Our Opinion

The realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M30 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M30 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  realme 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
28.0
33.2
Value for Money Score
77.9
84.6
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 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 #51 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Adreno 610
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP + 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 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: 123-degree Wide-angle Lens, Bokeh 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 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 32 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 8.5 mmMedium 9.3 mmThick
Weight 174 gmMedium 198 gmHeavy
Width 75.1 mmOk 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 5000 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) 31.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 18 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 19 hrs, Video Playback Time: 25 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 105 hrs Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good looks and build quality - with a a unibody design, and glossy finish on the back panel - quite similar to its cousins - the M10 and M20
  • The Galaxy M30’s back panel doesn’t attract fingerprint smudges as much as M20 - it’s also better to grip and use for longer period of time
  • Very good, class-leading 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny waterdrop notch - the screen is vibrant and offers pretty satisfactory legibility indoors and outdoors - one of the very few phones in this price bracket to have an AMOLED panel
  • Now packs the new Samsung One UI which is one of the most streamlined, clean, and refined Android skins around at present - and is especially well suited ergonomically for one handed use
  • It also has a very intuitive gesture navigation system
  • Decent, solid, mid-range performance with a Exynos 7904 octa-core processor (similar to Snapdragon 626) - it can easily handle your day-to-day tasks such as browsing, social networking and streaming multimedia on-the-go - graphic-intensive games like PUBG Mobile also run reasonably well on the phone (it is not however the best performance to be had in this price bracket - there are many better performing competitors)
  • Decent triple-rear camera setup - includes a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.9 sensor, 5-megapixel depth sensor, and 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 123-degree viewing angle - the results are reasonably good for the given price point
  • You get some pretty good portraits
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Overall, it's a decent camera setup - but it's not the best to be had in this price range
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000 mAh battery - you will get up to 2 days with moderate use
  • Samsung Galaxy M30 is a pretty capable mid-range smartphone, and if you’re looking for a phone with big battery and good camera, Galaxy M30 is worth considering - that said, it will face some stiff competition from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro which offers Snapdragon 675 processor and 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor
  • 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]
  • The lowlight performance of the rear and front cameras, is pretty average
  • No 4k video recording, and no stabilisation at 1080p
  • 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. Great all-rounder...makes a very compelling case for someone who doesn't find gaming or camera performance particularly important
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the asking price, the Galaxy M30 is not a bad option
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung has managed to create a good smartphone with its Galaxy M30 that packs a number of improvements when compared to past Samsung smartphones from in this segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A reliable option....the polished software, long-lasting battery and great looking display make it a very good option for people who aren't too demanding of their phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A capable mid-range smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you're looking for excellent battery life in a smartphone, Samsung Galaxy M30 is the right choice...you get a good package for under Rs 15,000
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A very competent alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks like a good option for Samsung loyalists, but still faces stiff competition from the likes of XiaomI Redmi Note 7 Pro
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Samsung nails almost every aspect that consumers are looking for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Probably one of the best all-round devices launched by Samsung recently...suitable device for the millennials
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. techradar.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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