Realme 5 Pro Review: Mostly Excellent

Realme 5 pro     The Realme Pro shows just how good mid-range phones have become in because you really don t have to spend a fortune to get a very capable handset. The use of ColorOS and slightly lesser battery performance are issues, but this is otherwise an excellent value budget buy.&#;

 The good Varied camera mostly works well


  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • Design looks premium
  • The bad Battery life could be better
  • Plastic body attracts fingerprints
  • ColorOS is intrusive where it should t be

While its launch in Australia with the realme XT as its flagship offering, the Realme Pro sits just underneath, both in pricing and specification terms.

  • However, the drop in power isn tone that really makes an exceptional difference for that price drop, making it a better bet overall than the realme XT was.
  • Given the realme, XT was and is, in essence, a cheaper Oppo phone, that makes the realme Pro a genuine standout device.
  • Design Sparkling Blue or Crystal Green finish
  • .-inch LCD display
  • Teardrop notch
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Put the realme Pro next to the realme XT and you might initially struggle to pick which is the cheaper handset. That s because the realme Pro runs with a .-inch display, slightly larger than the .-inch screen on the more expensive realme XT.

You get more screen, but with a slight loss in colour reproduction, because it steps down from an AMOLED into LCD territory. Like so many Chinese-produced phones the default colour scheme is on the brighter side, and that s accentuated by the default ColorOS icon scheme, which tends towards the garish. The realme Pro s screen has a, x, pixel resolution, identical to that of the realme XT, although that extra . inch diagonal means its got a slightly lower pixel per inch count at PPI. Unless you re particularly eagle-eyed, you re not going to notice that in day to day usage.

Like the realme XT, you re also looking at a teardrop notch at the top centre of the display, but you won’t find an in-glass fingerprint sensor. Instead, its located around the back of the realme Pro s body, which is where you ‘ll also find your colour choice at play. In Australia, realme sells the realme Pro in either Sparkling Blue or Crystal Green finishes. They re both bold colour choices, if not particularly innovative in this space.

The plastic rear frame of the realme Pro does rather give away its budget nature, as does its habit of picking up every fingerprint within a -metre radius when you pick it up.

On the left-hand side of the realme Pro, you ‘ll find the volume buttons and SIM card tray. Like the XT, it s a triple-card tray, allowing for dual SIM action as well as MicroSD expansion. That s a true rarity in any phone, let alone a budget-to-mid-range model like the Realme Pro.

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Camera Four rear cameras, although the layout is odd

  • MP lens, but you re better off combining pixels
  • Low light shooting is t great
  • In a rather bold move, realme describes the realme Pro as the Quad camera Speedmaster. Slightly ridiculous marketing names aside, its primary rear camera features an MP f. sensor, partnered up with an MP f. degree wide-angle camera, MP portrait camera and MP macro camera. Like so many budget phones there are lenses here you never really interact with that much, with the portrait lens used for depth effects most notably.

    As numbers go, MP does sound impressive at this price point, but like many other phone cameras, by default you re not shooting at that full range. Instead, it s combining pixels to give it better light sensing abilities and longer hybrid zoom distance. You can elect to shoot at full MP if you must, but the results really don t often bear out for the additional image size you ll create.

    As with the realme XT, the default camera app is simple and somewhat evocative of Apple s camera app, with most of the secondary features hidden behind either a hamburger menu or range of icons at the top of the display. It s not terribly well laid out – you might realise that MP photos or macro mode are enabled from the hamburger menu but miss that the wide-angle lens is actually switched on from an icon at the top, for example.