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Realme 5 Pro review: Mostly excellent

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The Realme 5 Pro shows just how good mid-range phones have become in 2019, because you really don't have to spend a fortune to get a very capable handset. The use of ColorOS and slightly lesser battery performance are issues, but this is otherwise an excellent value budget buy.

  • Varied camera mostly works well
  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • Design looks premium
  • Battery life could be better
  • Plastic body attracts fingerprints
  • ColorOS is intrusive where it shouldn't be

6.3 inches

Display size

1080 x 2340px

64GB, 128GB

Internal storage

48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear camera

4,035 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.3 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
409 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.79 + f/2.25
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
157mm x 74.2mm x 8.9mm
Weight
184g

Connectivity

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

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
4,035mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$399
Realme 5 Pro

While it's launched in Australia with the realme XT as its flagship offering, the realme 5 Pro sits just underneath, both in pricing and specification terms.

However, the drop in power isn't one that really makes an exceptional difference for that price drop, making it a better bet overall than the realme XT was.

Given the realme XT was (and is) in essence a cheaper Oppo phone, that makes the realme 5 Pro a genuine standout device.


Design

  • Sparkling Blue or Crystal Green finishes
  • 6.3-inch LCD display
  • Teardrop notch
  • Rear mounted fingerprint sensor
Realme 5 Pro

Camera

  • Four rear cameras, although the layout is odd
  • 48MP lens, but you're better off combining pixels
  • Low light shooting isn't great
Realme 5 Pro

Performance

  • Snapdragon 712 provides good mid-range performance
  • ColorOS is still messy
  • Default apps ask for odd permissions
Realme 5 Pro

Battery life

  • 4,000mAh battery doesn't quite perform as well as we'd like
  • Fast VOOC charging

Verdict

  • Exceptional value for a $399 phone
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It's not the flagship handset in the realme range, but the realme 5 Pro manages something even more impressive.

It provides essentially the same experience as the realme XT, and unless you have them side by side you'd really never notice the differences, while keeping a sweet $100 more in your pocket.

If you're looking in the mid-range and your budget is constrained, the realme 5 Pro is highly recommended.


Pricing and availability


Alternatives

The realme 5 Pro sits under the realme XT within the family; for $499 you'd get a bump in camera specifications and screen technology if that's important to you. You can read our full realme XT review here.

$399 will also buy you the Mintt UltraMintt Y3 or the Oppo A9 2020 if you wanted ColorOS specifically.


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.3 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
409 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.79 + f/2.25
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
157mm x 74.2mm x 8.9mm
Weight
184g

Connectivity

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

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
4,035mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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