Realme has launched only budget phones in Nepal since entering the country, such as the C2 and 5. Nevertheless, Planet Realme has announced last month that it will begin selling Realme 5 Pro via Daraz (a separate entity within Realme Nepal). Realme 5 Pro can now be purchased in Nepal via offline shops, though the price is slightly higher.
Realme 5 Pro design
It feels and looks pretty good for such a low-cost phone. Material and finishes feel high-quality, and it’s not too large or bulky. Its back sports a geometric pattern found on the Realme 3i (review) and Realme C2 (review), both of which have been used for less expensive phones. With a shimmering metallic finish and a completely smooth surface, the idea has been elevated here.
A gradient runs down the back of the device, with different colours catching different kinds of light, but a unified gradient runs down the forms. Our review unit came in Crystal Green, which was a bluish-green jewel-toned color that was distinctive without looking garish.
I’m glad to report that the phone doesn’t feel slippery at all. The Realme 5 Pro is very easy to hold despite its glossy appearance. The rounded edges and curved back panel conceal its 8.9mm thickness, allowing it to fit comfortably in the palm. With a weight of 184g, it is actually smaller than the Realme 5. Even with just one hand we had no problems using it.
Realme claims that the screen-to-body ratio is 90.6, on account of the big 6.3-inch LCD display on the front. All around the chin are narrow, contemporary borders. Most people don’t like pre-applied screen guards, but some people find them helpful for protection. The Realme 5 Pro has one.
For a smartphone at this price point, Realme has gone with a waterdrop notch – pop-up cameras and screens with holes have become more common but you’ll need to spend more if you want this kind of design.
All of the phone’s buttons, including the power and volume controls, are easily accessible on either side. There’s a tray on the left with two Nano-SIM slots and a microSD card slot. In this case, the Realme 5 (Review) has a Micro-USB port instead of a USB Type-C port on the bottom. The bottom of this phone has a 3.5mm audio port and a single speaker.
One slight negative point about the design of the Realme 5 Pro is the raised camera module on the rear which is fairly prominent and also has a slightly rough raised ring around it. You get four rear cameras, which is this phone’s biggest selling point. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the rear, rather than embedded into the screen like you’ll find on some other phones at this price level.
Realme 5 Pro specifications and software
Snapdragon 712 SoC first appeared in the value-packed Vivo Z1 Pro (Review), and it appears here as well. The Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 710, which are commonly found in phones of this class, cannot compete with this chip. For power efficiency, it has two Kryo 360 Gold cores running at 2.3GHz and six Kryo 360 Silver cores running at 1.7GHz. A graphics card with Adreno 616 is also included.
Realme 5 Pro is available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 13,999, 6GB of RAM and the same amount of storage for Rs. 14,999, or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 16,999, which is quite a jump. Considering both variants have 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, there’s a bit of a clash in terms of pricing between the two.
Screen resolution is 1080×2340 on the 6.3-inch device. In addition, Realme offers VOOC quick charge technology that Oppo uses. This phone comes with a large 20W charger. In addition to wireless 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, and GPS, there’s no FM radio. A gyroscope, along with the usual sensors, is included.
Oppo’s ColorOS UI is also used by Realme on top of Android 9. There have been a few tweaks here and there to ColorOS 6, including new icons and other visual changes. App drawers are built into the UI, so icons aren’t littered throughout the home screens. A Smart Assistant page appears on the left of the first home screen, with weather, calendar appointments, step tracking, and various other things you can show or hide. Keep track of upcoming flights, keep track of sports scores, and track orders from online shops.
Several popular apps are preinstalled, such as Amazon Shopping, UC Browser, Paytm, Helo, and Facebook apps, including some Realme-developed ones. You can download content from Game Center, Hot Games, Hot Apps and Theme Store. Although some of these can be uninstalled, there are some that cannot even be disabled.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to deal with constant popups and advertisements. A few prompts appeared after initial setup regarding the use of certain features and apps. After that, not much happened. Our setup process included downloading some promotional apps, however, this step can be skipped.
The phone can be unlocked using fingerprints and face recognition, as well as apps and a Private Safe for storing documents and photos away from prying eyes. If an invasive app asks for too many permissions, ColorOS lets you provide fake data, including call history and messages.
UI animation speed, themes, and gestures are among the options for customizing the home screens. When the phone is in standby mode, you can long-press the power button to launch Google Assistant and launch apps with gestures. There are a variety of gesture schemes available for replacing the standard Android navigation buttons, and some of these sets can even be customized.
I found the software and overall experience of the Realme 5 Pro quite polished. Realme seems to be heading in the right direction. The unit we tested had been patched with the July 2019 security patch.
Realme 5 Pro performance and battery life
Our impressions of the Realme 5 Pro’s performance were positive, and we had no problems using it on a daily basis. We tested the 8GB RAM variant; the entry-level model has half that amount, but it should still be enough for most users. Multitasking between heavy apps was easy, as was handling and usage. Small hands might have trouble reaching the fingerprint sensor, but it performed well.
As well, it was easy to recognize faces. In just a few seconds, we were able to enroll a face without having to turn or tilt our heads. When your eyes are closed, the phone has the ability to unlock itself, which ideally shouldn’t be permitted.
It is easy to use outdoors and the screen can get quite bright. This isn’t the best screen you’ll find in this price range, but it does look decent with good colors and sharpness. Widevine L1 DRM is supported by the Realme 5 Pro for high-res video streaming. Despite the loudness and clarity of the single speaker, there is no bass or depth to the music, even at high volumes.
AnTuTu’s score was 180,193, while Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests were 1,523 and 5,936. We were able to reach maximum scores on the Slingshot Unlimited and Ice Storm Extreme tests using 3DMark. The T-Rex scene on GFXBench displayed 58fps while the Manhattan 3.1 scene displayed 23fps.
The smartphone got a little warm over the course of a round of PUBG Mobile when set to its High preset. We had no problems with Asphalt 9: Legends either.
A full day’s use of this phone includes about an hour of video streaming, some gaming and a lot of Web browsing, however, at night it definitely needs charging. During our HD video loop test, we recorded videos for 12 hours, 41 minutes, which is reasonable but not exceptional. In just over 30 minutes, the included charger enabled us to charge the phone for up to 15 percent.
Realme 5 Pro cameras
Until very recently, only much more expensive phones had this 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. Also, PDAF is supported and the aperture is set to f/1.79. A wide-angle 8-megapixel photo sensor is next, followed by a macro 2-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is a 16-megapixel sensor and an aperture of f/2 on the front camera
While the camera application looks good, the layout is not user-friendly. As an example, switching between cameras isn’t easy. There is a toggle at the top of the screen that allows you to turn on or off the wide-angle camera, but to use the macro lens, you have to select the Ultra Macro mode, which is found in a spillover menu next to the Photo, Video, and Portrait modes. A small menu like this makes finding Ultra Macro mode very challenging, as you actually have to scroll down from within it.
Separate controls are also provided for HDR, filters, and Chroma Boost. Colors are much more vibrant in the latter option, but can make shots look artificial, so you should use it as an effect. In addition to Expert and Panorama, Time-lapse is another option.
The main camera shot very sharp pictures during the day, and the colour balance was good. We had no issues with usability or the Realme 5 Pro’s quick focus. As far as foreground details and distant objects are concerned, the results were great. Even with high contrast scenes, the primary camera performed well, even in shadowy areas of some frames.
Realme 5 Pro Specifications
- Display: 6.3 inches FHD+ Full HD+ display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection
- Design: Crystal Design (Nano-Holographic Color)
- Rear Camera:
– 48MP primary camera with 1/2.0″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.79 aperture, LED flash, EIS,
– 8MP 119° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.25 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size
– 2MP for 4cm macro with f/2.4 aperture, 1.75μm pixel size
– 2MP depth sensor
- Front Camera: 16MP with Sony IMX471 sensor
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
- CPU: Octa-core (6 x Kryo 360 Silver at 1.7GHZ and 2 x Kryo 360 Gold at 2.3GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 616
- RAM: 4/6/8 GB
- OS: Android Pie (Color OS 6)
- Storage: 64/128 GB onboard, expandable up to 256 GB, dedicated slot
- Battery: 4035 mAh non-removable with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, fingerprint
- Price in Nepal: Rs. 20,990(3/64GB) | Rs. 23,990(4/128GB)
As with all the other Realme smartphones, the 5 Pro is one of the best value for money phones. We have some welcome additions here, including a wide-angle lens and USB Type-C port that weren’t present before, and these have made this phone very competitive.
Now, I think Realme needs to step up their game, not just in specs and prices, but also be the first to do something new. Truthfully, I’ve reviewed countless Realme phones in the last few months, each one different from the other, all the best phones about value for money, and that’s it. One unique feature is that we get so and so specs at a more affordable price.
Please don’t get me wrong; I’m just saying there hasn’t been any innovation. In addition to its good performance, I think the brand will benefit even more from focusing on new things!
Realme 5 Pro: Pros and Cons
- Great Primary Camera
- Zippy Performance
- Amazing Battery Life
- Fast Charging
- Gimmicky Macro Lens
- Plastic Build