 5 Pro ticks all the boxes right. It packs in a solid performance backed by a really good processor, bigger display, the brand new quad camera technology powered by the 48MP sensor, larger battery and 20W fast charging support.