Realme 5 Pro quick review: Succeeds Realme 3 Pro in more ways than one

first_imgRealme is currently riding a major high after releasing successful smartphones in quick succession since its debut last year. In a short span of time, Realme has grown to become one of the top five smartphone brands in India by launching segment-disruptive phones like the Realme 2 Pro and Realme 2 last year. It only makes sense then for the company to stay on its toes and launch more phones in its second year. This is why we have the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro that come only six months after the launch of the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro.Realme announced the Realme 5-series in India on Tuesday, August 20. These are the company’s first pair of phones to offer quad camera systems. With the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro, the company is looking to offer powerful, versatile cameras never seen before in their respective segments. We first take a look at the Realme 5 Pro, which is the more premium of the two and is priced in India starting at Rs 13,999.I spent a brief amount of time with the Realme 5 Pro, so here are my first impressions.Between the two Realme 5-series phones, the Realme 5 Pro is the more handy and compact one. This is because it sports a smaller display and smaller battery, which makes the overall package easier to hold and lighter to carry around. Apart from the size, the Realme 5 Pro and Realme 5 are nearly identical to each other as far as design is concerned. With the Realme 5-series, the company has used what it calls a Crystal design. The 3D curved glossy rear panel gets a diamond-but pattern design, but it is unlike what we have seen in past Realme phones. The triangular shapes in some of the previous Realme phones were consistent and similar, whereas the shapes on the Realme 5 Pro are uneven and subtle. The Realme 5 Pro comes in two new colours – Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue. Both look attractive, but I’m leaning towards the Crystal Green colours as the shade is darker and different. If you see the back at certain angles under light, the diamond pattern will show off two shades of green.advertisementThe Realme 5 Pro feel comfortable to hold, but the glossy panel will attract fingerprints and smudges. The compact size of the phone also makes it easier to reach the power button and volume keys on the side of the frame. The Realme 5 Pro comes with a triple card slot that can hold two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB). On the bottom, you get a 3.5m headphone jack, microUSB port and a single speaker grille. Of course, the main attraction of the rear panel is the vertical quad camera setup. The Realme 5 Pro is the first in this segment to offer a 48MP quad camera system. The primary camera uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, which is accompanied by an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor.As you can imagine, the variety of cameras at your disposal means more ways to shoot a subject. You can use the primary sensor to capture detailed, high-res photos. There’s a 48MP Ultra mode for raw snaps or you can shoot in default 12MP pixel binning mode, which is preferable for most conditions. The wide-angle lens will let you capture a wider field of view, while the macro lens can get you as close to a subject as 4cm. The depth sensor comes in handy for portrait shots.The camera also supports Nightscape and Chroma Boost. Realme says Nightscape will come to the front camera as well, suggesting brighter selfies in low-light. Notably, EIS has been added to both the rear and front cameras. In my full review of the Realme 5 Pro, I will talk about the camera performance in detail to find out whether the quad camera setup makes the Realme 5 Pro the best camera phone in its segment.The Realme 5-series get waterdrop displays much like past Realme phones, but the company is calling the screens on the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro a ‘Minidrop design’. This is because the notch is smaller by 30.9 per cent and flatter compared to past droplet notches. Realme 5 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with 90.3 per cent screen ratio, 450 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display quality look similar to the Realme 3 Pro in that there is good brightness, punchy colours and decent viewing angles. In my brief interaction with the device, I wasn’t able to check out its performance while watching videos or playing games, so I will have more to say in my detailed review. The Realme 5 Pro also comes with Widevine L1 certifications for HD streaming.advertisementPowering the Realme 5 Pro is a 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 712 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM. This is slightly faster chip compared to the Snapdragon 710 SoC that powers the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X, at least on paper. The Qualcomm processor is based on a 10nm process, so you can expect it to be efficient. It is also equipped with an Adreno 616 GPU, which means you can expect a smooth graphics performance as well.Right out of the box, the Realme 5 Pro feels about as fast and snappy as the Realme 3 Pro or Realme X. Apps open quickly with quick animations. Swiping through the UI was smooth as well with no lags or stutters. I will have more to say about its day-to-day performance and gaming experience in my full review, so do stay tuned for that.Battery hasn’t changed much since the Realme 3 Pro. The Realme 5 Pro gets a similar 4,035mAh capacity that should deliver a long-lasting battery life on a single charge if my experience with past Realme phones is any indication. Still, I can only know this for sure after spending a few days with the device. Realme 5 Pro also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which means the phone should take about 80-90 minutes to charge from zero to 100 per cent.last_img

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