Realme 5 Review: Quad Cameras

Realme recently launched its budget centric Realme 5 smartphone along with Realme 5 Pro. Realme 5 comes in three variants - 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 128 internal storage priced at Rs 9,999, Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. The smartphone is only available for purchase via flash sales on Flipkart and Realme.com.

Realme has made a good reputation in the Indian market with its recent launches like Realme 3 and Realme X. The company seems in no mood to be satisfied with its existing product line and now it has launched budget centric - Realme 5. With its latest launch, Realme is eyeing the budget segment by offering quad-camera setup along with some standard hardware. Realme 5 falls just under Rs 10,000, making it the first quad-camera phone in this segment. But are the four cameras a good enough reason to buy the Realme 5? We have used the device for more than a week and here is our review.

Display and Design
Realme 5 comes in Crystal Purple and Crystal Blue colour options. We have received the former variant for review. If we talk about the design part first, the phone features a Dewdrop notch display which the company is calling a Minidrop design. The top side has a dewdrop notch that carries a 13 MP selfie camera. It has a quad-camera setup at the back panel along with a fingerprint sensor in the center.
Realme 5 features 6.5-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels with 89 percent screen ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. It has a small dewdrop notch with slim bezels all around. The phone is quite big in size and one would face difficulty in using the phone single-handedly. We struggled to reach the top corners of the display again and again. To tackle this issue, ColorOS thankfully offers a one-handed mode. With the big screen, one can enjoy watching videos or playing games. The phone feels pretty solid but a bit heavy at 198 grams thanks to the big battery inside.

Hardware and Software
In terms of performance, the Realme 5 is powered by a 2.0GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor coupled with up to 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot. The Snapdragon 665 chipset is built on an 11nm  manufacturing process and it is more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 660. Realme 5 comes with an integrated Adreno 610 GPU to enable better gaming performance.

Camera
Now coming to the main attraction of Realme 5, it's quad-camera setup. The phone has a 12-megapixel primary sensor with PDAF, f/1.8 aperture, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 119 degree field of view and f/2.25 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro lens with f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. For selfies and video calling, the waterdrop notch on the front houses a 13-megapixel sensor with AI beautification mode. The camera user interface has different options like Portrait, Photo, Video, nightscape, panorama, Expert, Time-Lapse, Slo-mo and ultra macro.
Moving on to low light photography, we found images to be quite grainy and noisy. The phone struggles in low light and does not give you good results. The phone has a built-in nightscape mode which works decent by helping brighten scenes, but do not expect much out of it at this price range.

Battery and Connectivity
Talking of another key highlight of the phone which is its massive 5,000mAh battery which gives you up to 2 days of battery life on a single charge. Our usage included checking e-mails, browsing social media and making calls, music streaming, and casual gaming. However, there is no support for fast charging, so the phone takes its own time to charge which is around three hours to fully charge the phone from zero to 100 percent with the company provided charger.

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