Realme launched the 5i in India today with a price tag of Rs 8,999. Its specifications are almost similar to the Realme 5 which had the same price. Only one RAM and storage variant of the 5i was announced for India and it goes on sale on 15 January on Flipkart and the company’s website.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, it will be available in India only with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. However, buyers can upgrade the storage via the microSD card slot. It has a quad rear-camera setup with a primary 12 MP f/1.8 sensor along with an 8 MP f/2.3 ultra-wide-angle, 2 MP f/2.4 macro sensor, and a 2 MP f/2.4 depth sensor. On the front, there’s an 8 MP f/2.0 sensor for selfies.

The Realme 5i runs on ColorOS 6 that’s based on Android 9 Pie. An update to Android 10 is expected in the future. With a 5,000 mAh battery, it should last you for more than a day. However, there’s no fast charging and it connects via a dated micro-USB port. To have a clear perspective of the phone against its competition, here’s a table comparing it with the ones in the same price segment.

SmartphoneRealme 5iRedmi Note 8Redmi 8Realme 5sSamsung Galaxy A10s
Display Size (inch)6.526.
Resolution (pixels)720 x 16001080 x 2340720 x 1520720 x 1600720 x 1520
ProcessorSnapdragon 665Snapdragon 665Snapdragon 439Snapdragon 665MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22
CPU CoresOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-core
GPUAdreno 610Adreno 610Adreno 505Adreno 610PowerVR GE8320
RAM4 GB4/6 GB4 GB4 GB2/3 GB
On-Board Memory64 GB64/128 GB64 GB64/128 GB32 GB
Expandable MemoryYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 512 GBYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 512 GB
Rear camera12 MP f/1.8 (primary) + 8 MP f/2.3 (ultra-wide) + 2 MP f/2.4 (macro camera) + 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)48 MP f/1.8 (primary) + 8 MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide) + 2 MP f/2.4 (macro camera) + 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)12 MP f/1.8 (primary), 2MP (depth)48 MP f/1.8 (primary) + 8 MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide) + 2 MP f/2.4 (macro camera) + 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)13 MP f/1.8 (primary) + 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)
Front Camera8 MP f/2.013 MP f/2.08 MP f/2.013 MP f/2.08 MP f/2.0
OS VersionAndroid 9 Pie, ColorOS 6Android 9 Pie, MIUI 11Android 9 Pie, MIUI 11Android 9 Pie, ColorOS 6Android 9 Pie
3.5mm jackYesYesYesYesYes
USB TypemicroUSBUSB-CUSB-CmicroUSBmicroUSB
Battery (mAh)5,0004,0005,0005,0004,000
Fast chargingNo (10 W)Yes (18 W)Yes (18 W)No (10 W)No
ColoursAqua Blue, Forest GreenSpace Black, Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Cosmic PurpleOnyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald GreenCrystal Blue, Crystal Red, Crystal PurpleBlack, Blue, Green
Starting price (Rs)8,9999,9997,9999,9998,999


Looking at the above comparison, the Realme 5i faces serious competition from itself with the 5s. For just another Rs 1,000, you’re getting a better camera, both on the front and rear. From Xiaomi, you get a few better features for some extra money which are worth it. Along with a better camera system, you’re getting 18 W fast charging, although the battery capacity is 1,000 mAh lower. Then there’s a USB-C port as well which makes it future proof too.

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