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Review of Realme 5i

Review of Realme 5i

Realme 5i is priced at Rs. 8,999 for the variant 4GB RAM, 64GB storage. The Realme 5i has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC with 5,000 mAh battery which is good for battery life. It has a quad-camera setup at the back of Mobile which has 12mp+8mp+2mp+2mp.

It is widely known that Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi and Realme are racing to overtake each other in the market. Both Xiaomi and Realme manufacturers have been launching new smartphone models at an unusually fast pace over the past year.

The latest smartphone which hit the market is the Realme 5i which is the fourth model of the Realme 5 series and the first one in this year. This new Realme 5i smartphone looks similar to the Realme 5 and the upgraded version Realme 5s and also boasts of a quad-camera setup.

Below you will find the Detail Review of Realme 5i Smartphone

Review of Realme 5i
Review of Realme 5i
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Realme 5i design

The Realme 5i shares the same design as the Realme 5 and the Realme 5s. The Realme 5i has 6.52 inches display and has a mini waterdrop notch which is at the top that is smaller in size. The Realme has 5i's panel which sports an HD+ resolution and It has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.

Realme 5i has a 5,000mAh battery which makes this model a bit bulky weight 195g. It measures 8.95mm in thickness. When you turn Realme 5i around, you will find that the trademark Realme diamond-cut pattern is missing, and the company has opted for a new sunrise design pattern. Realme 5i smartphone comes with two colors — Aqua Blue and Forest Green. 

Just like Realme 5 and the Realme 5s, the Realme 5i is curved at the sides which makes it convenient to hold. The fingerprint scanner is at the back but it positioned slightly high, and that's why you needed to stretch a bit to reach it.
It has the power button on the right while the volume buttons are on the left. These buttons are shallow but offer good feedback when pressed. The SIM card tray is on the left above the volume buttons and has two Nano-SIM slots along with a microSD card slot.

The Realme 5i has a Micro-USB port

Realme still has a Micro-USB port at the bottom, which we wish had been swapped out for a USB Type-C port. Realme 5i came with a 3.5mm audio jack and the loudspeaker at the bottom.

Realme 5i specifications and software

Realme 5i has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, which has four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Realme5i has only one variant which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of EMMC 5.1 storage, and the price of this set is 8999.

You can also expand storage up to 256GB using the dedicated microSD card slot. Realme 5i has Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and dual 4G as well as VoLTE. This phone also has a 5,000mAh battery.

Compared to the Realme 5, Realme 5i offers more RAM and storage for the same price. The display and the quad-camera setup at the back are identical but the Realme 5i has the 8-megapixel selfie shooter compared to the 13-megapixel one.

The Realme 5i runs on ColorOS on top of Android 9 Pie

Realme 5i runs on ColorOS 6.0.1 on top of Android 9 Pie. Realme 5i also has the company's own Game Center and App Market which are alternatives to the Google Play Store for games and apps respectively.

Realme has said that the Realme 5i will receive Realme UI updates which will make it look and feel more like stock Android very soon but there is no word on an update to Android 10 yet. If any news related to Android 10 Update will come we will update.

Realme 5i performance and battery life

The Realme 5i is a good-looking smartphone and it has good hardware to back that up. It runs on Snapdragon 665 SoC manages to deliver good performance without breaking a sweat. With 4GB of RAM onboard, this device could multitask easily and you don't have to erase background App.

Realme 5i has decent viewing angles and is bright enough when outdoors. The bottom speaker is quite loud, which adds to the content viewing experience. We also found that the fingerprint scanner, as well as the face recognition feature on Realme 5i, is very quick to unlock the smartphone.

Review of Realme 5i back cover 

With the new sunshine design on Realme 5i looks good.
In the HD video loop test, the Realme 5i lasted as long as the Realme 5s. Realme 5i will charge with a 10W charger and takes 2 hours to fully charge the mobile. Fast charging is not supported.

Realme 5i camera

Realme 5i has a quad-camera setup at the back of the set, similar to the Realme 5. It has a 12mp primary sensor, an 8mp wide-angle-camera, a 2mp macro camera, and a 2mp depth sensor.

Review of Realme 5i quad cameras 

The quad-camera arrangement on Realme 5i is similar to the Realme 5 handset.
The Realme 5i camera is quick to lock focus when shooting. In daylight, the Realme 5icamera metered light correctly and photos had decent dynamic range.
The wide-angle camera offers a wider field of view but does not deliver a very good level of detail. The edges of frames appeared to be little stretched. For close-ups, the Realme 5i managed good details and the results were good for this budget smartphone.
The macro camera on Realme 5i lets you get very close to a subject and manages to produce sharp shots. but the resolution of the macro camera is just 2 megapixels.

Video recording maxes out at 4K for the primary camera, but stabilization is only available when shooting at 1080p. Videos shot in the day were well stabilized. The wide-angle-camera also has stabilization, but a mild shimmer effect is visible in the output. In low-light, the output was quite grainy and we found the stabilization to be below average.


The Realme 5i will diminish Realme 5 at a price. For Rs. 8,999. Realme 5i runs on Snapdragon 665 SoC and 4GB of RAM which makes this set very good. The 5,000mAh battery also delivers a very good battery life. However, the camera performance of Realme 5i is not that good.

It seems that the main purpose of Realme 5i is offering powerful hardware at a more affordable price, and it succeeds at that to an extent. If you want a phone mainly for gaming purpose, the Realme 5i will be the best option. However, if you are willing to increase your budget, the Realme 5s and the Redmi Note 8 will be best.

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