Realme 5 quick review: Four cameras, big battery and Snapdragon 665 could make it the best under Rs 10,000

first_img Next Realme 5 quick review: Four cameras, big battery and Snapdragon 665 could make it the best under Rs 10,000The Realme 5 comes packed with features like quad camera, Snapdragon 665 SoC and 5,000mAh battery that look to impress buyers under Rs 10,000. Here are our first impressions. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 10:14 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme 5 price in India starts at Rs 9,999 and it will see its first sale on August 27 at 12pm on Flipkart.The smartphone features a Snapdragon 665 SoC and quad rear cameras.It is also the first Realme phone to come with a 5,000mAh battery.Realme is trying to rapidly expand its portfolio this year by launching a number of smartphones in quick succession. After launching the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro earlier this year, the company is already out with their successors, the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. Realme launched the Realme 5-series in India on Tuesday touting quad cameras and new Snapdragon processors. While the Realme 5 Pro starts at Rs 13,999, the Realme 5 falls just under Rs 10,000, making it the first quad camera phone in this segment.We gave our first impressions of the Realme 5 Pro yesterday, calling it a natural successor to the Realme 3 Pro in terms of camera and hardware upgrades. Today, we are taking a quick first look at the more affordable Realme 5, which is a feature-packed device that not only comes with a quad camera system but also brings a new Crystal design, Snapdragon 665 chipset and the biggest battery yet on a Realme phone. I spent a brief amount of time with the Realme 5 and here are my initial thoughts.Compared to the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme 5 is definitely a bulkier and heavier phone. You can feel the difference the moment you hold the two devices in your hands. The Realme 5 is a large phone as it gets a bigger display compared to the Pro model. It also packs a larger battery, which naturally means it weighs heavier at 198 grams.Realme 5’s tall body makes it slightly harder to reach the power and volume buttons on the side of the frame. That being said, the Realme 5 sports the same 3D curved rear panel as the Realme 5 Pro, which makes it easier to grip the device. The glossy plastic rear panel comes in a new Crystal design with a diamond-cut pattern that looks different compared to what we have seen on previous Realme models. The triangular pattern is uneven and subtle indoors, but looks louder outdoors under light. It comes in two colour options – Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple.advertisement Much like the Realme 5 Pro, the glossy panel on the Realme 5 is also a fingerprint magnet and will also attract a lot of smudges as you go about the day. Some of the ports on the Realme 5 include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and a single speaker grille. The Realme 5 also comes with a triple card slot that can house two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB).The USP of the Realme 5 is its vertical quad camera setup on the back, so let’s talk about that. The Realme 5 is the first phone under Rs 10,000 to feature a quad camera setup, which already makes it a unique, disruptive offering. The idea is to offer a number of different shooting modes for the user to choose from, and so the Realme 5’s camera system includes a 12MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera also supports Nightscape, Chroma Boost, HDR and PDAF.With the help of four different cameras, the user can easily switch between a standard view, wide-angle view and as close as 4cm from a subject using the macro lens, all with a simple press of a button. I will offer my verdict on the camera performance in an in-depth review so do stay tuned for that.Coming to the display, the Realme 5 gets a familiar waterdrop notch screen as seen on previous Realme phones. The company is calling it a ‘Minidrop display’ as the notch is smaller by 30 per cent and is flatter so as to cause minimal intrusion. The bezels on the top and sides are slim with the chin being thicker in comparison.The Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600) display with Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. The display is certainly bigger compared to the Realme 3, which offers a 6.2-inch screen. The larger screen on the Realme 5 should make it more attractive to watch videos and play games. On first look, the display seems to offer attractive colours and decent brightness levels. Realme 5 is also the first phone in India to be powered by a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 665 chipset. The 11nm-based chipset also happens to power the Mi A3, which is set to launch in India on Wednesday, August 21. Compared to the Snapdragon 660 SoC, the Snapdragon 665 is expected to be more power efficient and should offer a smoother performance while playing graphic-intensive games.The smartphone comes in three variants – 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB. These are priced at Rs 9,999, Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively.The third highlight feature of the Realme 5 is that it is the company’s first smartphone to pack a 5,000mAh battery. Realme phone in the past have been impressive as far as the battery life is concerned, and with a 5,000mAh capacity, the Realme 5 has the potential to last around a day and a half to two days on a single charge. This is something I can only say for sure after spending a few days with the device, running day-to-day operations.advertisementOverall, the Realme 5 looks like a substantial upgrade over the Realme 3. It comes loaded with segment-disruptive features such as a quad camera system and Snapdragon 665 chipset. It also packs a large battery and offers a unique diamond-cut design, all at a starting price of Rs 9,999.ALSO READ | Realme 5 Pro quick review: Succeeds Realme 3 Pro in more ways than oneALSO READ | Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro launched: Key specs, price in India, availability and everything elseGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Realmelast_img read more

Revived painting of Sir Isaac Brock returns to campus

Refreshed painting of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock (December 2013)It used to hang in the lobby of the Schmon Tower at the University. It also adorned the covers of old academic calendars and recruitment posters from the 80s and 90s.Now, after a long journey, a revitalized painting of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock will soon be back in its place in Guernsey Market’s west alcove.Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock painting before its recent restorationSince the late 80s, the painting of General Brock hung in the Tower lobby for many years on the wall facing the entrance of the James A. Gibson Library. It was a large modern work. The square frame held the image of the General mounted on his horse inside a navy blue circular window mat covered in Plexiglas.No artist was credited and no signature was ever evident on the painting.In order to make room for the alumni digital kiosk in 2012, the painting of the General was relocated from the Tower lobby to its new home in Guernsey Market. It was during this move that, as Lesley Bell notes, “the painting showed need for some restoration.”Bell, who looks after the University’s collection of fine art, was then asked by Tom Arkell, Associate Vice-President, University Services, to follow-up on upgrading and restoring the painting.“The painting is one of the many Brock traditions honouring our namesake,” says Arkell. “We thought it was important to restore and preserve this important piece of our University’s pride and history. And we couldn’t be happier with the results.”As Bell notes, the task of refreshing the painting presented a long-overdue opportunity to upgrade its frame and remove the layer of Plexiglas and warped circular mat.“I delivered the work to a local framer and two hours later he called me at work to tell me to come to his shop on my way home,” says the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts visual resources librarian. “What I saw that afternoon, with the frame and circular mat stripped away, was a completely new painting.”With the dusty Plexiglas removed, new life was breathed into the colours of decades-old painting. There was the vivid scarlet coat of the General, the rich brown hide of his horse Alphie, and the white plumes of gunfire smoke in the background behind the small red-coated militia waging battle under a dramatic stormy sky.Another discovery was that the original painting was not square, but oval. The corners of the painting were unpainted canvas.Brian DeinesThe artist’s name was also now visible. With the help of Google, Bell was able to track down the artist and illustrator, Brian Deines, who now lives in Toronto. Deines received a commission from the University in 1988 to create a large oval work of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock to be used for a recruitment poster.“It’s great to hear it is still around,” Deines wrote in an email to Bell. “I’d love to see it again. If it is in need of touch up please don’t hesitate to contact me as I would be happy to do it personally.”After reconnecting with the original artist, the decision was made to let Deines finish his work by filling in the empty corners of the painting and touching up the colours. Bell worked with him over the summer to complete the task.Deines is scheduled to visit Brock in the near future to speak with visual arts students about the project. The refreshed painting will also be back on display for all to see in Guernsey Market early in the New Year. read more