Our Opinion

The realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 10 Lite (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Huawei Honor 10 Lite (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 10 Lite realme 5
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Excellence Score
29.1
35.3
Value for Money Score
73.6
88.2
Price ₹ 10,490 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.21 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 415 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse, EIS
Secondary Camera 24MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (wide), 0.9um Sensor Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 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 8 mm 9.3 mm
Weight 162 gm 198 gm
Width 73.6 mm 75.6 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 718 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 46.90 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Eye-catching, premium dual tone design
  • Good ergonomics and nice grip
  • Fast rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Large, colorful, bright, tall display, with a minimal, drew-drop notch
  • EMUI is very customizable and feature-rich
  • Good overall performance backed by a Kirin 710 (similar to Snapdragon 660) - handles gaming and other heavy tasks with ease
  • The loudspeaker is loud indeed (although there is distortion at higher volumes)
  • Good battery life - with a 3400mAh battery, the phone lasts the day even with heavy use
  • Great design - like all Realme phones recently, the Realme 5 has both a good build quality, and striking looks
  • The phone still uses a polycarbonate body with a laminated plastic back, but the design of the diamond pattern on the back has been updated to a more crystalline pattern, which looks equally nice and helps the phone stand out
  • The front is modern and sharp too with a 6.5-inch display, with a small dewdrop notch and fairly slim bezels all around
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and face unlock work accurately and fast
  • Nice, large 6.5inch IPS display, well suited to media consumption - with good color saturation, and good sunlight legibility
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined, and cleaner than before, and of course packs a bunch of additional functionality over stock Android
  • Very good performance for the price bracket, with the excellent Snapdragon 665 at the core - everything from day-to-day use to high-end games is fairly smooth
  • Thermal control is good too - the phone doesn't get more than a little warm, even with long sessions of gaming
  • The cameras are of course the highlight feature of the Realme 5, being the first phone with four cameras at this price point in India - there is a 12MP primary camera + 2MP depth sensor + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP macro camera for closeup shots
  • Overall image quality is decent from the both the primary and wide-angle camera, especially in daylight
  • Shots of people have good-looking skin tones, and edge detection is handled well when shooting in Portrait mode
  • The macro camera activated by switching to the ‘Ultra macro' mode yields some good results too - there's no autofocus, but when positioned correctly over a subject, you will manage to get some stunning details which aren't possible with a regular lens
  • Video recording is decent too - you can shoot at up to 4K (though stabilisation is only there till 1080p) - detail levels in videos are good
  • The 13-megapixel selfie camera captures fairly good-looking selfies in daylight - there's HDR for this camera too, and it works well even when shooting against bright light - you can also shoot selfie videos at up to 1080p, and the footage is stabilised, which is very handy and not something you see too often in this segment
  • Overall, this is amongst the best cameraphones for the price bracket, especially for day-time images
  • Decent bottom loudspeaker
  • Outstanding battery life with a gigantic 5000mAh battery - you will get a cool 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Realme 5 is another fantastic device from Realme, armed with a fast processor, nearly two-day long battery life, and versatile cameras
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Plasticky build
  • Attracts fingerprints
  • Face unlock is not the most accurate
  • The UI doesn't feel as responsive or fluid as it should be - the Kirin 710's CPU is more than capable chipset so it's probably down to not-that-great software optimization (that will hopefully get corrected with updates)
  • Some of the default settings for screen timeout, and other aggressive battery saving measures that kill apps in the background are overdone - and you might need to tweak these manually
  • Average cameras at the front and rear
  • The rear dual camera setup struggles to offer much in the way of detail or dynamic range - photos can also occasionally suffer from excessive processing that makes their colors look overly saturated
  • Average portrait mode
  • No video stabilization and no 4K video recording
  • Average bluetooth performance - you will experience the occasional dropouts
  • Uses the old Micro USB port instead of the modern USB-C
  • No fast charging support
  • The Honor 10 Lite is a decent phone on its own, but will find it tough to compete in this price bracket - you want to instead look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (great all-rounder), Honor 8X (extra screen space, the better battery life, and the more consistent camera performance), Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One programme, much better camera), and the Nokia 7 Plus (Android One programme, better camera, better battery)
  • This is a fairly large phone though - the size does make one-handed use cumbersome, and even with large hands, you will struggle to tap anywhere near the top of the display (thankfully, ColorOS offers a one-handed mode to help tackle this issue)
  • The Realme 5 is a bit heavy too, at nearly 200g - and it's also a little top heavy - which again hinders long-time one handed use
  • Screen resolution is on the low side, so long text reading is not the most ideal experience
  • There is, as always, a plethora of preinstalled apps - though thankfully these can be uninstalled
  • Low light performance is, as expected, average however, both for images, and video - there is some noise, and less detail in low light images - the Nightscape mode helps a bit, but not a lot
  • No fast charging support - with the supplied charger, you will get around 24 percent charge in half an hour, around 43 percent in an hour, and 100 percent in about 3 hours
  • The main caveat to keep in mind is the size and weight of the phone - if you like your phones compact, and your routine involves a lot of one-handed use, then this might not be for you
  • At a slightly higher price, you could also grab some other very good phones in the under 15k price segment that offers higher resolution displays, fast charging and equal or better processors such as the the Redmi Note 7S and the Realme 3 Pro
Expert Reviews
  1. In an overcrowded midrange segment the Honor 10 Lite doesn't really stand out with anything exceptional
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent budget buy
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A great all-rounder
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good phone let down by poor cameras
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Where the Honor 10 Lite falters are its cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easy to recommend
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A well-rounded package...but the camera performance could have been slightly better
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Ticks most of the features, a budget phone should possess
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The best looking budget phone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. Might be a hard sell
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Honor continues to succeed in making the best cheap phones in the business
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Amazing bang for the buck
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Commendable pricing...worth getting for its big battery and versatile wide and macro cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you’re in the market for a smartphone with a big display, huge battery, good performance, and versatile camera setup, realme 5 is the smartphone to go for
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Sets a new bar for budget phones...if you’re looking for an all-round performer in under Rs 10,000, the Realme 5 should be in the top of your list
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A great package that delivers where it counts
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Best performance and camera smartphone in sub-Rs 10,000 range
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Can be your best option in this price range
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Offers a slew of features while delivering on performance, so there is little space for complaints
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Nice little mix of impressive hardware and aggressive price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A very worthy candidate for one of the best phones you can get in this price bracket
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Good bang for the buck...a great addition to Realme's value for money handsets
    asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Delivers an excellent all-round package...provided you don't mind a bulky and heavy phone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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