Realme 5 – Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

I’ve been wanting to take a look at the Realme 5 Pro since getting a hands-on with it last October. That phone is available to buy for €199, which works out at £168.45. The “Pro” has a 6.3″ screen with a 2340×1080 (409ppi) screen and measures in at 157mm x 74.2mm x 8.9mm. On the back, there’s a main 48 megapixel Sony camera and three other lenses – an 8 megapixel wide-angle, a 2 megapixel macro and a 2 megapixel portrait.

Up front there’s a 16 megapixel camera and it’s all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE octa-core CPU spinning up to 2.3GHz.

You get 128GB storage and 4GB RAM at this price-point, or you can pay €249 for 8GB. It has a 4035mAh battery and VOOC charging power.

But wait.. wait a minute my friends. The people at Realme didn’t send the Realme 5 Pro to us. Instead they sent the Realme 5. This one is cheaper, at €169. That’s £143.14-ish and it’s definitely entry-level.

Here there’s a the same RAM (4GB) and storage (128GB) but you get a lower resolution screen and she’s a bit bigger and chunkier (164.4mm x 75.6mm x 9.3mm plus 198g instead of 184g). That screen is a 6.5″ this time and it’s a 1600×720 pixel unit with a 269 ppi resolution.

In the video below I do have a chat about the screen lacking Corning Gorilla Glass, but it does actually have this (can’t wait for the YouTube comments on that).

An included case protects the phone whilst still letting you see the rather cool back panel

As it’s a tad cheaper, you get a slightly different camera setup. Gone is the 48 megapixel and, in its place, a 12 megapixel unit. The other lenses are still the same – 8 megapixel wide-angle, 2 megapixel up-close macro and the 2 megapixel portrait. The front camera is 13 megapixels instead of 16 megaxpixels.

In addition there’s an Intel Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE (octa-core up to 2GHz), you’ve got a 5000mAh battery (plus 10W charging). It also has Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi and… come on, for about £143 it’s not bad at all.

Over the next couple of days I’ll be adding a look at the user interface and the images from the camera, but right now, here’s my unboxing….