First Look: Realme 5i Unboxing, First Impressions, and Photo Samples

Realme has made a lot of impressive achievements after just a year of being in the Philippine market. While most of the smartphone brands are preparing for their first product release, Realme has one already prepared for its Filipino fans. If we loved the Realme 5, then most likely we’ll love the new Realme 5i even more.


OS:Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
Processor:2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Processor | Adreno 610
Display: 6.5" IPS LCD
720 x 1600 HD+ with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Wireless Connections:LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, A-GPS, GLONASS
Memory:64GB Internal Storage expandable up to 256GB microSD Card (dedicated slot); 3GB RAM
Connectors:microUSB 2.0, OTG Support
3.5mm audio jack
Cameras:Rear: 12MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.25 + 2MP f/2.4 + 2MP f/2.4 Front: 8MP f/2.0
Security:Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor;
Face unlock
SIM Card Slots:2x Nano SIM Cards
Battery:5,000 mAh


Realme 5i First Impressions

The packaging of the Realme 5i is now colored yellow with a 5i printed at the center. Kinda reminds me of Xiaomi’s style of packaging. Inside the box are the Realme 5i smartphone, USB Cable, USB Charger, Silicon Case and SIM Card Ejector. No earphones included as usual, but you can purchase the brand’s new Realme Buds Air.


Realme 5i First Impressions

The body of the Realme 5i is based on its predecessor, the Realme 5. Size is still the same, as well as the placements of the buttons, ports, speakers and cameras.

Realme 5i First Impressions

The obvious change in the new phone is its appearance. While I like the subtle prism pattern of the Realme 5’s back cover, its slippery to hold and prone to smudges and scratches. Thanks to Realme, they addressed this issue in the 5i by introducing the Sunrise Design. Its shell is now mirror-polished, making the phone resistant to fingerprints and accidental slips. True enough, I don’t see any smudges even after a few days of usage. The phone doesn’t slip off my table, or from my hands. The Sunrise Design is a good improvement. Another improvement is integrating a water-proof design, providing three splash-resistant layers inside the phone and out.

Realme 5i First Impressions

Since there are no changes in its physical form, the Realme 5i still has the same screen size at 6.5-inches.

Realme 5i First Impressions

Games can definitely be played on the 5i but based on my experience with the Realme 5, other games’s graphics settings have to be toned to be playable. So far, NBA2K20 with all video settings set to high played well on the device. I reckon I would get the same results with Call of Duty Mobile also with the highest settings. I will test the other games and check which among them would stutter by next week.

Realme 5i First Impressions

The Quad-Camera system, the top feature of the Realme 5 was also applied on the Realme 5i. Comparing the camera specs, I’ve noticed there weren’t any changes either in this department. Here are some sample photos taken with the 5i:

We’ll be posting our full review next week, so stay tuned for that.

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