Realme 5 Pro review: an inexpensive smartphone with a quad camera and a daring design

In a report from the presentation of the Realme brand in Ukraine, I suggested that Citrus will take the market

hype. And not missed. Just the other day, the company posted a press release in the media that the new Realme 5 Pro supplanted Samsung (which managed to win the Ukrainian market in 2020) and Xiaomi and came first. In the Citrus network, under the sensitive motivation of employees, of course.

However, this does not detract from the fact that the Ukrainians,especially in the budget segment, they look at the price no less than the brand, check the characteristics to select the most value for money and go to the store for advice. And, of course, it does not detract from the fact that Realme has a strong background for a good start, and Xiaomi, the main budget competitor, has some problems associated with the lack of its own production in China.

What is it?

Realme 5 Pro - a smartphone in the price segment$ 200- $ 250 with a 48-megapixel quad camera, a powerful battery (4000 mAh), a large amount of internal memory (128 GB), a drop-out screen and a design that has something to say. The manufacturer has different versions of this model with 4, 6 and 8 GB of RAM. On the site of Citrus, which is the official distributor of the brand in Ukraine, there is only a younger version, but, oddly enough, we got a device with 8 GB of RAM.

What does he look like?

Impressions of the external Realme 5 Pro are dual. On the one hand, the back of the device looks bright and stylish, as if a robot character had escaped from the game. The case is glossy, shimmers with an interesting graphic pattern. The color of the sea wave is fashionable this season (as in the past and, it seems, is not the first year at all), but due to the new unbroken implementation it looks relevant and fresh.

On the other hand, budget devices give outthe details. Firstly, easily soiled plastic, which did not get an oleophobic coating. Secondly, the device itself turned out to be large, with the same characteristics it would be possible to fit it into a more compact case (fortunately, there was a place for two SIM-cards and a miroSD slot). But state employees did not deserve this, for the manufacturer it is an extra expense, the price is important here. Finally, ergonomics is imperfect, there are a couple of details that can be forgiven, but they give savings. The volume control buttons are located on the left side a bit high, like the fingerprint sensor on the back. In addition, the sensor itself is almost not tactile, it’s easy to miss if you use a smartphone without a case.

But the huge camera module sticks out soabove the case (again, it seems that the engineers did not try, with such dimensions it would be possible to fit the camera unit), which immediately gives the impression that the optics are huge. Optics is really good by the standards of a $ 200 smartphone.

There is one speaker, located at the bottom. If you hold the smartphone horizontally, it doesn’t really fall under the finger, so you can play and watch video without any problems. He is alone here, but normal. For $ 200 something. The charging connector is already Type C. There is an audio output.

In general, I evaluate the appearance of the model asinteresting for its segment, and well reaching the audience: young hipsters who do not have a budget for an expensive smartphone, but who want to have a thing with good characteristics and preferably charisma.

What is in the box?

Smartphone, charger with cable, card clip, transparent silicone case. On the screen is a protective coating.

What about the screen?

We with the colorimeter during quarantine live inparallel realities, so I’ll talk about impressions on the eye. It uses a 6.3-inch LCD-matrix with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels (pixel density - 409 ppi), visually - IPS one to one. It is a bit blue, but it is easily fixed in the settings. Moreover, color reproduction can be corrected even for night mode.

I don’t know what will happen with brightness in summer, while insunny days cope. Auto brightness control works correctly, I do not complain about the sensitivity of the sensor. The screen is covered with a protective glass Gorilla 3, protection is glued on top. At first glance - not from a fragile dozen, nothing was scratched in the bag about keys and other hard objects.

In general - an ordinary screen for your money. There is nothing to praise or scold.

What about performance and system?

Both appearance and price humbly hint thatRealme 5 Pro will be the favorite smartphone of a schoolchild (or student) of a novice gamer. It is inexpensive, the manufacturer has sweated over software optimization, and Citrus is actively promoting this feature of the smartphone. Like, not an incomprehensible Chinese from Uncle Liao, but a serious device that not only designers, but also programmers, worked on.

The smartphone has 128 GB of flash memory, 8 GBRAM and the Snapdragon 712 processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone clearly outperforms competitors in its segment. But let me remind you that what was on our review and what is presented in official retail is different. In terms of hardware, it is rather Realme XT, a more expensive model.

The chipset is not a top-end series, even though the manufactureraims rather at the audience, which games are interesting. How so? It's all about optimizing software for hardware, even the frank middling Snapdragon 712 will fit for most games on average settings. I tried racing Asphalt 9 and Real Racing 3, fly. During the game, the smartphone maximum becomes barely warm, but this does not affect the performance.

The interface also runs smoothly, all within the specifications and price range.

About the Realme 5 Pro Shell, RealmeUI, Longnothing to tell. Here it is exactly the same as in OPPO smartphones on ColorOS. In the Reno2 review, I settled on the manufacturer’s proprietary add-on; we also have a review of Realme X2 Pro, where Sasha Chub also talks about the shell.

RealmeUI features are standard by market standards. I did not notice bugs and problems in the system. There are some interesting details. For example, from time to time, the device gives hints in the settings which features to try. There is a “Realme Lab” where you can test new shell features. You can split the screen, clone applications, fine-tune power saving and display formats for alerts on the screen and in the notification panel. There are pop-up window controls (which applications may or may not), many security settings that should help the user avoid unnecessary surveillance from different resources. The design is concise and unobtrusive.

Soon the device should get Android10, but for now it's Android 9.0. Face and fingerprint recognition works smartly, unlike some smartphones from a higher price category.

What about autonomy and charging?

The battery capacity is 4000 mAh, and hereeverything is pretty standard. Two days of work at an adequate load, if you play games from morning to evening in the literal sense, then it will work out from morning to evening. If you are a relaxed quarantined user, it will last up to three days. The smartphone supports fast charging from the complete VOOC 3.0 device, but not as a flagship, 50% of the resource is replenished in half an hour.

How is the camera?

For me, the most pleasant discovery in thisthe device has become a camera. The smartphone received a camera with four lenses. The main one is 48-megapixel, there is also an ultra-wide-angle (8 MP) and two of 2 MP each - for macro photography and a depth sensor. In terms of characteristics, it seems that this is approximately the same (or exactly the same) as in the Oppo A9, Oppo Reno2 Z. But we did not have any of these devices in the review, so we won’t be able to compare. Below are the screenshots of the camera interface.

The photo opportunities of state employees are growing, and specifically inRealme 5 Pro I liked the macro shooting and how the background blur works (of course, in relation to the price category). Often, many manufacturers, especially in the budget segment, this remains a weak point. Either you need to shoot for a long time to get a good result, or after shooting change focus in the settings. With help. Realme 5 Pro I took pictures, for example, for a review of the Honor Band 5i. The room was light enough, it made the camera easier for the camera, but still the simplicity with which I managed to take a photo of the device for viewing with good blurring of the background and focus on what I need can hardly be overestimated in an inexpensive smartphone.

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Also in this device there is an ultramacro mode,as it was in OPPO Reno2, but here you need to understand very well what you are shooting and why, in order to achieve a sensible result. It shows the texture very well, while the pictures come out not bright and very noisy. To simply shoot a subject at close range and get the effect of depth, you can use the usual shooting mode, it works well with it. In the gallery below I give several examples of comparisons.

And a little more ultramacro.

In general, it turns out well during the day. Even indoors and with artificial light, in my opinion, very good.

Night shooting is also quite decent. The only inconvenience is a very long time, but it is rather the specificity of inexpensive iron.

But what I didn’t really like about the camerasmartphone, so it’s a selfie and the whole person. At the default settings, the camera emphasizes all the flaws and irregularities, if you enable it using AI, you need to immediately go through all the menu items (there are a lot of them) and reduce the work of the “improveers” so as not to turn into a cute Asian schoolgirl with a light make-up.

All pictures in original resolution can be viewed in a separate gallery on Torba.

What are the alternatives?

In the price category of the order of $ 200- $ 250 veryhigh competition, and in addition to brands such as Xiaomi or Samsung, which sound from each iron, as well as young Chinese, relatives of Realme (vivo, OPPO) and Huawei / Honor, who are still in a difficult situation due to the lack of Google services and are working on With its application store, as well as selling models on old hardware, the novelty has a sea of ​​competitors.

It seems that the closest competitors to this model arevivo V17 series devices are the usual model with 8 GB of RAM and the neo version with 4 GB of RAM. This brand has a different interface logic (for example, the shutter with settings is pushed from the bottom, as in the iPhone), the younger model is identical in characteristics, and the older one with 8 GB of RAM has a front popup camera and Super AMOLED screen, which allowed placing an already sub-screen scanner . If the screen is a definite advantage, especially when paired with a 4,500 mAh battery, the rest is ambiguous. Both the form factor and the interface have their ardent fans and champions. Also, the vivo V17 has a different case design style, more neutral, but also interesting, the processor is older, but slightly more powerful, and the price is higher.

Another alternative, which, in theory, shouldwould be the hero of this review, a younger model with 4 GB of RAM. It’s hard for me to evaluate how much worse it is, I only held it in my hands at the presentation, there the interface was quite smooth, but usually the braking starts after 2-3 weeks of heavy use.

Xiaomi has Redmi Note 8 in this segment. Its main differences are the Mediatek Helio G970T processor, 6 GB of RAM, but at the same time a 64-megapixel camera, as well as glass, are among the body materials.

Those who do not trust new brands, buteyeing this price category, may pay attention to the Huawei P Smart Pro / Honor 9X. The twin brothers of the Chinese giant have not yet fallen under the ban of the US government, while the manufacturer is selling them at an attractive price, including due to the bad info field.

In the dry residue

Realme is another potentially strong player onThe Ukrainian market, like the world market, primarily due to price, and in its price segment 5 Pro is an excellent offer, from which competitors will probably feel uneasy. On the one hand, as a young brand, Realme offers a really low price, on the other, it has the technological baggage of the recognized giant of the OPPO market, from which the brand has been soiled.

4 reasons to buy Realme 5 Pro:

  • you like this design;
  • excellent value for money;
  • sound camera for your money;
  • separate tray for a memory card.

3 reasons not to buy Realme 5 Pro:

  • You do not trust new brands;
  • you would like more advanced features, and you are ready to pay extra for an AMOLED screen or pop-up camera;
  • You are faithful to Xiaomi until the end of your days.

Specifications Realme 5 Pro

IPS, 6.3 ″ (19.5: 9 aspect ratio), 1080 × 2340 pixels, 409 ppi

Dimensions and weight
159x75x9 mm, 184 g

Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 712, 10 nm (2 × 2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6 × 1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver), Adreno 616 Graphics

8 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM + microSD (separate slot)

Main camera

Main 48 MP (f / 1.8 wide-angle), 1 / 2.0, super wide 8 MP (f / 2.2, 13 mm), 2 MP depth sensor, 2 MP macro sensor

16 MP, f / 2.0, 25 mm (wide), 1 / 3.1 ″, 1.0µm

USB Type-C

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE

Battery and Charging
lithium polymer, 4035 mAh, charging VOOC 3.0 (50% in 30 minutes)

operating system
Android 9.0 (planned to upgrade to Android 10.0) with RealmeUI add-in

SIM card
2 x nanoSIM

The fingerprint scanner
on the back of the case

Realme 5 Pro

Budget Smartphone with Quad Camera

Anti-crisis smartphone from the youngest andBBK Corporation’s budget brand with an interesting design, excellent autonomy and a 48-megapixel quad camera. The model is available in two versions - with 4 GB of RAM and without NFC, as well as with 8 GB of RAM with NFC.

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The editors thank the online store “Citrus” for the kindly provided for review smartphone