The initial price of Realme 6 in India is Rs. 12,999. At this price, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants of Reality 6 comes. The price of 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variants and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variants of Reality phones are Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively.
Realme started the year with some new models in the budget segment and an all-new 5G capable flagship. Now the company has launched the upgrade series of Realme 5 series, which includes Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro. Realme 6 is the affordable phone of this series, which has a hole-punch display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This is Reality’s first budget device, using a high-refresh rate display.
Even at this price, mobile with 90Hz display is not available in the market. The phone comes with a powerful MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, which has been seen in the Redmi Note 8 Pro before.
However, here the price of this phone has surprised us a bit. The initial price of Realme 6 in India is Rs. 12,999. The phone has a slightly higher price, but will the phone be able to impress us with its features to prove this price to be a reasonable price? To know this, we have reviewed Realme 6. Is this the best budget smartphone 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. Realme 6 has a gradient finish at the back, in which the streaks are seen when the lights are out. All these lines start from the top and gather like a nozzle at the charging port below. Overall, it gives the phone a premium look.
Realme 6 has a 6.5-inch display, which is similar to Realme 5. However, the new phone does not have a notch. Instead, the company has given a holistic punch design this time in fashion. It is on the left corner of the hole-punch cutout display. The side of the display has thin bezels, but the chin below is quite thick.
The edges of Reality 6 are rounded so that it doesn’t prick your palm. The back of the phone is slightly curved which makes it comfortable to hold. This time Realme has opted for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner in the budget phone, which is located on the right side of the device.
We liked the placement, as the thumb reaches the power button / fingerprint sensor quite comfortably while holding the smartphone in the right hand. If you are accustomed to using the phone with the left hand, then you may have to register your left hand finger and thumb to unlock the smartphone.
Reality has set the volume buttons to the left and placed them slightly down which makes them easier to press. The SIM tray is just above the volume button. We saw that the phone comes with 9.6mm thickness, which feels really thick. The phone has a 4,300 mAh battery. This phone weighs 191 grams. USB Type-C port is given below in Realme phone. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a loudspeaker grill with Type-C port.
Like most recently launched popular smartphones in the market, Realme 6 has a quad camera setup in the back. The module is slightly wider and embossed, but has a metal outline around it, 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. Reality 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 available in the previous model. The highlight of the display is the included 90Hz refresh rate. High-refresh rate enhances your experience. The company has set this refresh rate to auto, which sets the phone itself between 60 Hz and 90 Hz, but if you want to set its refresh rate according to you, then you also have that option available.The display has a density of 405 PPI and Realme 6’s screen-to-body ratio is 90.5 percent due to hole-punch. Gorilla Glass 3 has been given in the front for display protection, which is undoubtedly a little old technology.
Reality 6 has been launched with the MediaTek Helio G90T processor. This is a powerful chipset, which we have seen in 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. The Reality phone comes in three variants. Its 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage costs Rs 12,999. The price of 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variants and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variants is Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively.The smartphone comes with UFS 2.1 storage. We have reviewed the 8 GB RAM variants 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 support for VoLTE with 4G. It includes all common sensors.
Talking about the software, Realme has given its 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 experience and we found it easy to use. The Settings app is well designed and we didn’t have to struggle to find an option. Reality UI also comes with features such as digital wellbeing, focus mode, dark mode and riding mode. Reality comes with dual-mode audio, which allows you to simultaneously connect a Bluetooth and wired headset for music on a smartphone, but this feature is currently listed under Realme Lab.
We also found some pre-installed i apps on the device, such as Facebook, Dailyhunt, Gaana, Hello, Opera News, UC Browser, WPS Office and some Google apps. It also comes with some Reality apps already, such as the Reality Store, Community, Game Center, Game Space and its own apps store, called App Market. Stock applications such as browsers continue to provide notifications, which we had to disable and disable.
Realme6 performance and battery life
It is certainly interesting to see the specification of Reality 6. The 90Hz refresh rate in the phone makes the interface very smooth. We found the display a bit reflective in sunlight, but the panel was bright enough, so that we didn’t have trouble viewing the content in the display. We also liked its viewing angle.
Realme 6 has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 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 liked its performance a lot. We also set up Face Recognition, which recognizes the face and onlocks the phone. This feature also unlocks the phone very fast. Unlocking the smartphone requires very little effort after enabling the wake-to-wake feature included in the phone.
We were happy with the performance of Reality 6, as we never had to wait long for the apps to load. With 8 GB of RAM on the device, it does not let apps kill in the background and you can multitask easily in it. It also takes very less time to load the app.
MediaTek has introduced the Helio G90 series as a gaming processor and we were curious to see how Reality 6 would perform in terms of gaming. We played PUBG Mobile on a smartphone and it defaulted to high-settings and high frame rates with graphics set to HD. We did not see any lag or frame drop while playing the game in these settings. After about 20 minutes we notice that the smartphone gets a little hot on the touch.
The battery life of Realme 6 is quite good. It managed to run for 19 hours, 26 minutes in our HD video loop test. With our usage, Reality 6 lasted one and a half days on one charge. The box comes with a 30W fast charger. In using this, the phone charges up to 65 percent in 30 minutes and takes more than an hour to fully charge.
Reality 6 has a 64-megapixel primary camera in the back. Additionally, this back camera setup features an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Camera software is largely like other mid-range smartphones. We had no problem switching to different shooting modes in the camera app. Quick toggles are provided for HDR, filters and chroma boost. AI discovers the scene.
Realme 6 is quick to focus and measures the light properly in most scenes. In broad daylight, the camera of the phone takes some good shots and even when zooming, there was no lack of detail in the photos. In Bright Scene, the HDR mode of Reality 6 is enabled by itself. Photos come at 16 megapixels by default, but you can take pictures by turning on the 64-megapixel mode if you wish.
There is also a wide-angle camera on Realime 6. However, compared to the primary camera, this camera is not as good in dynamic range. Photographs can capture a much larger area, but photos taken from it show a lack of detail and quality. Apart from this, the edges of the picture also get slightly distorted.
For close-up, Realme 6 also has a depth sensor, which blurs the background well. The camera sets focus quickly, due to which the photos are good. Portrait mode also gives you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot. The camera accurately detects the age of the subject.
Macro camera lacks autofocus but you can easily take a picture by reaching very close to a subject. It managed to take good shots while shooting indoors.
Camera quality decreases slightly in low light. You will get some good looking pictures even in low light, but there is a lack of detail in the photos when zoomed. Night mode works much better in low light and gives a great output by combining multiple frames together. The detail also appears in pictures taken with night mode.
The selfie shot with Realme 6 also had good detail. However, beautification is enabled by default. For natural-looking output, you must reduce or turn off the beautification. These pictures were good for sharing on social media.
Recording at 4K resolution can be done from primary camera and 1080 pixels from selfie camera. Apart from this, the primary camera allows users to record 1080p with 60 frames per second. Videos are stable at 1080p resolution, but not at 4K. We also see mild flickering effects in videos taken in low light.
Realme has once again given a great smartphone at a reasonable price. Realme 6 comes with a powerful processor, gives good battery life, and also comes with a 30W fast charger in the box. The company has also improved the Realme UI, but we want the company to reduce bloatware (unwanted apps) in the future. If you are looking for a value for money device at a price of Rs 15,000 or around, then you can wait for some time for the launch of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 series. However, we believe that you will also be satisfied with Reality 6.