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Realme 5i unboxing, initial hands-on review

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Realme recently announced the Realme 5i. The phone is scheduled to launch in the Philippines this January 29, 2020.

Today I’m unboxing the Realme 5i. It is the spiritual successor of the Realme 5, featuring some similarities with a couple of upgrades here and there.

Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

The Realme 5i is packed in a simple yellow box with the phone’s name and logo in front. Our review unit comes with a 5V 2A fast charger and a microUSB cable.

Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

The Realme 5i features a design similar to the Realme 5 with slight differences in specs. The phone is powered by a 2.00GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665AIE processor. Our review unit has 3GB RAM and 64GB storage.

It has a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS display with a dewdrop notch, curvy corners, and a slightly pronounced top and bottom bezels. The screen is protected by a plastic screen protector — making that one less thing to worry about.

Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

The back panel is textured with wavy patterns, that give it a good grip and immunity to fingerprints. Our review unit comes with a green color way, which I find attractive.

Like the Realme 5, the Realme 5i’s rear quad cameras and the LED flash are arranged in a vertical layout on the upper left with the Realme logo on the usual upright position.

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Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

On the left are the volume rockers and the SIM tray with triple slots for two Nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The power button is on the right. At the bottom is where you’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack, a microphone, the microUSB port, and the mono speaker.

Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

As for the cameras, the Realme 5i has 12MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens. It also has an 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth cameras. For selfies, it relies on an 8MP shooter tucked in a small dew drop notch.

Also Read: Realme XT review

Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

Here are some sample photos. So far so good. The images have been resized for the web with quality set at 60.

Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review
Realme 5i Unboxing, Initial hands-on review

As for the price, well, Realme PH is keen on keeping that one a secret, understandably saving it for launch day. But if I’m to guess, it could be somewhere near the price of the Realme 5, which is around PHP 7,990.

That’s it for our initial hands-on review. The Realme 5i will officially launch in the Philippines on January 29, 2020.

UPDATE: Our Realme 5i full review is now live. Please check it out as well.

Realme 5i specs

  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS Display (1600 x 720, 269 ppi), 20:9 Ratio
  • 2.00GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665AIE, 11nm
  • Adreno 610 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 12MP F1.8 Main + 8MP F2.3 Ultra-wide + 2MP F2.4 Macro + 2MP F2.4 Depth Quad Rear Cameras, LED Flash HDR
  • 8MP F2.0 Front Camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS
  • Fingerprint Scanner (Rear-mounted)
  • Face Unlock
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Micro USB
  • ColorOS 6, Android 9 Pie
  • Colors: Blue, Green
  • 5,000mAh battery, 10W Charging

Bryan is a tech and gadget enthusiast who spends his day blogging, writing fiction, and watching NBA clips on YouTube.

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