For several months, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro has been the go-to budget mid-range smartphone in 2019. Packing nearly-unbeatable specs with a massive 48MP camera, it seemed like the reign would last until the end of this year. However, Oppo’s sister company launched the Realme 5 Pro with more cameras to use and a better chipset to boot. In just one announcement, Realme has launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro killer.
Top Reasons Why Realme 5 Pro is a Better Buy Than Redmi Note 7 Pro
More powerful gaming chipset
Redmi Note 7 Pro makes use of a Snapdragon 675 based on 11nm process node. However, the Realme 5 Pro uses a more efficient and more powerful chipset in the Snapdragon 712. It’s based on the 10nm process node, so thermal and efficiency performance is better. You can also expect better gaming experience due to the Adreno 616 GPU. Lastly, you get the benefit of a fast UFS 2.1 storage and Hyper Boost 2.0 technology.
Four cameras (duh)
In the case of Realme 5 Pro, a gaming phone should come with robust cameras. That said, the device comes with the standard 48MP f1.8 wide sensor, an 8MP f2.2 ultrawide, a 2MP f2.4 depth-sensing, and a 2MP f2.4 macro sensor that’s quite rare in 2019. Capable of recording up to 4K @ 30 fps, you can also do ultra slow-mo at 720p @ 960fps. Since we’re talking about a Realme device, the company’s Chroma Boost is a reliable software technology that outputs Instagram-ready photos.
Since we’ve entered the rainy season already in the Philippines, you’re more likely to get your smartphone wet from splashes. This is where the splash-resistant design of Realme 5 Pro comes in. Although it lacks any sort of IP water & dust resistance rating, it doesn’t mean it can’t handle a few splashes. In other words, you should have no problem using the device when under the rain.
New Holographic Crystal Design
Smartphones in 2019 are nearly identical to each other. Even colors are enough to make a device stand out, just check out Galaxy Note 10 Aura Glow. In this case, the Realme 5 Pro does a great job of being unique among others. The company is introducing a new crystal holographic design that has become a staple of Realme phones. Shimmering in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue, the glass back panel looks like it’s made of real crystal. It adds sophistication and value, despite being a relatively affordable smartphone.
VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging
No offense to Redmi 7 Note Pro’s Quick Charge 4, but OPPO’s VOOC fast charging is the fastest one out there, and by far, the safest route to fast charging. Powered thru USB Type-C, Realme 5 Pro supports 20W of VOOC 3.0 charging which allows for 50% in 30 mins. Despite having high wattage, it doesn’t affect the thermals of the device itself. Instead, it’s offloaded to the charger brick to avoid damaging the battery.
Realme 5 Pro went official in India with a starting price of Rs. 13,999 or ~P10k (4GB/64GB) and goes up to Rs. 13,999 or nearly P12,500 (8GB/128GB). While the Redmi Note 7 Pro is available already for P7990 (3GB/32GB) and goes up to P11,490 for the 4GB/128GB model.