Realme 5 Pro
India's story of Realme came at a time when competition in the industry was at its peak. Launching competitive products back at disruptive prices is a major reason that Realme has managed to grow rapidly in such a short time. Close on the heels of Realme X, the brand is in action again with Realme 5 Pro and Realme 5 and has actually already teased Realme XT from the 5 Pro launch stage.
The 5-series phones are the successors of Realme 3 Pro and Realme 3 smartphones that offer better hardware (read: current generation chipsets) and new quad cameras. Recently, Realme 5 Pro entered our den and since then we have been pushing it loudly. Our experience with the device suggests that it has pros and cons. Should you buy Realme 5 Pro or should you buy Realme X? Discuss the details in our Realme 5 Pro review.
Realme 5 Pro Review: Key Competitors and Price
Realme 5 Pro is aimed at budget buyers and comes in three variants, ranging from Rs 13,999 to Rs 15,999. This means that it will compete with Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme X, Vivo Z1 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M30, Samsung Galaxy A30 and Honor 20i.
Realme 5 Pro Unboxing: What's in the Box
Realme 5 Pro retail standard package. Realme 5 Pro box content includes the phone, a TPU case for added security, a SIM ejector tool, documentation, 20W VOOC charger and USB-C cable.
Realme 5 Pro review: design and build quality
As is evident from the images, we have the Realme 5 Pro crystal green variant which reminds us of the Vivo Z1 Pro. One reason for this is probably olog holographic gradient back '. The rear panel has a diamond design pattern which is a variation of the gradient that we usually see on Realme phones. Realme states that fine details are obtained through a complex process and it made 78 adjustments to correct the final look.
The phone is mainly made of polycarbonate and has a glass finish. The rear panel is smooth with seamless curves at the edges ensuring firm grip. Although it is not as premium as Realme X, but it is not cheap either.
The side rail is also plastic and has a sim-tray on the left and volume rocker and power on the right side. The buttons feel firm and have decent tactile feedback. Unlike the X, the 5 Pro has no pop-up camera mechanism and has a selfie cam within a small V-shaped notch at the top. Upon closer inspection, you will see extremely thin bezels on the sides and a relatively large chin at the bottom.
The quad-camera setup on the rear is slightly stretched, however, the bundled case ejects the hump. To the right of the rear camera module is a capacitive fingerprint sensor that is suitably placed, fast and reliable. And yes, the handset has a reversible Type-C charging port.
Realme has also beaten it in terms of build quality. There are no flexes or creeks and the Realme 5 Pro feels really solid at hand. The display is shielded by Gorilla Glass 3 and Realme claims that the phone is splash resistant (however, there is no IP authentication).
Realme 5 Pro Review: Display
Realme 5 Pro has a 6.3-inch FHD + screen (19: 9) at the front. Realme boasts a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 percent which is superb and says that the notch is 30 percent smaller than the previous generation phones (we can't tell).
The screen is an IPS LCD panel not as attractive as the AMOLED we've seen on Realme X, but it's decent enough for the price. The display itself is sharp and vivid and users will have the option to adjust to warm tones. The screen can be 450nits bright and external visibility is about average.
Realme 5 Pro Review: Performance
Performance is the strong suit of Realme 5 Pro. It is powered by Qualcomm's new-age 700-series chipset - the Snapdragon 712. Contestants are calling on Realme to use the daytime chipset, so it should temporarily rest them. The Snapdragon 712 of Realme 5 Pro is a higher version of the Snapdragon 710 and shows a 10% performance improvement.
We have 5 Pro in 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variants, but it is also available in 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB options. The good thing is that the RAM type is LPDDR4X and the storage class is UFS 2.1. It is as good as it gets in this segment.
When I was using Realme 5 Pro for this review, it felt fast and jerky at the time. Everything I threw worked without stutter or lag. With enough RAM at its disposal, it managed to handle a few apps active in memory, resulting in a smooth multitasking experience.
Realme also claims that its Game Boost is optimized to improve the performance of the top 100 games on the Play Store. How about our gaming experience on the phone? Well, we are completely satisfied. We tested a handful of games including PUBG Mobile which is set to high settings by default. I am not a supporter in PUBG Mobile, but I had no trouble in Paragan draining Parachini in Erangel and fighting my way to eat chicken. I did not face any frame drop issues.
Realme 5 Pro Review: Software
Realme 5 Pro runs ColorOS 6, taken from Oppo, but with many refinements. In terms of features, Color OS is as rich as any other Android based custom OS. It also has game assist, game space, smart driving modes, clone apps and more. The software also includes DRM L1 certification and supports HD streaming from apps such as Netflix and Prime Video.
Extensive bloatware and the presence of the extra mile Oppo have simply gone along with iOS to mimic all the good and bad that bothers me. At the same time, consumers who do not particularly think about their OS should not pay attention to Color OS.
All said and done, I'm glad Realme will soon replace the software with its Realme OS (probably in October).
Realme 5 Pro Camera Review
Realme has gradually improved and polished its camera software. The Realme 5 Pro gets a new versatile quad camera setup at the rear which is a combination of 48MP Sony IMX56 sensor with 8MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP portrait sensor. The front has a 16MP selfie snapper.
The 48MP primary sensor has an f / 1.8 aperture and uses Pixel binning and merges four pixels into one to create a sharp, vivid 12MP image. Those who want to shoot in true 48MP resolution can switch to dedicated mode in the camera menu.
Looking at shots taken from Realme 5 Pro, it manages to capture saturated images with a good amount of detail. However the camera produces images leaning towards warm tones.
In a low-light scenario, Realme X managed to impress us with clean noise-free images. Nightspace mode can successfully enhance dark scenes.
Realme 5 Pro also manages to do a good job with portrait mode. Its algorithms can detect subject edges but sometimes conflict with hair and other nuanced details, which is also the case with every other phone in this segment.
For the selfie, the 5 Pro gives decent output, but it relies heavily on the AI feature, which sometimes eats into the required details.
Realme 5 Pro Battery
Realme 5 Pro relies on its 4,035 mAh battery which managed to deliver a full day's mill comfortably. Realme has bundled it with a 20W (5V / 4A) VOOC 3.0 fast charger that takes more than an hour to fully refill our Realme 5 Pro batteries from the dead state. All said and done, the battery experience is excellent for the price.
Realme 5 Pro Review Verdict: Should You Buy It?
Realme 5 Pro is a powerful package, considering the price it is sold in the market. In fact, Realme 5 Pro is now the cheapest Snapdragon 712 phone in the country and should be a very attractive option for consumers prioritizing gaming. The versatile camera lead with 48MP Sony sensor for further viewing and extremely fast charging are other features.
So, is Realme 5 Pro a worthy purchase in this budget? We say yes. However, if you can afford more, the Realme X with a more premium design and gorgeous AMOLED display should be a better choice overall.