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realme 5 "series" launching this month with macro camera

You can expect ultra-wide and macro rear cameras aboard the realme 5 series when it launches next week.

Published onAugust 12, 2019

The realme 5 series launch poster.

realme confirmed last week that the realme 5 family will arrive later this year, and the brand has now revealed a launch date. The company announced on Twitter that the realme 5 series (suggesting a possible Pro model too) will arrive on August 20.

We already know that the company will bring quad rear cameras to the range, but a Flipkart splash page has revealed a few more details.

The page notes that the realme 5 series will offer a primary camera, ultra-wide camera (119 degree field of view), a depth sensor, and a macro camera. The latter sensor will allow users to snap images from just 1.5-inches away.

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It wouldn’t be the first time we see a macro camera on a smartphone though. The HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 Pro also feature a normal/wide/macro/depth combo. Our own Oliver Cragg thought the macro camera was a great idea in theory in his HONOR 20 review, but criticized the 2MP resolution and window of operation (only working well when between three and five centimeters away from subject). Hopefully the realme 5’s macro functionality offers higher resolution shots and more flexibility in general.

It’s a little disappointing that we don’t see a telephoto camera though, after realme teased that this would be the foundation of its quad camera setup. Then again, it’s possible we’ll see a telephoto shooter on a realme 5 Pro or a future realme X series device instead.

realme CEO Madhav Sheth has also teased a 48MP primary camera (IMX586) for the realme 5 series, This would be a major step up from the 13MP and 16MP primary shooters seen on the realme 3 and 3 Pro. Update: realme has since confirmed that the 48MP camera is coming to the Pro model — there’s no word on the shooter coming to the standard variant.

RT and tag 4 friends to make your #Quad5quad to guess what these numbers mean and win big!
Stay tuned as we launch #realme5series live at 12:30 PM, 20th August!
— Madhav ‘5’Quad (@MadhavSheth1) August 12, 2019

We don’t know have any more realme 5 details just yet but, judging by previous entries, we’re looking at a sub-$150 price point. Even if the series ventures into $200 territory, it seems like you’re getting a flexible camera platform for the price.

The realme 5 series isn’t the only major phone the brand has up its sleeve, as it’s also working on a 64MP quad camera smartphone. The brand says the phone will land in India before Diwali (October 27), likely beating Xiaomi’s 64MP phone to the market.

Would you buy a realme 5 series device? Give us your thoughts in the comments section!

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