A few months after the successful launch of Realme 3 Pro, the company is following it up with a better package that’s hard to resist. Better processor, new design, and a lot of cameras — that’s the Realme 5 Pro.
Like most budget phones in 2019, Realme 5 Pro starts with an all-polycarbonate body. This means using the phone feels plasticky and less substantial than glass-clad alternatives. However, Realme is compensating it through a new crystal design dubbed as Nanometer Holographic that sparkles in green and blue colors. It easily stands out compared to its competitors but it’s starting to feel stale when most smartphone designs are nearly the same.
Aside from the quad-camera setup, a capacitive fingerprint scanner is located on the back. We still love how it gets us into the system very quickly than under-screen scanners.
At 6.3″, Realme 5 Pro is on the hefty side. It weighs 184g and makes one-hand use a bit of a challenge. But the flip side to that is more screen real estate on a crisp FHD+ IPS LCD. Yes, there is a waterfall notch, but it’s less obtrusive than early designs. As for the quality of the panel, it’s good for the price. Even the peak brightness is good enough under extreme sunlight. While we prefer an AMOLED panel, as long we’re not comparing, we’re not complaining.
Now it’s time to tackle what makes Realme 5 Pro special — that quad-camera setup. Even the most expensive flagships don’t have the versatility of these cameras. It offers a 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor for the best quality, an 8MP ultrawide that expands to 119 degrees, a 2MP macro sensor that lets you get really close, and a 2MP depth for that sweet bokeh effect.
Testing the camera dexterity of Realme 5 Pro, we can’t help but say that affordable mid-range phones have come a long way. The quality that the 48MP main sensor and the software processing of Realme delivers is just outstanding. When presented with a great amount of light, we hardly found any faults in our images. And when the sun starts to come down, you only need to be aware of your focus area as sometimes, images can be hit-and-miss. But overall, nighttime images have good noise control. Nightscape is great but it’s not magic. Steady hands might do the trick but it’s best to have a tripod. You also want to take advantage of all light sources for the best quality.
Using the ultrawide angle means getting more into the frame but getting less in quality. To keep it short, use it during the daytime and leave it at night. As for the macro sensor, sure, you don’t get the crispest quality given that it’s only 2MP, but it won’t matter when most people will see it on small-screen devices … or phones.
Luckily, we can say the same thing for the 16MP selfie camera. Coming from the same company that pioneered camera beautification, Realme has kept the filter very minimal. As a result, selfies look natural, beautiful, and sharp.
With the new Snapdragon 712 chipset inside Realme 5 Pro, you don’t need to worry about performance. Aside from being a camera-centric, the phone also is a capable gaming device. Games like PUBG and Fortnite Mobile were handled with ease, with only the most graphics-intensive games and benchmarking apps being a struggle to render. There seems to be no problem with overheating, too.
With the latest ColorOS 6 version running on top of Android 9 Pie, new users should know that it’s packed with customization from OPPO. It’s an overwhelming taste but animations are snappy and loading times are fast. It’s amazing how OPPO manages to deliver fast performance in spite of the decorations.
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Using the bottom-firing speaker, it’s loud, clear, and more than enough for what most need. You can push the volume level all the way but expect a bit of quality loss. When gaming, it’s normal for the hands to cover the speaker. Good thing there’s a headphone jack.
Combining the large 4035mAh battery and software optimization of OPPO, it’s easy to get you throughout a working day. Obviously, you have better chances with Wi-Fi connectivity since it uses less power than mobile data. But if you have to, OPPO’s 20W VOOC charging can fully charge the phone under 90mins. For quick top-ups, the half-tank takes only 30 mins.
Summing up the experience, Realme 5 Pro is, no doubt, more than just its four cameras. Realme’s affordable mid-range phone delivered in all categories. You won’t be disappointed spending at least P11,990. We do advise getting the top model which features 8GB RAM already. You’re bound to get a smoother experience from that. Getting the Realme 5 Pro means getting one of the best mid-range cameras right now.