New player to the market? Full review of Realme 5 and Realme XT

Yes Realme 5 and Realme XT – two medium-budget smartphones from a Chinese company. I bet you use a smartphone from Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei or Honor. Devices of other brands, if present in Belarus, then occupy an insignificant share. And, in general, the entry of a new player into an already formed market is an unusual event. Today is just such a case.

Realme 5 on the left, Realme XT on the right
Realme 5 on the left, Realme XT on the right

What else is Realme

The Realme brand has long belonged to the Chinese company Oppo – you can draw an analogy, for example, with Redmi and Xiaomi or Honor and Huawei. But a few years ago, Realme decided to separate into a separate company. However, in fact, little has changed – Oppo, Realme, Vivo and OnePlus belong to the largest holding company BBK Electronics.

The official website of Realme in Belarus says that the brand’s smartphones are designed for “young, creative and stylish” people. The target audience, in my opinion, is understandable – the company is going to fight for the attention of buyers of devices from Honor and Xiaomi.

The company came to Belarus with three smartphones – Realme C2, Realme 5 and Realme XT. They will be sold, respectively, for 289, 419 and 699 rubles.

Look like most other smartphones

To say something negative or positive about the design of Realme 5 and Realme XT is unlikely to succeed. Both smartphones are almost indistinguishable from most other devices in this price category. I think if you close the brand name on the back of the devices, guessing what kind of devices they are, even a trained person will not succeed.

Realme XT
Realme XT

There are no special problems with ergonomics in devices. The only complaint about Realme XT is the volume buttons on the left side of the case. Due to the fact that they are located in the middle of this face, getting the smartphone out of my pocket and trying to unlock the screen with the power button (on the right side), I constantly took a screenshot of the desktop.

This is due to the fact that holding the device in your hand, you constantly simultaneously press both the Power key and the “volume down” button. In general, the volume rocker on the left could be positioned a little higher.

Realme 5
Realme 5

The rear panel of Realme 5 is plastic, Realme XT is glass. But Realme 5 is protected from splashing water. One of the advantages of both smartphones is the ability to install two nanoSIM cards and a microSD memory card at once. It’s comfortable.

And in the delivery set, there are protective covers. There are no headphones, as usual, but they are connected through a 3.5 mm “classic” jack.

Realme 5 Realme XT Sim Slot
Realme 5 Realme XT Sim Slot

Of the few annoying moments – the outdated micro USB charging port in Realme 5. In Realme XT – the new USB Type-C. In addition, Realme only comes with a 10-watt power adapter. Given the capacity of the built-in battery at 5000 mAh, this is not the best solution. But more on this later.

What I liked: in the hands of smartphones are confident – in any case, the feeling that they immediately slip out of the palm of your hand is not created. The design is unoriginal, but also not repulsive. It’s nice that gadgets allow you to install two SIM-cards and a memory card at the same time.

What I didn’t like: Realme 5 weighs almost 200 grams – not a record value, but it is more than most other smartphones. However, this is leveled by a very capacious battery. It is a pity that the same Realme 5 uses an outdated micro USB. In Realme XT, the volume keys would be better to place a little higher.

Good screens

The diagonal displays of Realme 5 and Realme XT are similar – 6.5 and 6.4 inches. However, this is where the similarities end.

Realme 5 (left) and Realme XT
Realme 5 (left) and Realme XT

Realme 5 uses an IPS matrix with a resolution of 1600 by 720 pixels (HD +, 269 PPI). Frankly speaking, pixels are visible to the naked eye even from an arm’s length. This is annoying. And at an angle at the panel, the brightness and contrast are slightly reduced – this is especially evident in comparison with the more expensive Realme XT with Super AMOLED-screen.

The only complaint about the AMOLED matrix of the latter is a slight inversion of white color when the device is tilted. The rest of the display I just want to praise: the panel is saturated, with sufficient brightness. For adherents of the “Shima” sect of AMOLED matrices, there is a function in the settings that allows you to activate the DC Dimming mode.

Realme XT Display
Realme XT Display

Simply put: this mode reduces the flickering of the display, from which some people get tired eyes faster. But I’m pretty sure: an ordinary user, not knowing about such technical details, would never have noticed. In short – Realme XT is fine with the screen; potential buyers will surely like the panel.

The fingerprint scanner in the “younger” Realme 5 is located on the back of the smartphone and works with lightning speed. In the Realme XT, the sensor is optical, it is located under the display. Here the revolution did not happen – it works more slowly in comparison with the “classic” fingerprint sensor in Realme 5.

Realme XT Camera
Realme XT Camera

What I liked: Most users will surely like the Realme XT screen – it is bright and contrasting, practically does not fade in the sun. He has few obvious minuses – except that the inversion is white. But most smartphones with OLED-matrixes, sometimes even from a higher price segment, are distinguished by this “sin”.

What I didn’t like: the display is far from the strongest side of Realme 5. Due to the resolution of HD, the pixels are immediately visible, personally, it annoys me a little. However, a lower resolution has its advantages.

Good performance

First, let’s deal with Realme 5. This device at the current rate costs about $ 160, it can not boast of high power. But it turned out that everything is better than you might expect. The Snapdragon 665 processor, coupled with 4 GB of RAM, is worthy of its own due to the display with a relatively low resolution – you can play the same Call of Duty Mobile. The result in AnTuTu (v8) is 170 thousand points, and the smartphone almost does not heat up.

In general, today the smartphone has enough performance for almost all tasks, but you should not expect miracles from it, for example, in the speed of rendering animations – the difference with the same Realme XT in terms of overall speed and smoothness of work is still felt, albeit not critical.

Realme XT is equipped with a Snapdragon 712 processor. RAM can be from 4 to 8 GB. We tested on a model of 8 GB. In short: the gadget has no performance problems. In the AnTuTu test (v8), he knocks out more than 220 thousand points, while the smartphone practically does not throttle (artificially does not underestimate performance during high loads). You can even talk about a certain margin for the future – for another year and a half, the device is unlikely to experience an acute shortage of power.

But it was not without drawbacks. I understand that the design and logic of Realme’s proprietary shell on Android – ColorOS – may appeal to someone, or at least not annoy, but I personally am puzzled.

I would like to say about the shell – “plain”. It consists of many weakly standardized elements – take at least the desktop icons of different sizes and shapes. There are problems in some proprietary applications – for example, in the “camera”. Finding a virtual key that switches to an ultra-wide-angle camera module did not work on the first try.

What I liked: this applies to both smartphones – they have no performance problems. In the case of Realme XT, everything is still better – there will be enough performance margin for another year before.

What I did not like: the ColorOS shell, to put it mildly, not for everybody. In terms of ease of use, design and general logic, it is significantly inferior to the same One UI from Samsung.

Battery Life – Above Average

The Realme XT uses a 4000 mAh battery, there is support for fast wired 20-watt charging – this adapter is supplied. From 0 to 100%, the charge is replenished in about 80 minutes. In the GSMArena resource autonomy test, the device scored 100 hours. According to my estimates, this is enough for a day and a half work without recharging. A decent result.

Realme 5 is equipped with a battery already at 5000 mAh. Together with a low-resolution screen, the device scored 144 hours in the GSMArena test. This is the fourth-best result in the history of their tests. Simply put: Realme 5 can last a day in very active and two days in normal use. If you try, autonomy will probably be able to stretch for at least another half day.

The only weak point is the lack of support for fast charging. The device comes with a 10-watt power supply, which is half an hour makes up for about 20% of the battery capacity.

What I liked: both smartphones hold battery power perfectly. The case with Realme 5 is completely indicative – you can safely count on two days of work (or even a little more).

What I did not like: fast charging in Realme XT is not so fast. Still, 80 minutes is more than we would like. Realme 5, unfortunately, uses an outdated micro USB port.


Four main photo modules are installed in Realme 5: 12 megapixels (f / 1.8), wide-angle, 8 megapixels (f / 2.2), macro, 2 megapixels (f / 2.4), and a depth sensor – 2 megapixels. The Realme XT also uses four sensors. The resolution of the first is 64 megapixels (f / 1.8), the second, wide-angle – 8 megapixels (f / 2.3), the third, for macro – 2 megapixels (f / 2.4), the fourth, for bokeh – 2 megapixels.

I will say right away that in both devices 2-megapixel sensors are not needed, they are rather installed for marketing purposes. Another interesting point: Realme 5 and Realme XT are able to shoot with zoom in 2x and 5x. In both cases, the effect is fully software (crop). More or less decent quality, such as approximate photos (2x) are obtained only on Realme XT due to a 64 MP camera. And even then – only if you shoot in excellent natural light.

Below is a series of photos taken on Realme 5 in a fully automatic mode. In the afternoon, the quality is acceptable, in the evening – not really:

Realme 5 camera photo quality
Realme 5 camera photo quality
Realme XT Camera photo quality
Realme XT Camera photo quality

Photos are obtained at least competitive – there is automatic HDR, artificial intelligence (AI) does not work too aggressively. At night, the detail, of course, decreases – Realme XT begins to work worse with light sources (for example, lampposts). An important point: by default, the device photographs in a resolution of 16 megapixels, combining four neighboring pixels.

In short: Realme XT shoots at the level of other smartphones in this price category. It is expected that the flagship-level is still far – but the smartphone does not have such a task.


The main advantage of Realme 5 is its outstanding battery life. The device can last two – two and a half days without connecting to an outlet – that’s a lot. Oddly enough, there are no questions about performance either – thanks to the HD resolution display, the load on the hardware component with the not new Snapdragon 665 is reduced.

But in the lower resolution of the display lies the main minus of the device – individual pixels are visible even from an arm’s length. In addition, Realme 5 has an outdated micro USB port, there is no fast charge. The camera is neither better nor worse than competitors in this price category.

Realme XT is a much more advanced model. There are fewer “iron” flaws. The display will appeal to most users thanks to the OLED matrix with saturated colors, performance thanks to the Snapdragon processor of the 700th series – even with a margin, the battery allows you to stretch a day and a half on a single charge, the camera – at a level.

It turns out, almost the perfect “state employees”? No. I understand that this is a matter of taste, but the proprietary ColorOS shell in Realme smartphones is, to put it mildly, an amateur – the same One UI from Samsung is a cut above. In addition, the Realme XT has problems with ergonomics and the location of the volume rocker – but this is nitpicking.

In my opinion, the decisive factor that potential buyers will pay attention to is the price and brand name. Realme 5 has fewer direct competitors – Xiaomi Redmi 8 with a battery of the same size sells a little cheaper, Redmi Note 8 with a better screen is a little more expensive.

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