realme 5 Pro: A budget phone that ticks the right boxes
February 3, 2020

Let’s check out realme’s budget smartphone.

realme’s X2 Pro is already one of our favorite Android smartphones. But it’s 1,999 AED doesn’t actually put it in the affordable smartphone bracket. Enter the realme 5 Pro, the company’s alternative and inexpensive device that still has something to offer despite the price starting at only 799 AED.

From the outside, the realme 5 Pro has this crystal-like finish that feels like a premium device. It’s made of plastic though to keep costs down, and getting a case is ideal as it will accumulate scratches over time. Physical buttons for power and volume are located on each side, along with USB-C port and 3.5 mm jack.

At the front, you have a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display (that also comes with a pre-installed screen protector) with a small waterdrop notch at the top that houses the front camera. The screen serviceable and good enough for everyday use, though I must admit that I miss using an OLED screen during my time with the smartphone. Still, for its price, the display is adequate enough in showcasing decent colors, contrast, and brightness.

As for the internals, the realme 5 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 712 AIE that brings in higher efficiency and improved processing power compared to the snapdragon 710 released a few months back. The device also comes with 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Performance is acceptable, I didn’t notice any lags or hiccups on the games I’ve played on it. Games like PUBG and Fortnite provided consistent frame rates, and I barely felt the smartphone heat up.

The realme 5 Pro runs on ColorOS 6.0.1 that’s built on Android 9 Pie. ColorOS offers various design changes on the UI of the smartphone, which at times works though I wish they’d stick to a more traditional Android layout. It’s fast and snappy, but ColorOS won’t be my first choice on custom-made skins for Android.

The realme 5 Pro houses a quad-camera setup that’s headlined by a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portrait shots. Cameras with multiple lenses are already becoming a norm among smartphones, so it’s no surprise that the realme 5 Pro sports four cameras.

As for the quality, the realme 5 Pro delivers decent shots, especially outside bright daylight. Colors are accurate and detail is spot-on. It also takes decent ultra-wide and portrait shots – impressive for a smartphone of this price range. 

The 4,035 mAh battery was enough to let me use the smartphone for about a day’s worth of heavy usage. The realme 5 Pro also supports VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge, which can juice up the smartphone from 0-50 percent in just half an hour. 

Overall, the realme 5 Pro sets out to do what it promised: an inexpensive smartphone that doesn’t compromise on performance. For its 799 AED price, the realme 5 Pro is a budget smartphone that you should definitely consider.

We Love: 

+ Decent performance

+ Acceptable cameras

+ Great price

We Hate: 

– Not a fan of ColorOS’ UI

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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