Realme 5s hands-on review

Orlin Milinov, 18 Nov 2019.


Realme is right back at it again with another phone, this time extending the Realme 5 lineup with the Realme 5s. The latter slots in between the Realme 5 and the 5 Pro but it's more closely related to the vanilla 5 while snatching some key features from the Pro, such as the camera setup.

Realme 5s hands-on review

In terms of design, size, and hardware, the 5s is almost identical to the 5, but as we pointed out, the camera setup is what sets them apart. The Realme 5s is now touting a more capable 48MP main sensor also found on the 5 Pro while the other three cameras on the back are shared across all three handsets in the family - 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP dedicated macro unit.

Realme 5s specs

  • Body: 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm, 198g; Frong glass, plastic body.
  • Screen: 6.5" IPS LCD, HD+ (720 x 1600px) resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 269ppi.
  • Camera: Primary: 48MP, 1/2" sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF; Ultra-wide: 8MP, 1/4" sensor size, f/2.2 aperture; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4; Depth sensor: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Selfie cam: 13MP, f/2.0 aperture.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 665 (11nm), octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver), Adreno 610 GPU.
  • Memory: 4GB/64GB or 4GB/128GB; microSD up to 256GB.
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6.
  • Battery: 5,000mAh, 10W charging.
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM; Wi-Fi, Buetooth 5.0, GPS, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Misc:Rear-mounted fingerprint reader, no NFC.

Also, the new 5s eliminates the 3GB/32GB memory variant on the vanilla 5 and starts at 4GB/64GB. Still expandable with microSD, of course.

Realme 5s hands-on review

It's probably safe to say that the Realme 5s is a just a hardware refresh of the 5 launched a few months ago, and if the pricing is right, it could easily become the most reasonable purchase of the three. And for what it's worth, it's the first Realme device in a while to come in a red color.

Unboxing the Realme 5s

The phone arrives in a typical Realme white box containing the usual user manuals, a wall charger with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging a data transfer and a transparent silicone protective case.

Realme 5s hands-on review

Reader comments

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  • 04 Feb 2020
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  • 28 Nov 2019
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