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Realme 5 review

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Quick verdict: The Realme 5 has a long battery life and decent performance for a low price, but it doesn't offer as much value for money as other phones in Realme’s line-up.

  • Very affordable
  • Large battery
  • Includes a fingerprint scanner and headphone jack
  • Average camera
  • Shows fingerprint marks
  • Load time when multitasking or gaming

6.5 inches

Display size

720 x 1600px

128GB

Internal storage

12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear camera

5,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Pros

  • 6.5-inch display with 89% screen-to-body ratio
  • Quad-lens 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP camera array
  • 5,000mAh battery

Display

Display Size
6.5 inches
Resolution
720 x 1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
269 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.25
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
13MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
164.4mm x 75.6mm x 9.3mm
Weight
198g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
128GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
5,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$299
Realme 5

Realme launched several phones in Australia last year, including the mid-range Realme 5. At a considerably lower price tag than many competing handsets from more well-established brands, the Realme 5 has a lot to offer.


Design

Design

  • Comes in two colours
  • Decent screen size
  • Has a headphone jack
  • Includes a fingerprint sensor
  • Back of phone shows fingerprint smudges
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Camera

Camera

  • Quad-lens rear camera
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • Supports 4k video recording
Realme 5

Performance

Performance

  • Suitable for regular use but not gaming
  • Fingerprint scanner is awkward to use
  • Some load time when multitasking
  • Speakers are adequate, but not impressive
Realme 5

Battery

Battery

  • Large, 5,000mAh battery
  • No fast or wireless charging
  • Micro-USB charger
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Verdict

Verdict

  • Decent value for money
  • Not at appealing as the Realme 5 Pro or Realme C2
Realme 5
Should you buy it?

While the Realme 5 offers a lot for the price, it suffers from a bit of middle child syndrome.

For $100 less, you can get the Realme C2, which has a slightly weaker performance, but an excellent battery life and a design that looks more expensive than it is. For just $100 more, you can get the Realme 5 Pro, which packs a lot more bang for its buck than the Realme 5.

Ultimately, the Realme 5 isn't a poor choice, but it doesn't have as much to offer as some of the other phones in the brand's Australian line-up.


Pricing and availability

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