Priya Singh 15. January 2020 12:45:57 IST
If you haven't noticed, competition in the smartphone industry, especially since last year, has become almost a struggle. I actually lost the number of phones that Realme, Vivo and Xiaomi launched in 201
And just nine days after 20202, Realme launched its first smartphone of the year – Realme 5i.
This smartphone is part of the Realme 5 series, which already contains Realme 5 (First Impressions) Realme 5 Pro (Review) and Realme 5S.
I have to get my hands on the Realme 5i for a few hours, and here's what I think about this 8,999 rupee device.
Design and Display
The first thing you would probably notice in the product pictures here is that this Realme phone is not black or blue, with the Realme 5i has launched a new Forest Green color option that is interesting in this sub-10k segment, but there is still an option for a blue variant called Aqua Blue.
Unlike others Realme phones, the Realme 5i has what the company calls it "Sunrise design" and not about the "diamond pattern" that his phones normally have.
In addition to the green color option, the shape of the device is also striking. Realme 5i has a very large display that is similar to the Galaxy S series. Aesthetically speaking, it may take a while to get used to it, but in practice it is actually more convenient to hold than a widescreen phone like Redmi 8A (Review).
Otherwise it has on the Rear of a quad camera setup, which is interesting for a sub-10k phone, apart from that, the design is a fairly standard aspect: rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, water drop notch display, thin bezels.
Die Placement of the rear fingerprint sensor is good and you don't have to struggle to navigate it, the phone is easy to hold because it has a plastic back that makes it light (195g), although it has a 5,000mAh battery
Something that I didn't like about the design of the phone is the protruding camera padding on the back. That could attract a lot of scratches and dust.
Another thing that didn't make me particularly happy was Realme 5i body. I liked the color and I like the fact that the plastic back smears and scratches the phone, but I thought the plastic felt a little cheap. But the only way I could put up with it was the thought that it was the plastic back that helped the phone not feel too heavy even with a 5,000 mAh battery.
The smartphone has a 6.52-inch LCD multi-touch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. It has a screen to body ratio of 89 percent. I have been using the phone for a short time and I think it offers mediocre colors. However, the display is smooth and easy to read even in sunlight.
Realme 5i has an 8 megapixel camera on the front. You will see the camera shoot good colors, but when it comes to details, it's a hit or miss. The picture looks very grainy when it comes to details.
Portrait mode for selfies is fine too, but I liked the fast auto focus in mode. The edge detection is usually okay.
On the back of the Realme 5i is a quad camera setup with a 12 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide-angle camera, a 2 MP portrait camera and a 2 MP macro lens.
When I tried the camera for the first time and clicked on an image in normal photo mode, I thought I had maximally clicked in beauty mode because the image looked heavily edited! When I got back, however, the beauty mode was turned off and I imagined that this phone's camera works just like that.
You are on one of the pictures in the Flickr album [19459006sehen] including in regular photo mode the camera has "embellished" the face of my colleagues and the floor underneath it even when the AI beauty is switched off , In return, the picture is not sharp at all.
Of course, I will be using this phone for a few more days to look for signs of improvement and will update you in my Realme review 5i, which will be available soon.
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Memory, Power, and Battery
Realme 5i is in only available in just a few steps A memory variant with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory. It runs on ColorOS 6, based on Android 9 Pie. Although the company has announced that its siblings – Realme 5 and Realme 5s – will get the latest Realme user interface for Android 10 in May this year, there is still no word on Realme 5i.
The smartphone is operated with the Snapdragon 665 chipset. It is equipped with a massive 5,000 mAh battery that is charged with 10 W, which is included in the scope of delivery. The audio quality is less than ideal, I have to say, but certainly not a deal breaker.
Realme 5i costs 8,999 rupees and has a lot to offer, including a 5,000 mAh battery, good design, but that The quality of the camera seems to be a problem at the moment, especially if it is the Redmi Note 8 (test) comes very close, which offers a 48 MP quad camera setup.
The Realme 5i also competes in this segment with sizes such as Moto E6s (Review) and Redmi 8A (Review) the Realme phone may actually be able to outperform these two. But we won't know which phone is the best buy in this segment until I have thoroughly tested the Realme 5i. Stay tuned!
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