The Realme 5i was just unveiled in Vietnam – the phone brings four cameras and a large 5,000mAh battery to the entry level segment. It costs VND 3,700,000 or around $160/€145. If these specs sound familiar, it’s because this is basically the Realme 5.
Let’s look at the cameras first. The main shooter on the back has a 12MP sensor and an f/1.8 aperture. Then comes the 8MP ultrawide angle camera, which covers 119° field of view and supports Super Night mode. The two cameras can work together to shoot videos like this one:
The main camera can also shoot 4K video at 30fps or go slow with 120fps slow-mo mode. There are two more cameras to cover – the 2MP macro camera (which can focus at 4cm distance) and the 2MP depth sensor.
The video recording is enabled by the 11nm Snapdragon 665 chipset, which houses four Kryo 260 Gold and four 260 Silver cores (A73 and A53 based, respectively), plus an Adreno 610 GPU. Realme is offering two memory configurations – 3/32GB and 4/64GB. In either case, there’s a dedicated microSD card slot next to the two SIM slots. The phone runs Color OS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie.
At the front the 6.5” screen features an IPS panel with 720 x 1,600px resolution. It’s guarded by Gorilla Glass and promises 480 nits of brightness. There’s a teardrop notch on it, housing the 8MP selfie camera.
The Realme 5i is available in Blue and Green. Both versions feature a “Sunlight” pattern – a wavy texture on the back, the result of 10 hours of polishing with a specialized machine. Also on the back is the capacitive fingerprint reader.
Besides the cameras, the battery is the other major selling point of the 5i. It has 5,000mAh capacity and with reverse (wired) charging, you can use it as a power bank to top up your accessories.
The phone comes with a standard 10W charger, which unfortunately uses a microUSB cable to connect to the phone. At least there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on top – that’s one old connector we’re glad to see.
Realme lists the battery life for various use cases, including 9.4 hours of PUBG or 19.1 hours of YouTube. Also, the company used a special coating on internal and external components to make the phone splash proof.
Again, the Realme 5i is priced VND 3,700,000 in Vietnam, the Realme 5 starts at VND 4,000,000. We don’t know when the 5i will be available for purchase yet. Three days from now the phone will be unveiled for the Indian market.