• Realme 5i
10,999
Highlights
  • 64 / 4 RAM
  • 12 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP Quad lens Primary Camera, 8 MP Front Camera
  • 6.5 inches 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density) Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Octa Core Processor
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery
64GB ROM

Realme 5i: Specs Score

  • 3.2
    Camera
  • 4
    Battery
  • 3
    Display
  • 3.5
    Value for Money
  • 3.5
    Performance
Rated at 73%
  • Display: 3/5
    Low HD+ resolution display
  • Camera : 3.2/5
    Basic Quad-Camera Setup
  • Processor : 3.5/5
    Processor that handles gaming efficiently
  • Battery : 4/5
    5000mAh battery sans fast charging
  • RAM : 4/5
    4GB RAM for daily use
  • Storage : 4/5
    Dedicated microSD slot for storage expansion
  • 4G/5G : 4/5
    No 5G Support

Realme 5i: Price

Realme 5i: Review

Pros
  • 5,000 mAh Battery
  • Dedicated microSD Card Slot
Cons
  • Custom UI With Bloatware
  • micro USB Charging Port

Realme 5i: Design

The Realme 5i is a slightly upgraded version of the Realme 5 with a high-resolution selfie camera and a newly designed back panel. Except for these differences, both smartphones have an identical set of features and specifications. Thanks to the new design, the Realme 5i looks a bit different with new color schemes. The smartphone has a 6.5-inch display with HD+ resolution, which is a bit of a disappointment, as most of the smartphones at this price range offer FHD or FHD+ display panels with higher pixel density.

Realme 5i: Hardware Performance

Powering the device is the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 SoC with at least 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage with a dedicated microSD card slot for additional storage expansion. The smartphone does have dual SIM card slots with support for 4G LTE and VoLTE on both slots. The Realme 5i can handle most of the entry-level games like temple run and subway surfers without any issue. However, one needs to tone down the graphics a bit while playing games like PUBG or Call of Duty: Mobile, as the Adreno 610 is not the most GPU.

Realme 5i: Camera Performance

Compared to the Realme 5, the Realme 5i has an exact quad-camera setup at the back with a 12MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The newly added 13MP selfie camera is capable of capturing high-resolution photos and is also capable of 1080p videos 30fps. In most of the lighting conditions, the Realme 5i should be able to take photos that look good with accurate colors and a lot of detail. However, the camera does take a hit in low-light and artificial lighting conditions.

Realme 5i: Price To Specs Ratio

For the asking price of Rs. 8,999, the Realme 5i does pack a punch offering 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. However, the device has a 720p display with less than 300ppi, which might hamper multi-media consumption experience for some users. Thanks to the quad-camera setup on the back, the device does look premium. However, if not used with a protective case, the back panel of the phone might easily get scratched, which is something that one has to worry about.

Realme 5i: Important Features/Highlights

The Realme 5i is definitely a great phone with a lot of class-leading features. Its quad-camera setup is definitely one of the highlights of the device and the phone has a dual SIM card along with a dedicated microSD card slot, which means, one can easily use this device with two SIM cards and a microSD card without any issue. The smartphone also has a rear-facing fingerprint sensor and it is fast and accurate. Though the phone was launched with Android 9 Pie, the device will soon get Android 10 OS with custom Realme UI skin on top.

Realme 5i: Verdict

If you are looking for an all-rounder smartphone with features like a quad-camera setup, a device that can handle casual gaming, and a phone with a big battery, then the Realme 5i might be the device for you. However, if you want a phone with a little more power, then the Redmi Note 8 with a 48MP quad-camera setup and an FHD resolution display should fulfill your needs.

Realme 5i: Specifications

GENERAL
Operating System Android OS, v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UI ColorOS 6.1
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual SIM
Colours Blue, Green
ANNOUNCED
Status Available in India
Global Release Date January, 2020
Indian Release Date 09 January, 2020
BODY
Dimensions 165.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight 198 g
DISPLAY
Screen size 6.52 inches
Form Factor Touch
Screen resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type) IPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
PROCESSOR
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
CPU Octa core (Quad 2GHz + Quad 1.8GHz) Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 610
STORAGE
Internal Storage 64 GB Storage
RAM 4 GB RAM
External Storage upto 256 GB
Card Slot microSD Card
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail
Call Records Unlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera 12 MP (f/1.8) + 8 MP (f/2.25) + 2 MP (f/2.4) + 2 MP (f/2.4) Quad Cameras with LED Flash
Front Camera 8 MP (f/2.0) Camera
Video Recording 1080p@30fps
Camera Features HDR, Panorama, PDAF, EIS
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Player MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
Video Player MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263
Games Yes
FM Radio Yes
Speakers Yes
Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
BATTERY
Type Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery
CONNECTIVITY
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE
USB microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
GPS Facility with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Browser HTML5
3G Speed HSPA, LTE
NETWORK SUPPORT
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Dual VoLTE
MORE FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
Other Features 10W Quick Charging
Videos

How do we rate a Device?

Rating a smartphone is a tedious process and a lot of parameters have to be considered before judging the overall performance of the device such as display, camera, processor, RAM, storage, battery, and the pricing.

So, here are how these specs will affect the real-life usage of a device and why how we meticulously consider each of these points to rate a smartphone.

Camera

Cameras have evolved a lot over the last few years and multi-camera setup is a new norm. We consider various parameters like MP count, aperture size, pixel size, image stabilization to rate a camera system of a smartphone out of 5. Any device that scores more than 3.5 can take good photos and videos and if a phone scores over 4, then it will be one of the best camera smartphones in the market.

Battery

Though battery seems like an underrated feature and we look at the battery capacity, fast charging supporting technology, and even the wireless charging capability is also taken into consideration to rate smartphone's battery capability.

Display

The display is the face of a smartphone. And there are a lot of parameters like the panel technology (IPS LCD, OLED, TFT) and other parameters also taken into consideration like the resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate.

Value for Money

A smartphone could have great specs, but if it is not priced well then you might not get the best value-for-money. So, we compare a smartphone with the contemporaries to rate the value-for-money of a device out of 5.

Performance

This aspect is decided on various sub specifics, such as availability of microSD card slot, the amount of RAM the device offers, processor capability, and the network support. This parameter has more weightage when compared to other departments.

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