The Realme 5i smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and 3GB of RAM, just like the Realme 5.

To test its gaming performance, I played some of the most popular games while measuring the framerate using GameBench Pro. Benchmark scores are also included as further points of comparison with other smartphones.

 

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Graphics settings of Mobile Legends on the Realme 5i.

Graphics settings of Mobile Legends on the Realme 5i.

Mobile Legends now supports High Framerate (HFR) mode for smartphones running on the Snapdragon 665 chipset. I also set the graphics quality to High, turned on Outlines and enabled Shadows for the test.

The resulting average framerate is a perfect 60 FPS! This is a similar result achieved by the OPPO A9 2020 which uses the same chipset.

 

Call of Duty Mobile

Graphics settings of Call of Duty Mobile on the Realme 5i.

Graphics settings of Call of Duty Mobile on the Realme 5i.

Call of Duty also shows the options for better graphics quality on the Realme 5i. However, I only set both graphics quality and framerate to High even though the Very High option is available.

This resulted in an average framerate of 50 FPS. Choosing the higher settings will only lessen the framerate without adding much to the gaming experience since the phone’s screen has an HD+ resolution, not FHD+.

 

PUBG Mobile

Graphics settings of PUBG Mobile on the Realme 5i.

Graphics settings of PUBG Mobile on the Realme 5i.

The last game I tested on the Realme 5i is PUBG Mobile. Unlike the previous games, the settings are limited to Balanced graphics quality and Medium framerate.

Hence, the resulting average framerate is 26 FPS only. It’s obvious that the device is being pushed beyond its capabilities though because lags are noticeable when there is an encounter with enemies.

 

Realme 5i Gaming Tests Results

Here are the results of the gaming tests on the Realme 5i:

GameGraphicsFramerate
Mobile LegendsHigh60 FPS
Call of Duty MobileHigh50 FPS
PUBG MobileHigh26 FPS
NBA 2K20High32 FPS

 

Realme 5i Benchmark Scores

The performance of the Realme 5i can be compared with other smartphones based on the gaming test scores above. However, I don’t review all smartphones so use the following benchmark scores to compare it with other smartphones:

BenchmarkRealme 5i Score
Antutu Benchmark v8.2.2169,029 Points
3DMark Slingshot1,785 Points
PCMark7,503 Points
GeekBench 5 (Single Core)310 Points
GeekBench 5 (Multi-Core)1,385 Points
RealPi Benchmark3.90 Seconds

 

Conclusion

Based on its scores in the gaming tests and benchmarking apps, the Realme 5i is a capable gaming smartphone with an affordable price tag.

It’s enough for playing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Call of Duty on Medium to High graphics quality. However, PUBG Mobile can only run smoothly on Low graphics quality.


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Realme 5i specs:

Average rating of 3.5 stars from 302 users.
  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD Display (720 x 1600 Pixels), 269 ppi
  • Android 9.0 Pie Operating System
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Chipset
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • Quad Cameras (12+8+2+2 MP) with LED Flash
  • 8 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 64GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 256 via microSD
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • 10W Charging
  • 6,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines