Realme 5i: 5000 mAh battery at a reasonable price

Realme 5i features the same design as the Realme 5 and Realme 5s. It is the latest smartphone and fourth model in the Realme series. This phone is one of the best smartphones under Rs.10,000. The phone comes with the tagline that is a reasonably priced phone with two variants at the price of Rs.8,999 for its 4GB/128GB and Rs. 9,999 for its 4GB/64GB. This phone was launched on the 15th of January 2020. The smartphone comes in Aqua Blue and Forest Green color options.

Realme 5i has amazing features in an affordable price tag. The main highlight of this phone is that it has a bezel-less waterdrop notch display. The camera setup is impressive which allows the users to capture minute details as well. It has quad rear camera setup. Looking at the battery, it has 5000mAh which lasts for a long time even heavy usage of the phone. It features a fingerprint sensor at the back and also it is also splash resistance. This phone takes the likes of Redmi Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy M20.

Display:

Realme 5i sports a 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) IPS LCD display having a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels with a pixel density of 270 ppi and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The screen of this phone is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass v3 where it avoids the phone getting scratched. This phone has a Bezel-less display with waterdrop notch. It has a Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch on it. The refresh rate is 60Hz.

The power button of this phone is on the right while the volume buttons are on the left. These buttons are shallow but offer decent feedback when pressed.

Screen Size6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1600 pixels
Aspect Ratio20:9
Bezel-less displayBezel-less display with waterdrop notch
Pixel Density270 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v3
Touch Screen Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

Design:

Realme 5i measures at the height of 164.4mm, weight of 195 grams, width of 75mm and the thickness of 9mm. The back of this phone is made up of plastic material. This phone has splash proof coating.

Height164.4 mm 
Width75 mm
Thickness9 mm
Weight195 grams
Build MaterialBack: Plastic
WaterproofSplash proof

Performance:

Realme 5i is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, which has four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It is seated on a MediaTek Helio P65 to offer smooth performance. This phone offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB and 128GB of storage capacity. There is an option to expand storage by up to 256GB using the dedicated microSD card slot. 

Using this 4GB RAM, you can do multiple tasks without having to delete the apps in the background. It supports USB OTG and it has Adreno 610.

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 665
ProcessorOcta core (2 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 610
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB and 128GB
Expandable MemoryExpandable Memory to 256 GB
USB OTG SupportAvailable

Battery:

Battery Capacity5000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
Removable BatteryNo
ChargingStandard charging 10W

Realme 5i offers excellent battery life. This phone packs in a 5,000mAh battery. This phone is happy for gaming purposes. supports reverse charging so that you can charge all your other devices with it. Apart from this, realme 5i also carries a four-cell security system to gives you an unprecedented safe experience of charging.

Charging the smartphone with the included 10W charger took us over two hours. Fast charging is not supported.

Camera:

Realme 5i sports a quad-camera setup at the back, similar to the Realme 5. This phone has a 12-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle-camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The primary sensor has 1.25-micron pixels and an f/1.8 aperture. The wide-angle-camera has an f/2.25 aperture, while the macro and depth sensors have f/2.4 apertures. For selfies, this phone has an 8-megapixel front shooter with an f/2.0 aperture.

The camera app of this phone is also similar to Real me 5s. It supports toggles for HDR, the flash, and to switch to the wide-angle-camera. It also has Nightscape and Portrait shooting modes.

Video recording maximizes out at 4K for the primary camera and stabilization is only available when shooting at 1080p. Video shot are well stabilized in the day time. The wide-angle-camera also has stabilization, but a mild shimmer effect is visible in the output. In low-light, the output was quite grainy and we found the stabilization to be below average.

Rear Camera:

Camera SetupQuad
Resolution12 MP f/1.8 (upto 10x Digital Zoom) Primary Camera
8 MP f/2.25, Wide Angle, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
2 MP f/2.4 Camera
2 MP f/2.4, Depth Camera
SensorCMOS image sensor, Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor
AutofocusPhase Detection autofocus
Physical ApertureF1.8
FlashLED Flash
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera Features10 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording3840×2160 @ 30 fps, 1920×1080 @ 30 fps

Front Camera:

Camera SetupSingle
Resolution8 MP f/2.0, Wide Angle Primary Camera
SensorCMOS
Physical ApertureF2.0
Video Recording1920×1080 @ 30 fps, 1280×720 @ 30 fps

Network and connectivity:

Realme 5i has two sim card slots and it is on the left just above the volume buttons along with a microSD card slot. It supports 4G, 3G, 2G. Connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, micro USB 2.0 and more. GPRS and EDGE are available in both the sims.

SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G, 3G, 2G
VoLTEAvailable
SIM 14G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5)
3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS: Available
EDGE: Available
SIM 24G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5)
3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS: Available
EDGE: Available
SAR ValueHead: 1.180 W/kg, Body: 0.631 W/kg
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11, ac/b/g/n
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0
GPSA-GPS
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0

Multimedia:

FM RadioAvailable
SoundLoudspeaker, 3.5 mm audio jack

Sensors:

Realme 5i has fingerprint sensors and it is in the front of the phone. There are other sensors available such as Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope.

Fingerprint SensorAvailable
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFront
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Realme 5i FAQs:

1. What is the price of Realme 5i in India?

Realme 5i price in India starts from Rs.8,999 for 4GB/128GB and Rs. 9,999 for its 4GB/64GB.

2. Does Realme 5i supports fingerprint sensor?

Yes, Realme 5i supports the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

3. When was Realme 5i launched in India?

Realme 5i was officially launched in India on January 15, 2020.

4. Does Realme 5i support USB OTG?

Yes, Realme 5i supports USB OTG.

5. What is the battery capacity of Realme 5i?

The battery capacity of Realme 5i is 5,000mAh non-removable battery.