Realme 5s all set to launch in Pakistan this Month; Redefining the Budget Phones Once Again!

Faisal Rasool

Oppo’s sub-brand Realme is a prime example of how manufacturers can squeeze premium-tier features into not-so-premium budget phones. Realme has been introducing these sub-flagships left and right and launched back in November, the Realme 5s is no exception. Offered at a more than competitive price tag, this powerhouse of a smartphone is now making a debut in Pakistan. Here are the details.

Realme Pakistan’s official Facebook page reveals that Realme 5s will be released in Pakistan at a launch event on December 23rd, 2019. The post further details that this mid-ranger will arrive in two color options: Crystal Red and Crystal Blue. Said another way, we won’t be getting the Crystal Purple variant but you’re looking at the same spec sheet as the global release (more or less).

Realme Prices in Pakistan

The 5s might run you just south of 30,000 PKR, but Realme has managed to integrate an all-screen dew-drop-toting display and a stunning quad-camera setup into the package. You get a 6.5-inch LCD display that produces an HD+ resolution. The side-bezels and the chin on the display have been trimmed to a point where they’re barely noticeable, bringing the screen-to-body ratio to a respectable 89 percent.

Now the design is tame, but that’s not what the Realme 5s is meant to be. It’s a ‘performance-first’ smartphone. To that end, it features some excellent camera-centric hardware. The primary of its four lenses is an AI-enhanced 48-megapixel sensor, with up to 10X digital zoom.

Underneath it, sits an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra-wide-angle shooter. Finally, this optics set is rounded off by a pair of 2-megapixel portrait and macro cameras. Inside the notch, is embedded a decent 13-megapixel selfie shooter.

The internals are reasonably robust. The 5s packs a (slightly outdated) Snapdragon 665 chipset, alongside 4 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of native storage. A 5,000 mAh battery backs this hardware and supports 10W fast-charging. Realme claims that the phone roughly has a 30-day standby capacity and that it features intelligent AI-augmented cooling for improved performance and battery life. And you get all of that at an affordable Realme price.

As touched on above, we expect the Realme 5s to retail anywhere from 25,000 to 28,000 PKR but we’ll have confirmation on December 23rd. Do you think the 5s gives you the bang for your buck?