Oppo seems to have focused on recapturing its declining share in the budget smartphone segment, and this essentially involves a primary goal – to distribute Xiaomi's Redmi series in the same way as everyone else. Do not believe me? Just read the name of the new sub-brand Oppo slower. Yes, RealMe sounds pretty much like Redmi. Moniker aside, is his first product – the RealMe 1 competent enough to take on the country's most sought after smartphone, the Redmi Note 5 Pro? Let's find out in this detailed comparison of Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro.
But first, there's a brief overview of how Xiaomi managed to sneak Oppo in the charts. While the latter was spending a lot of money on marketing and merchant margins, the company was gradually expanding its community and image by offering a range of well-balanced phones at remarkably affordable prices exclusively on online platforms.
When Xiaomi was firmly established there, the company decided to enter the offline market, where its phone line was already making waves on unofficial channels. In the midst of all this, Oppo fell to fifth place and is now invading the online territory, hoping to capitalize on the plight of others with its extensive local manufacturing chain.
Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Design & Build
The brightest differences between Redmi Note 5 Pro and RealMe 1 are visible when you place them side by side. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a familiar and conservative all-aluminum exterior (except for the plastic bands near the antenna on the back), the RealMe 1 features the company's signature, which looks like glass but is actually plastic and a polymer -composite material.
Even though it's loaded with fingerprint marks, the design of the RealMe 1 is the one that stands out with its glossy shine when you buy the Diamond Black Edition. The Redmi Note 5 Pro scores points in the construction department. It is much more robust and the added weight gives a satisfying sense of density. In addition, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a domed back that sits comfortably in the hand and ergonomically makes a better phone compared to the flat back of the RealMe 1. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has one drawback – there's a protruding camera bump and as a result, the phone wobbles on flat surfaces.
Winner : For the design it is the RealMe 1, but for the build quality Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Display
Both phones are equipped with a 5.99-inch LCD screen with 1080 pixels: 9 panels in both cases, that means that in no case will you find a whole series of bezels at the front. However, the space around the display is much narrower on the RealMe 1. The screen of the RealMe 1 is also the more accurate of the two, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a brighter one. While we initially thought that only the Redmi Note 5 was equipped with Gorilla Glass protection, Realme has now claimed that their phone also contains Gorilla Glass 5.
Winner : Realme 1 removes Redmi Note 5 Pro here
Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: FPS and Ports
There are a handful of differences when we discuss the rest of the build. The most important of these is the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the RealMe 1, of which I also find the biggest drawback. Instead, Oppo expects you to rely completely on a facial recognition feature that is a bit too inconsistent to be the primary means of authentication. Also on the Redmi Note 5 Pro the Face Unlock is nothing more than a gimmick, but there is at least one more biometric option.
The RealMe 1, however, has its own advantages. For starters it has a dedicated microSD card and is even compatible with dual 4G VoLTE, which is completely missing on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. But there is a possibility Xiaomi could bring it in a later update. The speaker output is almost identical in both.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro has three other benefits: an LED notification light, support for 5G WiFi networks, and an infrared blaster that allows you to control various devices such as TVs or air conditioning via the phone.
Winner : This can go both ways, but if I had to choose, it would be the Redmi Note 5 Pro, as I can not imagine a life without a fingerprint sensor.
Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Software
Even with this duo, the software is a similar story m with a custom Android skin that is heavy on features and light on regular updates , The RealMe 1 comes with ColorOS 5.0 on Android 8.1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, MIUI 9.2 on Android 7.1.
It's clear that RealMe 1 has already managed to get a point for the latest version of Android, but here point acquisition ends in this aspect. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro also has highly customized Android software, it offers a dramatically better experience than the RealMe 1.
This is mainly because Oppos's desire to make his software look and work like iOS is A number of painlessly unintelligent leads to items on ColorOS such as rejecting a single notification is a two-step process, apps like Truecaller often do not work properly, you can not change the default apps without the software freaking out, the settings menu is messy, you can Do not hide the notification content on the lock screen and much more.
However, there is a bit to appreciate about ColorOS – navigation gestures that are responsive and well implemented. The Redmi Note 5 Pro will receive this in the upcoming MIUI 9.5 update, which should be available by the end of this month.
Winner : Redmi Note 5 Pro
Realme 1 vs. Redmi Note 5 Pro: Performance
 The performance is almost identical on both phones. But first, specifications. The RealMe 1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60, 3 or 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal memory. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 4 or 6GB of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard memory.
The similarities on paper also extend largely to real use, as both can accomplish everyday tasks without problems. Pure benchmarks suggest that Realme 1 is better, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro has an upper hand and that is gaming, but there is no significant difference.
Victor : It's a draw.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Realme 1: Battery Life
Th The Redmi Note 5 Pro also has a larger 4000mAh battery than the 3410mAh battery of the RealMe 1. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, but you need to buy an adapter from somewhere else because it is not included in the package. The RealMe 1 does not support fast charging technology. Both can take more than a day with a single charge, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro will only give you a few more hours.
Winner : Redmi Note 5 Pro
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Realme 1: Camera
The camera is another area where the Redmi Note 5 Pro carries a superior hardware. It has two 12 megapixel sensors on the back as opposed to the single 12 megapixel Snapper RealMe. On the front is a 20 megapixel selfie camera, while the RealMe 1 has only an 8 megapixel lens.
Numbers aside, the RealMe 1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro have no critical differences in terms of quality. Both are able to produce detailed and balanced shots in daylight. However, the software of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is much more consistent than the RealMe 1. Therefore, the RealMe 1 will occasionally click on something that is overly processed and undersaturated. Whenever the camera of the RealMe 1 works, the same good pictures are taken.
Even in dimly lit scenarios The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the better of the two cameras. Images taken in low light are much less grainy and usable than the RealMe 1. The Portrait mode works more accurately with the Redmi Note 5 Pro for both the front and rear snapper. In addition, it has an electronic image stabilization, which leads to much smoother clips. Both phones can shoot 1080p videos that are average, but on the Redmi you also get a slow motion option.
Winner : Redmi Note 5 Pro
Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Judgment
The bottom line is the Redmi Note 5 Pro, a remarkably more capable handset with a better camera set, more robust design, longer battery life, much less annoying software and especially a fingerprint sensor. Unless you really want a more unique design, significantly lower cost and other benefits of RealMe 1 like Dual 4G, a dedicated SD card slot and 128GB of memory, I would suggest going for Xiaomi.