Today, Realme Philippines launched the successors of Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro promising better specs, especially in the Camera Department. With the tagline Leap to Quad Camera, it highlights its Quad Rear Camera which is capable of Nightscape, Ultra Wide Angle Shot, Macro, and Portrait Shot. The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are expected to further boost the fast-growing market of Realme here in the Philippines. The question is, is it worth the upgrade?
We were given a chance to check one of the newly launched models for a week and this is what we can say about the Realme 5.
First, here’s the specification of Realme 5 compared to its predecessor;
|Realme 5||Realme 3|
|Color OS 6.0 based on Android P||Color OS 6.0 based on Android P|
|6.5-inch HD+ IPS display, 1600 x 720 pixel resolution||6.2-inch HD+ 19:9, 1520 x 720 (with dewdrop display)|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 2.00GHz 11nm Octa-core, Adreno 610 GPU||2.0GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 AI, Mali-G72 MP3 GPU|
|4GB RAM, 128GB Storage||4GB RAM, 64GB ROM expandable up to 256GB|
|12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (depth sensor) + 2-megapixel (macro) rear cameras, LED flash||13-megapixel + 2-megapixel Dual Camera with f/1.8|
|13-megapixel front camera||13-megapixel front camera|
|Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0||Wifi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.2|
|164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm||156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3mm|
|5,000mAh battery||4,230mAh battery|
Huge improvement in the rear camera department and an increase in the battery capacity in exchange with a bigger smartphone with a few increases on its weight which is understandable. Realme also opted to choose Qualcomm Snapdragon for their Realme 5 instead of Mediatek.
Realme settled with a simple white package this time;
This contains the Unit, a Cable and an Adapter (No VOOC feature for this model), a screen protector pre-installed in the unit, a grayish colored jelly case, sim tray ejector, and the warranty cards (The package I received though don’t have the warranty cards in it). Same with its predecessors, no earphones for this unit.
The Realme 5 still sticks with its previous design to place the Volume and Power button on the opposite sides, which causes frequent accidents of turning off the screen and triggering the screenshot. Again, it might be just me but I still prefer to have both the Power Button and Volume button on the right side.
You will see nothing at the top side of the Realme 5.
While at the bottom, you will see the Micro USB, Headphone Jack, Speaker, and Mic.
At the back, you will see its new crystal design and its quad camera.
And at the front is the 6.5” Mini Drop Fullscreen at 89% Screen to Body ratio which is great for watching movies as well as playing games.
It’s using ColorOS version 6.0 same with its predecessor on top of android P. You will still see some bloatwares, but most of them can be easily removed.
These are the default applications of the Realme 5 out of the box.
Inside the hood, Realme 5 ditched the Mediatek processor which was previously used by Realme 3. Compared to Realme 3’s MediaTek Helio P60, Realme is using 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 which is generally better.
Antutu benchmark shows that Realme 5 is slightly more powerful than the Realme 3 in terms of power. And in terms of gaming, I have not encountered Major Issues with Smartphone Games like; Mobile Legends, ML: Adventure and Digi Squad even after trying the highest possible settings.
Battery and Charging;
One of its highlights is its massive 5000 mAh battery which is more than enough to last you for a day, even with some gaming and basic internet usage. No VOOC for this model so expect the charging time from 0% to 100% will be around 3 Hours 48 Minutes.
We believe the biggest reason for you to upgrade from Realme 3 to Realme 5 is its Camera Department. This time it showcases a Quad Camera; 119-degree wide-angle camera, it’s 12MP AI Main Camera, Portrait Lens, and a 4cm Macro Camera.
Here are some of our sample shots
Auto Shot Outdoor
Auto Shot Indoor
Auto Shot Outdoor; Normal, x2, x5
Ultra Macro Shot
Auto Shot Outdoor and Ultra Wide Lens
Nightscape and Nightscape using Ultra Wide Lens
Sample Selfie Indoors
The Realme 5 & Realme 5 Pro was launched today in City of Dreams, Manila with competitive price ranging from Php 6,990 for the Lazada Exclusive Realme 5 and up to Php 13,990 for the Realme 5 Pro.
In General, the Realme 5 produces decent and social media-worthy pictures. It has challenges with indoor shots where noise is really visible. Nonetheless, it’s worth to note that for its price range its nightscape mode can produce great photos that will leave your social media friends in awe when you share it with them. Nightscape mode is also useable using the wide-angle lens but that I won’t recommend (See sample pictures above). I’m also a fan of its Ultra Macro Shot which produces beautiful macro shot photos.
Going back to the question “Is it worth it to upgrade?”
Here is my conclusion; If you are looking for an affordable smartphone that you can use to show off your talent in photography which also has enough battery juice to fuel your needs for the whole day, this will be a great option.