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Realme 5 Pro – Does it Have What it Takes?

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The Realme 5 Pro is the successor of the brand’s 3 Pro that brings significant updates without pushing the price tag much, making it a stellar deal. Sporting a quad-camera setup, the 5 Pro is equipped with a Snapdragon 712 processor and is here to give tough competition to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 5 Pro is available in three configurations – a base 4+64GB variant, followed by the 6+64GB variant, and then the top variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Design

The Realme 5 Pro comes with a sort of crystal design on the back to give it a more premium than others in its segment, but it is still a plastic back and hence susceptible to scratches over time. While it attracts smudges often, it is a functional design that does not feel slippery or bulky. It definitely looks a lot more interesting than your regular phone back and the case that comes with the phone comes in quite handy as well.

Display

Spread across 6.3-inches, Realme 5 Pro’s screen gives you an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. On top of this screen is a small waterdrop notch that houses the front camera. The panel itself is quite colour accurate but naturally lacks the visual quality of OLED displays. Realme 5 Pro delivers some great maximum brightness levels, bringing decent sunlight legibility on board. On the other hand, the minimum brightness levels are also pretty low for better use in dark scenarios. It comes fitted with Gorilla Glass 3+ which has a basic screen guard that is pre-applied on the phone when it arrives.

Performance

Realme has strategically powered the 5 Pro with the Snapdragon 712 AIE chipset which is fabricated at 10nm and brings in higher efficiency and raw processing power than any other phone in this price segment. The Snapdragon 712 paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage works beautifully to increase performance and reduce app opening times.

The Realme 5 Pro has incorporated some super solid optimizing to deliver kick-ass gaming experiences to users. It not just survives heavy gameplay, but actually offers pretty smooth gaming experiences by providing a consistent and stable frame-rate throughout along with minimal heating.

The device runs on ColorOS 6.0.1 that has been built atop Android 9 Pie. ColorOS and brings a lot of cosmetic and functional changes over stock Android interface, from the icons to the notifications. Scope for customization is restricted to just visual changes like the wallpaper and icons only, but it does bring in some interesting and useful features such as hotspot management to limit data use, a private space for sensitive content, and more.

Cameras

Realme is the first brand to bring quad-cameras to the budget segment with the Realme 5 Pro – it sports a 48MP f/1.7 primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP “portrait” lens which is actually just a depth sensor.

The primary camera is quite quick with no discernible shutter lag while shooting on the go. The dynamic range is usually pretty high but you might encounter blown-out highlights in low-light conditions. Realme 5 Pro’s primary camera comes with EIS (Electronic Image stabilisation) to enable reduces shakiness and the ultrawide lens intelligently lowers the edge distortion by slightly cropping in.The ultrawide lens brings in a much wider field-of-view while retaining the colour parity with the primary camera, which is wonderful. Naturally, the focusing and dynamic range are a notch lower than the primary with the f/2.25 aperture –  low light shooting  requires much more stable handling.

The third macro lens has a fixed focus distance of 4cm and is the first of its kind in this segment, but a fixed focus distance meant that users have to be at that specific range from the subject to get that sharpness. The 2MP portrait lens is actually just a depth sensor to click better portrait mode images and it does its job well – helps get a clean background separation, even in low light.

Battery

The Realme 5 Pro is powered by a massive 4,035mAh battery and users can derive a great battery life when combined with ColorOS’s optimizations. The phone comes with a VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge that charges the phone at 20W, taking it from 0 to more than 50% in just 30 minutes. On a full charge, the phone would easily last through a day of moderate usage – the battery backup on this device is quite impressive.

Specifications

  • Screen: 6.4-inch, LCD
  • Resolution: 2340 x 1080
  • CPU: Snapdragon 712 AIE
  • RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • OS: ColorOS 6.0
  • Camera: 48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,035 mAh, 20W VOOC 3.0 charging
  • Ports: Headphone jack, USB Type-C

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