Interested in seeing if the Realme 5i—the very first smartphone the company managed to launch in the Philippines in 2020—is for you? Well, then, this quick Realme 5i review is for you, too! Join us as we delve into the 5i and help you decide if it’s really a phone you should consider.
First things first; the 5i is really quite similar to an older Realme smartphone, the 5—as a matter of fact the two differ only in terms of a few key specs. Just something to keep in mind. One of these specs is color choices. The 5i comes in either Aqua Blue or Forest Green and both showcase Realme’s Sunrise Dawn design element that resembles shining sunrays, as well as a matte finish. The 5, by contrast, can be had in Crystal Blue or Crystal Purple and showcases a diamond cut design and a glossy finish.
One of the key Realms 5i specs is of course its display—a 6.52-inch HD+ minidrop IPS affair with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It’s a decent display that won’t wash out under direct sunlight and pleases viewers under optimal light. Another spec is its Realme 5i camera module—a quad-camera setup out back (12MP main lens, 8MP ultra wide lens, 2MP macro lens, 2MP depth sensor) and a single 8MP snapper up front. For reference, the 5 boasts a 13MP selfie camera, but we don’t think the difference is really a major concern. Front or rear, the 5i’s cameras are decently powerful and can take pictures that will make the grade most of the time.
Both the 5i and 5 share the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU paired with an Adreno 610 GPU, In terms of Realme 5i RAM, the 5i comes with 3GB. It’s a decent combination that should get you through your day with no fuss and can even handle a demanding game or two from time to time (although if you do have plenty of apps active, be prepared for sluggish performance). The 5i comes with 64GB of internal capacity which can easily be augmented by way of its microSD card slot.
The 5i comes standard with Realme’s ColorOS 6.0.1, which builds on Android P underpinnings. It’s a pretty decent and easy-to-use OS. Out of the box, users can enjoy a plethora of standard Google apps, third-party apps like those for social networking (e.g. Facebook) and e-commerce (Lazada, for example), and standard Realme apps as well.
A key feature of the 5i, and one it shares with the 5, is a massive battery—all of 5000mAh .This coupled with a relatively undemanding processor and RAM set means that most users will sail through their day without needing to top their batteries up, and may not even need to recharge until late in the evening. Which is good, because the 5i doesn’t come with fast charging and uses a micro USB port instead of the more advanced USB-C.
Overall, the Realme 5i is quite a decent phone that doesn’t cost too much money. The official Realme 5i price in the Philippines is PhP 6,990—making it a good value in our book.
Realme 5i Specs
Dimensions: 164.4 x 75.0 x 9.0mm
Display: 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD, 1600×720 pixels, 269 ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass. Minidrop notch
Camera Resolution: REAR/MAIN: 12MP main camera; 8MP ultra-wide camera; 2MP macro camera; 2MP depth sensor; LED flash. FRONT-FACING/SELFIE: 8MP
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
CPU: Octa Core CPU
OS: Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0.1
Storage: 64GB internal, expandable to 256GB via microSD slot
Biometrics: fingerprint sensor
SIM Card: Dual SIM (nano-SIM)
Networks: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE, GPRS
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
USB Port: microUSB 2.0
Audio Connector: 3.5mm audio jack
Global Positioning: A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou
Battery Capacity: 5000mAh Li-Po, non-removable
Color: Aqua Blue, Forest Green
In the box: Realme 5i, SIM ejector tool, 10W charge adaptor, microUSB cable, quick start guide, important product information (including warranty card)