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Realme 5i vs Realme 5: What’s the difference?

Realme-5i-vs-Realme-5-specs-comparison

As with every phone release, we take a look at their specs and compare it to another phone in the same price point or in this case, its predecessor.

In today’s NoypiGeeks spec comparison, we’ll be talking about the Realme 5 and the new Realme 5i. Both phones are very budget friendly, although the price for the 5i is yet to be revealed. Hopefully, it will also be under Php10,000.

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Let’s start talking about the technically older model first the Realme 5. The Realme 5 is a quad-camera phone that has a very stylish design. To add to that, it also has a very serviceable processor included.

The other phone in the list is the Realme 5i. As some of you would already know, the Realme 5i is the slightly downgraded version of the Realme 5. Even though it is the downgraded version it still has a quad-camera set up and an elegant design as well.

Realme 5i

Which of the two phones should you get? Which of them provides the best value for your hard-earned money? These are the questions we would like to answer in this NoypiGeeks Realme 5i versus Realme 5 specifications and features comparison.

 Realme 5Realme 5i
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
ColorOS 6
Android 9 Pie
ColorOS 6
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.5-inch HD+ IPS
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
~269ppi
89% screen-to-body ratio
6.5-inch HD+ IPS display
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
~269ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
89% screen-to-body ratio
Processor2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core
RAM3GB/4GB3GB/4GB
GPUAdreno 610Adreno 610
Storage32GB/64GB/128GB
expandable up to 256GB
32GB/64GB/128GB
expandable up to 256GB
Front camera13-megapixel
f/2.0
8-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Chroma Boost
Super Nightscape
12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Chroma Boost
Super Nightscape
AudioHeadphone jack
Single speaker
Headphone jack
Single speaker
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
microUSB
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
microUSB
OthersSplash ResistantSplash Resistant
Dimensions164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm
Weight198g198g
ColorsCrystal Purple
Crystal Blue
Green
Blue
Battery5,000mAh
10W fast charging
5,000mAh
10W fast charging
Price3GB/64GB: Php7,990
4GB/128GB: Php9,990
3GB/32GB Lazada Exclusive: Php6,990
3GB/64GB: Php6,990

Based on the specs table above, the two phones are pretty much the same with each other aside from 1 crucial feature, the front/selfie camera.

The Realme 5 has a 13-megapixel front camera while the Realme 5i only has a 8-megapixel selfie camera. That’s a sizeable downgrade from the base unit.

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In terms of cameras on the back, both handsets have a 12-megapixel main shooter, 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (depth sensor) and 2-megapixel (macro) camera.

On the subject of display, they both have a 6.5-inch LCD screen and a Corning Gorilla Glass protection at the front with plastic at the back. The Realme 5 is said to have Gorilla Glass 3+ protection in front while the Realme 5i’s Gorilla Glass level is currently unspecified.

Realme-5i-officially-launched

Performance-wise, they both have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 chipset and an Adreno 610 GPU. If your main purchasing decision is reliant on the processor, then there’s good news for you as you don’t need to research which chip is better anymore.

When it comes to memory, the two phones have 3GB and 4GB RAM variants while also having internal storage options of 32GB/64GB/128GB. They can also be expanded up to 256GB only by using a microSD card.

See also: Realme 5 vs Realme 5 Pro: What’s the difference?

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In addition, they both have a large 5,000mAh battery and it comes with a 10W battery charging feature.

Other similarities between the two devices include a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, a microUSB connector port and a headphone jack as well.

Realme-5i-specs

FInally, let’s start talking about their price. The Realme 5 is priced at 4GB/64GB: Php7,990, 4GB/128GB: Php9,990 and the Lazada exclusive 3GB/32GB variant is priced at Php6,990.

On the other hand, the confirmed pricing of the Realme 5i here in the Philippines is Php6,990 for the 3GB/64GB model.

Depending on the confirmed price of the Realme 5i in the Philippines, we would have to say the Realme 5 takes the win thanks to its better selfie camera. If you’re the type of person who likes to take selfies, then this is one of the best phones for you.

Although, if you’re not an avid fan of taking selfies, then the Realme 5i is definitely the pick as it is cheaper than the base unit.

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