Our Opinion

The realme 5s 128GB is a slightly better phone than the Vivo U20 (4GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 5s 128GB!

Vivo U20 (4GB RAM)  realme 5s 128GB 
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Excellence Score
27.2
31.0
Value for Money Score
63.9
72.2
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2019 Nov, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow 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 6.53 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 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 N/A Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 612 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 16MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 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/1.78 Aperture, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, AI Super Wide Angle, Bokeh, Super Macro, HDR, AI Portrait Framing, Live Photo, Panorama, AR Stickers, Super Wide Angle Video, Time Lapse, Slo-Mo, Video Face Beauty 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 6P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom; Sony IMX586 Sensor, 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, Screen Flash, AI Face Beauty, HDR, Filters, Live Photo, AR Stickers, Mirror Selfie F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, 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 8.89 mmMedium 9.3 mmThick
Weight 193 gmHeavy 198 gmHeavy
Width 76.4 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) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, slick, premium looks (looks more expensive than it is), good build quality
  • The rear camera module has a copper accent on the edges, which further adds to the premium-ness
  • The front is modern with a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display with a dewdrop notch, and minimal bezels
  • Both the fingerprint scanner, and face unlock are quick
  • The IPS display is crisp, and boasts good legibility and viewing angles
  • Very good performance for the price category with a powerful Snapdragon 675 at the core - it delivers smooth performance not just in daily use, but high-end games like PUBG
  • Decent triple-camera setup at the back: 16-megapixel primary lens + 8-super-wide-angle lens + 2-megapixel super macro lens - in good lighting conditions, the images shot offer good exposure as well as good color production
  • Fast focus speed
  • Good portrait mode - blurs the background quite well and gives you good bokeh effect
  • Good 16-megapixel front facing camera - works well in both day-light and low-light conditions, and has a good portrait mode too
  • Overall, the camera setup on the U20 is pretty decent for the price bracket (but not the best)
  • Excellent battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Fast charging support (18W) - you can recharge your phone's battery in about two-and-half hours
  • If you value performance, battery and design in your phone, the the U20 is another excellent option from Vivo, after its popular predecessor, the U10 - the only area where it lags a little behind the competition from Xiaomi and Realme is the cameras
  • Great design, similar to the Realme 5 - like all Realme phones recently, the Realme 5s has both a good build quality, and striking looks (with a crystal back polycarbonate design)
  • 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
  • Good performance for the price bracket, with the fast 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 the main upgrade for the Realme 5s, with a new 48MP primary camera (the rest of the camera setup is the same: 2MP depth sensor + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP macro camera for closeup shots)
  • Overall image quality is slightly improved from the primary camera, especially in daylight
  • The 119-degree ultrawide-angle camera is the same as on the Realme 5 Pro, and captures decent images for sharing on social media platforms
  • Portrait shots come out decent too
  • Decent 13-megapixel selfie camera - it delivers decent portrait shots too
  • Decent bottom loudspeaker
  • Outstanding battery life with a gigantic 5000mAh battery - you will get a cool 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Realme 5s is a pretty good option to consider if you want to optimize for a stylish design, and good battery
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Somewhat bulky
  • Vivo's Funtouch UI is one of the heavier Android skins around, and packs plenty of bloatware - which means that if you like your phones simple and fuss-free, it's not the best option around
  • The super-wide angle camera, and the macro camera, while offering some interesting framing options, are not that good in terms of image quality
  • Low light camera performance from the rear camera setup is average (the Night mode does help a bit though)
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern 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 5s is a bit heavy too, at nearly 200g - and it's also a little top heavy - which again hinders long-time one handed use
  • If you like more premium glass builds (instead of plastic), then there are options like the Redmi Note 8 available in this price bracket now
  • 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 2-megapixel macro lens gives interesting framing options, but is ordinary otherwise - it takes a few tries to get a detailed macro shot - in fact, there are times when you will get slightly better results with the main camera
  • Low light performance is still 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
  • Overall, while the camera is improved, and is pretty good for the price bracket, it's not quite as good as its main competitor, the Redmi Note 8, which delivers relatively more true-to-life images with natural-looking colors, more details, and better low-light performance
  • Uses the old Micro USB port - some competitors like the Redmi Note 8 have now shifted to the modern USB-C standard
  • No fast charging support - with the supplied charger, you will get a full charge in more than two and a half hours
  • It has a strong competitor in the Redmi Note 8 though, which offers a premium glass build, 18W fast charging, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a full HD+ display, and perhaps most importantly a better 48-megapixel camera - unless you have a strong preference for the crystal back design of the Realme 5S or want the best possible battery life, the Redmi Note 8 is looking like the better all-rounder for most people
  • Additionally, if you want stock Android phones, then the Moto One Action and Moto One Macro are also worth considering, and if you want the best display for your buck, then the Samsung's Galaxy M30 with an AMOLED display is a good option as well
  • Another 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
Expert Reviews
  1. If you are looking for a device primarily for gaming then the Vivo U20 should be pretty high on your shortlist...that said, the U20 isn't a perfect all-rounder; the cameras did leave us wanting
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you need a smartphone that does not leave you alone before your day is over even after heavy gaming or hours of video streaming, then Vivo U20 will be the best option for you....But if you love photography and need a good camera smartphone then you sho
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good option for those who want to play graphics-heavy games but don’t want an expensive device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good buy at this price
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Light on your pocket, but a strong performer indeed
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Competent contender in the fierce ongoing battle for the budget space
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a worthy choice in isolation, but its sheen starts to fade a little when it's put in direct comparison with the likes of the Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5 -- both of which offer just a little more than the Vivo U20
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. An easy recommendation...but if you can get hold of the Redmi Note 8, you should consider it as well
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme 5s is a very minor refresh of the Realme 5....We feel that Realme could have done a lot more with the 5s to make it more competitive
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you are looking for a smartphone under Rs. 10,000, realme 5s is still one of the recommended options out there
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A solid choice for those looking at buying a phone under Rs 10,000...but there are (arguably better) alternatives
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Realme 5s is just the Realme 5 repackaged with a new camera and coated with a new paint layer... But at a time when the competition is much more fierce in this price bracket, I would say that you are better off getting the Redmi Note 8 instead
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Realme 5s is a good choice for those looking for an all rounder
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Brilliant execution
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good looking phone with great battery life and fairly good cameras...but difficult to recommend considering what the competition has to offer at this price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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