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Realme 5i vs Realme 5 Specs Comparison – Upgrade or Downgrade?

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Last year, we included Realme 5 as one of the best budget phones to get. And today, it still is. It has quad cameras and a large 5000mAh battery that can easily last up to two days. Now that Realme 5i is out in the wild, here are the differences that you should know.

Realme 5i and Realme 5 Differences

Realme 5

Advantages of Realme 5i

  1. 195g (slightly lighter)
  2. 6.52″ screen (slightly larger)
  3. gradient hue finish
  4. green color

Advantages of Realme 5

  1. 13MP f2.0 selfie camera
  2. crystal hue finish
  3. purple color

Realme 5i and Realme 5 Similarities

  1. 9.3mm
  2. plastic body
  3. Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
  4. splash resistant
  5. 720p+ resolution
  6. IPS LCD
  7. Snapdragon 665
  8. Android 9 Pie with scheduled Android 10 upgrade
  9. dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
  10. up to 64GB eMMC storage, up to 4GB RAM
  11. four main cameras
  12. single selfie camera
  13. audio jack
  14. Wi-Fi ac
  15. Bluetooth 5.0
  16. micro USB 2.0
  17. rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  18. 5000mAH battery
  19. 10W standard charging
  20. blue color

Which is a better buy between the Realme 5i and Realme 5?

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Design and Display

For the most part, Realme 5i will feel like it’s Realme 5. The size and weight are nearly the same, however, it’s the finish on the back that identifies the two. The latter device has that hallmark finish on the back that started with Realme 3. As for the former device, it goes back to the classic gradient hue that has an elegant look to it.

Not much has changed in the display area. For what it’s worth, the new budget phone is ever-so-slightly bigger being at 6.52″ vs 6.50″. It’s still the same IPS LCD with 720p+ resolution. So, don’t expect drastic changes.

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Performance

Realme decided to stick with Snapdragon 665. It’s a reliable chipset that focuses on battery efficiency above all. The same amount of RAM is also expected, up to 4GB. However, we’re not entirely sure if there’s going to be a 128GB version of Realme 5i.

Cameras

Realme 5i | Realme 5

  • 12MP f1.8 vs 12MP f1.8 – main
  • 8MP f2.3 vs 8MP f2.3 – ultrawide
  • 2MP f2.4 vs 2MP f2.4 – macro
  • 2MP f2.4 vs 2MP f2.4 – depth
  • 8MP f/2.0 vs 13MP f/2.0 – selfie camera

For the cameras, both are using quad cameras. However, Realme 5 has the advantage, at least on paper, when it comes to the selfie camera. It has a 13MP f2.0 which means it can take more detailed shots than the 8MP f2.0 of Realme 5i.

Audio

The same south-firing speaker and audio jack remain.

Battery and Charging

You still get 5000mAh battery and 10W standard charging via micro USB.

Verdict

Realme 5 is retailing for P6,990(3GB/32GB), P7,990(3GB/64GB), and P9,990(4GB/128GB). With a design change and a selfie camera downgrade, we expect Realme 5i to launch somewhere around those numbers. We’re not entirely sure why the company decided to release the device instead of going for a slight refresh that they could’ve easily named Realme 5s.

READ: Fujifilm X-T200 Mirrorless with 4K 30fps Video Priced at P45,990

Specs Realme 5i Realme 5
Display 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
Dimensions 164.4 x 75 x 9.3 mm, 195g 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm, 198g
Chipset Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 610
Memory 3GB, 4GB with dedicated microSD up to 256GB 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
Main Camera 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor (dedicated macro camera)
12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor
Front Camera 8 MP, f/2.0 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
Connectivity face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Security 4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, MicroUSB, audio jack 4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, MicroUSB, audio jack
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 5000mAh battery (10W charging) Non-removable Li-Ion 5000mAh battery (10W charging)
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; ColorOS 6 Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; ColorOS 6
Prices VTD 3,690,000 or ~P8K P6,990(3GB/32GB), P7,990(3GB/64GB), and P9,990(4GB/128GB)

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