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Realme 5 Pro Review: A Real ‘Budget Flagship’?

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Before launching the Realme 5 Pro, Realme already started reshaping Indian smartphone consumers’ perceptions with its relatively aggressive pricing for better specifications in India.

In the second quarter of this year, Realme hosted an event in India to launch their Realme 3 Pro smartphone. They called it their flagship smartphone because it was (at that time) the most pricey device they sold in any market.

Four months later, Realme hosted another event to launch the successor to their former flagship and this device was called the Realme 5 Pro.

Realme 5 Pro Specifications

The Realme 5 Pro carries over the display from Realme 3 Pro; it is a 6.3-inch IPS LCD unit with Full HD+ screen resolution. The display has a U-shaped drop notch at the top that holds a front-facing camera, and the screen comes protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

Camera

The most notable upgrade comes with cameras. In terms of camera, the new Realme 5 Pro comes with four rear cameras that’s two more than what the Realme 3 Pro offered which was launched in April.

The primary camera is a 48 MegaPixel sensor, and it can record 4K videos at 30fps. The second rear camera is an ultrawide 8MP sensor. Both remaining sensors have a 2MP resolution in which one sensor to help in taking macro shots, and the other to assist in capturing more detailed portrait images.

The front-facing camera is the same 25MP unit that’s the same as in the Realme 3 Pro; it has an f/2.0 aperture and can record Full HD videos at 2k resolution.

Realme 5 Pro

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Processor, RAM, Storage, and Software

While their Realme 3 Pro had the Snapdragon 710AIE octa-core SoC which has decent performance at extreme levels, the Realme 5 Pro comes with an upgraded chipset by Qualcomm, which is the Snapdragon 712AIE SoC.

Snapdragon 712AIE SoC is made on 10nm fabrication process, and it features eight Kryo 360 CPU cores and Adreno 616 GPU for a better graphics experience.

Battery and Connectivity in Realme 5 Pro

There are multiple memory configurations to choose from, and the base variant of the Realme 5 Pro has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also a microSD card slot if you need to expand the storage.

The smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie operating system loaded with custom UI Color OS 6 which has a lot of customizations and unique features.

Following the Realme 3 Pro, the Realme 5 Pro features the same 4045mAh battery. It also comes the same 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging out of the box.

However, this time around, Realme has equipped the Realme 5 Pro with USB Type-C port for a rich experience.

And speaking of connectivity, the Realme 5 Pro has dual-SIM with dual-4G-LTE and dual-VoLTE support. There is support for dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack as well. In terms of security, the device has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which is pretty fast as they claim.

Design

The smartphone aspires to look a lot more flagship and premium than its price tag would suggest to anyone. More evidently because they are using “Crystal design” on the back of the phone which almost looks like facets of a diamond.

Image Credit: XDA

However, the truth is that it still has a polycarbonate(Plastic) body and it will be susceptible to scratches over even a short time. Thankfully, their included case adds a little more peace of mind.

It definitely wouldn’t feel very premium in the hand and attracts ample smudges too. Overall, it’s a functional design that isn’t too slippery or bulky but is unlikely to blow you away. It looks more interesting than your regular plastic back phone and doesn’t feel flimsy.

Realme 5 Pro Specifications

SUMMARY

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712AIE
Display6.53 inches (97.4 cm)
Storage64GB/128GB
Rear CameraQuad (48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP)
Battery4035 mAh
RAM4GB/8GB

DISPLAY

Display TypeIPS LCD
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Screen Size6.53 inches (97.4 cm)
Pixel Density409 pixels per inch (PPI)
Touchscreen typeCapacitive
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Screen to body percentage83.6%

STORAGE

RAM4GB/8GB
Internal64/128GB
ExpandablemicroSD, Upto 256GB (Dedicated Slot)

GENERAL

Dimensions6.18 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches (157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm )
Weight184 grams (6.49 oz)

SOFTWARE

Operating SystemColorOS 6.0 With Android v9.0 (Pie)

CAMERA

Selfie16MP
RearQuad (48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP)
Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Selfie Camera FeaturesHDR, Panorama
Physical ApertureRear (f/2.4) , Front (f/2.0)
Video4K@30fps

BATTERY

Removable BatteryNo
TypeLi-Po
Capacity4035 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, VOOC Charging 3.0

CONNECTIVITY

GPSwith A-GPS
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
Wi-FiYes, with WiFi Direct, hotspot
Network4G VoLTE, 4G
USBType-C
Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)Yes
SIM ConfigurationDual, Nano-SIM

PROCESSOR

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 712AIE
CPU2.3 GHz, Dual-core, Kryo 360 + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 360
GraphicsAdreno 616
No of Cores8 (Octa-Core)

SENSORS

AccelerometerYes
GyroscopeYes
Fingerprint sensorYes (Rear-Mounted)
Other SensorsLight Sensor, Proximity Sensor

SOUND

SpeakerYes
Audio JackYes, 3.5mm

Conclusion

The Realme 5 Pro is definitely a placeholder for the best budget smartphone in the Indian market, thanks to its consistent performance, above-average battery life and relatively great camera performance at this price point.

They could have gone with the glass back for better build quality and ColorOS skin on the front can take some getting used to, but if those aren’t your top preferences, then it deserves a place to be on your consideration list.

Availability

The Realme 5 Pro will be available from 11th September via Flipkart. Click Here to check availability and pricing.

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