In the input range there are many devices and it is somewhat complex to assess the different options because the prices are really similar. Therefore, today we will talk about Really 5 from which we bring your review.
The low range historically on Android was intended for very demanding users who did not perform advanced tasks such as running games, but in recent years all terminals have evolved at a giant pace.
From what we will see if the Realme 5 is usable or not, a terminal belonging to the low range by price, but not so much if we look at details like its processor Snapdragon 665 or the striking cudruple rear camera.
We already thoroughly tested the Realme 5 Pro a few weeks ago, the older brother of this terminal, but today we will see if there really is a big difference between them.
Realme is a firm that comes stomping with a attractive value for money, but let's see if this terminal manages to get a good position in the low range.
Design and construction
The design of Realme 5 is very similar to the one we found in the Pro version. It has a rear of rectangular shapes that change hue depending on the incidence of light.
The design is one of the most careful sections of the terminal and is quite striking. Made in plastic and aluminum, has a good construction offering a solid and robust feeling.
On the front of Realme 5 we find some pretty hurried frames and a drop-type notch, which houses the front camera and, at the top, the speaker to answer calls.
In the right song we can observe the on, lock and off button Of the device.
At the bottom of the terminal is the Micro USB, the connector 3.5mm jack, two microphones (to answer calls or record video) and a multimedia speaker.
On the left edge are the volume up and down buttons, in addition to the slot through which we can enter up to two nanoSIM at the same time, accompanied by the possibility of adding a microSD, all at once.
On the back of Realme 5 are located 4 photographic sensors, which slightly protrude from the chassis, accompanied by an LED flash, a fingerprint sensor and, finally, the signature logo.
Realme 5, specifications
To better understand what type of device it is, let's first look at the technical sheet Complete proposed by Realme 5:
- Screen: 6.5 inches IPS with HD + resolution (1,600 x 720 pixels).
- Processor: Snapdragon 665 AIE.
- RAM: 4GB.
- Storage: 128 GB + micro SD up to 256 GB.
- Rear camera: 12 MP f / 1.8 + 8 MP f / 2.25 angular 119 + 2 MP f / 2.4 macro + 2 MP f / 2.4 portrait.
- Front camera: 13 MP
- Connectivity: Dual 4G, WiFi ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
- Ports and sensors: MicroUSB, 3.5 mm jack and fingerprint reader.
- Battery: 5,000 mAh with fast 10 W load.
- Operating system: ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.
- Price: 169.
Four cameras in the input range?
Realme is one of the firms that are committed to introducing a large number of sensors in the back of their terminals, offering greater photographic versatility.
Realme phones also have artificial intelligence (AI) for scene recognition. Artificial intelligence is only used in photographs and not in video.
The artificial intelligence plays an important role in photography since, despite being able to disable it, it makes it easy for us to switch between the different sensors. AI does it quite naturally, although it does not always recognize objects as what they are and that means that the adjustments it applies are not ideal.
As we have commented previously, artificial intelligence goes changing mode depending on the circumstances, but let's look carefully at what modes this Realme 5 camera has:
- Night landscape: also called night mode, applies the maximum opening of the sensor to capture a lot of light.
- Cloth: we will have the possibility of taking panoramic photographs.
- Expert: With previous knowledge about photography, we can apply different settings that we find in a professional camera, but this time, by software.
- Portrait mode: It is also called the bokeh effect and its function is to blur the background of the photo.
- Timelapse: Images made periodically every few seconds, then becoming a fast camera video.
- Cam. Slow: slow motion video recording.
- Ultra Macro: Thanks to the macro objective that Realme 5 has, we can focus objects at a very close distance from the camera.
It is very common that in the housing, together with the main sensor, is an inscription highlighting some feature. If you look, this time it shows 1.8, which relates to the focal aperture with which the main camera of 12 MP is equipped.
Let's start with the photo analysis part in different situations. A smartphone in which we have to always keep in mind your price and the range to which it belongs.
It is a camera that does not stand out in any specific aspect, but which unwrap correctly in general terms.
The main sensor is 12 MP and at a glance it makes good captures. He level of detail is good if we don't enlarge the image, but once we expand noise and grain appear in the captures.
As with the Realme 5 Pro and the Realme X2 Pro, none of these devices integrates a telephoto lens through which we will not lose quality in the zoom.
On the other hand, the 2x and 5x zoom of the Realme 5 is hybrid and is done through the technology QuadPixel, which consists of capturing an image in the maximum resolution and increasing a specific area of ??it.
When we take pictures with 2x zoom the sharpness falls slightly, but maintains composure with realistic colors, although without detail. By expanding, we notice the loss of resolution and sharpness.
When we take a picture with a 5x zoom the colors are no longer realistic, textures are not distinguished and shapes and colors that are not faithful to reality are appreciated.
When taking pictures With portrait mode, clipping is quite accurate, offering a good result. At night it is true that the result is much worse compared to that obtained in daytime situations, given that noise appears and shows little definition.
As with most devices, when we activate portrait mode on figures or objects (instead of people) we get a worse result.
The Realme 5 has a wide angle that allows us collect large buildings or landscapes in the photo with a small distortion. The quality it offers is inferior to the main sensor, but it is useful on some occasions. In the case of Realme 5, we can only take pictures with this sensor, not record video.
The quality is not the strength of this sensor, although we cannot say that it is bad either, being the detail and the definition the most affected.
It should be noted that Realme 5 has the possibility of making a 2x zoom in wide angle mode. It is also surprising the integration of artificial intelligence in the wide angle, even rotting activate night mode.
Let's start with the night photographs, without a doubt one of the sections in which this device suffers most.
Using the main camera in night situations, the sensor usually behaves in a surprisingly good way, although sometimes we have detected some difficulty with the control of lights and dynamic range, for example, in street lamps.
Using the 2x hybrid zoom, noise and extraneous textures appear in the shot, without the possibility of distinguishing the materials of a building.
Uploading to 5x zoom in capture we can appreciate a lot of noise, which makes it difficult to see the details in the image.
He macro target that we use to capture objects very closely is 2 MP.
Despite its resolution Realme 5 it performs correctly in this situation and we managed to capture objects at a short distance. Despite not having an optimal quality, the catches are correct in daytime situations and reach a good level of detail.
The intelligence in the camera of Realme 5 is quite important, however we will have to change to the mode Ultra Macro to really use the macro. Although it detects that we have to use the macro sensor, artificial intelligence does not change it automatically.
Let's talk about the front camera or selfie. It is one of the sections in which Realme stands out from other manufacturers due to the number of functions offered through the software.
Use the night mode or perform a panoramic with the front camera are just some of the functions supported by Realme 5.
In the daytime section it provides some good results with adequate resolution and sharpness in the catches.
He portrait mode does not just define some areas well Like hair or ears, which sometimes appear blurred, this occurs both day and night.
Photographs taken in night situations are quite inferior, somewhat logical, to those taken during the day.
The colors it captures are quite true to reality, but in many cases the fund has not just been defined and shortly after the scene has insufficient light, noise and grain appear in the image.
Video with a good approach, but little definition
The video is one of the sections in which worse develop many of the terminals belonging to the low range. Nevertheless, the approach offered by Realme 5 is good, as well as the stabilization that, despite making night recordings, does not affect you at all.
The maximum resolution reached by this terminal is 4K, but selecting this resolution the definition we get is not as good as when we recorded in 1080p.
As in the rear camera, in the case of video we can 2x and 5x zoom, although remember that the mobile does not have any type of telephoto sensor, so that noise and loss of resolution can be appreciated when performing this type of zoom.
ColorOS, the essence of Realme
The Realme 5, like the rest of the terminals of the Chinese firm, incorporates the ColorOS customization layer. Despite having a application drawer reminiscent of Android stock, the rest of the layer is much more reminiscent of MIUI or EMUI, the layers of Xiaomi and Huawei.
The multiple options that ColorOS has are really complete and make the customization be one of the strengths of this layer. On the left side, there is a menu in which we can configure different widgets.
The navigation gestures are customizable, since we have 3 different types.
Sometimes we notice that the software has not just been polished since, despite not showing any other message in English (something that happens in Realme 5 Pro), it continues without contemplating the water drop type notch, which causes us to lose some information.
It is a software that fuses functions of Android stock, which give it a very good fluidity, and some other extra, such as the options we have once we press and hold on an application.
Security, a complete telephone
In the input range, manufacturers often introduce slow and erratic fingerprint or face unlock sensors. Therefore, this is one of the sections where Realme 5 stands out because, despite being an input range, It is not lacking in security methods.
On the back is the fingerprint sensor, which offers a correct unlocking time, although not the fastest. It is located in an easily accessible location and we be useful also to take pictures If so we have it configured.
Thanks to the front camera housed in the water drop type notch we enjoy facial unlocking, which has options such as do not unlock if we have our eyes closed.
This facial unlocking is quite fast, but not too reliable since, as in the majority of non-high-end devices, it does not bring additional dedicated sensors to the front camera itself.
At night, if we have it configured, we can unlock our Realme 5 through facial recognition, since it momentarily activates a white background with maximum brightness.
Screen to enjoy multimedia content
The Realme 5 has a huge screen of 6.5 inches built with IPS technology, this offers us a maximum high brightness and a minimum brightness too off to be an IPS panel. The chromatic variety is very wide, although it does not reach pure blacks.
The HD + resolution is somewhat lacking in some circumstances, since if we approach the screen we appreciate the different pixels of the apps, although this does not affect too much when consuming multimedia content.
The screen has color customization options, shades and a night mode. The tactile response is fast and fluid.
The ultra-panoramic aspect of the panel does not influence much when it comes to watching videos, although when we expand it, as is the case with most phones, we lose some content.
The auditory section of Realme 5 is well below what we could expect, since despite having only one speaker, through which all the content is reproduced, the quality is not good.
Audio quality at more than half volume drops significantly, obtaining metallic and canned sound It distorts and breaks the auditory experience. The songs sound very different from what we are used to from 50% up.
In general, it is a flat sound that does not leave a good taste in your mouth. Also something really curious happens to us and that is that, at certain times, despite not having increased the volume, Realme 5 increases it on its own.
It is not a remarkable listening experience, but enough for multimedia consumption at medium levels.
As we have seen in the specifications, the Realme 5 has a huge 5,000 mAh battery, that we anticipate that it turns out more than enough for day to day.
Having activated WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, automatic brightness … we have reached the following conclusions:
- Connected to WiFi we have reached 15 hours of screen.
- With mobile data and demanding use the battery achieved some 10 hours of screen.
- In mixed use of data and WiFi, which will be a realistic scenario, we reach 12 screen hours.
Without a doubt, they are really good data, but we did not expect less of a battery of such magnitude accompanied by an HD + screen.
The Realme 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. While it is true that it moves the customization layer correctly and in a fluid way, we do not get good performance in games or in somewhat heavier applications.
The 4 GB of RAM of the unit with which we have made this review we have been quite fair. When it came to opening several applications and returning to open apps, stored in multitasking, Realme was slower than we expected.
The processor has not warmed up too much, but it also didn't offer us enough power to properly play games such as Call of Duty Mobile or Asphalt 9, where the frame rate was almost constant.
10 W load
The Realme 5 is charged via connection Micro USB, starting from this base we must emphasize that the Full load of the device takes around 2 hours and half Given his great amperage.
The terminal does not heat up during charging and offers the same performance while charging the battery.
A very complete input range
If we are looking for an affordable terminal, we may be considering various options and one of them is the Realme 5, a very complete mobile and with enough power for those users who do not demand too much from a smartphone.
It is a device to make a little demanding use and not move too many games, but that is a very good option in the economic range, given that users who acquire this type of terminals do not usually use them very intensively.
It is a terminal to buy if we look for a lot of battery and we will not run games or heavy applications.
As we have already mentioned at the beginning of the review, this Realme 5 will be available in two colors: blue and purple.
In Spain, Realme 5 will be sold in a configuration of 4GB of RAM and 128 GB storage by 169 euros, reduced to 159 euros from November 27 to December 2 by Black Friday 2019.
Strengths of Realme 5 in our review
- Good daytime photography.
- Great autonomous.
- Good construction and design.
- Value for money.
- 3.5mm jack
Weak points of Realme 5 in our review
- Poor sound.
- Improved night photography.
- It does not have NFC.
- Micro USB connection.
- Screen with low resolution.
- Design: 8
- Screen: 6
- Hardware: 7
- Autonomous: 9
- Camera: 7
- Software: 7
- Price: 9
- Overall score: 7.5
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What do you think of this Realme 5? Do you think being a tough competitor in the low range?