The Realme 3 is one of the key reasons why Realme is where they are at right now.
In our Realme 3 full review, we really liked its attractive design, great cameras, long battery life, and really reliable performance. Clearly, it provided a great set of features that really justified its performance.
A couple of months later, the company has announced the successor to that device, the new Realme 5. Just like its predecessor, this one will try to offer the same attractive specs, and even more.
But, how does the Realme 5 really different from its predecessor? That’s what we aim to find out in our Realme 5 vs Realme 3 specs comparison.
|Realme 5||Realme 3|
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie|
|Android 9 Pie|
|Display||6.5-inch HD+ IPS|
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
|6.2-inch HD+ IPS|
1520 x 720 pixel resolution
|Processor||2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core||2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 610||Mali-G71 MP3|
expandable up to 256GB
expandable up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)|
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
AI Scene Detection
|13-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)|
AI scene detection
|Security||Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
|Dimensions||164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm||156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3mm|
10W fast charging
10W fast charger
|Price||3GB/32GB: INR9,999 (~Php7,300)|
4GB/64GB: INR10,999 (~Php8,000)
4GB/128GB: INR11,999 (~Php8,700)
As what you just saw, the Realme 5 really delivers a lot of improvements over the Realme 3 that owners of the latter might find a suitable reason to upgrade.
One of the main improvements is in the processor department. The Realme 5 gets updated to a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. A step up from the already capable MediaTek Helio P60 processor on the Realme 3.
The newer processor also allowed the Realme 5 to have a faster dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0. On the downside, it still uses microUSB. You have to get the Realme 5 Pro if USB Type-C is a big deal for you.
Realme also increased the battery capacity on the Realme 5. This one now has a 5,000mAh battery, which is relatively larger than the 4,230mAh capacity of the Realme 3.
Another key difference is in the cameras. The Realme 3 has a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras.
But with the Realme 5, the camera count was doubled. It has a 12-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and the usual 2-megapixel depth-sensor.
If the 6.2-inch screen on the Realme 3 is still a bit too small for you, then you’d be glad to know that the Realme 5 now has a larger 6.5-inch display. However, it’s still at HD+.
Probably the most noticeable improvement that the Realme 5 has over the Realme 3 is the design itself. The newer model now has geometric patterns on the back, similar to the Realme C2.
The Realme 5’s body was also sealed very well that the company managed to put “Splash Resistant” in its specs list.
As stated earlier, the Realme 3 is still one of the best smartphones that you can get for the price. Its official SRP even went down by Php1,000 since its release. The base 3GB RAM model is now available for only Php6,990, while 4GB is at Php8,990.
We still have no word regarding the Realme 5’s pricing and availability in the Philippines. But judging by their asking prices in India, it will not go beyond Php10k.
Update: Realme 5 Review
If you already own the Realme 3, then I suggest you wait for another couple of months until the Realme 6 arrives. This will give you time to enjoy your still-new device longer, and get an even better upgrade once the successor to the Realme 5 arrives.
But if this is the first time you’re getting a Realme smartphone, then I suggest you go with the newer Realme 5. We expect this device to arrive in the Philippines in no time.