Realme 5 Unboxing, Initial Impressions, and Sample Photos


Ever since Realme arrived in the Philippines in November of last year, the company has been dominating the local budget smartphone scene by offering devices with great specs close to those of midrange smartphones but bearing entry-level price tags. So far the Philippine market has met the following Realme devices - C1, C2, C2 2020, 3 and the 3 Pro. This coming October 3, the company is set to launch its newest series in the Philippines that will surely sell like hot cakes once they hit local shelves. These phones I am talking about are the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. Luckily, I was one of those people who had early access to these devices and in this post I will be sharing with you my unboxing and initial impressions of the Realme 5. I will also be sharing some sample photos I have taken using this phone.

As you may have already realized, the Realme 5 is the official successor to the Realme 3 (read my unboxing post here). And I would say that if you loved and enjoyed the predecessor, you will for sure love and enjoy even more this next installment. That's because there are a lot to be excited about this Realme 5 from specs upgrades down to the new awesome design on its back panel.

What's in the box

The Realme 5 boxing is very typical and there is nothing especial about it compared to previous realme devices that have been released in the Philippines so far. In the retail box there we can find of course the unit itself, there's paper documentation that includes warranty card and user guide, a USB to microUSB charging cable, 10W charger brick, SIM ejecting pin, and the protective jelly case. And there is also a screen protector that's already pre-installed on the device's front panel which is really good.


The Realme 5

Now as for the Realme 5 smartphone itself, one of its many highlights is found on the rear panel. It sports a brand new and cool design which Realme calls the Crystal Design. Here we can see diamond-like patterns on the back and they become even more pronounced when light hits them from different angles. Though the entire rear cover appears to be made of glass materials, they are actually plastic or polycarbonate to be exact. Realme just did a very good job in creating this kind of design and finish. The Realme 5 comes in two color options - Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple. And then the traditional fingerprint scanner is also located on the rear panel right at the upper center. In terms of its performance, it works all the time and it works fast as well. I don't remember any instance where the fingerprint reader failed me.


Also on this side of the phone we can see the quad camera setup. Yes you read that right, the Realme 5 now has four cameras right out of the box. If you can still remember, its predecessor the Realme 3 and even the Realme 3 Pro, only had dual rear cameras. So Realme is making super serious upgrades on this one, from dual to quad setup and with AI implementation making sure that every shot is at its best quality. The main sensor on the rear offers 12MP shooter with large f1.8 aperture allowing more light to get in in order to produce the best image quality. Then there's an 8MP secondary shooter that is equipped with 119-degree ultrawide angle lens. Ultrawide camera is always a great feature to have on a smartphone as it captures more real estate, perfect for group photos, landscapes and buildings as well. Realme said they added a "distortion calibration algorithm" customized by them that "solves the point of edge distortion in traditional ultra-wide-engle photos. The other two cameras are equipped with 2MP lenses each with Macro and Depth sensors which are best used for close up and portrait photography. And just like what we had in the previous Realme smartphones, the Nightscape and ChromaBoost camera features are also present in Realme 5. See some sample shots below.


On the front of the device sports a huge and tall 6.5-inch 720p display panel. While the Realme 5 Pro offers a much better display resolution at 1080p, Realme 5 still offers one of the best display panels. Viewing angle and color reproduction are still on point. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 according to Realme and then as mentioned on top of it is the pre-installed screen protector.

The waterdrop notch is noticeably smaller now compared to the previous generations. It houses the 13MP front camera made by Samsung and is equipped with AI Beautification feature. Just above it is the earpiece that sounds really good and clear when taking in phone calls.

Down at the bottom of the Realme 5 are the usual suspects such as the 3.5mm audiojack port, microphone, microUSB port, and speaker grills. On the left side are the volume rockers together with the triple-slot SIM tray while on the right is the power/lock key. There is nothing at the top portion of the phone.



On the inside, the Realme 5 is powered by ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie mobile operating system. If you have used a Realme smartphone before, the experience is pretty much the same in terms of the user interface. The software feels much faster and very responsive and it processes requests and things quite faster then I initially expected, thanks to its Snapdragon 665 AIE octa-core processor and Adreno 610 GPU. RAM and storage wise, the unit I got has 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. There are other selections like 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB, but I am not sure yet if those will arrive in the Philippines as well. If we based our guess from previous releases, looks like the case would be yes.


Here are some of the photos I have already managed to capture using the Realme 5.

Nightscape Mode

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Nightscape mode

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Ultrawide angle

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Portrait mode

Portrait mode

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Auto mode

Selfie camera

Selfie camera

Nightscape

Nightscape

Nightscape

 Another highlight of the Realme 5, in addition to the crystal design and quad rear cameras, is the massive 5000mAh battery pack. I have been using this device for a couple of weeks now and I can surely say that this battery really lasts long up to more than two days depending on use. That said, whenever I am out of the house, I don't really need to bring powerbank with me anymore. Of course the catch of having this big and long lasting of a battery is the phone gets a bit heavier and thicker than other smartphones. But that's fine though, what use of a slim and lightweight phones if they are dead anyway? Plus, the Realme 5 offers stunning design and the rounded edges make the phone so much easier to hold and use with one hand despite its large 6.5-inch display panel and dimensions.

Initial verdict

My initial thoughts on the Realme 5 is still very very positive. Realme did a good job in upgrading the experience from the Realme 3, thanks to the new design, four rear cameras and the humongous 5000mAh battery. If you have been following this blog for a long time now, you know that I am more on the mobile photography side than mobile gaming. That said, I would like to say that I am very happy with the Realme 5's camera performance most especially the Portrait feature, it improved a lot compared to the Realme 3. I know Realme 5 Pro offers even more exciting photo-taking experience due to its 48MP main shooter, but that's going to cost us extra as expected. With Realme 5, assuming it will still be priced very aggressively like its predecessor, it's worth the upgrade both performance and most of all camera performance wise. Plus it's not an ugly phone to begin with. So there you go.

I will be testing and exploring this Realme 5 more in the coming days as I work on the full review. So stay tuned for that if you would like to hear more before deciding to purchase one for yourself or for your special someone.


READ: Six Things I Like About the Realme 5 and Two That Not So Much

Realme 5 specs:
  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS Display
  • 1600 x 720 resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 665 AIE processor
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB
  • 12MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Quad rear cameras with ultrawide, macro, and depth sensors, AI, and Nightscape
  • 13MP front camera with AI Beautification
  • Android 9 Pie with Color OS 6.0
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM (triple slot)
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Crystal Purple, Crystal Blue
  • 10W charger
  • 5000mAh battery
As mentioned above, the Realme 5 alongside Realme 5 Pro will be officially launched in the Philippines on October 3, 2019. Until then, we don't know the exact pricing of these devices, which storage model will be released in the local market and when. So stay tuned for more details on these missing information. 

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