There are two key areas in which smartphone makers are consistently improving on – the battery and camera quality. That goes across all models including entry level ones. Realme wants to achieve the best battery life possible with great camera experience with the Realme 5i. We have been using the Realme 5i for almost two weeks and now and here’s our review.
Realme 5i specs:
- Octa Core Qulcomm Snapdragon 665 processor
- Adreno 612 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- Expandable memory via microSD (dedicated)
- 6.52-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1600 pixels)
- Rear Cameras
- 12 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
- 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
- 2 MP, f/2.4 (dedicated macro camera)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- 8MP front facing camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted)
- Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
- 5,000 mAh battery with 10W fast charge
- Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
- Price: Php 6,990
The Realme 5i looks a lot like the Realme 5 of 2019. The design, size, and camera placement are pretty much the same. But what we like here is the matte patterned finish. This does not attract fingerprints and adds some grip to it. The phone is not light but we don’t consider this as heavy too. The added weight is due to its large 5,000 mAh battery.
The 6.5-inch display has a 720p resolution which is normal for its price range. We can’t really complain because of the price. It is colorful although it doesn’t go as bright as we expected.
ColorOS 6.1 is OPPO’s custom skin that runs on the Realme 5i. OPPO owns Realme if in case you didn’t know. We reviewed phones running ColorOS 6 and it is a big leap from the previous version. It is more colorful, icons are flatter and now has an option for an app drawer.
On a daily grind, navigating through the phone is smooth. Animations and transitions are smooth. The Realme 5i is not a gaming centric phone but it can play games like Mobile Legends. Keep in mind to set the graphic settings to low.
The Realme 5i has four cameras at the back – a 12MP main shooter, an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP portrait lens. Photos taken by the main camera are very good. Good dynamic range, accurate colors and brightness. We also love taking close up shots using the macro lens. To fit more into the frame, the ultrawide camera is your best option.
Check out some of our sample shots here.
BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY
Lets talk connectivity first. We are quite impressed on how the Realme 5i gets stable WiFi and network signal. Internet speeds are also usually faster compared to other phines we tested. Calls are clear with no issues.
Having a low power chipset plus a low resolution display benefits so much with the phone’s battery life. Given that the battery has a large 5,000 mAh mill, expect two to three days of battery life with moderate use. On our video loop test we managed to get around 10 hours of screen on time with some juice left to spare.
The Realme 5i really deserves to be called the Quad Camera Battery King. It has four amazing cameras for photos and an outstanding battery life. We also love the matte back for its added grip and no fingerprints. You can forgive its shortcomings like the low resolution display. We give the Realme 5i our two thumbs up recommendation.