Gadget Reviews

realme 5 – Great Camera Phone for Less

Ever since realme came into the Philippine market, their smartphones have rapidly gained a lot of popularity as they are offering bang for the buck features and performance. The realme 5 is continuing this trend as this new smartphone continues to impress.

Running the latest Android 9.0 OS out of the box with a Snapdragon 665 SoC, as well as having a quad-camera setup, the realme 5 brings more than what you might expect on the table.

Realme 5 quick specs:

● 6.5″ inch HD+ (720p) display

● Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC

● 3GB, 4GB RAM

● 32GB, 64GB, 128GB storage

● Expandable storage via dedicated microSD card slot

● 12MP F1.8 main + 8MP F2.25 Ultra-Wide lens + 2MP Portrait + 2MP Macro quad-camera setup

● 240fps slow-mo, 4K/1080p 30fps

● 13MP F2.0 front camera

● 4G LTE

● Bluetooth 5.0

● 3.5mm audio port

● Micro USB

● Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)

● ColorOS 6 (Android 9 Pie)

● 5,000mAh battery w/ 10W charging

Aesthetics

Our realme 5 review unit came in a color variant that they call Crystal Blue though there is also another option called Crystal Purple.

In classic realme fashion, there is a Crystal-like pattern on the back moving away from the plain colored phones that we got used to. This brings a fresh look designed to aesthetically appeal to the young and energetic generation.

At the back, you will find the quad-camera setup with the high pixel main camera accented with a gold ring. Again, in typical realme fashion. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor on the back.

The screen on the realme has a thick chin below and a dewdrop notch on the top where the selfie camera resides.

The screen is the secret for the realme 5’s long battery life as it’s only a 6.5” inch HD+ IPS LCD panel (1600×720). Even with such a low resolution however, the panel looks bright and the color reproduction and image sharpness are reasonable.

On the sides, you will find the power button, volume rocker, and dual-SIM card tray with a microSD card slot.

On the bottom, you have your bottom-firing speaker, a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a noise-canceling microphone.

Hardware

Performance-wise, the Snapdragon 665 SoC of the realme 5 provides a snappy phone experience and decent gaming performance.

Navigating on the ColorOS is pretty good and doing daily tasks such as web browsing, messaging, and social media browsing is snappy but if you’re running multiple background apps at the same time, the device tends to feel a little bit sluggish.

Games with heavy graphics tend to have frame drops and we suggest lowering the graphical details when gaming. Overall, the experience was good given that the realme 5 is an entry-level phone. 

Camera

Surprisingly, the camera is one of the strongest suits of this entry-level phone. As a mobile shooter, the quad-camera setup allows for a lot of flexibility in mobile photography, even in low-light situations. HDR processing is also decent enough to give a more dynamic range in the photos which we will show on the sample images below. 

The ultra-wide-angle camera is also surprisingly useful as it was able to take a lot of image details with the example shots that we have below. Unfortunately, HDR processing is not as noticeable with the ultra-wide and front camera shots compared to using the 12mp main camera. 

The realme 5 offers different camera modes for maximum flexibility

Sample shots

Ultra-wide-angle shot

Nightmode

Night mode

Portrait and selfie camera

Selife camera
Portrait mode, main camera

The ultra macro, on the other hand, is quite a hit and miss, as it is only a 2MP camera with a very shallow depth of field and it needs a lot of lighting when being used. 

For shooting video, the realme 5 can shoot up to 4k30fps which takes very useable footage and if you are looking to create video content with this camera, it is doable. The videos will depend on the external lighting and videography skills for the shots to come out nicely.

Battery Life

The realme 5 has a massive 5,000mAh battery which lasted more than 16 hours on the PC Mark battery test.

This is very impressive as you can stay connected pretty much the whole day and still have some juice left for the next morning.

The HD+ resolution screen helps with the battery saving measure and the compromise with the screen resolution is well justified.

Final Thoughts

There has been some corner-cutting in this phone such as the screen resolution but then again, having a long battery life and snappy performance is more than what we can ask for an entry-level phone.

I can honestly say that the camera performance is the strongest suit of this phone and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to someone who wants a camera-centric phone in addition to having a long battery life.

The realme 5 is set to be another bang for the back device in the Philippine market and it is worth considering for your next phone purchase.

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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