However, here we are a bit surprised by the price of this phone. The starting price of Realme 6 in India is Rs 12,999. The price of the phone is a bit high, but will the phone be able to impress us with its features to justify this price tag? To know this, we have reviewed the Realme 6. Is this the best budget smartphone that you should buy without waiting? Let’s know.
realme 6 design
Instead of the Sunrise design offered on its low-cost model, Realme has given a new Comet design to this phone. Gradient finish has been given in the back of Realme 6, in which streaks are visible when the light falls. All these lines start from the top and gather like a nub at the charging port at the bottom. Overall it gives a premium look to the phone.
The Realme 6 sports a 6.5-inch display, which is similar to the Realme 5. Although the new phone does not have a notch. Instead, the company has given a hole-punch design running in fashion this time. This hole-punch cutout is on the left-hand corner of the display. There are thin bezels on the side of the display, but the chin at the bottom is quite thick.
The edges of the Realme 6 have been rounded so that it doesn’t prick in your palm. The back of the phone is slightly curved which makes it comfortable to hold. This time around, Realme has opted for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the budget phone, which is located on the right side of the device. We liked the placement, as the thumb comfortably reaches the power button/fingerprint sensor when holding the smartphone in the right hand. If you are used to using the phone with the left hand, you may need to register the finger and thumb of your left hand to unlock the smartphone.
Reality has set the volume buttons on the left side and placed them slightly down, which makes them easy to press. The SIM tray is located just above the volume buttons. We noticed that the phone comes with a thickness of 9.6mm, which feels really thick. The phone has a 4,300 mAh battery. The weight of this phone is 191 grams. The USB Type-C port is given below in the Realme phone. Along with the Type-C port, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and a loudspeaker grille.
Like most of the recently launched smartphones in the market, the quad camera setup has been given in the back of Realme 6. The module is a bit wide and raised, but it has a metal outline all around, which we hope can protect the module from scratches. The rear panel of the phone is not made of glass, so there may be minor scratches in it. Realme has given a transparent case in the box. You can use this case to protect against minor scratches.
Realme 6 specifications and software
Reality 6 has a 6.5-inch full-HD + display, which was not in the previous model. The highlight of the display is the 90Hz refresh rate included in it. High-refresh rate enhances your experience. The company has set this refresh rate to auto, which automatically sets the phone between 60 Hz and 90 Hz, but if you want to set its refresh rate according to you, then you have that option too. The density of the display is 405 ppi and the screen-to-body ratio of the Realme 6 is 90.5 percent due to the hole-punch. For display protection, Gorilla Glass 3 has been given in the front, which is undoubtedly a bit old technology.
Reality 6 has been launched with MediaTek Helio G90T processor. This is a powerful chipset, which we have seen in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. This processor has two Cortex-A76 cores with 2.05 GHz clock speed and six cores with 2.0 GHz clock speed. Reality phone comes in three variants. Its 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage is priced at Rs 12,999. The price of 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant is Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively. The smartphone comes with UFS 2.1 storage. We have reviewed the 8 GB RAM variant of this phone.
In terms of connectivity, this phone offers Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi ac and three navigation systems. It is a dual-SIM device that includes VoLTE support along with 4G. This includes all the usual sensors.
Talking about the software, Realme has given its own Realme UI instead of ColorOS custom skin with some changes. The new Realme UI is based on Android 10. Our device was running on the February security patch.
The user interface gives a somewhat stock Android feel and we found it easy to use. The Settings app is well designed and we didn’t have to struggle to find the option. Realme UI also comes with features like Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode and Riding Mode. Realme comes with dual-mode audio, which allows you to simultaneously connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset for music on the smartphone, but this feature is currently listed under Realme Lab.
We also found some pre-installed i-apps on the device like Facebook, Dailyhunt, Gaana, Helo, Opera News, UC Browser, WPS Office and some Google apps. It also comes preloaded with some of Realme’s apps, such as the Realme Store, Community, Game Center, Game Space, and its own app store, called the App Market. Stock applications like the browser kept on giving notifications constantly, which we had to disable after getting upset.
Realme 6 performance and battery life
Of course, it is interesting to read the specification of Reality 6. The 90Hz refresh rate in the phone makes the interface very smooth. We found this display to be a bit reflective in sunlight, but the panel was bright enough that we did not have trouble viewing the content in the display. We also found its viewing angles to be decent.
There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Realme 6, which means that the fingerprint sensor is also set on its power button. It is capable of unlocking the phone with accuracy and speed and we really liked its performance. We also set up Face Recognition, which recognizes faces and unlocks the phone. This feature also unlocks the phone very fast. Unlocking the smartphone requires very little effort once the included raise-to-wake feature is enabled.
We were happy with the performance of the Realme 6 as we never had to wait long for apps to load. With 8 GB of RAM on the device, it does not allow apps to be killed in the background and you can multitask easily in it. It also takes very less time to load the app.
MediaTek has touted the Helio G90 series as gaming processors and we were curious to see how the Realme 6 would perform in terms of gaming. We played PUBG Mobile on the smartphone and it ran on high-settings and high frame rate by default with the graphics set to HD. We didn’t notice any lag or frame drop while playing the game at these settings. After about 20 minutes we did notice that the smartphone got a bit warm to the touch.
The battery life of Realme 6 is quite good. It managed to last 19 hours, 26 minutes in our HD video loop test. With our usage, the Realme 6 lasted for a day and a half on a single charge. A 30W fast charger comes in the box. In using it, the phone gets charged up to 65 percent in 30 minutes and takes more than an hour to fully charge.
Realme 6 cameras
There is a 64-megapixel primary camera in the back of Reality 6. Along with this, the rear camera setup includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with 119-degree field of view, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The camera software is largely similar to that of other mid-range smartphones. We didn’t have any problems switching between different shooting modes in the Camera app. Quick toggles are provided for HDR, Filters and Chroma Boost. AI detects the scene.
The Realme 6 is quick to focus and measures light properly in most scenes. In daylight, the phone’s camera takes some decent shots and the pictures didn’t lack detail even when zoomed in. In bright scenes, the HDR mode of the Realme 6 is automatically enabled. Photos come to 16 megapixels by default, but you can take pictures by turning on the 64-megapixel mode in it.
There is also a wide-angle camera on Reality 6. However, this camera is not as good in dynamic range as compared to the primary camera. Photos can capture a very large area, but photos taken with this show a lack of detail and quality. Apart from this, the edges of the picture are also slightly distorted.
For close-ups, the Realme 6 also has a depth sensor, which blurs the background quite well. The camera sets focus quickly, due to which the pictures are good. Portrait mode also gives you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot. The camera detects the edge of the subject accurately.
The macro camera lacks autofocus but you can easily take a picture by getting very close to a subject. It managed to take decent shots while shooting indoors.
Camera quality drops a bit in low light. You will get some good looking pictures even in low light, but when zooming in, the pictures lack detail. Night mode works great in low light and delivers a great output by combining multiple frames at once. Detail is also visible in pictures taken with Night Mode.
Selfies shot with the Realme 6 also had good detail. However, it has beautification enabled by default. For natural-looking output you’ll need to turn beautification on or off. These pictures were good enough to be shared on social media.
Recording can be done at 4K resolution from the primary camera and 1080 pixels from the selfie camera. Apart from this, users can do 1080p recording with 60 frames per second with the primary camera. Videos come out stable at 1080p resolution, but not at 4K. We also noticed a slight flicker effect in the video taken in low light.
Realme has once again given a great smartphone at a reasonable price. The Realme 6 comes with a powerful processor, offers good battery life, and also comes with a 30W fast charger in the box. The company has also improved the Realme UI, but we wish the company to reduce bloatware (unwanted apps) in the future. If you are looking for a value for money device in or around Rs 15,000 then you can go for Xiaomi. Redmi Note 9 Series Can wait for some time for launch. Although we believe that you will be satisfied with Reality 6 as well.