Realme 5i is a renewed Realme 5 with a new design but old specs

Realme 5i is a renewed Realme 5 with a new design but old specs

...and a downgraded selfie camera

Realme’s growth in the smartphone market is appreciable and it has mostly to do with the numerous phones they launched last year. In 2019, Realme held a launch event in India almost every month, and it has kicked off 2020 with another launch in the country. Realme just announced another budget smartphone – the Realme 5i – in India for a price of ₹8,999 (~$125).

Realme 5 XDA Forums

The Realme 5i may be marketed as a new smartphone but it is identical to the Realme 5, which was launched back in August 2018. The only refresh on the phone is the new “Sunrise” design of the plastic back, which gives the phone a more premium and refined look. The Realme 5i comes in two colors – blue and green – and the gradient in both the color variants looks like sun rays emanating from one the corners at the bottom. The back panel also comes with an anti-fingerprint coating to keep smudges away.


All of the specifications from the Realme 5 remain unchanged. The Realme 5i comes with a Snapdragon 665 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It features a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD display with a dewdrop notch. Additionally, it comes with quad cameras on the back including a 12MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Notably, while the Realme 5 has a 13MP selfie camera, the one on the Realme 5i is only 8MP.

Realme 5i Specifications

Specifications Realme 5i
Dimensions & Weight
  • 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm
  • 195g
  • 6.51-inch IPS LCD
  • 720 x 1600
  • 89% screen-to-body ratio
  • Gorilla Glass 3+
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Adreno 610 GPU
Storage 64GB
Dedicated microSD slot
Battery 5,000mAh
Fingerprint Sensor Rear-mounted fingerprint
Rear Camera
  • 12MP primary sensor, f/1.8
  • 8MP 119° wide-angle sensor, f/2.25
  • 2MP macro lens, f/2.4
  • 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
  • 4K video recording at 30fps
Front Camera
  • 8MP, f/2.2
  • Full HD video recording @ 30fps
Android Version ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie
Colors Aqua Blue, Forest Green

Price & Availability

The Realme 5i goes on sale as a Flipkart exclusive device starting January 15th. The phone comes in just one variant for now and that is 4GB/64GB, which will be available for ₹8,999 (~$125), which is ₹1,000 cheaper than the same configuration on Realme 5.

The company discontinued Realme 5 in Vietnam, where the Realme 5i was first launched, but it can still be bought in India.

Classic Blue Realme Buds Air, Power Bank, and Realme Hoodie

realme buds air powerbank

Realme has also announced that the Classic Blue Realme Buds Air and the 10,000mAh power bank, and a Realme Hoodie will be available during Flipkart’s Republic Day sale.

realme fitness band

Source: Realme 5i launch live stream on YouTube

Realme CEO also teased a fitness band that would be launching soon in India.

About author

Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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