Realme R5

Realme R5

Brand: Realme
Category: Smartphones
  • CPU: Snapdragon 655
  • OS: Android 9.0
  • Display: 6.5 Inch
  • Battery: 5000mAh

Our Rating

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  • Design 9 / 10
  • Display 9 / 10
  • Camera 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Connectivity 9 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Call Quality 8 / 10

Realme R5 Global Version 6.5 Inch Snapdragon 655 Octa Core 2.0GHz 4G Smartphone

Realme today introduced the next generation of two mid-range smartphones: Realme R5 and Realme R5 Pro. For the first time a quad camera is used in Realme and for the first time in the middle class in general.

The Realme 5 Pro hasn’t done much visually, as the display is still 6.5 inches in size. The backside gets a new design with new colors and the camera unit grows with the two new sensors. The Realme measures R5 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm at 198g on the scale.

On the back, instead of a simple color gradient, you now use a polygon pattern, as you know it from the cheaper Realme smartphones. It is available in the colours Sparkling Blue, top purple bottom blue, and Crystal Green, top green bottom blue-green. The frame is optically contrasted, but there are no indications of a glass back.

Realme still holds on to the classic fingerprint sensor on the back of the R5, which is placed next to the camera unit. The power button is on the right of the frame and the volume rocker with the SIM slot (triple slot) above it is on the left. At the bottom there is a surprise, which is also necessary: a USB-C port including 3.5mm jack connector.

This measures 6.5 inches in the diagonal in 19.5:9 format and is interrupted at the top by a drop notch for the front camera. The IPS display resolves with HD+ 720 x 1600 pixels and thus achieves a pixel density of 270 PPI. Gorilla glass is not mentioned anywhere, but we are betting on version 5, as already with the predecessor.

Already the Realme 3 Pro was a bit better positioned than the Redmi Note 7 – the Realme R5 gets more power again. Now the Snapdragon 665 is used: 11nm, Adreno 610, Octa Core up to 2.0 GHz. While the Snapdragon 710 achieves “only” 168,000 points in the AnTuTu benchmark in realme X, the Snapdragon 712 already achieves 177,000 points in Mi 9SE, for example.

Oppos Color OS 6, which is based on Android 9, is used on the realme smartphones. Realme itself is already working on its own system and wants to start next year. Updates come here regularly and also the Global Version of Realme 3 Pro has participated in the Android Q Beta. The system itself is clearly modified, but offers a large additional range of functions and is definitely a successful launcher. The Indian and Chinese versions can only be used in English, but the Google Playstore is pre-installed.

The Quad camera (12MP+8MP+2MP+2MP) has already been announced. This is only used in the new Realme X2 Pro, but we are more than satisfied with the Sony IMX 586 in the Realme R5. It was only recently proven in the Realme X2 Pro and will provide beautiful pictures.

The battery of the R5 is quite generous with 5000mAh. The Realme 3 Pro with its 4045mAh at least reached almost 12 hours in the PC Mark battery benchmark and thus recommended itself as a two-day smartphone. Charging is via VOOC Charge 3.0 with 5V / 4A. The battery is fully charged in 80 minutes.

In India, the Realme R5 will be released on Oct. 4 – here, too, one can only speculate as to when one will further increase one’s own Realme EU Store and supply it with global versions of the devices. So far only the Realme 3 Pro has landed here, the Realme X, for example, is still missing and is already available in China.


Product Details

Features Display: 6.5 inch water-drop screen
CPU: Snapdragon SD665 Octa Core
Quad Rear Cameras: 12MP+8MP+2MP+2MP, 13.0MP front camera
Specification Model Realme R5(Global Version 4GB+128GB)
Color Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple
Build Front glass, plastic body
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; ColorOS 6
CPU Snapdragon 655 (11 nm), Octa Core (4x2.0GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610

Display Size 6.5 Inch, 102.8 cm2 (~82.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, HD+, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3+

89% screen-to-body ratio
1600-by-720-pixel resolution at 269 ppi
1200:1 contrast ratio (typical)
480cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Night mode for eye care

Quad Rear Cameras: 12MP+8MP+2MP+2MP
12MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF

Front Camera: 13MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.12µm
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000mAh Battery
Quick Charge Fast Battery Charging 10W (5V, 2A)
Charger EU type
Charge Interface microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go

Product size: 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm
Product weight: 198g


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