The Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi and Realme are competing with each other in the market. Both smartphone manufacturers have been launching new smartphone models at an unusually fast pace.

The latest smartphone to strike the market is the Realme 5i. Realme 5i is the fourth model in the Realme 5 series and the first one from Realme in the new year. Realme 5i looks related to the Realme 5 and the upgraded version of Realme 5s. It has a quad-camera setup. This new model will displace the Realme 5, which should decrease confusion a little bit for buyers.  

Realme 5i design

The Realme 5i discloses the same design as the Realme 5 and the Realme 5s. The display scales 6.52 inches and it has a mini waterdrop notch at the lid that is smaller in size. This helps to provide a little more screen space, resulting in an 89 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Realme 5i’s panel supports an HD+ resolution and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.

Similar to Realme 5s, the Realme 5il also loads in a 5,000mAh battery which makes it a little bulky at 195g. It measures 8.95mm in thickness. When you turn it, you will see that the trademark Realme diamond-cut pattern is missing. The company has chosen a new sunrise design pattern.

Realme 5i comes in two color variants — Aqua Blue and Forest Green.

Realme insists that it has added an anti-fingerprint layer at the back which is beneficial to keep stains off.

Similar to Realme 5 and the Realme 5s, the Realme 5i is also curved at the sides which makes it convenient to hold. The fingerprint sensor is at the back but it positioned slightly too high, and we desired to stretch a bit to reach it. There is a quad-camera set up next to it which protrudes slightly.

The Realme 5i has the power button on the right side and the volume buttons are on the left side. These buttons are simple but give decent feedback when pressed. The SIM card tray is on the left side just above the volume buttons. Realme 5i has two Nano-SIM slots along with a microSD card slot.

Realme yet uses a Micro-USB port at the bottom, which has a USB Type-C port. It has a 3.5mm audio jack. The loudspeaker is at the bottom. The top of the smartphone is empty.

Realme 5i specifications and software

The Realme 5i powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, which has four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Realme 5i offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of EMMC 5.1 storage.

You can expand storage by up to 256GB using the dedicated microSD card slot.

It supports Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and dual 4G as well as VoLTE.

Realme 5i offers more RAM and storage for the same price compared to Realme 5. Realme 5i has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter compared to the 13-megapixel one with Realme 5.

The Realme 5i runs ColorOS 6.0.1 on top of Android 9 Pie. Realme 5i has its company’s own Game Center and App Market which are choices to the Google Play Store for games and apps. Realme offers Android’s Digital Wellbeing feature. It also has a system-wide dark mode.

Realme has announced that the Realme 5i will receive Realme UI updates which make its look and feel more smooth. There is no announcement on an update to Android 10 yet.

Realme 5i performance and battery life

The Realme 5i is a good-looking smartphone. The Snapdragon 665 SoC organizes to deliver good performance without breaking a work. With 4GB of RAM, the device could multitask effortlessly without having to kill apps in the background. The bottom-firing speaker is quite loud. It also has a face recognition feature to unlock the smartphone.

Realme 5i camera

It supports a quad-camera setup at the back, similar to the Realme 5.

Realme quad-camera setup has 12 megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle-camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The primary sensor possesses 1.25-micron pixels and an f/1.8 aperture. The 8 megapixel wide-angle-camera has an f/2.25 aperture. The macro and depth sensors have f/2.4 apertures. The front camera is of an 8-megapixel front shooter with an f/2.0 aperture.

The main objective of the Realme 5i intends to offering powerful hardware at a more affordable price.