Realme 5 Pro Review: Cheapest Handset with Powerful Snapdragon 712 AIE

In this challenging era, Realme keeps offering excellent smartphones with impressive budget, extraordinary performance, and attractive designs. Being a competitor among the best smartphones under 15000, the Realme 5 Pro does not disappoint. It is a fantastic value budget handset launched in India on September 4, 2019, with three variants starting at a price of Rs.12,887 for its 4GB/64GB model. The price is set with a view to offering flagship features in a budgeted device in all aspects.

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Realme 5 Pro is now the cheapest pocket friendly handset with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE chipset. This phone serves as the best option if you are a person prioritizing gaming with less budget because Realme 5 Pro is the second best gaming smartphone under 15000 after Redmi Note 8 Pro. Compared to its budget competitors like Vivo U20, Samsung Galaxy M30s, Realme XT, Realme 6, Xiaomi Poco F1 and many others, Realme 5 Pro looks impressive with improved features in key areas such as price, battery, processor, camera, and gaming. The versatile quad camera with the 48MP Sony sensor in the lead and extremely fast charging are the other features to look forward to. Let’s take a look at its specifications.

Realme 5 Pro Specifications

Dimensions and Design

Height8.9mm
Width74.2mm
Length157mm
Weight184g (with battery)

The Realme 5 Pro looks gorgeous in its two different colors, Sparkling Blue and Crystal Green. The glistening patterns grab the attraction of everyone. Like lot other phones, it has a drop notch at the top, power and volume buttons on the right and the SIM and SD card trays on the left. It measures 157mm in lenght, 8.9mm in height, 74.2mm in width and weighs about 184g with battery. The phone is neither too bulky nor too light. The well crafted metal body provides unique design to the phone.

Display

Size6.3-inch (16.0cm)
Resolution2340×1080 pixel resolution at 409 ppi
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Screen to Body ratio90.6% screen-to-body ratio
TypeDew-drop fullscreen with LCD multi-Touch display
Screen Refresh Rate60Hz
Brightness450nit max brightness
Cover GlassCorning Gorilla Glass 3+
Display FeaturesNight mode for eye care

The Realme 5 Pro has the same display as its predecessor, Realme 3 Pro. It has a dew-drop fullscreen with LCD multi-Touch display measuring about 6.3-inches with 2340×1080 pixel resolution at 409 ppi. The screen has a refresh rate of about 60Hz with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and screen-to-body ratio of 90.6%. The display offers a maximum brightness of 450nits and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3+.

The edges are perfectly designed with smooth finish. The display supports night mode in order to provide eye care under low light conditions. The big display provides very good experience for watching videos and playing games. The display works good under bright sunlight too. There is no in-display fingerprint scanner instead the fingerprint sensor is mounted at the backside of the phone.

Performance

Operating System (OS)ColorOS 6 based on Android P
Processor (CPU)Octa-core CPU – 10 nm processor
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 616

Realme 5 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE Octa core 10nm processor which is highly suitable for extensive gaming. The processor offers very good speed with stunning performance which impresses us. The phone runs Android 9 with the Color OS on top and the numerous pre-loaded apps could be uninstalled.

Overall performance is supposed to have increased by 10% over the Snapdragon 710, with graphics performance and energy efficiency up by 35%. It contains Adreno 616 GPU which provides seamless gaming experience and handle graphic-intensive games like PUBG with ease. AI engine helps to increase the efficiency in speech recognition and image optimization. Performance is impressive for the money.

Storage

Storage SpecsStorage Variant OneStorage Variant TwoStorage Variant Three
RAM4GB LPDDR4X6GB LPDDR4X8GB LPDDR4X
Internal Storage64GB with UFS 2.164GB with UFS 2.1128GB with UFS 2.1
Expandable MemorymicroSD upto 256GBmicroSD upto 256GBmicroSD upto 256GB

Realme 5 Pro comes in three variants namely 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB. The three variants are priced differently. The RAM used in this smartphone is of LPDDR4X type which can offer greater speeds by default. The USF 2.1 technology imposes faster read/write and faster transfers. Videos can be downloaded in fraction of seconds. It has a dedicated slot for microSD. The internal storage can be further extended upto 256GB with the help of this slot.

Battery

Battery Capacity4035mAh (non removable)
Fast ChargingYes, 20W VOOC 3.0 charging power
Wireless ChargingNo

Realme 5 Pro packs a 4035mAh non removable battery and supports 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It is a durable and long lasting battery. The battery delivers a strong performance. Overall, it will take around 80 minutes to fill up the battery of power. For normal use, the charge may last a day or longer. Unfortunately, this phone does not support wireless charging.

Camera

Camera SpecsRear CameraFront Camera
MegapixelsMain Camera – 48MP
Ultra Wide Angle Lens – 8MP
Portrait Lens – 2MP
Macro Lens – 2MP
16MP
SensorSony IMX 586 Sony IMX 471
Pixel SizeMain Camera – 0.8μm
Ultra Wide Angle Lens – 1.12μm
Portrait Lens – 1.75μm
Macro Lens – 1.74μm
1μm
Lens QuantityMain Camera – 6P lens
Ultra Wide Angle Lens – 5P lens
Portrait Lens – 3P lens
Macro Lens – 3P lens
5P
EISYesYes
ApertureMain Camera – f/1.79
Ultra Wide Angle Lens – f/2.25
Macro Lens – f/2.4
f/2.0
FlashLED flashAuto Flash
Video4K video recording at 30fps
1080p HD video recording at 30fps/60fps
720p HD Video recording at 30fps/60fps
Slow motion in 1080p at 120fps
Slow motion in 720p at 960fps
Slow motion in 720p at 240fps
4K video recording at 30fps
1080p HD video recording at 30fps/60fps
720p HD Video recording at 30fps/60fps
Features119°±1.5° ultra wide angle field of view 
PDAF
10x digital zoom
AI HDR
AI beauty
AI scene recognition
48MP mode
Chroma Boost
Super nightscape
Filter mode
Panorama mode
Expert mode
Time-Lapse mode
Face Unlock
AI beauty
AI HDR
Front Shot Reverse
Front Bokeh
Front Pano
Time-lapse
Beautification

Rear Camera

Realme 5 Pro and Realme 5 were the first two phones to come with AI quad camera setup which is a highlight among the Realme phones. Realme 5 Pro includes four camera set up at its back and a single selfie camera at the front. It gets a 48MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.79, 8MP ultra wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.25, 2MP macro lens with an aperture of f/2.4 and 2MP portrait lens. The 48MP main camera is powered by Sony IMX 586 Sensor which is also equipped in One Plus 7 Pro. It shoots pictures with ultra high resolution.

With ultra large aperture and the half-inch sensor, realme 5 Pro can capture great nightscapes even in low-light condition. When you turn on the Super Nightscape mode, you can take stunning night shots, with the help of multi-frame engine and HDR. The 8MP wide angle lens provides 119° field of view that captures every detail clearly. The Double Lens Distortion Correction technology in Realme 5 Pro helps you to capture excellent portraits and scenery images.

The 2MP macro lens allows you to take more focused and outstanding close up shots with bokeh effect from even a very close distance of about 4cm. The 2MP portrait lens allows you to take asthetic photos with greater clarity. The rear camera setup has phase detection auto focus. It supports Electronic Image Stabilization that outputs quality videos. It has an LED flash.

The rear camera offers 10x digital zoom and has features like AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, 48MP mode, Chroma Boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama mode, Expert mode,Time-Lapse mode and much more. It supports 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p HD video recording at 30fps/60fps, 720p HD Video recording at 30fps/60fps and slow motion video recordings of 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 960fps/240fps. The video and picture quality are really amazing with this quad camera.

Front Camera

Realme 5 Pro has a 16MP front camera unit with an f/2.0 aperture and Sony IMX 471 sensor. It has a pixel size of about 1μm with auto flash. The front camera also supports Electronic Image Stabilization. It has got HDR, portrait, and a lot of face-beautifying features. It works well for social media selfies and video-calling. The selfie camera is packed with “Beauty Mode” AI refinements that change the appearance of your face with customization tweaks such as face lifting, face slimming, nose thinning, and contouring.

In addition to the above features, it also supports Face Unlock, AI beauty, AI HDR, Front Shot Reverse, Front Bokeh, Front Pano, Time-lapse, Beautification. In terms of video, it supports 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p HD video recording at 30fps/60fps, 720p HD Video recording at 30fps/60fps. The front camera does a decent job with selfies, packing in more than enough detail in most lighting conditions.

Connectivity

SIMDual nano-SIM with 2G, 3G, 4G VOLTE support
GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA850/900/2100MHz
FDD-LTEBands 1/3/5/8
TD-LTEBands 38/40/41(2535-2655MHz)
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
USB OTGYes
USB TypeType-C
NFCNo

Realme 5 Pro includes connectivity features like GSM, WCDMA, FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, Wifi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB OTG, USB Type-C and headphones. It contains dual nano SIM card slots which support 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Realme 5 Pro does not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

Other Specifications

ColorsSparkling Blue and Crystal Green
SensorsGPS/Beidou/Galileo
Light sensor
Proximity sensor
Magnetic induction sensor
Gyro-meter
Acceleration sensor
Fingerprint
FM RadioYes
Ports3.5mm headset jack
Type-C
Dual nano-SIM and TF card
In The Box AccessoriesRealme 5 Pro
Type-C cable
Flash charge adapter
Phone protection case
SIM card needle
Quick start guide
Product information including the Warranty Card

As said earlier, Realme 5 Pro comes in two classy and attractive colors – Sparkling Blue and Crystal Green. The sensors on the phone include GPS/Beidou/Galileo, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Magnetic induction sensor, Gyro-meter, Acceleration sensor and Fingerprint. It contains ports for 3.5mm headset jack, Type-C and dual SIM cards. In addition the phone has FM radio. The single speaker on the bottom sounds loud enough for indoor listening and clarity isn’t an issue. The speaker is mostly flat. Call quality is good as well with decent volume levels and good connectivity. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable as is the face unlock.

The Realme 5 Pro is a powerful package considering the price for which it retails in the market. It is likely very difficult to find a smartphone with such good features and specs and great gaming performance in an affordable price range. Undoubtedly Realme 5 Pro is a good option among the best smartphones under 15000.

Pros of Realme 5 Pro

  • Elegant look and crystal design
  • Good battery life with fast charging
  • Cheapest with high performing processor chip set
  • 48MP Quad camera set up
  • Face and Fingerprint unlock
  • Splash resistant

Cons of Realme 5 Pro

  • No wireless charging
  • No NFC
  • No stereo speakers

Realme 5 Pro FAQs:

What is Realme 5 Pro price in India?

The Realme 5 Pro price in India starts from Rs.12,887 for 4GB/64GB variant, Rs.14,999 for 6GB/64GB variant, and Rs.16,999 for 8GB/128GB variant.

When was Realme 5 Pro launched in India?

Realme 5 Pro was launched in India on September 4, 2019.

Is Realme 5 Pro waterproof?

No, Realme 5 Pro is not a water proof smartphone.

Does Realme 5 Pro support Video Calling?

Yes, Realme 5 Pro supports video calling.

Does Realme 5 Pro support Dolby Atmos?

No, Realme 5 Pro does not supports Dolby Atmos.

Does Realme 5 Pro support Wifi direct?

Yes, Realme 5 Pro supports Wifi direct.