Realme 5i evaluation: Price range smartphone with a big battery however nothing compelling past that- Know-how Information, Firstpost


In a extremely aggressive market like India the place each different week you see new smartphones, particularly within the mid-range phase, this can be very vital for a handset to face out to remain related.

However appears to be like like some manufacturers produce other plans. Realme’s first smartphone of the 12 months, the Realme 5i, is a continuation of the corporate’s present 5-series line up. The Realme 5i begins at Rs 8,999.

 Realme 5i review: Budget smartphone with a large battery but nothing compelling beyond that

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This sequence contains Realme 5 (First impressions)Realme 5 Professional (Evaluation) and Realme 5S. The final smartphone of this lineup was Realme 5s which was launched at a value level of Rs 9,999.

Realme 5i isn’t actually totally different from its predecessor — you’ll get a quad digital camera setup (one thing that’s frequent in the whole lineup), similar 5,000 mAh battery, similar Snapdragon 665 chipset, similar show, similar Four GB RAM and similar 64 GB inside storage.

My response after trying on the specs of each the telephones:

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It took me some time to grasp what is actually new right here? I may solely slender it down to 2 issues:
1. A distinct design with new color choices
2. Totally different rear and entrance digital camera specs

In a hyper-competitive sub-10ok house, if that is what Realme will probably be providing — minuscule modifications over present telephones, in its personal lineup — then it is simply being lazy. There are usually not many options that make this handset stand out.

However nonetheless, let’s get into particulars to seek out out if Realme 5i is actually value your cash.

Construct and Design: Attractiveness regardless of the plastic again, digital camera protrusion is noticeable

Earlier, it might seem to be Realme appreciated to push the color blue down our throats. Realme 5s bought a singular crimson color variant and now Realme 5i comes with Forest Inexperienced color variant along with a blue variant. The excellent news is that it’s scratch-resistant and you’ll not have to fret in regards to the smudges. Realme hasn’t bundled in a transparent silicone case with this machine.

The draw back on the design entrance is that the vertically aligned digital camera bump on the again is just too pronounced and due to that, it’s vulnerable to scratches and dirt. Whereas the time I used to be utilizing the cellphone, each time I used to maintain the cellphone down, it fearful me that the glass on the digital camera would possibly get scratches. However fortunately, that didn’t occur in nearly 20 days that I used the cellphone, however I fear that it will not keep like that in the long term.

Transferring on, the handset has a shiny design impressed by solar’s rays, the corporate calls it “Dawn design”. It makes the cellphone look engaging. This design is exclusive because the earlier telephones of the road up had “Crystal design”.


One noteworthy factor right here is, Realme 5i has a plastic again, whereas it does make it look low cost, however in my view, it makes it gentle (195 gm) as properly, despite the fact that it packs an enormous 5,000 mAh battery. So, personally, it didn’t hassle me. You additionally get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

On the entrance, the cellphone has a 6.5 inch LCD show with 89 p.c screen-to-body ratio and 1,600 x 720-pixel decision. The show spans nearly edge to edge and has a waterdrop notch on the high that homes the selfie digital camera.

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You get an influence button on the proper and quantity rocker buttons are on the left edge. Along with all this, Realme 5i additionally options bottom-firing speaks, MicroUSB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Whereas holding the cellphone, it does really feel a bit tall, however on the brighter aspect, it’s light-weight and never too broad making it very helpful.
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Digicam: Nothing to go gaga over however covers the fundamentals

Realme 5i options an Eight MP selfie shooter that captures some good high quality photos supplied the scene is well-lit. You’ll get first rate colors and the image is not going to look overly enhanced. Once you zoom in, that’s when you’ll realise that the picture seems grainy. In portrait mode, the pictures captured are usually not supreme with regards to edge detection. A little bit heads up, don’t attempt AI, as on the ‘lowest’ setting the photograph clearly appears to be like like an edited picture and ‘highest’ setting simply makes you look method too fairly (no, no, not in a great way) because it softens the topic’s face to a different degree. However protecting my expectations apart, the standard isn’t a deal-breaker at this value level.


On the again, there are 4 sensors — 12 MP main sensor, Eight MP wide-angle lens, 2 MP portrait lens and a 2 MP macro lens. Reality to be instructed, Realme has proven its desperation to please patrons with quad-camera setup at Rs 8,999, however the customers have to know that quad-camera would not essentially imply that it’ll seize top-quality footage.

Realme 5i manages to seize first rate footage in daylight. The digital camera scores properly when it comes to sharpness, colors, general it’s handsome however this modifications in difficult gentle. In low lit areas, the image loses its sharpness, turns into fully uninteresting. So that could be a large draw back to the digital camera.

Click on right here to see the digital camera samples of Realme 5i
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It additionally presents a nightscape mode. However, it’s worthwhile to be actually affected person with this one. Typically it’s important to maintain nonetheless for so long as 7  seconds, relying on the scene and processing time. Any minor shake is noticeable within the type of blurry photos. The nightscape was not spectacular in any respect as a lot of the footage that I clicked appeared blurry (impatient me, couldn’t maintain nonetheless for that lengthy!). Don’t count on any particulars as properly. Though, one factor that I do recognize is that it balances the whites and blacks within the night time mode.

All in all, I’ll say, the digital camera is simply common.

Efficiency: Simply about common

Realme 5i is powered by Snapdragon 665 chipset and it runs on ColorOS 6, primarily based on Android 9 Pie. The UI appears good as you get a system-wide darkish mode, app drawer. Multitasking can be not an issue. It presents Four GB RAM and 128 GB inside storage. You’ll get two nano-SIM card slots and devoted MicroSD card slot within the SIM tray.


If we discuss in regards to the fingerprint sensor, it’s fairly quick and also you additionally get a Face Unlock characteristic that struggles in dimly lit environment — that is the least safe cellphone unlocking methodology and greatest averted. The 6.5-inch LCD show gives first rate ranges of brightness as I didn’t need to squint to have a look at it whereas utilizing it outdoor. Audio is of common high quality, although I’ve to say it’s fairly loud as properly.

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Battery appears to be probably the greatest and the worst options of this cellphone that I appreciated. It’s geared up with a mammoth 5,000 mAh battery that may simply final for greater than someday. However this one too comes with baggage: It expenses frustratingly slowly! The bundled 10 W charger takes over two hours to cost the Realme 5i absolutely. Vivo U20 which additionally comes with a 5,000 mAh battery presents a quick charger within the field.

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My recommendation: Preserve your cellphone charger plugged in your bedside AT ALL TIMES!

Verdict: New cellphone with outdated issues

Ought to you go for it? Realme 5i is a wonderful possibility for you IF you’re simply on the lookout for a cellphone for normal use and all these specs like a median digital camera or gradual cost do not actually make a distinction to you. Realme 5i will get the job completed and for a lot of folks, that will probably be sufficient.

However since Realme 5i is like Realme 5s solely and all the problems like no Sort-C port, no quick cost keep it up right here, I’d recommend you to really spend an additional Rs 1,000 and purchase the Redmi Notice 8. The Xiaomi cellphone presents trendy appears to be like, Sort-C port and quick charging. And Vivo U20 is one other various in case you are prepared to go a little bit over 10ok (priced at Rs 10,990). Vivo U20 comes with quick charging help, 5,000 mAh battery and premium polished look.

Construct and Design: 3/5

Efficiency: 3/5

Digicam: 2.5/5

Battery: 4/5

General: 3/5

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