Chinese smartphone brands are doing a tremendous growth in the Indian market and that’s the reason they are aiming for more. According to the Counterpoint Research, the combined global smartphone market share of Chinese smartphone-makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Realme (HOVXR) reached 42 percent — the highest ever — even as global smartphone shipments fell by 1.2 percent year-over-year (YoY) to 360 million units during the second quarter of 2019.
Realme has been the biggest mover in terms of YoY market share, as it has now moved up to 9 percent market share in the second quarter. The Chinese smartphone maker, which entered the top 10 OEMs globally for the first time, is continuously launching new smartphones for the Indian audience. Recently, the company announced two new devices – Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro – for the Indian market.
The new smartphone highlights a rear quad-camera setup under Rs 10,000 category in the country. Realme 5 Pro starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. The 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant is priced at Rs 14,999 while the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant will cost Rs 16,999. Realme 5 price starts at Rs 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. The 4GB/ 64GB model costs Rs 10,999 and the 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is available for Rs 11,999.
We reviewed the 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant and let’s see how it fared.
The smartphone is large and is heavy too. It uses a polycarbonate body with a laminated plastic back that creates a lot of smudges when you hold the device. However, the smudges are less visible in Crystal Purple colour. The volume keys and the dual-SIM slots are placed on the left edge, power key on the right and a single speaker, headphone jack and a micro-USB charging port at the bottom edge. At the back, there’s a rear quad-camera setup on the upper left side next to the fingerprint scanner. If you like to use your phone with a single hand then you will have to struggle a bit. But, overall, the Crystal Purple colour smartphone with the crystalline pattern on its back stands out, as it looks neat and subtle.
The smartphone comes with a 6.5-inches HD+ (720×1600 pixels) resolution display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ coating on top. It has a small dewdrop notch and slim bezels all around. The large screen gives you more viewing space for watching videos or playing games. However, you may have to turn the brightness up to the maximum if you are using the device under direct sunlight. Another plus point of this device is that it has a splash-proof coating, which is said to offer protection against humidity, rain, and other daily splashes.
The Realme 5 is the first phone with four cameras to be priced under Rs 10,000 in India. It sports a 12MP primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle shooter with f/2.25 aperture, a 2MP portrait shooter and a 2MP macro camera. The pictures clicked from the primary front shooter in the daylight condition turned out to be impressive. The different modes such as ultra-wide sensor, ultra macro sensor and a portrait camera delivered crisp and clear images with perfect colours and detailing. The rear camera department has efficiently proved itself to be among the ‘pros’ of the device at this price category.
There’s a 13MP selfie shooter on the front with f/2.0 aperture, which too delivered beautiful pictures, however, there is too much of artificial smoothening that makes the picture look unnatural. We were a bit dissatisfied with low-light photography, but we also cannot forget the price point.
The device ships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and an octa-core processor that comprises of a dual-core and Hexa-core that clocks a speed of 2GHz and 1.8GHz. The integrated GPU has been upgraded to the Adreno 610, which should enable better gaming performance. On the software side, Realme 5 Pro offers Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box with ColorOS 6.0.1 interface that can be also found on the Realme X, it includes the modern visuals, changes in the UI, app drawer, the icons and notification panel.
Other Realme 5 specifications include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, slots for two Nano-SIMs plus a microSD card of up to 256GB in capacity, support for four satellite navigation systems, USB-OTG, FM radio, and the usual suite of sensors.
The Realme 5 has a big battery of 5,000mAh that lasted more than a day on a single charge on moderate use. However, even on rigorous usage that included gaming, video consumption, calling 4G connectivity, the phone lasted more than 7-8 hours. Thanks to the VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 fast charging technology, the phone charges over 70 percent in just 30 minutes and expect it to charge fully it in around one hour.
If you are okay with smudged back, heavyweight, then you can simply go ahead with this smartphone as it has more other features at this price point, such as a rear quad-camera setup, 5,000mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and a stylish design. The Realme 5 will surely not disappoint you. It’s a good buy under Rs 9,999 (if you are okay with the storage variant)