Realme 5 – Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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.

Realme 5   Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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.

Realme 5   Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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.

Realme 5   Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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).

Realme 5   Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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.

Realme 5   Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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.

Realme 5   Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

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….