Released in January 2020, the Realme 5i has been a buzz. Coming out as the fourth model in the Realme 5 series and the first product from Realme Inc. for 2021. The Realme 5i merits all the fuzz as it houses eye-catching specs like the superior Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 which is known for speed. Additionally, it packs a huge screen of 6″5 and it offers protection via Gorilla Glass on the front panel. Moreover, it sports an exceptional quad-camera of 12MP and a sublime 8MP selfie cam. But now, let’s take a look at what the Realme 5i is really made of.

Realme 5i Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.52 inches, IPS LCD
  • Colour: Blue, Green
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10, Realme UI
  • Processor: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB RAM
  • Camera: – Front camera (single) 8 MP – Back camera (quad) 12 MP
  • Network: 2G/3G/4G
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano)
  • Bluetooth: Yes v5.0
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz, USB Type-C 2.0, FM radio
  • Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh

Design and Display

The Realme 5i actually offers a lot to its users. Firstly, the Realme 5i features a 6.5” Dot Notch screen which gives you a better view no matter the angle, as a result, watching movies would be a breeze. Secondly, it comes with an average resolution of 720×1600 pixels with an 83.2% screen-to-body ratio. Although the low resolution may be a deal-breaker to many anyone who’s genuinely interested in Realme products wouldn’t’ mind. Finally, the screen is powered by IPS LCD which features intrinsic In-Plane Switching which augments the liquid crystal display to deliver a smooth viewing experience.

Despite its flaws, the screen peaks at 269-pixel density which is quite impressive Moreover, the manufacturer provides optimal protection via Gorilla Glass 3 on the front panel and offers an anti-fingerprint layer at the back which is effective to keep smudges off. The camera notch is built smoothly which is looks delicate and nice.

Additionally, the back panel shows off the camera platform at the top left corner which holds the quad-cam setup in a rounded linear design. In addition, the fingerprint sensor is rear-mounted and the back panel is decked off with a flashy finish resulting in an attractive look and feel. Finally, with an overall weight of 195g, it is a little on the chubby side but the weight is distributed evenly via its design.

Camera

The Realme 5i was built for power efficiency and powerful processing and the camera is not lacking either. The Realme 5i features a quadruple-camera setup which consists of a 12MP main module with 3 additional modules to improve picture quality. In other words, we get a 12MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultrawide module, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP for depth data. The primary module has 1.25-micron pixels and an f/1.8 aperture. The ultrawide camera has an f/2.25 aperture, while the macro and depth modules have f/2.4 apertures both. We also get an 8MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture for high-quality selfies.

The Realme 5i features rapid auto-focus while shooting. In daylight, photos shot on the Realm 5i have a commendable dynamic range. Additionally, it offers an acceptable degree of detail, and thanks to the ultrawide camera, we get a wide area of coverage. For macro-footage, the Realme 5i did not disappoint for a mid-range device. Finally, both the front and rear cameras offer video recording at 1080p @30 FPS and the main camera offers 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS for high-quality recordings and digital video stabilization via gyro-EIS. So even if you have shaky hands, the Realme 5i got your cinematography covered.

Battery and Performance

The Realme 5i blazes this category with the Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) which is known for delivering powerful processing. The Snapdragon 665 offers enhanced mobile experiences with AI, to improve gaming, camera capabilities, performance, and security performance. The Snapdragon 665 relies on an Octa-core combo of 4 Kryo 260 Gold modules clocked at 2.0 GHz and 4 Kryo 260 Silver clocked at 1.8 GHz, providing stable performance. In addition, with 4GB of RAM intact, you can seamlessly switch between apps with no unnecessary slow-down of any sort.

The Realme 5i is juiced by a 5000mah Li-Po battery which keeps it up and running for games and mundane tasks all day and all night. However, the Realme 5i is not immortal as it runs down after a standby period of 2 days. But, no worries as it can be recharged with the 10W charger which fills the tank in about 2 hours. Unfortunately, the Realme 5i does not support fast charging.

Connectivity

The 5i keeps you actively connected with the latest technologies installed. From top-notch 4G to Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, coupled with Bluetooth 5.0. In addition, we have GPS capability via A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and BDS. However, the Realme 5i just like many other mid-range devices does not feature NFC capability. For wired connectivity, we get MicroUSB 2.0 and USB On-The-Go as well.

Price and Availability

The Realme 5i is available for sale at local retail stores nationwide. It can also be found in online stores for purchase. The Realme 5i has a price range of about NGN62,000 and above

Verdict

The Realme 5i is basically the Realme 5 at a more affordable price. In other words, despite its low price, the Realme 5i brings a powerful Snapdragon 665, 4GB of RAM, and a massive 5000mAh battery to the table. The only visible downside to the Realm 5i is the average camera quality which is not so surprising as it is ACTUALLY a mid-range device. But, if you need powerful computing and intense gaming without breaking the bank, the Realme 5i should be in your cart. However, if you are looking for performance without sacrificing camera quality and your pockets are in good condition, take a look at the Redmi Note 10 and Tecno Camon 17 Pro.