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    Realme 5 and 5 Pro hands-on review


    Hard to believe that Realme turned 1-year-old just three months ago. The company is already on its fourth major generation of phones and it seems that it has finally found its identity - photography, performance and a trendy design, all punching above the aggressively-low pricing.

    The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are the first quad-camera phones to reach the Indian market. The two new phones use different main and selfie cameras, but the quad camera setup follows the same formula: main, ultra wide, macro, depth sensor.Realme 5 Pro specsBefore we spend some one on one time with each phone, we should say that despite their names the two aren't strictly comparable. The Realme 5 has a larger screen but it's 720p+ and a larger battery, but without fast charging.So let's have a closer look.

    These two quad cameras represent a major leap for Realme, we'll talk about that in a minute. First, a quick introduction of the two new handsets. The Realme 5 Pro actually borrows a few features from the Realme X, which is the most premium model the company has released yet. The Realme 5 is the biggest phone in the main series - it matches the X in terms of screen size and has the largest battery of any Realme phone. Body: Gorilla Glass 3+ front, polycarbonate back Screen: 6.3-inch, 19:9, 1080p+, LCD Rear camera: Primary 48MP Quad Bayer 1/2" sensor, f/1.8 lens; 119� ultra wide-angle 8MP camera; 2MP macro camera; 2MP portrait camera; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording, EIS Front camera: 16MP Quad Bayer sensor, f/2.0 lens; EIS Chipset: Snapdragon 712: octa-core CPU (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver), Adreno 616 GPU Memory: 4/64GB, 6/64GB or 8/128GB; UFS 2.1 storage; dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion OS: Android 9.0; Color OS 6.0 on top Battery: 4,035mAh, 20W VOOC 3.0 charging Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, USB-C Colors: Crystal Green, Crystal Blue Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint readerThe Realme 5 Pro has the 1080p+ screen and 20W fast charging, plus it also upgrades both the main camera on the back and the selfie camera on the front. But both the screen and battery are smaller while the price is (naturally) bigger. These are essentially two different devices targeted at different customers.

    So let's have a closer look.