Realme 5 (128GB + 4GB RAM) price in Kenya is around 19,500 Kenya Shillings. Since its release in August 2019 Realme 5 is still being named among the best affordable smartphones available in Kenya. This is especially true considering its price and features such as a 5000 mAh battery which we will also talk about in this article. Here are some of its main features.
- 6.5 inches IPS LCD display
- Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
- 12 MP Quad Camera
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
- 13 MP, selfie camera
- 128GB 4GB RAM
- Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665
- Splash resistant
- Color: Crystal Purple, Crystal Blue
New Crystal Design
Before I talk about the design let me mention that Realme 5 is a splash resistant smartphone. It features an airtight waterproof design with sealing that protects all interior and exterior components from minor spills and splashes. However I wouldn’t advice you put this phone to the test. Better safe than sorry. But it is security enough knowing Realme 5 can stand a few splashes here and there.
Whichever color option of Realme 5 you choose, Crystal Purple or Crystal Blue the holographic design will show. It these beautiful diamond patterns on its plastic back panel that almost makes it seem like glass. Frames are made out of plastic of course to cut on cost. Then at about 198 g it is quite hefty (good hefty) and 9.3 mm thickness was necessary for fitting in the massive 5000mAh battery Realme 5 comes with.
6.5 inch Mini-drop Full screen
We are looking at a 6.5 inch IPS LCD display panel on Realme 5. Now 6.5 is quite an estate and it has a centrally placed notch which Realme is calling Mini-drop. Don’t let the name excite you though. It is something you have seen already, and many times for that matter. If you do not mind a 720 x 1600 pixels display panel then be sure to go for this phone. Do not let anyone or any review hinder you. Yes, it is 720p only but it gets the job done quite accurately. Also, the screen-to-body ration here is close to 90 at 89%.
Quad Camera Power Hero
This slogan almost sounds fictitious. And I have quoted Realme in that respect. It has dubbed Realme 5 the “Quad Camera Power Hero”. Here is what I say in this respect. Because the device can shoot up to 4K videos at 2160p@30fps then yes, it may just be the hero its manufacturer says it is. But besides that having four cameras seems a bit unnecessary considering the main lens is only 12MP.
Its selfie camera on the other hand would be worth the mention since it has a 13 MP resolution and does take some really nice looking selfies. What else? An 8MP ultra wide camera is on the back panel alongside two 2MP depth sensor and macro camera. Some camera features on board include HDR and panorama.
Performance and Platform
Realme 5 is a mid range smartphone powered by Android 9.0 (Pie). This Android version installed here has a planned upgrade to Android 10.0. Expect ColorOS 6 theme to dominate here though. Realme 5 is also powered by Adreno 610 GPU and Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 which is a mid range chipset.
The three versions of Realme 5 are 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM and 128GB 4GB RAM. The base model (this one ) is 128GB with 4GB RAM. You will also have room to expand internal storage using microSDXC (dedicated slot) should need arise. This phone’s performance has increased by about 20%.
We are convinced that the battery performance of Realme 5 is by far its best feature. A non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery with 144 hours of endurance rating is what it is. With it, expect up to days of usage before recharging it again. Realme says with it you can get up to 29.9-day battery life but we must have you know that this is only true when Realme 5 is on standby. That is, when it is fully charged and you let it drain to zero % without operating it.
Features of Realme 5
|Available. Released 2019, August|
|Dimensions: 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 198 g
Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3+), plastic back, plastic frame
Colour: Crystal Purple, Crystal Blue
|Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 6.5 inches, 102.8 cm2
Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
|OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; ColorOS 6
Chipset: Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU: Adreno 610
Storage: 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
Card slot: microSDXC (dedicated slot)
|Quad Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultra wide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.75µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)Features: LED flash, HDR, panoramaVideo: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
|Selfie Camera||Single Camera: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
Features: HDR, panorama
|Network||Technology: GSM, HSPA, LTE
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
|Comm||WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
USB: micro USB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
|Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Charging: Battery charging 10W
3.5mm jack: Yes
|Misc||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
Check out other great Realme smartphones here.