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Realme 5s review

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The Realme family has grown quite a bit ever since the first Realme 1 smartphone to a point where the company is now confident enough to release handsets slotting in almost every market segment and also releasing hardware refreshes on a regular basis. This review will be all about the hardware refresh of the Realme 5 – a decently-priced smartphone with nice build and relatively powerful hardware.

What lacked in the previous model, however, was a more competent camera setup. While the 12MP main camera on the Realme 5 was doing a fine job for the price, a trendy48MP camera might make it an even more tempting offer.

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Enter the Realme 5s – the hardware refresh improves on this very aspect while staying at the same price. The rest of the hardware remains, which also means that the Realme 5s – similarly to the Realme 5 – offers great battery life, high price/performance ratio thanks to the Snapdragon 665 SoC.

Realme 5s specs

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 3+ front, polycarbonate back; splash-resistant
  • Screen: 6.5-inch, 19:9, HD+ (720 x 1600px), IPS LCD
  • Rear camera: Primary 48MP, 1/2″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixels, f/1.8 aperture; Ultra wide-angle: 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1/4″ sensor size, 1.12µm pixels; 2MP macro camera; 2MP depth sensor; LED flash; [email protected] video recording
  • Front camera: 13MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 665: octa-core CPU (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver), Adreno 610 GPU
  • Memory: 3/32GB, 4/64GB or 4/128GB; dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
  • OS: Android 9.0; Color OS 6.0 on top
  • Battery: 5,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, microUSB, FM radio
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader

The Realme 5s also offers more RAM and storage for the same price, now starting with a more 2019-worthy configuration of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Unfortunately, though, the dated microUSB port is still here.

Unboxing the Realme 5s

The Realme 5s comes in the exact same box as the Realme 5 containing the user manuals you’d expect along with a transparent silicone case and the USB-A to microUSB cable for charging and data transfer. You also get a 10W charging brick as well.


The design hasn’t changed much or at all for that matter. It still incorporates a plastic body and Gorilla Glass 3 for the display. The plastic body, however, does imitate glass (for the back panel) and anodized aluminum (for the side frame) quite well. The frame and the back panel meet without creating a gap, making it pleasant to hold. Also, ergonomics-wise, the phone does feel pretty well in hand.

What’s new here is the flashy red color called Crystal Red. Other than that, the design is just about the same – identical shape, identical weight and identical dimensions.

Which also means that we get decent bezels all around with the bottom one being the biggest as you’d expect. There’s also the rather small notch peeking on top of the screen – not as obtrusive as some other implementations.

Going around the sides, we find the pleasantly deep and clicky power button on the right side and volume up and down keys on the left frame. The bottom side houses the 3.5mm audio jack, the microphone and the loudspeaker grille flanking the dated microUSB port in the middle.

The back side of the handset features a vertical camera alignment in the upper left corner, which isn’t sticking out too much either. We find the bulge much less obtrusive as other solutions out there. The fingerprint reader placement, on the other hand, is less than ideal. It’s a tall phone, and the scanner is just a tad too high for a normal reach, assuming you are holding the phone in the lower half. People with longer than average fingers, or bigger hands in general, probably wouldn’t mind.

All in all, it’s a well-built device, especially considering the price tag and the fact that plastic is the main choice of material here shouldn’t worry you. It’s the norm in this segment, and besides, the Crystal Red version looks stunning. And the fingerprint reader placement isn’t all too bad either; we just think it would take some time getting used to for users with average-sized hands.

Source: GSM Arena

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