Shenzhen-based Realme never seems to rest, with reports about the company aiming to double its 25 million phone shipments last year, in 2020. And as if not to break its momentum, it has actively released new handsets at the beginning of this year starting with the budget-friendly Realme 5i which is part of the Realme 5 family. The hype about the arrival of the Realme X50 5G had somehow shrouded the 5i's arrival, but that doesn't mean this handset is something that buyers should look their nose down at. Launched in Vietnam, the Realme 5i is actually the same as the Realme 5 except for a very tiny difference in screen size and a lower-resolution selfie camera. Cheaper than most mid-range phones, but packed with decent features, not to mention a huge battery capacity, this phone is perfect for people looking for functionality and practicality.
The Realme 5i's 6.52-inch display screen is negligibly bigger than the Realme 5's 6.50 inches, but sports the same display features, specifically an IPS LCD 720p x 1,600p touchscreen panel protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass and is splash-proof. There's a teardrop notch at the top center where the 8MP front camera is situated.
Inside the 5i's plastic frame is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC consisting of an octa-core CPU and Adreno 610 GPU. The standard variant comes in a 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM combo while the higher variant comes in a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The storage is expandable to 256GB for both variants via microSD that has a dedicated slot. The handset runs Android 9-based ColorOS 6 with plans to upgrade to Android 10.
Similar to the Realme 5, the 5i has a quad-camera ensemble at the rear with a 12MP main sensor capable of f/1.8 aperture and a phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) feature, a secondary 8MP f/2.3 ultrawide lens that has 119-degrees field of view (FoV) and supports Super Night Mode, a 2MP f/2.4 dedicated macro lens and another 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. One of the best parts of the 5i's optics is that the main and secondary cameras are able to work together to shoot hi-res, creative split-screen videos.
The 12MP camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps, and can also shoot slow-motion clips at 120fps. The snapper has a gyro-EIS feature for steady shots.
One of the 5i's main selling points is its long-lasting 5,000mAh battery that supports reverse wired charging.
Available in Blue and Green colorway, both with a "Sunlight" pattern, the Realme 5i is slightly cheaper than the Realme 5 at VND 3,690,000 (around PHP 8,100). It will start selling in India on January 15 and hopefully will come to the Philippines next.
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|Realme 5i||Realme X50 5G|
|OS ver||ColorOS 6.0.1||Realme UI based on Android 10|
|CPU Speed||4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver||1x2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1x2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB||128GB, 256GB|
|RAM||3GB, 4GB||6GB, 8GB, 12GB|
|Display Size||6.52 inches||6.57 inches|
|Resolution||1600 x 720 pixels||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Main Camera||12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP||64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|Release date||Jan 2020||Jan 2020|
- Images from realme.com