- Pros – Stunning looks, Impressive performance for the price, Quick biometrics, Decent selfie shooter and battery life
- Cons – Mediocre rear camera, Realme phones have lately started looking similar
Product Name:Realme 6
Realme 6 is the latest budget smartphone from the house that has given us some exciting models in the same price bracket. Like other Realme devices, it nails the looks and basics. It brings a midrange style quotient to an affordable price point, the latest Android 10 operating system, a 90Hz smooth display and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. There is also a 64-megapixel AI quad-camera array and a 30W Flash Charge coupled with a USB Type-C charging.
The Realme 6 should ideally succeed Realme 5 but, that’s not the case this time, it isn’t its direct successor, it instead supersedes Realme 5 Pro. And maybe that’s why the company has introduced the phone at a substantially higher price as compared to Realme 5.
Realme 6 price in India starts at Rs 12,999 for the entry-level 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, Rs 14,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and Rs 15,999 for the top-end 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model. We had the chance to take the Realme 6 out for a spin for a week and here’s what we think about it.
Realme 6 Review: Design
Realme 6 looks stunning and steals attention at first sight with what the company calls ‘Comet design’. It has shiny streaks of lines that meet right at the bottom and makes it look like Realme XT’s replica. It seems indistinguishable from XT in terms of design and exterior. The only difference between the two is the presence of the punch hole cutout instead of a waterdrop notch on Realme 6.
We received the Comet White colour variant that reflects whitish-light blue shades when seen from different angles. You can also choose to go for ‘Comet Blue’ colour version if you wish to get a little darker shade than subtle white colour tone.
The phone has a polished finish, a polycarbonate back panel and plasticky-aluminium frame that gives it an elegant look. The best part about its Comet design is, even if there are fingerprint marks on the back, it will secretly hide behind the design and let its reflective back do the rest. But, in our review time with the device, we noticed the device could easily catch scratches. Nevertheless, that’s not surprising considering its plastic body and reasonable price.
The phone is light in weight and very convenient to use. It gets a power button cum fingerprint scanner on the right side and volume rockers on the left. In the retail box, it brings with it a SIM ejector tool, 30W Flash Charge fast charger, a USB Type-C cable, a clear protective case and a manual guide. Overall, the Realme 6 is a decent package at its price when it comes to the design department.
Realme 6 Review: Display
Realme appears to have focused a lot on Realme 6’s display. It gets a 6.5-inch full HD+ 90Hz screen with thin bezels and a punch-hole cutout on the extreme left.
It throws adequate light and sharp colours in all the situations. We have reviewed several other budget centric phones so far, and almost every other device has almost failed to provide sufficient brightness under direct sunlight, but, Realme 6 outdoes other handsets in this department and offers a smooth and vivid experience. The biggest highlight of the Realme 6 in the display is the 90Hz refresh rate which was once a flagship-grade feature but is now available in phones across price bands.
You also get eye-care mode, dark mode and OSIE (Object and Semantic Images and Eye-tracking) effect that further enhances the viewing experience.
Realme 6 Review: Performance
The Realme 6 draws power from MediaTek Helio G90T which is paired with 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM options and 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage variants. It runs on Android 10 based on the company’s in-house Realme UI.
The UI is flawless in multitasking and jumping from one app to another. We did not find ourselves complaining a single time about its performance. It’s a breeze to browse on the phone or play games. Even with extended gaming sessions at high graphic settings, the phone did not lag or disappoint us in any way. You might, however, feel the phone slightly warm while playing games for more than 20 minutes.
If you are a game fanatic, you can also enable its dedicated Game Space that can block notifications, reject calls, block calls and offer an immersive gaming experience.
Besides its neat software and fantastic capabilities to handle graphics-heavy videos and games, the phone does a superb job in securing the phone. It provides a facial recognition system and a fingerprint reader that sits underneath the power button. Whether its day or night, the face unlock will do just the perfect job in unlocking the phone. We loved the fingerprint sensor too. It is so convenient to unlock the phone with a rear-mounted scanner that we wonder why is this technology still underrated. It’s so much better than the regular rear-mounted scanner.
We ran a couple of benchmarks to review its performance further. It scored 509 points in single-core Geekbench test and 1615 in the multi-core test.
Realme 6 Review: Cameras
For optics, the phone has five cameras in total, four at the back and one at the front. There is a 64-megapixel ultra-wide high-resolution wide-angle sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, B&W Portrait lens and 2-megapixel macro lens.
The camera app further brings several other exciting features like Time-Lapse, Ultra-Macro, Pro camera, Slo-Mo, Pano and Night mode.
We weren’t too impressed with the picture quality of rear cameras but, selfie shooter, to our surprise, fared well. The images taken from the primary 64-megapixel sensor came out much sharper and clearer than pictures taken from the standard camera. The camera retained the true colours of the subject and overall captured satisfactory details in the well-lit situation. We liked the texture quality that was captured by the Realme 6. Overall, the 64-megapixel shooter does an impressive job in daylight conditions. The macro lens addition is a bonus for macro shot lovers, and we noticed that the macro lens is quite capable.
Pictures taken in low light conditions turned out little grainy but, decent enough to be accepted. We also tried its zooming capabilities, and somehow, the phone does a decent job.
The selfies, on the other hand, were way better than the rear shots. There was no unnecessary beautification of the image and negligible distortion. If you are a selfie lover, Realme 6 might be the right choice in the market in this segment.
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Realme 6 camera samples
Realme 6 Review: Battery
It packs a decent 4300mAh battery capacity paired with Oppo’s 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. We wouldn’t say that’s a massive battery for the price segment but, we will not either complain as the company is offering fast charging support that can fuel up the phone quickly. In our time with the device, the phone could deliver 1.5 days of battery life with regular calling, browsing and scrolling, and a little more than one day with extensive usage.
Realme 6 Review Ratings
Realme 6 Review: Verdict
Realme 6 has a tall bright display, impressive performance, reliable biometrics and decent battery. It can be an ideal choice for you if you are looking for a handset that offers lag-free performance and an immersive display. However, if you are someone who loves clicking pictures, then you might have to think twice as the phone fails to offer excellent shots with its rear cameras. Selfie lovers can still go for Realme 6 as it produces excellent pictures.
The Realme 6 Pro has the edge over Realme 6 in the camera department. We will be pushing our Realme 6 Pro review in a few days, which will explain a bit more. The Realme 6 starts at Rs 12,999 and goes up to Rs 15,999 in India and will be taking on the new Redmi Note 9 Pro in the market. If you’re a Realme fan, then you can also try out the immensely popular Realme XT.