Realme 5i Review: a flashy device with quad-camera

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Realme 5i Review


Realme 5i isn’t much difference in performance than its base version Realme 5. It’s a different design language that majorly sets both of them apart.

Realme 5i is almost similar to realme 5, with the only meaningful difference of the selfie camera that is a downgrade in 5i. In my opinion, a mere 5MP difference shouldn’t’ make a huge difference for both the models. Yes, the price could be a factor for the users tight on budget. I don’t expect Realme 5i to perform any different than the base mode; nevertheless, let’s check out how it performed in our tests.

Realme 5i specs

  • Display: 6.52 inches 
  • OS: Android 9.0, ColorOS 6
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • RAM/ROM: 4GB/64GB 
  • Camera (rear): 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Camera (front): 8MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Full specs

Design and Display

Realme 5i backside

Just like the realme C3’s bold outlook that was also launched recently, the 5i also features a new sunrise design pattern that targets the youth with its Aqua Blue and Forest Green colors. The rays design originating from a corner of the phone on the rear side is equally striking as the diamond cut rear of realme 5. But, it is the matte finish back cover this time that acts as resistive to the smudges.

The quad-camera setup, aligned vertically, protrudes similar to the realme 5 that can cause wobbling on a flat surface. Since there is silicon cover out of the box and there is no need owing to the pattern and the matte finish, so you might need to live with that wobbling effect. Just like the old ways, the primary 12MP lens is surrounded by a yellow circle – realme does it, apparently, to stand out among the crowd. Just within reach of the index finger, a fingerprint scanner resides a few millimeters away.

Realme 5i Notch Display

On the other side, the 6.52 inches IPS LCD features a mini drop display that gives 269 ppi. The bezels look minimum except for a very prominent chin. Realme hasn’t mentioned the version, but it is a Gorilla Glass display of HD Plus resolution, which is reasonably bright at 60%. The viewing experience is good both indoors and outdoors; however, watching a movie like Captain Marvel with lots of dark scenes in the daylight could sometimes be challenging. The color reproduction is decent for a 720px screen, which looks good in this price segment.

The size of the screen, however, is the primary asset that gives an immersive viewing experience for games and movies. There are no fancy display options inside the setting area other than altering the color temperature, which has a minimal impact on the display quality.

Realme 5i comes with phone wide dark mode that not only helps to put a healthy impact on the battery life but also makes display a bit crispier and easy on eyes. It’s a personal choice, though, and may not uniformly work for all third-party apps.

Performance and Battery

The phone isn’t different in hardware that we found in the base version. There is a Qualcomm 665 Snapdragon chipset under the hood coupled with Adreno 610 for graphic handling. Depending upon the market, you may find a 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB memory versions that can be further upgraded up to 256GB through a MicroSD Card.

It scored 163563 on AnTuTu that falls closer to Nokia 7.2’s 165600 but behind Redmi Note 8 that scored 177451.

Playing games like Call of Duty and PUBG isn’t a problem for 5i, but you shouldn’t rule out a bit of lag and intermittent frame drop here and there, which is a part of the experience with low-end phones.

Realme 5i boasts a massive 5000 mAh battery and an out of the box 10W charger takes almost 3 hours to fill it from 0 to 100%. It also supports reverse charging serving as the power bank in times of need, but the process is painfully slow that can only help you if there no alternatives around. 

The device is good with battery timing. I was always left with 30 to 40% of the battery at the end of the day, but it mainly depends upon the usage pattern. However, for a more clear picture for everyone, we drained the battery in 17 hours during the video looping test (wifi/data off, brightness 50%, volume 100%).

The four hours social media test on 4G data took away 43% of the battery that is similar to C3’s 5000 mAh battery. The following graph gives a clear picture of the test.

Realme 5i 4 hours battery test


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