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Realme 5 series India launch event started with the company's India CEO Madhav Sheth on the stage. Sheth began with the company's recent achievements. He said Realme X has been a big hit for the company. He also highlighted the ratings received by Realme X and Realme 3i on Flipkart, the online retail partner of the company. Sheth added Realme was the fastest brand to achieve 8 million smartphone shipments and the company now has 10 million users in the country. Sheth then moved to the offline expansion for the brand, which started in January this year. He revealed that Realme is now present in 8,000 stores in over 60 cities across the country.
Bhatia started with Realme 5 Pro. According to Bhatia, Realme 5 Pro sports the new Crystal Design with a holographic colour effect. The phone will be offered in Sparkling Blue and Crystal Green colours. Realme 5 Pro features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a dewdrop notch.
Among other specifications, the Realme 5 Pro features quad-camera setup on the back with a 48-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel camera for portraits, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. Bhatia also noted that Realme 5 Pro will include the same image tuning technology as Realme X.
On the front, the Realme 5 Pro includes a 16-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture. Under the hood, Realme 5 Pro is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC. The phone will be offered with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage.
The phone also includes a 4,035mAh battery and it uses VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The company will bundle a 20W USB Type-C fast charger in the box.
Nidhi Bhatia then moved to Realme 5, which features the same Crystal Design as Realme 5 Pro. It will be sold in Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple colours. Bhatia noted that Realme 5 has Mini-Drop fullscreen display of 6.5-inches with a 89 percent screen-to-body ratio.
On the camera front, the Realme 5 has a similar quad camera setup to that of Realme 5 Pro. It includes a 12-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel camera for portraits, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter.
Bhatia then announced that Realme 5 comes with a 5,000mAh battery, making it the phone with largest battery in the company's portfolio. She also noted that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. Bhatia then invited Qualcomm's Sachin Kalantri on the storage to detail the Snapdragon 665 chip.
According to Kalantri, the Snapdragon 665 is based on 11nm manufacturing process and includes Kryo 260 CPU cores. It also packs Adreno 610 GPU.
Following Qualcomm presentation, Realme's Nidhi Bhatia returned to the stage and revealed that Realme 5 series will come with a splash-resistant design. It will run on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top. The phones will also support Google ARCore and the same support will be coming to older Realme phones as well via a software update in the coming weeks.
Madhav Sheth then came back to the stage to announce a few new Realme accessories - Realme Iconic Case for Realme 5 Series (Rs. 399, on sale starting September 21), Realme Tote bag (Rs. 1,199, on sale starting September 4), and Realme Buds 2 (Rs. 599, goes on sale September 4).
Finally, Sheth revealed the pricing and availability details for the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro smartphones. According to Sheth, Realme 5 will be offered in three storage variants - 3GB + 32GB at Rs. 9,999, 4GB + 64GB at Rs. 10,999, 4GB + 128GB at Rs. 11,999. The first sale for Realme 5 is scheduled for August 27, 12 noon. It will be offered via Flipkart and Realme.com initially, offline stores will join later.
Realme 5 Pro, on the other hand, has been priced starting at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB variants will retail at Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 16,999, respectively. The first sale for Realme 5 Pro will take place on September 4 at 12 noon. The sales channels for Realme 5 Pro will be sale as Realme 5.
Lastly, Madhav Sheth stated that Realme will bring a new phone - Realme XT - in late-September with 64-megapixel primary shooter and a total of four cameras on the back.
This is it. The Realme 5 series launch event is over. You can watch the full event video below.