Our Opinion

The realme 1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (2GB RAM, 16GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 5 (2GB RAM, 16GB)  realme 1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 5 realme 1
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Excellence Score
25.9
35.5
Value for Money Score
77.3
86.4
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 10,620 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat Android 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Mediatek Helio P60
GPU Adreno 506 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.25um large pixel, 5P lens, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Selfie Light, Full HD Video Recording F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 157 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3410 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build, pretty much in the style that has been pioneered by Xiaomi
  • Nice, tall 5.7 inches 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and a pretty compact form factor
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs around
  • Very good performance, backed by the capable Snapdragon 450, that can be considered almost on par with the current-generation Snapdragon 600-series options - on the whole, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 matches up well with devices that usually cost a fair bit more - this is visible even in practical use of the phone - it’s smooth, easy to use and performs well in most situations
  • Decent (though not great) rear and front cameras - you will get decent shots in good light - brightness, composure and sharpness are all reasonable
  • Very good battery life - thanks to MIUI 9’s frugal power consumption and the capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, you can expect to get well over a day of battery life on a single charge
  • On the whole, with very capable specifications at a very reasonable price, the Redmi 5 promises a lot for not much money, and it's main competition will likely come from its own, slightly more expensive cousins from the Redmi Note 5 series
  • Bold, stunning design thanks to the diamond-like reflective body - this is a device that certainly stands out - it is housed inside a fibre-glass casing that has been cut at different angles such that each section of the glass back turns to a different shade of black when light is reflecting off it!
  • Lightweight and well built
  • Decent, modern 18:9 display with minimal bezels - which means that despite the large screen size, the phone will fit nicely into your hand
  • Good all-round performance, similar to Snapdragon 636 phones, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Decent rear and front cameras - both the cameras support depth of field or Portrait effect, and Augmented Reality (AR) stickers
  • The rear camera pictures are reasonably crisp, and have decent color reproduction
  • The front camera relies heavily on Oppo’s AI algorithms to fine-tune the photos which results in good (if slightly artificial looking) photos
  • Overall, cameras are decent, but not quite up to the high benchmark of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Dedicated dual SIM card slots and microSD slot
  • Supports VoLTE on both the dual sim slots
  • Good battery life - easily gives over a day’s usage for an average user
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display is nice but not quite as sharp as the one on the Redmi Note 5
  • While the bezels are slim, they are more than what you’d typically expect from a modern tall-screen phone
  • The cameras are decent in good light, but in low light and even relatively weaker lighting conditions, pictures definitely lose competence
  • No fingerprint sensor, so you have to rely on the face unlock for quick unlocking (which does work quite well)
  • The display is decent on the whole, but outdoor visibility is pretty ordinary
  • Oppo's Color OS UI is not the most refined Android UI, and looks cluttered at places
  • No support for fast charging - the phones take a little over two hours to charge from zero to full
  • On the whole, the Realme 1 offers an interesting design, fast performance and good battery life - and if these are the most important things, it may make for a good choice - but most people will find the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 to be much more complete and well-rounded phones
Expert Reviews
  1. A complete smartphone and has all the necessary inclusions like a bigger display and the latest chipset
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  2. Xiaomi has definitely raised the bar for budget smartphones once again
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  3. The Redmi 5 is definitely one of the more powerful and power-efficient offerings in the budget segment
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  1. Offer stunning value for money
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  2. Bang for the buck
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