A new budget-friendly smartphone is here! Brought to us by smartphone brand realme, the quad camera battery king realme 5i has officially been launched on Wednesday (January 29, 2020) in the Philippines. This newest member of the realme 5 quad-camera family is the first ever quad-camera smartphone within the Php 6k segment that packs a powerful Snapdragon processor and large-capacity battery. That’s not all that it’s got, though! Manila Millennial was able to get a closer look at the phone and we’re here to give our first impressions together with the phone’s full specifications.
IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?
For a P6,990 smartphone budget, the realme 5i is definitely worth considering. As someone who deeply values a phone’s capability to aid content creation – especially when it comes to taking photos and videos, I can’t help but notice how the realme 5i delivers features that are also available in more expensive phones. It already has a 119-degree ultra-wide-angle 8MP lens, 12MP main camera, 2MP portrait lens and 2MP ultra-macro lens with Nightscape 2.0 – an imaging algorithm that lets users take clear photos under low lights. For video recording, the realme 5i supports 4K resolution with 240fps slow motion and stabilization capabilities.
With 5,000mAh battery, you’ll already be able to capture moments for an entire day without constantly needing to plug in your charger. In fact, it’s also promising for mobile gamers on a budget. At an affordable price, you can already expect a smooth gaming experience backed by an 11nm octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AI Engine processor and a clock speed of 2.0GHz.
Additionally, the realme 5i is also lined up for the upcoming realme UI upgrade with Android 10 integrated, the latest software update will enhance user experience through a more intuitive control and additional features. For full specs, see below:
|Display||Size: 6.5 inches |
Screen Ratio: 89%
Resolution: HD+ 720*1600
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Size & Weight||Size: 164.4mm*75mm*8.95mm|
|System||ColorOS6.1 based on Android P|
|Features||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE|
11nm production process
|Storage||3GB RAM + 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)|
|Rear Camera||AI Quad Camera|
12MP Normal (f/1.8 Aperture, HDR, PDAF, Chroma Boost)
8MP Wide-Angle (f/2.25 Aperture, Nightscape)
2MP Macro (f/2.4 Aperture, 4cm Focus Distance)
2MP Portrait (f/2.4 Aperture, Portrait Mode)
|Front Camera||AI Front Camera|
8MP with AI Beautification, HDR, Panoramic View
|Video||720p / 1080p / 4K, 30fps|
|Connectivity||SIM: Dual nano-sim cards|
Triple slots, includes microSD Expansion
Wireless: Supports 2.4Ghz, Bluetooth 5.0
Magnetic Induction Sensor
|Colors||Aqua Blue, Forest Green|
|In the box||5V2A Adapter, Micro USB Cable, Info Booklet with Warranty Card, Quick Guide SIM Card Tool, Screen Protect Film|
Similar to phones within the price range, the realme 5i’s design looks simple. I like its simplicity, to be honest. It comes in blue and green shades that show off realme’s latest sunrise aesthetic that isn’t too flashy. The screen has anti-fingerprint properties, though that’s one of the things I noticed in the phone that I tried – fingerprints still tend to stick on the screens after prolonged use. It’s manageable as long as you have the right type of cloth to wipe it with, though.
When it comes to watching videos and playing games, users will also be able to appreciate the wide screen. The small notch that houses the front camera doesn’t bother me anyway and realme did put an effort in making it smaller than usual.
As someone who is still stuck in the earphones era, I highly appreciate the audio jack found underneath the phone. You can listen via a wired device or connect your wireless earbuds via bluetooth. Plus points!
The cameras are worth every peso, too. I wasn’t able to save a sample but the photos from both the rear and front cameras are good enough for your next social media post.
WHERE TO BUY?
Realme 5i (3GB RAM + 64GB) is now available for Php 6,990 via Shopee. They have Flash Sales today (January 20, 2020) and on February 1, every 12:00 noon and 6:00 PM. Limited realme vouchers are also available! Just use the code REALME12OFF for over Php 800 off on your purchase.
If you want to see the phones in person before making a purchase, you’ll have to wait until February 1 for its offline release.