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Realme 5s: 6.5-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 665, 4GB RAM, 48MP quad-camera and 5000 mAh battery for a low price of 139 USD

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A relaunched smartphone for the masses, Realme 5s means business that provides great value for money.

Before we begin, did you know that Realme is the sub-brand for Oppo? And it was just a few months ago that its predecessor, the Realme 5 first hit the streets as per below specs?

  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio or ~269 ppi density
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) processor, Adreno 610 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Quad primary camera: 12MP with f/1.8 aperture, (wide), 1/2.9", 1.25µm and PDAF + 8MP with f/2.2 aperture, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4" and 1.12µm + 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1/5" and 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera) + 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1/5", 1.75µm, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 13MP selfie camera f/2.0 aperture, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.12µm, HDR and panorama
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2019 release date
  • 9,999 Indian Rupee or ~139 USD for the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage, 10,999 Indian Rupee or ~150 USD for the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 11,999 Indian Rupee or ~165 USD for the 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage

Everything is amazing about the Realme 5, and the only downside is on its High Definition resolution.

How then will the Realme 5s do, touted as the replacement for the Realme 5? Let’s scrutinise it further shall we?

  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio or ~269 ppi density
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection
  • Splash resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) processor, Adreno 610 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Quad primary camera: 48MP with f/1.8 aperture, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm and PDAF + 8MP with f/2.2 aperture, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4" and 1.12µm + 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1/5" and 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera) + 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1/5", 1.75µm, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 13MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.12µm, HDR and panorama
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 25th 2019 release date
  • 9,999 Indian Rupee or ~139 USD for the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 10,999 Indian Rupee or ~150 USD for the 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage

As we browse through the Realme 5s and make a quick comparison, we can see that it gets an upgrade in a few departments. Sporting a similar 6.5-inch HD+ IPS screen and Gorilla Glass 3+ protection, it now comes with splash resistant feature. You will be able to take it for a spin on an adventure, without having to worry about its toughness. Just don’t take it on a water adventure, and you should be all fine and dandy.

Performance-wise, there’s only now one variant available; with the Snapdragon 665 paired with a fast Kryo octa-core processor, decent graphics and 4GB RAM. This allows for smooth operation while running the majority of apps and games that are available out there in the market.

In terms of camera, here is where the Realme 5s shines the brightest.

The quad primary camera gets further improvement, with it now having the 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP camera combination. The quality is high and looks life-like even under night and low light conditions. Then the similar 13MP selfie camera makes a return to complete the combo.

As for storage, you get to choose to either go for 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Whichever option that you go for, there’s always the expansion slot that can easily add another 256GB of space.

Last but not least, the 5000 mAh battery is highly capable of supplying enough juice to the Realme 5s for a day or two in between charging.

                       

Conclusion:

Realme 5s further improves on its predecessor: in terms of additional splash protection, improved 48MP quad camera, and storage capacity. But then again, you have to make do with just the High Definition+ resolution, which is its biggest grouses. Guess that’s the trade-off, for maintaining the price isn’t it?

Realme 5s was released last November 25th with a price tag of 9,999 Indian Rupees or ~139 USD for the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant and 10,999 Indian Rupees or ~150 USD for the 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant. It comes in three beautiful colours, namely Crystal Purple, Crystal Blue and Crystal Red.

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