Since when Realme was founded, brought very interesting products to the market. What sets it apart from many other brands, in fact, is the relationship quality price of your devices. During these months, therefore, he showed a truly enviable focus on the end customer. In fact, this company has always tried to offer different smartphones in various price ranges, satisfying any type of wallet. With Realme 5 Pro, therefore, the brand proposed an average range device that does not want to stand out in any particular sector, even though it proposes a hardware quite balanced. How did this smartphone behave in our tests? Has he managed to win our trust? Let's find out better inside ours Full review.
Realme 5 Pro Review
If we look at the sales package, we see on the front the image of the device, on both sides. Within this box, therefore, we find:
- Realme 5 Pro;
- USB / USB Type-C cable;
- wall-mounted power supply with European socket;
- transparent soft silicone cover;
- short instruction manual, also in Italian;
- pin for the SIM slot.
Design & Materials
Taking a look at the rear profile of this smartphone, we can appreciate its design. Realme he wanted to create, in fact, a device equipped with particular plays of light, presenting this style, similar to a diamond, certainly unique in its kind. This coloring Crystal Greenmoreover, it does nothing but enhance this type of design. Beyond this aspect, however, the product does not present exaggerated dimensions, measuring 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm, With a weight of 188 grams. From the point of view of handling, therefore, you will have no problem managing this smartphone during all your activities. I remind you, however, that the rear shell is almost certainly made of plastic, so you will have to pay more attention than necessary to avoid ruining it.
All the side frame is made metal, with a satin surface of the same color on the back. Note, then, that between the display and the same metallic profile finds a thin layer of plastic, which we find on many other devices in this price range. Also on the back, then, I noticed the presence of a little oleophobic surface, which therefore holds too many imprints. Despite this, on the right we find the on / off button, while on the opposite side we have the volume rocker keys and the slot for the double nano SIM.
On the upper part we find only the secondary microphone for the suppression of ambient noise, while the main one is placed at the bottom. Next to this, therefore, there is also the mini-hole headphone jack, as well as the entrance USB Type-C and system speaker. On the back, however, we have a quad room, assisted by the individual LED flash and the fingerprint reader.
A board Realme 5 Pro we find a display LCD IPS from 6,3 inches diagonal, with resolution FHD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), density of PPI 409 and form factor in 19.5:9. As we can see by looking at the front, at the top is a drop-shaped notch containing one selfie camera da 16 mega-pixels and opening f / 2.0. From the point of view of the colors returned, we can attribute a full sufficiency to this product, given that all the shades are quite faithful to reality, although black and white are not too deep. In case you were not in tune with the initial calibration of the colors themselves, however, you could always adjust it using the appropriate menu in the settings.
During the whole period of use of this smartphone I noticed a slight delay between the touch and the reaction on screen. If you switch from a high-end device, to use this device, you will notice the difference from the first moment. This feeling, however, is not always as accentuated as on Realme 5 Pro. After a short period of time, however, it gets used to it and this discrepancy is no longer detected so strongly. Despite this, I did not notice any particular problems in the writing phase, although during the more agitated phases the system tends to lose some touch.
By using this device externally I didn't feel any problems at the level of brightness, managing to see the screen well even in direct sunlight. In fact, on this phone, the brightness sensor is quite responsive, while maintaining a level that is always slightly too low.
Realme 5 Pro features a Qualcomm Soc Snapdragon 712, with architecture 2 x 2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold + 6 x 1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver. It is, therefore, an octa-core CPU with a maximum clock frequency of 2,3 GHz, equipped with an 10nm production process and an Adreno 616 GPU. In our model, then, they find space well 8GB RAM e 128GB of internal storage. These can also be increased up to 128GB, thanks to a microSD to be inserted in the SIM slot.
How does it behave in everyday use? Obviously, we are not talking about a top-of-the-range smartphone, so everything will have to be related to its price range. We are however in the presence of a product able to satisfy most of the users who are looking for a phone reliable. In every respect, in fact, this product manages to maintain satisfactory performance, navigating easily between the various menus, as well as on all the applications installed in the system. With Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and others, therefore, you will never have any problem. Don't expect, however, to find different ones apps open in the background even after some time from the last use. Indeed, it seems that the system wants to maintain a rather conservative approach from this point of view.
With some less powerful games, present on the Play Store, you can reach a very high level of playability. Going to use, instead, slightly heavier titles like Call of Duty Mobile, the graphic quality drops drastically but the performances remain good. In fact, large frame drops are not noticed during game sessions, maintaining good stability.
Not everyone, perhaps, knows the coloros. This system, therefore, represents one of the many customizations of Android, which allows you to take advantage of a really wide number of options. In Realme 5 Pro, however, space is available ColorOS 6.0, Based on Android 9 Pie and with security patches that, just before the review, were updated in November 2019. From this point of view, therefore, Realme could long follow this phone at the level software, since even on older models new updates are constantly arriving.
As I have reiterated in other reviews, this type of Customization it's still a little too tied to Chinese culture. If in the future, however, were to show a different graphics, perhaps more minimal, it could really stand as one of the ROM of Android better managed in terms of options. On ColorOS, in fact, the level of customization is very high, being able to manage different parameters at will. On all, however, we find one range of colors really very varied, in almost every sector. In the quick toggle window, for example, we see how each key indicates a certain state of the various functions. This system is certainly very intuitive and sympathetic, but very distant from what we are used to seeing on most European software. I find, moreover, a little distracting the main menu, which is not really intuitive.
Within the software, however, we have many Android features available on other devices, such as the option Digital Wellness and a defined device control system Phone management. Through it, therefore, it will be possible to monitor the state of health of the phone, searching for viruses, cleaning the cache memory and much more.
If we take a look at the back of this smartphone, we can see how four different sensors are present. The word "48MP" is written on the primary one and, in fact, a sensor is placed on board this unit Sony IMX586 da 48 mega-pixels. We find, then, a secondary objective from 8 mega-pixels which presents one wide-angle lens. The other two sensors, both from 2 mega-pixels, are used for macro and for the calculation of depth of field.
Taking a look at the images, we see that the shots are not absolutely low level. Taking advantage of the main camera, which by default is not set to 48 mega-pixel, it is possible to obtain excellent results. This sensor is therefore able to manage the exterior lighting quite well day, rarely overexposing the lighter areas. From every point of view, then, there is also a certain care for the details, which, however, is accentuated when the maximum possible resolution is exploited. With 48 mega-pixelshowever, it will not be possible to access some accessory functions, such as the HDR. Using the other sensors, then, you get good results, especially with macros, which turn out to be really good. Less exciting is the result returned by the wide-angle sensor, with which you lose a lot quality at the level of details.
Di notte the quality drops slightly, especially in the most illuminated areas. In this case, in fact, the sensor cannot manage the lights well, burning many parts. We do not recommend the use of the wide-angle sensor, although with the night mode you can still save the shot. This option, in fact, is almost miraculous in some cases, making some really substantial changes to the image, which also make sharing on social networks attractive.
About the selfie camera, we find on this smartphone a unit from 16 mega-pixels, then a sensor Sony IMX471. I must admit that, in this case, the quality expressed by this objective impressed me considering the price range to which the device is proposed. Furthermore, with a further update, the software was also introduced in the software night modea, responsible for improving image quality in difficult situations. Therefore, both day and night, this sector is absolutely promoted, returning a bokeh effect noteworthy.
If we are going to analyze video quality specifically, we cannot show the same kind of satisfaction expressed in photography. Whether you turn in 1080p to 60fps in that 4K is 30fps stabilization digital is completely absent, making the videos really useless.
Sorry that in this field the company has failed to offer something better, because in this way it would surely dominate in every aspect in its price range. On the visual level, however, the quality remains good.
On this smartphone resides a compartment related to connectivity not completely complete. As even reproached on some other competing model, the NFC is missing. I find that this component is now fundamental in the business environment but, above all, in the daily use of any smart user. Many transactions, within various businesses, take place precisely through this tool. Despite this, however, space is given to the Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac Dual Band, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou and a network LTE. I must admit that, except for some indecision in the connection of the signal with the GPS, all these functions return excellent performance, guaranteeing a more than satisfactory coverage.
There are two release systems present. With the biometric sensor you are able to access the home fairly quickly, although this reader recognizes our 8 footprint times on 10. However, if you do not want to exploit it consistently, you can rely on Face Unlock in 2D. I remind you, however, that in the darkest areas the face recognition percentage decreases drastically, so it does not appear to be very reliable.
The quality is not surprising audio of this smartphone. On the lower frame, in fact, there is the only source from which all the power is released. from speaker, therefore, one feels a maximum volume in the standard, without any kind of disturbance, with almost absent low frequencies and a really too flat sound. Watch some video content, come on YouTube o Netflix, it won't be a problem anyway.
from headset capsuleinstead, we can hear our interlocutor well, without feeling any important criticality. No disturbance is found and the sound seems to be fairly clean. Despite this, in slightly more crowded places you might have a hard time feeling the voice on the other side of the receiver, due to a not too high volume.
Inside Realme 5 Pro we find a battery from 4035 mAh. Thanks to it you will be able to finish your work day without any problem, with still a good amount of energy to spend in the evening. During a classic day, therefore, with a mixture of Wi-Fi and 4G, internet browsing, use of social media and various chats, four email accounts opened, I passed 6 hours on screen turned on, on a basis of approx 14 hours of continuous use.
Therefore, by taking advantage of this telephone, you could even conclude almost two days of use. In the event that the battery runs down, however, you could recharge it with your own power pack with output a 5V / 4A. It will take only 1 30 hours and minutes about to switch from 10 to 100%.
Price & Conclusions
By the time this review comes out we will be in the period of Black Friday 2019, so prices could be heavily influenced by this annual event. However, this smartphone currently costs the list 199 €, in the version from 4/128. There is also a model with RAM from 8GB, which presents a price of 249 €.
According to our humble opinion these figures are absolutely in line with the product that is proposed by the company. If we take a look at the competition, on the contrary, we could find ourselves in front of a smartphone characterized by an almost unbeatable quality-price ratio at present. Although it does not stand out in any particular sector, this device makes it possible to carry out all daily activities with satisfaction and in a rather reliable manner.