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realme 5 series announced: Quad rear cameras starting at just $140

The realme 5 series offers quad rear cameras, big batteries, and capable silicon at a low starting price.

Published onAugust 20, 2019

realme 5 and realme 5 Pro front design

It seems like just yesterday we saw the realme 1 announced, but realme is back with a new phone family once again. This time, the company has launched the realme 5 and realme 5 Pro in India (the firm skipped number 4, in case you’re wondering).

The realme 5 Pro has a Snapdragon 712 chipset, 4GB to 8GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage, and a 4,035mAh battery with 20-watt charging. All of this powers a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a waterdrop notch, housing a 16MP selfie camera.

realme 5 and realme 5 Pro camera modules

Speaking of photography, the realme 5 Pro has quad rear cameras: a 48MP IMX586 sensor (f/1.7) handles primary shots, while an 8MP sensor handles ultra wide-angle snaps (119 degrees). A 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor round out the package. The macro camera is capable of focusing on subjects as close as four centimeters away, while the depth sensor is, of course, used for depth effects.

The brand says the realme 5 Pro also offers a splash-resistant design, and a smaller waterdrop notch than previous generations. The Pro model also delivers Frame Boost and Touch Boost tech, improving system and touch performance.

The cheaper, longer lasting option?

The standard realme 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 665 processor, 3GB to 4GB of RAM, 32GB to 128GB of expandable storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. It also features a slightly larger screen than the realme 5 Pro (6.5 inches versus 6.3 inches). But the standard variant has a 1,600 x 720 resolution, so expect a sharper experience on the Pro model. Toss in the bigger battery though, and the standard realme 5 is shaping up to be the longer lasting device in terms of battery longevity.

realme previously confirmed quad rear cameras for all its major devices going forward, and the vanilla realme 5 is no exception. A 12MP f/1.8 camera is your primary sensor, while a 8MP ultra-wide (119 degrees), 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor round out the setup. A 13MP camera in a waterdrop notch is responsible for your selfies and video calls.

realme 5 and realme 5 Pro back and gradient design

Both models sport an upgraded holographic rear design, ColorOS 6 atop Android Pie, a rear fingerprint scanner, dual nano-SIM slots, 3.5mm port, Bluetooth 5, and 4K/30fps video recording. The Pro model also offers USB-C, while the standard variant has to make do with micro-USB.

Fancy the realme 5 Pro? You’ll need to splash out ₹13,999 (~$200) for the 4GB/64GB model, ₹14,999 (~$210) for the 6GB/64GB variant, and ₹16,999 (~$240) for the 8GB/128GB option. Like the standard realme 5? It’ll set you back ₹9,999 (~$140) for the 3GB/32GB device, ₹10,999 (~$150) for the 4GB/64GB option, and ₹11,999 (~$170) for the 4GB/128GB variant. Both phones will be available on Flipkart, the realme online store.

The Pro variant will be available in Crystal Green and Crystal Blue, while the standard model comes in Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple. What do you think of the realme 5 series? Let us know in the comments!

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