Realme 5 Pro - Full Review With Pros & Cons | SHOULD YOU BUY IT?

Sabin Tamang 20 Sep, 2019

Recently, Realme launched their 5th edition of Realme 5 series i.e. Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. It just has been one year and they have already launched their fifth generation of Smartphones. They are not just manufacturing the phones, they are giving some best budget phones for us. After the success of Realme X, what can we expect from these new Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro? Today, we are here to review the Realme 5 Pro and we will launch a review of Realm 5 as well so, stay tuned for that as well. So let’s start with this review.

So out of the box, you get some paperwork with the phone itself with 20W VOOC charger and the proprietary USB-C cable needed for the VOOC to work properly. Realme provides a semitransparent gray silicone case as well which is always great to have.

Design

So let’s start with the back of the phone, Realme 5 has a sweet geometric pattern on the back which looks great and even great on that crystal green color. The back of the phone is built with plastic, but it doesn’t feels like plastic and feels quite premium in the hand and has that glassy finish. The front is all-screen protected by a Gorilla Glass 3.

On the back of the phone, we have a new quad-camera set up which is one of the major highlights of this phone along with a physical fingerprint scanner. On the right-hand side, we have a power button and on the left side we have volume keys and triple-card slot card slot. We have speaker grill, a headphone jack and USB type C port on the bottom and finally, Realme has gone with USB type C.

Talking about the display, we have a 6.3 inch IPS LCD full HD+ display. Realme has gone with a teardrop notch and Realme claims it is 30% smaller compared to Realme 3 Pro but I can’t find any difference on the notch. And there is no LED notification which is a letdown for me.

Realme promises a maximum brightness of 450 nits. We tested the phone on daylight with the maximum brightness on and the phone is quite bright and does the job. The screen produces great colors and looks vibrant which you will get from an AMOLED panel. But I really wanted AMOLED panel on this phone. It would be amazing.

Performance & Software

The Realme 5 Pro features Snapdragon 712 a 10 nm chipset which has some minor tweaks over 710 such as 0.1GHz higher potential clock speed on the high-performance cores. According to Realme, Snapdragon 712 chipset has 10% boost over the S710-powered Realme 3 Pro and Realme X. The Realme 5 Pro is available in three memory configurations - 4/64GB, 6/64GB and 8/128GB.

Talking about the geekbench score, it scores 6106 on multi-core beating phones like Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Realme X, Realme 5, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30. As for single-core, it scored 1913 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9T are the phones above 5 Pro.

The phone runs smoothly and games like Asphalt 9 and PubG Mobile runs smoothly on medium to high settings. Realme 5 Pro runs Android 9.0 (Pie) and ColorOS 6. Color OS 6 generally revolves around a light color scheme with the settings menu using a white backdrop with light color accents and gradients. I myself being fan of Stock Android, I feel ColorOS to much of flashy. Other that there is no any complaints in the performance section.

Camera

Realme 5 Pro is the company’s first quad-camera phone. The primary lens is a 48MP Quad Bayer sensor by Sony - IMX 586 which is optimized for both daylight and night photography. It features a 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm dedicated macro camera and 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm, depth sensor. Realme calls the 2MP the "Portrait camera", rather than just a depth sensor.

The camera UI has three major different modes i.e. Photo, Portrait, and Video. Let's start our image quality analysis starting with the main camera. The primary 48 MP sensor captures some great photos. The photos have plenty of detail, with bright colors and dynamic range is also wide. In broad daylight, there is a very low noise level which makes the photos look even sharper and detailed. The photos on low light are also decent. There is nothing extraordinary that makes the photo feel awesome. As for the portrait shots, the edge detection was good and was able to take some good portrait photos.

Talking about the front-facing camera, Realme 5 Pro features the same front-facing camera from Realme X. The selfies were good with decent detail and color.

Some Camera Samples:

The Realme 5 Pro captures videos only with its main (48MP) camera. It records video up to 4K at 30fps and there's 1080p at both 30fps and 60fps. One thing which is a letdown in video recording is there is no EIS on 4k videos as EIS only works on 1080p @ 30fps. Overall, the videos are quite good for a budget phone. There is plenty of detail on the video with natural color and very low noises in the background.

Battery

Talking about the battery, Realme 5 Pro is powered by a 4045 mAh battery. This phone also supports the VOOC 3.0 fast charging and its box contains both the 20W charger. This charger was able to charge the phone from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes and 100% in around 85 minutes. As for the battery performance, even though you are a power user who likes to play games, surf social media and watch YouTube it still provides decent battery life. And also you got that fast charger so you don’t have to worry to much.

Realme 5 Pro specs

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 3+ front, polycarbonate back, splash-proof
  • Screen: 6.3-inch IPS LCD, 19:9, 1080p+, 409ppi
  • Rear camera: Primary 48MP Quad Bayer 1/2" sensor, f/1.8 lens; 119° ultra-wide-angle 8MP camera; 2MP macro camera; 2MP depth sensor; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording, EIS
  • Front camera: 16MP Quad Bayer sensor, f/2.0 lens; EIS
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 712: octa-core CPU (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver), Adreno 616 GPU
  • Memory: 4/64GB, 6/64GB or 8/128GB; UFS 2.1 storage; dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
  • OS: Android 9.0; Color OS 6.0 on top
  • Battery: 4,035mAh, 20W VOOC 3.0 charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, USB-C
  • Colors: Crystal Green, Crystal Blue
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader

Pros

  • Large screen with a small cutout, excellent contrast
  • Stunning design, splash resistant body
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Snappy performance, great for gaming
  • The main camera snaps high-quality images day and night
  • The portrait shots are impressive
  • Impressive video quality on all resolutions
  • A dedicated MicroSD slot, 3.5mm jack, FM radio

Cons

  • Limited regional availability
  • The macro and ultrawide shots are uninspiring
  • EIS is only available at 1080@30fps

Verdict

So what do you think about Realme 5 Pro?  Realme 5 Pro has impressive specifications with the high-end camera setup. So Realme 5 Pro will cost around 25k for the base variant. There are other phones in this segment like MI A3, Samsung Galaxy M30, Redmi Note 7 Pro. How will this phone compete with upcoming phones like Redmi Note 8 Pro? For me, Realme 5 Pro is one of the best phones under 25,000 in Nepal. If you have still doubt regarding this phone, then you can go with Redmi Note 7 Pro or Redmi Note 8 which will be launching soon as well. 

Also Read: Realme Mobile Price in Nepal

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