The Realme 5 Pro – Up close and personal

I kinda feel the same way about the 5 Pro as I did when OnePlus launched their handsets. The OnePlus 7T was the most impressive for me, and with Realme it’s the Realme X2 Pro. That’s got an excellent CPU, and in-display fingerprint scanner, fantastic screen and great looks.

Here, the Realme 5 Pro wasn’t really my thing. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE runs at 2.3GHz and there’s a 6.3″ 2340×1080 screen which lacks the 90Hz “wow” and the nit-value of the X2 Pro.

With “Dare to Leap” slogan (and I still have “Never Settle” ringing in my ears from OnePlus last week), we have a 48 megapixel camera, an 8 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel macro lens and a 2 megapixel portrait shooter.covers multiple scenarios, providing the best image experience in the segment. Up front, a 16 megapixel lens and Realme have again added a nightmode, HDR plus AI scene detection.

Available in crystal green or crystal blue, there’s a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio and a “splash-resistant” design.

There’s a range of configurations on this one – a 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM model with 64GB storage, plus an 8GB RAM version with 128GB and you can whack in a microSD card.

Other goodies include GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi, a rear fingerprint sensor and a 4035mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 speedy charging.

It’s all powered by ColorOS 6.0, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie. Get here for all the details and when to be notified when it’s available.

So, all in all, I wasn’t bowled over. But… but wait a minute. The price on this is bananas. Just €199. Damn, that’s a good price.