Our Opinion

The realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A30, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy A30  realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A30 realme 5
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Excellence Score
31.6
35.3
Value for Money Score
68.9
88.2
Price ₹ 13,990 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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 AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 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-C USB
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture 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 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 9.3 mm
Weight 165 gm 198 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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 Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W 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]
  • Well built, sleek, modern design, with a Infinity-U display
  • The glossy sides and back look good (it has the appearance of glass but it is actually plastic)
  • Large, vivid Super AMOLED, Infinity-U display with slim borders all around - everything from images to text really pops - easily one of the best-in-class displays in this price category
  • The Galaxy A30 runs on Samsung's new One UI, which is one of the more polished, refined takes on an Android UI, and is one of the best Android UI implementations at present, along with Oxygen OS
  • There are a number of useful features including Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing, and a whole bunch of motion gestures such as one-handed mode, Smart Stay, etc, which can be toggled on
  • Decent performance with a Exynos 7904 processor at the core (similar to Snapdragon 636) - day-to-day use is decent and complex games like PUBG are also playable at reduced graphics settings
  • One of the few affordable phones with a wide angle sensor at the rear, that can produce some interesting frames
  • It also shoots pretty good portraits
  • Decent bundled headset - and you can enable Dolby Atmos for wired and Bluetooth headphones, which boosts the audio level and spatial separation a bit
  • The 4000mAh battery is one of the Galaxy A30's strong suits - you will easily manage to push past a full day on one charge
  • The bundled fast charger is able to take the battery to about 70 percent in an hour, which is not bad at all
  • 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]
  • Of course the glossy body means that it also attracts smudges and fingerprints easily
  • The fingerprint sensor works well, but is placed a bit too high up - and you will have to really stretch your index finger, or at times, shuffle the phone around to reach it
  • You have the option to use face recognition instead of — or in addition to — using the fingerprint scanner, but it's not very quick, not even under good light
  • The Galaxy A30 is also a big phone to carry around, even if you have large hands
  • Unfortunately, there are still plenty of promotions, and ads to deal with, in the default phone setup (you can thankfully opt out of these though)
  • Given however, that other phones in this price range now come with much more powerful SoCs like the MediaTek Helio P70 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, the A30 does lag behind the competition in terms of performance
  • Overall quality-wise though, the dual rear camera (primary + wide-angle) setup at the rear is average though, especially in terms of low light performance
  • The front 16-megapixel selfie camera is again average - selfies are a bit soft in daylight and in low-light, selfies lack good detail, with visible grain
  • The Galaxy A30 can shoot up to full-HD videos with good quality, but the lack of stabilisation is a let-down - unless you're staying still, videos often end up looking shaky and unusable - continuous autofocus too isn't very quick, and you will see visible lag when the camera tries to refocus onto another subject
  • The audio output from the speaker however is quite weak in terms of volume
  • Overall, the A30 is not quite as good as Samsung's other recent launches in the M and A series
  • It will face very stiff competition from the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which apart from being much more powerful, also takes a big lead in the camera department
  • Even if you want to stick to Samsung, the M30 will give you a slightly better camera performance, a bigger battery, and storage - so, significantly better value
  • 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. A balanced smartphone with good specs, and it will serve you well no matter the occasion
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty good device for the price segment it’s sitting in...but the Galaxy M30 is better bang-for-the-buck
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. We'd suggest giving the Galaxy A30 a pass
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has formidable competitors...but for those who don’t game and are happy with great battery life and a solid multimedia experience, you can buy this phone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Reliable daily driver
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Nothing makes the Galaxy A30 stand out, and with so many good options available, being perfectly average doesn’t really cut it anymore
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy A30 is a good phone...but it will struggle against competition in the online market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk 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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