Realme keeps momentum going with the Realmi 5i

Realme wants to make sure that people are talking about their brand and smartphones from their portfolio. This is part of their strategy on reaching the number 1 smartphone seller in India, and also achieving great results in other countries. That is why today marks the very first smartphone release for 2020 for Realme. They unveiled a new budget smartphone that, despite having a really low price tag, does come with a few cool specs. They did make a few compromises here and there, but the phone will still be appealing for many.

The Realmi 5i comes with a 6.5″ HD+ screen with a waterdrop notch on top and an 89% screen-to-body ratio. Not the biggest we’ve seen, but good for a low-budget smartphone. The 1600×720 resolution may be a dealbreaker for some, especially considering the size of the display, but for many people that are looking for a cheap device, it will be good enough. The phone also has dual 4G SIm slots and a third microSD card slot that can expand the storage up to an extra 256GB. Many people, however, will do just fine with the 64GB of internal storage.

Performance-wise, the Realmy 5i is quite good even for a mid-range smartphone. It is powered by the Snapdragon 665 AIE chipset and is paired with 4GB of RAM. The 5000mAh battery has support for quick-charge using up to 10W. Sadly, it uses the older microUSB connector and not the newer USB Type-C. The cameras here are a mixed bag. The phone has 4 cameras on the back with a 12MP main sensor capable of filming 4K@30fps. There is an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP portrait one and another 2MP macro camera. I would have liked to see slightly better sensors, even if it meant having only a dual or triple camera setup, especially since few people need a macro lens.

The Realme 5i comes with ColorOS 6, which is based on Android 9, has all the essential connectivity options like GPS, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi and even a fingerprint reader on the back. The device will be sold in India for 8.999 rupies, which translated to approximately $126. No word yet on availability in other regions.

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