Realme 5 Pro review

GSMArena team, 30 Aug 2019.

A familiar 6.3" display

The Realme 5 Pro packs a 6.3" IPS LCD screen with a droplet-shaped notch for the selfie camera. And if we are not mistaken - that should be the same panel we saw on the Realme 3 Pro four months ago.

The screen resolution is 1,080 x 2,340 pixels making for a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409ppi density.

Realme 5 Pro review

Realme promises a maximum brightness of 450 nits but the screen exceeded the maker's specs as we measured 512nits at the far-right end of the brightest scrubber. And thanks to the deep black levels the screen's contrast turned out to be excellent with a ratio of 1875:1.

There is no Auto brightness boost under direct sunlight, but the screen does well even in the brightest of days thanks to the high brightness and average reflectivity. That is if the glass is not smudged up. If it is, then you just wipe it clean and you are good to go.

We also measured the minimum brightness for those of you keeping track of this test and it's just 2.1 nits.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Realme 5 Pro 0.273 512 1875
Realme X 0 448
Realme 3 Pro 0.285 508 1782
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 0.358 479 1338
Xiaomi Mi 9T 0 449
Xiaomi Mi 9T (Max Auto) 0 646
Huawei P30 Lite 0.39 480 1231
Huawei P30 Lite (Max Auto) 0.413 501 1213
Motorola Moto G7 0.315 493 1565
Samsung Galaxy M30 0 437
Samsung Galaxy M30 (Max Auto) 0 641
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE 0 444
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (Max Auto) 0 637

The color reproduction is decent out of the box with lively though not super accurate colors. We measured an average deltaE of 5.5 and a maximum deviation of 9 at point Blue. Indeed, the white and gray hues visibly shifted towards blue in the default display setting.

Realme 5 Pro review

There is a Color Temperature Adjustment slider in Display Settings that is set to the 'Default' middle position with 'Cooler' and 'Warmer' at the extremes. Setting this slider to the warmest option yields better results - average deltaE of 3.7 and a maximum of 6.7. If you are all about accuracy, this is the place to go.

Battery life

The Realme 5 Pro has the same 4,045mAh battery that powered the Realme 3 Pro. The phone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging and its box contains both the 20W charger and the proprietary USB-C cable needed for VOOC to work. This pair refills 50% of the Realme 5 Pro's depleted battery in 30 mins, while a full charge takes about 80-90 mins.

In out testing, the Realme 5 Pro clocked almost 14 hours of video playback and north of 16 hours of browsing the web over Wi-Fi. We also measured more a day of 3G voice calls. And adding the efficient standby performance we got an excellent overall Endurance rating of 100 hours.

Realme 5 Pro review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Realme 5 Pro for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Speaker

The Realme 5 Pro has a single bottom-firing speaker that scored a Very Good mark in our loudness test. The speaker was tuned for mid-tones and when playing the music you'll hear the vocals crystal clear, but the music itself will be a little bit on the quieter side.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy A30 65.9 66.6 68.4 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy M30 65.6 66.2 70.4 Average
Realme X 67.9 73.5 80.4 Very Good
Realme 5 Pro 66.3 72.9 85.8 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 9T 70.6 74.8 81.2 Very Good
Moto G7 (Smart Audio) 70.2 71.9 84.6 Very Good
Huawei P30 Lite 71.5 73.8 83.1 Excellent
Realme 3 Pro 67.5 73.8 90.5 Excellent
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 69.8 71.5 90.5 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE 86.2 79.0 87.0 Excellent

Audio quality

The Realme 5 Pro did marginally better than the vanilla 5 in our audio quality test. Its loudness was again exemplary with an external amplifier, but while headphones dropped the 5 to average, the Pro took a smaller hit and remain pleasingly loud.

The clarity is as good as you can expect in the first case, while headphone damaged stereo separation, frequency response and caused some intermodulation distortion. Each of those was affected to a lesser degree compared to the vanilla 5 though, so the overall result was a degree better. Still the Realme 5 Pro is a phone for the casual music fan than the avid audiophile.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Realme 5 Pro+0.03, -0.05-93.393.00.00190.0073-92.0
Realme 5 Pro (headphones)+0.16, -0.39-92.091.90.0090.344-50.6
Realme 5+0.03, -0.01-93.493.30.00180.0072-88.1
Realme 5 (headphones)+0.40, -0.27-92.592.50.0100.407-49.8
Realme X+0.06, -0.07-92.992.80.00100.0075-93.3
Realme X (headphones)+0.38, -0.28-90.790.30.00770.391-50.7
Realme 3 Pro+0.03, -0.04-92.992.70.00180.0078-91.1
Realme 3 Pro (headphones)+0.40, -0.27-92.792.50.0110.411-50.2
Xiaomi Mi A3+0.02, -0.01-93.790.70.00150.0098-93.0
Xiaomi Mi A3 (headphones)+0.53, -0.22-90.688.80.00480.302-50.8
Samsung Galaxy M20+0.02, -0.02-90.590.40.00500.015-91.7
Samsung Galaxy M20 (headphones)+0.17, -0.25-90.891.00.0870.256-58.9
Motorola Moto G7 Play+0.07, -0.01-90.090.10.00190.015-92.9
Motorola Moto G7 Play (headphones)+0.16, -0.10-92.392.50.00690.164-64.8

Realme 5 Pro frequency response
Realme 5 Pro frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Pranil Budhale

Is realme 5 pro have alexa built in system

  • Shree 89

When I use YouTube I don't get HD options on my real me 5 Pro. Why what settings should I change. Can I watch 4K videos from YouTube on 5 Pro?

  • Asi malaya

Yeah.. Come on