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Realme 6 Full Review – Better than the Pro version?

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Realme 6 was officially launched in the Philippines last week and it has an official price tags of P11,990 (4GB/128GB) and P13,990 (8GB/128GB). This comet-inspired smartphone is more powerful than the Realme 6 Pro and we’ll explain why.

Specification

Realme 6
Design
191g
Plastic Back
Splash Resistant
Gorilla Glass 3
Comet Blue, Comet White
Display
6.5 inches IPS LCD
1080 x 2400, 20:9
84.1% STB
Camera
64MP f/1.8 (Main)
8MP f/2.3 (Ultrawide)
2MP f/2.4 (Macro)
2MP f/2.4 (Depth)
4K@30fps, 1080p60fps gyro-EIS
Selfie
16 MP f/2.0
1080p@30fps
Performance
Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)
Mali-G76 MC4
Android 10, Realme UI
8GB Ram, LPDDR4
128GB, UFS 2.1
expandable via MicroSD
Battery
4300mAh
30W Fast Charging
Features
Gyroscope
Wi-Fi 802.11/ 5G wifi
USB Type-C
3.5mm Jack
Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint (Side-mounted)
Face Unlock
Price
P11,990 (4GB/128GB) , P13,990 (8GB/128GB)
Pros
  • Equipped with gaming-centric chipset
  • Excellent 90Hz Display
  • 30W Fast Charging
  • 1080P Resolution
Cons
  • Video stabilization only in 1080p/30fps
  • No secondary mic

Design

The back panel of Realme 6 really catches the eye. It’s made from plastic but the texture is touch with a glossy finish that is prone to fingerprint smudges. You can choose Realme 6 with two different designs, Comet Blue, Comet White. The back design is a comet-inspired with holographic lines that looks like it moves like a comet when you look in a different perspective. Next, we can see a vertically aligned camera module with the Realme logo on the bottom. On the left side is the volume rocker and sim tray which you can place two nano sims and an expandable storage slot up to 256GB. Meanwhile on the right is the power key with an integrated fingerprint scanner. Underneath is the speaker grille, USB Type-C port, Microphone, and a 3.5mm jack. In front is a hole-punch cut-out housing a 16MP selfie cam.

Display

Speaking of the front, the display is a 6.5 inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution (1080×2400). The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and is also resistant to water splashes. What is unique about the display is that it sports a 90Hz refresh rate that is hard to find within its price range. The IPS LCD panel has a great viewing angle with great contrast and decent colors. All we can say is that it has a smooth fluid display thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate plus the fluid animation of the Realme UI. The pinhole cutout on the panel is located in the top left corner which is not noticeable when playing and watching movies and clips.

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Camera

The main 64MP camera with Samsung GW1 sensor is great for capturing daylight photos and even in low light environments. It has a decent dynamic range even with HDR mode turned off. Normal shooting is set to 16MP but there is an option to choose 64MP besides the portrait mode. The images are more alive and have decent color-accuracy. Although sometimes the AI scene recognition feature detects some colors in different settings which is not suitable for that scene resulting in a different color spectrum. But you can turn it off in the camera settings.

There is an option to zoom to max digital 10X but the quality is quite grainy. The decent quality is at least in digital 2X Zoom as it doesn’t have a telephoto lens.

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Turning on both HDR and Chroma boost will give you punchier colors and more saturation with a balanced exposure. What we like about its photo enhancement feature is that even in the backlight scene it manages to pop the shadows with decent exposure thus giving the picture a nice and balance exposure.

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Also turning the night mode on a handheld shot is quite convenient as it does not introduce blur. The Night Mode captures a 4-second long exposure shot.

Ultrawide

Moving on to the 8MP ultrawide lens, it’s not as sharp as the 64MP primary but the quality is still good with decent exposure. Unlike other smartphones I have tried, the ultrawide lens captures at least +1 EV which is below the overexposed bracket. Turning on both hdr and chroma boost makes the picture more vibrant and saturated.

Ultra Macro Mode

Going Macro, the pictures are still good but not perfect. It has unnoticeable grains and it has decent color accuracy.

B/W Depth Sensor

Last will be the 2MP Portrait lens. It makes blurry background bokeh thanks to its AI. The edges are 98% accurate from background separation and the colors are the same as the main rear.

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Selfie

Switching to the 16MP front camera, the quality is excellent with almost true to life skin tone although the scene has different colors depending on the situation. It makes my eyes brighter, clearer, and my face a bit smooth but sharp thanks to the beauty enhancement features of the selfie camera. It also got a decent separation feature that blurs the background.

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Video Recording

Realme 6 can shoot up to 4K@30frames and 1080p with a 30-60fps option. The electronic stabilization though can only record footage at 1080p/30fps.

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Other features of the camera are present like the expert mode which allows you to adjust shutter speed up to 32-second shutter speed and adjust ISO value up to 3200. It also has a slow-motion feature on the rear which you can choose to record 1080p@120fps or 720p@240fps. And a selfie slow motion that captures 120fps with 720p quality.

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Performance

This is the answer from the title you saw earlier. If Realme 6 is better than the Pro version? Well in terms of overall features, Realme 6 is way behind the Pro variant. BUT, if you’re just a mobile gamer who wants a 1080p 90Hz refresh rate display, that’s when we recommend that you choose Realme 6 over the Pro version. The Realme 6 is powered by Mediatek Helio G90T with 8GB of ram and 128GB of internal storage.

The difference between the Helio G90T versus the Snapdragon 720G in the Pro version is the GPU clock speed. The Helio G90T’s GPU is Mali-G76 MC4 clocked at 800Mhz while the Adreno 618 on the Snapdragon 720G only clocks at 500Mhz. Therefore, Realme 6 is more capable of playing high graphics demanding games. In short Realme 6 is more of a gaming-centric phone.

Stability Test

We tested three games as a comparison to Realme 6 Pro. First, Cyber Hunter, we set the settings at 90fps with medium settings, and both Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro have 95% stability. Then we max out the settings with 60fps and Realme 6 has at least 59fps with 95% stability while Realme 6 Pro runs the game at 40fps with 80% stability only. Although when we launch Call of Duty Mobile, Realme 6 Pro is now stable rather than Realme 6. Our conclusion was the Game’s optimization for Helio G90T isn’t as stable as Snapdragon chipset. On our last test PUBG Mobile, it turns out Realme 6 has an option to choose HDR+Ultra Framerate with 98% stability while Realme 6 Pro locks only at HD settings plus High Framerates with 98% stability. So if you’re on a tight budget and you’re a hardcore mobile gamer, Realme 6 is the best choice for you. Although Realme 6 Pro has 8nm chipset and is more power-efficient, it still can play decent games and it has the best process than Realme 6.

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How about the heating issue?

It’s 2020, if people change so does the chipset. If MediaTek was known for an oven toaster machine that can cook eggs on its processors, what we noticed in their G series is that it has better heat anticipation. This means that the latest chips are way more advanced than the older ones. You may want to see our Realme 6 gaming test here where we discussed overheating and we based on the sensors to detect the heat temp on the CPU. So watch it here.

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Software

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Realme 6 runs on Android 10.0 with the Realme UI on top. It features seamless animation with lots of great and useful features like Dark Mode, Smart Sidebar, 3 finger screenshots, Split-screen, One-handed mode, and more. Because it is a gaming-centric phone in a midrange segment, there are also some features that are useful when playing games such as Game Space app that enhances the gaming experience. 5G wifi connection which is a plus point on this phone as it can provide a huge boost for your ping and latency.

Battery

The Realme 6 has an equally large 4300mAh power cell that can be fully charged within 64mins with a 30W power brick. Unlike Realme’s 5000mAh budget phones that last up to 8-10hrs, the Realme 6 lasts up to 7hrs and 35mins in straight play at 90Hz with max brightness on a 1080P screen. This is a pretty good mark on the battery life. The fact that you can charge the phone in just an hour, it provides satisfaction for us gamers. And for non-gamers, this budget 90Hz screen can last up to 38hr on average use of social media apps and other stuff.

Related: Realme 6s Now Official: 90Hz, Helio G90T, and 48MP Quad-Cam for P11,000

Audio

The phone has a down-firing speaker and it makes decent sound though if you increase the volume it gets a little distorted but not quite as much. It also sounds a bit bassy which is good for music. It doesn’t have Dolby Atmos speaker like the Pro version but it does have Real Power Sound software that adds quality when listening to headphones. And it does provide a little boost for the sound quality.

Conclusion

So overall, when we compare this vanilla version to its Pro version, there are many features that you won’t find in the Realme 6. Although the Realme 6 Pro is a balance to the overall specs and features, the Realme 6 on the other hand, offers a decent gaming experience focused on gaming capabilities. If you are a heavy gamer, this Realme 6 is for you, but if you are a content creator and want to be satisfied with your budget. Definitely go for the Realme 6 Pro. But overall, this new Realme 6 series is a great phone with a decent price range that offers a lot to pay for. Again the price of Realme 6 starts at P11,990 for 4GB/128GB and P13,990 for 8GB/128GB.

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