Realme 5i was launched in India on Thursday, and it is a more basic variant of the popular Realme 5 smartphone that launched in the country in August last year. An Oppo spin-off brand, Realme had first unveiled the Realme 5i in Vietnam earlier this week, detailing its design and specifications ahead of the India launch. Key highlights of the Realme 5i include a quad rear camera and a 5,000mAh battery. The Realme smartphone also comes with a waterdrop-style display notch and features a fingerprint sensor at the back. There is also splash resistance. The Chinese company aims to take on the likes of the Redmi Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy M20 with the Realme 5i. In addition to the Realme 5i, Realme has announced its Classic Blue Limited Collection that includes a 10,000mAh Realme Power Bank and Realme Buds Air case with a blue paintjob. The company has also teased its anticipated fitness-tracking wristband that could debut as the Realme Fitness Band.
The Realme 5i price in India is set at Rs. 8,999 for the single, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The smartphone comes in Aqua Blue and Forest Green colour options and will go on sale starting Wednesday, January 15. Moreover, the phone will be available for purchase during its first sale at 12pm (noon) IST on Wednesday through Flipkart and Realme.com website.
Launch offers on the Realme 5i include benefits worth Rs. 7,550 for Jio users as well as a 10 percent SuperCash via MobiKwik. Customers will also receive additional exchange discount via Cashify.
To recall, the Realme 5i was launched in Vietnam earlier this week with a price tag of VND 3,690,000 (roughly Rs. 11,400) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant, whereas its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option was priced at VND 4,290,000 (roughly Rs. 13,200).
In comparison with the Realme 5i, the Realme 5 was launched in India with a starting price of Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model, while its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant carried a price tag of Rs. 10,999 and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage model debuted at Rs. 11,999.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 5i runs Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0.1 on top and features a 6.52-inch HD+ (720x1600 pixels) in-cell display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 269ppi of pixel density. The display panel is also protected by a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Under the hood, the phone has the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, paired with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
For photos and videos, the Realme 5i has the quad rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/1.8 lens. It is assisted by an 8-megapixel sensor that has a wide-angle f/2.25 lens, paired with two 2-megapixel sensors that have f/2.4 portrait and macro lenses on top. The smartphone also has an LED flash. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 lens. The smartphone also has a list of preloaded features, including Beauty, HDR, Portrait, Timelapse, Slo-mo, NightScape 2.0, and Expert.
The Realme 5i has 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. There is also the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.
Realme has provided the 5,000mAh battery on the smartphone with 10W charging support. Besides, the phone measures 164.4x75x9.3mm and weighs 195 grams.
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