Our Opinion

The realme 5s 128GB is a slightly better phone, but the realme 5i 64GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then realme 5s 128GB might be a slightly better choice.

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Excellence Score
30.4
34.3
Value for Money Score
74.8
73.5
Price ₹ 10,950 onwards ₹ 13,409 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 Nov, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, 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 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features Night mode Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 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 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR 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 9 mmThick 9.3 mmThick
Weight 195 gmHeavy 198 gmHeavy
Width 75.0 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 Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby 718 hrs 718 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 46.90 hrs 46.90 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs 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]
  • Great design - similar to the Realme 5 & 5s, the Realme 5i has both a good build quality, and trendy looks - this time with a new sunrise design pattern on the back
  • 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
  • There is an anti-fingerprint layer at the back which is effective to keep smudges off
  • Nice, large 6.5-inch IPS display, well suited to media consumption - with good color saturation, decent viewing angles 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
  • Realme 5i offers the exact same rear camera setup as the Realme 5 - there is a 12MP primary camera + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro camera for closeup shots
  • Overall image quality is good from the primary camera, especially in daylight - it meters light correctly - photos have decent dynamic range with good levels of detail, which is evident even after zooming in
  • 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 in daylight
  • Overall, this is a good cameraphone for the price bracket, especially for day-time images
  • Decent bottom loudspeaker
  • Outstanding battery life with a gigantic 5000mAh battery same as the Realme 5 & 5s - you will get a cool 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Realme 5i is another great device from Realme, - if you're on a tight budget and looking for a good all-rounder or a very good gaming phone, Realme 5i makes sense with its fast processor, and nearly two-day long battery life
  • 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]
  • 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 5i is a bit heavy too, at 195g
  • 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 which will spam you with notifications (though thankfully these can be uninstalled)
  • The new 8-megapixel selfie camera is just average - backgrounds are often overexposed when shooting outdoors - the Realme 5i also offers portrait mode for the selfie camera, which is decent, but the edge detection could have been better
  • 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
  • The wide-angle camera offers an interesting perspective but does not deliver the same level of detail as compared to the primary lens - the edges of frames appeared to be slightly stretched
  • 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 10k price segment that offers higher resolution displays, better cameras, fast charging and equal or better processors such as the the Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 3 Pro
  • 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. Powerful hardware at a more affordable price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Definitely recommended
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realmi 5i looks promising and the overall experience is good in the affordable segment
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Budget smartphone with a large battery but nothing compelling beyond that
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good smartphone that probably wasn't needed
    zeebiz.com in-depth 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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