Our Opinion

The realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 8X (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 8X (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 8X realme 5
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Excellence Score
22.0
26.3
Value for Money Score
51.3
68.4
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 396 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, Eye comfort mode, Night mode, Sunlight display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 20MP + 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 20MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Panorama, HDR, Portrait mode 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 16.0MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Portrait Selfies F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.8 mmMedium 9.3 mmThick
Weight 175 gmMedium 198 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby 662 hrs 718 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 21.00 hrs 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 Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning, premium design - the Honor 8X looks like the quintessential Honor smartphone, featuring a glossy textured glass back finish with its dazzling light reflecting properties, metal trim, notched display, and eye-catching looks all around - the 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and minimal chin is undeniably impressive, giving the handset even more screen to work with that Huawei’s flagship P20 Pro - it’s a great piece of tech to marvel at that rivals the look and feel of premium flagship handsets which cost significantly more
  • The rear fingerprint scanner is highly responsive and face recognition is also very speedy, although not quite as fast as the higher-end P20 Pro
  • Beautiful, bezel-less, 6.5-inch LTPS LCD display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution - even given the large display size, the Full HD+ resolution appears plenty sharp enough - the panel’s colors also pop with the appropriate fervour, resulting in bright and vivid images - sunlight legibility is also decent (though not exceptional)
  • The largest display currently in this price bracket
  • The colorful icons and white UI elements of the EMUI interface can’t help but invoke Apple’s iOS - and though EMUI does deviate majorly from a stock Android experience, but the software is perfectly functional and avoids any major bloat - it also offers tons of customization, so you get options for the app drawer, notch toggle, View Mode sizes, and text sizes under the display settings to tweak the appearance more to your tastes
  • There also a number of useful software add-ons like a gesture based navigation scheme (similar to the one on Android Pie), motion controls enabling features like raising the phone to your ear to automatically answer calls or flip the phone upside down to mute, and App Lock and Filesafe to provide ways to keep bits of information secure behind your fingerprint
  • Very solid, snappy mid-range performance with the Kirin 710 SoC (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - the Honor 8X is a snappy device that zips through everything that you can throw at it
  • Decent single bottom-facing speaker - sounds fairly decent and pumps out plenty of volume
  • Outstanding battery - the combination of the large 3750mAh battery + good software/hardware optimisation results in a phone that will last you a good 2 days with moderate use - and lighter users could well extend usage well into a third day - plus there are some useful battery saving modes too - in terms of battery life, the 8X is one of the best performing phones in recent times
  • On the whole, the Honor 8X is a great marriage of style and substance - if you don't care for the best camera phone for your buck, it's a solid choice, and one of the best looking devices you can get
  • 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]
  • You can't get around the fact though that this a giant phablet - while there’s plenty of screen real estate, reaching across the panel is a stretch with one hand - combined with the glass back and sharper edges than some other large handsets, the phone can be awkward to handle at times - this is not a phone for those who value ergonomics, it's one for those who want to have the best media consumption experience
  • The camera performance of both the dual rear camera setup as well as the front camera is decent but tends to be inconsistent, mainly due to overactive AI processing - and this is one area where Honor 8X can sometimes let you down, compared to the top competition in this price bracket
  • Uses the old MicroUSB port, instead of the new USB-C standard
  • 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
  • The wide-angle camera offers an interesting perspective but does not deliver the same level of detail as compared to the primary lens
  • 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. If you are on the budget, you should check it out
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Perfectly capable of satisfying consumers on a budget
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An appealing buy
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Next best mid-ranger with an average camera
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Good-looking and relatively affordable phablet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A big-screen phone with an affordable price tag
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth your consideration
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Almost the perfect marriage of style and substance...but photography enthusiasts might want to give this AI camera a miss
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  19. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. firstpost.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. A very worthy candidate for one of the best phones you can get in this price bracket
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Realme 5 looks good and performs well, for a budget phone... excellent value for money
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Good bang for the buck...a great addition to Realme's value for money handsets
    asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Offers a slew of features while delivering on performance, so there is little space for complaints
    business-standard.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. Nice little mix of impressive hardware and aggressive price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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