Update, August 4, 2020 (4AM ET): According to XDA-Developers citing a Realme spokesperson, the V series will also go on sale in most of Realmeâ€™s international markets, including Europe, at some point this year. This includes the Realme V5.
While thereâ€™s no pricing info for the phone just yet, a direct conversion from its Chinese price suggests a tag of around â‚¬180 in Europe. However, European pricing for phones is generally higher than Chinese prices.
The affordable phone adds bulk to the companyâ€™s previous device launches in 2020, like the X50 Pro and the X3 SuperZoom. But unlike this duo, the Realme V5 isnâ€™t meant to be a flagship killer, unless youâ€™re only buying flagships for 5G connectivity.
Aesthetically, itâ€™s nothing we havenâ€™t seen before this year. Youâ€™re looking at a punch-hole selfie camera with a shimmering rear plate and a large rectangular camera array in its top-left corner. The silver version also gets that now customary â€˜Realmeâ€™ print at the rear of the device, although the branding is comically huge here.
Other on-trend features also make the list. The Realme V5 5G sports a 6.5-inch IPS display with 2,400 x 1,080 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Buyers also get a quad-camera array at the rear, headlined by a 48MP primary camera. Joining it is an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro snapper, and a 2MP depth sensor. A 16MP sensor is used for the selfie camera.
Under the Realme V5â€™s skin lies the Mediatek Dimensity 720 chipset which gives the phone sub-6GHz 5G support and eight CPU cores to play around with. The chip isnâ€™t as powerful as the Dimensity 820, but does allow Realme to add 5G support at a lower cost. A 5,000mAh battery keeps the lights on and can be topped up using Realmeâ€™s 30W SuperDart charging.
The Realme V5 will be offered with either 6GB or 8GB RAM, but 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage is the only storage option. Thereâ€™s also a microSD card slot to boost that figure though.
Realme V5 5G price and availability
The Realme V5 5G will go on sale in China on August 7 starting at 1,499 yuan (~$215) for the 6GB RAM model. The 8GB RAM option is 1,899 yuan (~$270). Thatâ€™s an awful lot more to pay for just a bit more RAM.
As for the colorways, buyers get a choice of silver, green, and blue.
No pricing or availability info beyond China has been announced just yet, but the V5 could kick off a fierce affordable 5G phone battle if itâ€™s ever launched internationally.