Realme 5 Quick Review [Buying Guide]: The Best Smartphone Under Rs 10,000?

Realme 5 series is official now, and the regular Realme 5 is currently the most affordable quad camera smartphones in the world. We got the Realme 5 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 review in few points covering every aspect.

Realme 5 Quick Review [Buying Guide]: The Best Smartphone Under Rs 10,000?

Realme 5 Pro and Realme 5 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 boasts some really good features backed by flagship-level specs, all starting at under 10,000 rupees. 

Here’s our quick review on Realme 5 decoding every feature and detail.


Build Quality: Diamond Cut 3D Polycarbonate Body

Realme 5 made up of high quality polycarbonate. There’s no glass, but the company has used a new design this time called ‘Crystal design’ with 3D curved glossy plastic rear panels. Also, the diamond-cut design is back, and this time with a new triangular pattern.

A slight upgrade over the older Realme devices, the Realme 5 smartphones are a bit different. There’s a new plus, the Realme 5 is splash-resistant. It will come in two new colour options: Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple with gradient hues.

The company could have used glass. At the same price you get Redmi Note 7S with a complete glass sandwich body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

On the other hand, plastic means its more durable. Glass will hardly survive accidental falls, while Realme 5 would have some advantage here. It’s glossy on the out. The company packs in a good-durable TPU case. Use it to stay away from fingerprints and smudges.

Realme 5 comes with the same rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as it’s predecessor.  

HD+ LCD Display: Good Enough?

Realme 5 has a 6.5-inch HD+ Mini-drop display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The curved, droplet notch is smaller this time (30 percent) with Realme 5 devices. It has turned flatter compared to past dewdrop displays on Realme smartphones.

Realme 5 offers a screen-to-body ratio of around 89 percent with a 720p screen resolution and 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.

Hardware & Performance: All New Snapdragon 665 

Realme 5 comes with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. The chip stands between Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 675. While it does have a bit more to offer than its predecessor, the new chip comes with added artificial intelligence capabilities.

Realme 5 with ColorOS 6 can also offer everything you would want on a budget smartphone in terms of daily usage, both will pass with ease.

In terms of daily user experience, Realme 5 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.

Realme 5 has three models. The base model comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, while the other two with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and finally the 4GB RAM and 128GB version. 

You also get a dedicated slot for an additional micro SD memory card slot to add up expandable storage. 

Software: The Android Pie Powered ColorOS 6

Realme 5 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.

Cameras: The First Quad Camera Smartphone Under Rs 10,000

Realme 5 comes with a quad-camera setup. It features a 12MP primary sensor along with three additional sensors: 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

The four camera setup has multiple sensors for multiple purposes.

The HDR works fine on Realme 5, and the 8MP ultra-wide lens work great. It loses out on details in low-light, but does a good job overall. The boosted colours remain a problem for Realme smartphones, but they are working on the image processing to provide more natural colours.

The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently. It’s a 2MP sensor on Realme 5, but it does capture the right depth of field.

If you would love to experiment with some professional-level mobile photography, the new Realme phone should be your key driver. No need to spend a bomb on premium smartphones.

Battery: The Massive 5,000mAh Unit!

Realme 5 packs a large 5,000mAh battery, a first for any Realme phone. The use of a HD+ has helped to increase the battery life, while the new Snapdragon 665 has made the device more efficient. 

This massive capacity has been specifically optimised with hardware and software to allow the Realme 5 to last for the longest period possible on a single charge.

Pricing: Realme 5 The Best Smartphone Under Rs 10,000?

Realme 5 has been priced in India starting at Rs 9,999 for the base model that comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. There’s three models in total. The mid-end model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 10,999 and the top-end model with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage will cost Rs 11,999.

Realme 5 will be available in Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple colour options.

Realme’s new Realme 5 series is going to be a big threat for the other smartphones in the same range.

Realme 5 will be powered by the same chip as Mi A3 and having a good set of features onboard, it can easily challenge the big stalwarts. Coming to the important question, yes, it’s undoubtedly one of the best smartphones under Rs 10,000.

But it does lack a premium glass body, design and Full HD display. 

But Realme has done a good job with Realme 5 in overall. The plastic design is durable, you get a full-scale notched display, four-camera setup with different sensors to shoot under different conditions, a massive battery and more.

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