Within the finances smartphone section, producers are always refreshing fashions and pushing out new ones in fast succession to be able to keep forward of the competitors. Additionally they want to remain related within the eyes of consumers. Realme launched its 5 sequence in August, with the Realme 5 being the entry-level providing. Nevertheless, since its launch, we have seen a number of rivals come alongside, most notably the Vivo U10 and Redmi Observe 8 – all vying for the highest spot in that coveted sub-Rs. 10,000 market.
Naturally, Realme wasn’t going to take a seat idly by, and now we’ve the Realme 5s. As its title suggests, it is a tweaked model of the Realme 5, with the large adjustments being a 48-megapixel major digital camera and a brand new ‘Crystal Pink’ color. In addition to these two issues, the cellphone is just about similar to its predecessor. The Realme 5 has now dropped to a brand new cheaper price of Rs. 8,999, so the Realme 5s takes its spot at Rs. 9,999.
It is time to see whether or not the Realme 5s is smart at this worth, holding its new competitors in thoughts.
Realme 5s design
The bodily design and options of the Realme 5s are similar to these of the Realme 5 (Review). This new cellphone feels the identical within the hand, measuring 9.3mm in thickness, and options the identical diamond-cut sample on the again. Button placement is sweet and also you get a triple-slot tray on the left for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The again remains to be polycarbonate, which picks up smudges simply and may get everlasting dings in it if you happen to’re not cautious.
The 6.5-inch show has a display protector pre-applied. The notch is not very outstanding and the bezels on the perimeters are comparatively slim however this cellphone has a noticeable chin. Sadly, the decision remains to be HD+ (1600×720), which is okay for on a regular basis viewing however not as sharp as a full-HD+ show, which we’re seeing more and more at this worth. There may be Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ scratch safety for the display, which is sweet.
On the underside, the Realme 5s nonetheless has a Micro-USB port, as a substitute of the popular Sort-C possibility. You do get a headphone jack and there is a single bottom-firing speaker. The digital camera module placement remains to be the identical as on the Realme 5 and we’ve a capacitive fingerprint sensor in the course of the again as nicely. The latter works nicely for unlocking the cellphone.
There’s face recognition too, utilizing the selfie digital camera, which additionally does an honest job even in low gentle. The Realme 5s ships with the identical equipment as its predecessor, together with a 10W charger and a silicone case.
With the competitors this fierce as of late, Realme might have discovered a factor or two from Xiaomi by becoming the 5s with a Sort-C port and a full-HD+ show. These would have been welcome upgrades and the cellphone might have had a leg up over its friends.
Realme 5s specs and software program
Internally, the Realme 5s has the identical guts because the Realme 5. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, and two variants — one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (Rs. 9,999) and the opposite with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (Rs. 10,999). We had the latter variant for overview. You additionally get dual-4G VoLTE help, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, and the identical suite of sensors because the older mannequin. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery however similar to final time, there is not any quick charging.
The Realme 5s runs on ColorOS 6.0.1, and our overview unit had the October safety patch. Though we have already seen model 6.1 of this UI on the Realme X2 Pro (Review), this model additionally includes a system-wide darkish mode and Google’s Digital Wellbeing. The cellphone comes with loads of preinstalled apps, of which the third-party ones could be uninstalled. For the reason that software program is just about similar to what we have used earlier than, you’ll be able to examine in additional element in our Realme 5 review.
The Realme 5s can also be scheduled to obtain ColorOS 7 someday in Could subsequent yr, in response to the company’s roadmap. Oppo recently launched ColorOS 7 in India with many localised options, however Realme guarantees that its model of ColorOS could have options unique to Realme telephones, and can look nearer to inventory Android.
Realme 5s efficiency and battery life
The chunkiness of the Realme 5s takes some getting used to. It is a large cellphone, each within the pocket and for one-handed use. The show will get brilliant sufficient for out of doors use and the earpiece offers clear audio for answering calls even in noisy locations. The cellphone did an honest job in benchmarks too, scoring 1,67,487 factors in AnTuTu and 50fps in GFXbench’s T-Rex graphics take a look at. Android ran pretty nicely and multitasking was manageable in our expertise. We observed a little bit of intermittent lag when switching between heavy apps, however for essentially the most half, the expertise was good.
The Realme 5s does not warmth up an excessive amount of however we did discover it getting heat when gaming. The Snapdragon 665 is not the perfect SoC for heavy video games, and regardless that PUBG Cell provided an honest expertise at low or medium settings, PUBG Cell Lite is extra fitted to this cellphone. Lighter video games equivalent to Alto’s Odyssey ran nicely however the giant display and the HD+ decision made the sides of objects look a bit jagged. The underside speaker will get decently loud however the sound is just a little tinny. There is not any audio enhancement for the speaker however you do get equaliser presets to be used with headphones.
The Realme 5s has the identical 5,000mAh battery capability because the older mannequin. Nevertheless, we observed a big improve in our battery loop take a look at runtime. The Realme 5s ran for a complete of 27 hours and 16m, which is extraordinarily spectacular, even contemplating that the older mannequin ran for about 22 hours. The brand new revision of the firmware is a doable purpose for this modification. With regular use, one might simply go two full days earlier than needing a cost. There’s nonetheless no quick charging help although, and the bundled charger is not very highly effective. We managed to cost this cellphone as much as 23 % in half an hour and solely about 43 % in an hour, which is not nice. Charging all of it the best way will take over two hours.
Realme 5s cameras
The Realme 5 was the primary cellphone in India with 4 cameras priced beneath Rs. 10,000, and for the 5s, the corporate has swapped out the 12-megapixel important sensor for a 48-megapixel one. This is similar Samsung GM1 sensor that we have seen within the Redmi Note 7s (Review). This digital camera helps PDAF, has an f/1.7 aperture, and may do 10x digital zoom. The opposite three rear cameras are the identical as on the Realme 5. There’s an 8-megapixel wide-angle digital camera; a 2-megapixel depth sensor; and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. For selfies, we even have the identical 13-megapixel entrance digital camera with an f/2.Zero aperture.
The digital camera app is acquainted, with toggles for the wide-angle lens, HDR, flash, and so on above the viewfinder, whereas the taking pictures mode shortcuts and shutter button are under it. The wide-angle digital camera can be utilized for taking pictures video, and Nightscape mode additionally works with it. There’s nonetheless no possibility to regulate the background blur in Portrait mode, and Nightscape cannot be used for selfies, like we might on the Realme X2 Professional.
In daylight, the first sensor captures higher dynamic vary and particulars in comparison with the Realme 5. Nevertheless, there’s additionally noticeable noise in objects to the perimeters of the body. Portrait mode is dealt with very nicely too, with higher exposures and pores and skin tones. Shut-ups have good element, with well-defined edges and good distinction. The digital camera app saves oversampled, 12-megapixel photographs by default, however it can save you full 48-megapixel photographs too if wanted.
The wide-angle digital camera may give you an attention-grabbing perspective however particulars are visibly weaker and colors can look just a little washed out in comparison with photographs taken with the primary digital camera. The macro digital camera has a low decision however if you happen to’re affected person and the sunshine is good, you will get sharp-looking photographs.
The Realme 5 struggled quite a bit in low gentle, and whereas the 5s does ship barely improved white steadiness and colors, it is largely the identical expertise. Autofocus speeds did not dip an excessive amount of so we had been capable of lock focus with out lots of effort. In very darkish scenes, the Realme 5s is ready to resolve barely higher particulars in comparison with the 5, however not by quite a bit. In some photographs, there was evident enchancment, however as a rule, we needed to go searching for the variations.
Nightscape helps a bit in correcting the publicity and bringing out higher element, however the Realme 5s is not at all times the clear winner. In some circumstances, we most popular photographs taken with the Realme 5. The wide-angle digital camera does not fare nicely in low gentle both, however some photographs could be salvaged with the usage of Nightscape.
Selfies taken within the daytime look first rate, with pure pores and skin tones and a good quantity of element. Portrait mode nonetheless wants a bit of labor because the background blur impact is simply too aggressive. In low gentle, the selfie digital camera struggled with element and there was numerous seen noise. The display flash is kind of highly effective, which helps in very darkish conditions.
Video high quality was additionally okay however there was some focus searching when panning the digital camera round or strolling, even within the daytime. Movies are electronically stabilised however solely as much as 1080p decision and never at 4K. You’ll be able to shoot utilizing the wide-angle digital camera too, however the high quality drops. In low gentle, video high quality is under common as even at 1080p, there’s numerous grain and shimmer within the footage.
The Realme 5s is a really minor refresh of the Realme 5. The brand new important digital camera delivers barely higher ends in daylight however nonetheless struggles in low-light conditions for stills and movies. Aside from this and the brand new physique color, there actually is not something to tell apart this gadget from its predecessor. Since this cellphone has launched on the similar worth as its predecessor, we won’t complain. It does not make sense to purchase the Realme 5 now, except you are on a decent finances and do not thoughts lacking out on the brand new digital camera.
We really feel that Realme might have performed much more with the 5s to make it extra aggressive. The Realme 5 was an excellent cellphone when it launched a number of months in the past, however in that quick span, we’ve new choices such because the Redmi Note 8 (Review) and the marginally pricier Vivo U20 (Review), each of which provide extra, particularly larger decision shows.