Realme 5i Review

Is this the NEW budget king?

Last updated on February 12th, 2020 at 07:33 pm

Realme 5i price in the Philippines

Realme Philippines has launched its latest budget king with a four-camera setup, but won’t break the bank, so to speak. Sporting a huge 6.5inch HD+ display, the local version will have a 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM that is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot.

Realme 5i Review

The four-camera setup includes a 12MP, f1.8 main + 8MP,f2.3 Ultra-wide + 2MP, f2.4 macro + 2MP, f2.4 Depth, while the front-facing camera has 8MP with F/2.0.

realme 5i price philippines

The official price of the Realme 5i in the Philippines is P6,990. It will be available in February but by midnight tonight, you can enjoy the P800 discount through its Shopee exclusive launch. Realme 5i Shopee code is REALME12OFF.

It is powered by Snapdragon 665 AI and has a super huge capacity battery of 5,000mAH that can do reverse charging.

It ships with Color OS version 6 on top of Android 9 Pie.

Realme 5i features

Here are the selling features of the Realme 5i. Watch this video so that you have a basis whether you want to get the Realme 5 or the 5i.

Realme 5i sample photos and videos

Since we got the early version of the Realme 5i, we took it for a quick spin immediately. We vlogged using the device and covered the launching event. All footages and photos in this video were recorded using the Realme 5i.

Mary Bautista’s thoughts about Realme 5i

“If the selfie camera “downgrade” won’t bother you, the P1,000 discount versus the Realme 5 is a good buy”, says Mary Bautista, referring to how the Realme 5i is priced competitively.

Anije delos Reyes of TeknoGadyet said, “It is a very affordable entry-level phone for that price”.  Bam Amor of Adobotech also liked the sun rays and smudge-free back design of the Realme 5i.

Unboxing and first impressions

We unboxed the newest smartphone to be introduced in 2020 by Realme, the Realme 5i.

This is the immediate successor the already popular and successful Realme 5 introduced in August 2019. To keep the excitement going the brand introduced Realme 5i.

Here’s our unboxing video for your reference.

I thought that what I was holding is a new version of Realme C2. That’s because of the textured back cover. I guess, the 5i was inspired by the C2 in terms of back cover. This is good because your phone does not collect fingerprints, however, you still need a transparent cover to protect the protruding camera module at the back.

Just in case you can’t watch the video, here’s another set of photos of what you can expect once it becomes available in the market on January 29, 2020.

Realme 5i Review Philippines
Realme 5i Review retail package

So, just like its early siblings, the 5i gets almost the same design and specs, but with a little tweak – it is the first quad-camera smartphone in its price segment with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) feature, according to Realme.

Realme 5i specs

Android 9 Pie, ColorOS 6.01
6.5-inch HD+ IPS mini drop display (1600 x 720 resolution) at 269 PPI
2.00GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665AIE, 11nm Octa-core processors
Adreno 610 GPU
3GB + 64GB config (Philippines), microSD support via dedicated card slot
12MP, f1.8 main + 8MP,f2.3 Ultra-wide + 2MP, f2.4 macro + 2MP, f2.4 Depth, LED Flash HDR
8MP, f2.0 Selfie Camera
Dual SIM (nano)
Fingerprint Scanner (Rear-mounted) / Face Unlock feature
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Face Unlock
3.5mm Audio Jack
Micro USB
5,000mAh battery, 10W Charging
Colors: Blue, Green
195 g

UI and Software

If you had a Realme smartphone already, like the C2you can feel at home immediately with how the UI is organized.

Here’s how it looks after we configured our review unit.

Realme 5i UI

The UI is based on OPPO‘s Color OS version 6.0.1 that sits on top of Android 9. It has the best option, in my own opinion in terms of arranging the installed apps. Thanks to the Home Screen options, which is accessible via the Settings Icon or Menu, because you can choose from the Standard Home layout or my favorite which is the Drawer Mode.

The Drawer Mode enables the app drawer through the swipe up method. From here everything is quite easy — from locating your recently used apps and scrolling to the alphabetically arranged applications.


Can you make use of the four-camera setup at the back of this guy? There are 12MP, 8MP, and two other 2MP cameras. Each has its own functionality. The 12MP is the main shooter, while the 8MP takes care of your ultra-wide shots, perfect for group photos and landscape snaps.

realme 5i quad camera

Just like anybody who just point and shoot at things, I took the Realme 5i on broad daylight and took sample photos. Take note that I always take advantage of the full-screen feature so, all photos are in full-screen mode and automatic settings.

Here is the rest.

I turned on the Chroma Boost, which is available on-screen in the camera UI. All the images turned out to be supersaturated. More like all the colors are pushed to make it so bright and clear.


The performance of the SD655 AI is proportioned to the price being offered by Realme. Let me say that you can’t expect a flagship performance from this phone, but guess what, you can bring this as your daily driver and it will serve you very well.

realme 5i aqua blue review

So if you bought the Realme C2 last year, it is time to hand it over to your brother and get the Realme 5i.

There are no lags even if you open multiple apps.


Can you imagine a 5,000mAH battery on a 6.5-inch display and still look thin? The Realme 5i is only 9.3 mm. The battery performance is outstanding. On a normal usage — Social Media, YouTube playbacks, calls, and text, you can expect the battery to last for two (2) days.

realme 5i review

The only comment I’d like to raise is the MicroUSB port. It is now 2020, and most of the smartphones are now equipped with USB Type-C, which is very convenient to use.

To fill up the entire 5,00mAH it will take you 2 hours.


I say Realme did a good job of positioning the Realme 5i in the Philippine market. For an official price tag of P6,900, you can enjoy a gaming smartphone, good camera setup, and long-lasting battery life.

If you want a more affordable phone (versus the Realme 5), like you can get a P1,000 discount and you don’t bother about the selfie camera, the Realme 5i is highly recommended.

Huge battery capacity MicroUSB port
Huge display
Images from the camera are supersaturated
Very affordable price
No fast charging

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