realme 5 seriesRealme is at it again with a its newest duo of affordable but very capable smartphones. Welcome the realme 5 series – realme 5, and realme 5 Pro. The former is designed for more casual users, delivering a stable performance for productivity and media consumption, while the latter is aimed at those who want exceptional gaming performance combined with a versatile camera system, great battery life, and a ton of value-added features.

Realme 5

realme 5 i 1Realme 5 has a 6.5-inch HD+ display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE, backed by up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

realme 5 i 39 It boasts a quad camera system, but does away with the 48MP main sensor, and uses a 12MP sensor in its place. The setup is pretty much the same with the Pro – you get three additional sensors for wide-angle, macro, and depth sensing.

Realme 5 Pro

realme 5 pro u 14The Pro variant has a smaller display at 6.3 inches, but with a higher resolution at Full HD+. Under the hood, you get an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE, along with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

realme 5 pro u 57 1Its quad camera system uses a 48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor, along with the same setup on the regular variant – an 8MP sensor for wide-angle camera, and a couple of 2MP sensors for close up and portrait shots.

realme 5 series 2Both phones run on ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9 Pie. The larger realme 5 packs a 5,000mAh battery, while the Pro variant has a 4,035mAh power pack, and supports VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge.

Common Features

The realme 5 and realme 5 Pro are both equipped with Bluetooth 5, Gorilla Glass 3+, 4K 30fps video recording, AI-assisted beautification, Nightscape, and Chroma Boost, among many other features. Both also boast the new Crystal Design with an upgraded diamond-cut pattern for the rear panel.

realme 5 realme 5 Pro
Display 6.5″ HD+, LCD, 89%, Gorilla Glass 3+ 6.3″ FHD+, LCD, 90.8%, Gorilla Glass 3+
Processor Snapdragon 665 AIE Snapdragon 712 AIE
Storage 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 128GB
Rear Camera Main 12MP (f/1.8) Main 48MP Sony IMX586 (f/1.79)
Wide-Angle 8MP (f/2.25) Wide-Angle 8MP (f/2.25)
Portrait 2MP Portrait 2MP
Macro 2MP Macro 2MP
Front Camera 13MP 16MP Sony IMX471 (f/2.0)
OS ColorOS 6 realme Edition (Pie) ColorOS 6 realme Edition (Pie)
Battery 5,000mAh, 10W Charging (5V 2A) 4035mAh, VOOC 3.0 (5V 4A)
Other Features Crystal Design Crystal Design
Splash Resistant Design Splash Resistant Design
10x Digital Zoom 10x Digital Zoom
AI HDR (Front and Rear) AI HDR (Front and Rear)
AI Beauty (Front and Rear) AI Beauty (Front and Rear)
Chroma Boost Chroma Boost
Super Nightscape (can also be used on wide-angle shots) Super Nightscape (can also be used on wide-angle shots)
4K 30FPS Video Recording 4K 30FPS Video Recording
1080p 30fps Video Recording 1080p 30/60FPS Video Recording
Up to 240 FPS Slow Motion Video Recording Up to 960 FPS Slow Motion Video Recording
Real Sound Technology Real Sound Technology
HyperBoost 2.0
Pricing, Pre-Order, and Availability
  • Realme 5 will be available nationwide starting October 4, 2019 via physical stores and in Lazada. It will retail for PhP7,990 for 3GB + 64GB, PhP9,990 for 4GB + 128GB, and PhP6,990 for the 3GB + 32GB variant (Lazada Exclusive).
  • Realme 5 Pro on the other hand will be available for offline pre-order from October 4 to 11, priced at PhP11,990 for the 4GB + 128GB variant, and PhP13,990 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. Claiming of units will start on October 12, 2019.
  • If you want to get your hands on a Pro variant earlier, you may pre-order via Lazada from October 3 to 8, 2019, with shipment scheduled to start on October 9, 2019.
  • Those who will pre-order will also get a 10,000mAh realme powerbank worth PhP1,599.
  • You may also purchase a unit via Home Credit’s 6 and 9 month installment plans with 0% interest

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.