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Realme 5 vs Realme 5 Pro: Which one is for you?




Realme has just launched in India their latest mid-range smartphones sporting quad-rear cameras and large batteries, the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. These are two different devices with their advantages, so if you’re deciding between the two, let us help you with that.

Realme 5Realme 5 Pro
6.5-inch Mini-drop HD+ (1600 x 720) IPS display, 270ppi6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Dewdrop IPS display, 409ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm) 2.00GHz octa-core CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE (10nm) 2.3GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 610 GPUAdreno 616 GPU
3GB, 4GB RAM4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM
32GB, 64GB, 128GB storage64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1
microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
12MP F1.8 (main) + 8MP F2.25 (ultrawide) + 2MP (portrait) + 2MP (macro) quad rear cameras48MP F1.79 Sony IMX 586 (main) + 8MP F2.25 (ultrawide) + 2MP F2.4 (portrait) + 2MP F2.4 (macro) quad rear cameras
13MP F2.0 front camera16MP F2.0 Sony IMX 471 front camera
Dual-SIMDual SIM
4G LTE4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, BDSGPS, A-GPS, Galileo, BDS
microUSB portUSB Type-C port
3.5mm audio port3.5mm audio port
Fingeprint scanner (rear)Fingeprint scanner (rear)
Face UnlockFace Unlock
Splash resistanceSplash resistance
ColorOS 6 (Android 9 Pie)ColorOS 6 (Android 9 Pie)
5,000mAh battery w/ 10W charging4,035mAh battery w/ 20W VOOC 3.0
164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm
198 g184 g

Summary of advantages

Realme 5:
Slightly larger screen
Larger battery
Lower price

Realme 5 Pro:
Higher-resolution screen
Better performing chipset
Bigger RAM
Faster UFS 2.1 storage
Higher main rear camera resolution
Higher front camera resolution
USB Type-C port
VOOC 3.0 charging

As expected, the Realme 5 Pro offers more advantages compared to the Realme 5, but we can’t count out the latter just yet.

If you want the most screen size, the Realme 5 wins on paper. However, the 0.2-inch difference wouldn’t be noticeable. The Realme 5 Pro is the one to get if you want the best screen possible.

When it comes to storage, both devices offer up to 128GB capacity. However, the Realme 5 Pro has a faster UFS 2.1 storage. Both have dedicated slots of microSD cards. For ports, the Realme 5 Pro wins for having a USB Type-C.

When it comes to cameras, the Realme 5 Pro has a Sony sensor and a higher main camera resolution. But for the rest of the rear cameras, the two share the same resolution. For selfies, the Realme 5 Pro also has the highest resolution. Then again, pixels aren’t everything when it comes to quality.

Powering the Realme 5 Pro is a Snapdragon 712 chipset, up to 8GB RAM, and a 4,035mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 The Realme 5, on the other hand, has a Snapdragon 665 chipset, up to 4GB RAM, and a larger 5,000mAh battery.

Given the specs, the Realme 5 Pro is the right option if you want the best performance possible. But if you’re a casual user and want the biggest battery capacity, the Realme 5 wins. We’ll know more about their battery life once we have both units for review.

For the price, although both devices are yet to arrive in the Philippines, it’s expected that the Realme 5 will be priced lower than the Realme 5 Pro. So if you have a tighter budget, get the Realme 5, but if you extra to spare, there’s the Realme 5 Pro.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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