Review of Realme 6 Smartphone in UAEApril 9, 2020
Realme is a very young company and was founded in 2018 on 4th May and company shared ownership by a private conglomerate BBK Electronics which has other brands like OPPO, VIVO and One Plus.
January 2020 – Realme launched its flagship mobile in the Middle East which is Realme X2 Pro, Realme 5 Pro, and Realme C2. We were was one of the few chosen media to review the Realme X2 Pro and Realme 5 Pro smartphones before the launch.
Here you can see the review of the Realme Smartphones
Among the current lockdown in UAE, many of the smartphone manufacturers decided to launch the new range of smartphones using the LIVE or prerecorded presentation.
Realme also following the rules of lockdown, went ahead to release their new mid-range smartphone Realme 6 via YouTube.
We had the opportunity to get the handset delivered by PR at our residence and below are the details and the review.
Body & Specification
The Realme 6 Smartphone has a dimension of 74.8mm (W) x 162.1mm (H) x 8.9mm(D) and weighing 191 grams which includes a non-removal battery. It has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and a size of 6.5 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with a screen 405 PPI density and 480 nits max brightness. It has an 84.1% screen-to-body ratio and resolution 20:9 ratio. The body build has a plastic frame with the front display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ and the back panel is protected by the plastic.
It comes with Android 10.0 (Q) with the Realme UI as the user interface. It uses MediaTek MT6785 Helio G90T chipset + GPU – Mali-G76 MC4 with 8 GB RAM and a 128 GB ROM for storage.
The smartphones with the Dual Nano SIM Card Tray Slot, additional microSD card slot and as for the network, it can support 2G/ 3G/ 4G LTE
It comes with the Quad cameras on the rear ((64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide),1/1.72″ +8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″+ 2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (macro) 1/5.0″ + 2 MP B/W, f/2.4, (depth). The front dew shape camera has Single 16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.1″ which embedded into the display which Realme calls it “In-display Selfie”
The main camera can shoot video at 2160@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps with gyro-EIS and front camera can shoot video at 1080p@30fps with gyro-EIS. Realme 6 features LED flash, panorama, and HDR for the main cameras.
Realme 6 frame has the power button which also acts as the fingerprint sensor on the right-hand side of the device and 3 Slot(2 SIM Card Tray+ microSD slot) and below are the Volume Rockers on the left-hand side of the phone. The bottom of the phone has the USB Type- C super-charge input, speaker grills, mic, and 3.5mm jack output.
The device which I have received for review is the Comet Blue back panel.
With the 84.1% screen-to-body ratio display, the bezel of the phone almost merges with the frame of the phone. The only thing you will notice is in the top area where it houses the sleek earpiece speaker and single-lens camera in punch hole type “In-display” embedded in the screen.
Realme 6 is a mid-range smartphone created for the audience who is looking for a strong camera and work-horse phone and budget which is less than AED1000.
The front camera is a single 16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/3″ and photo resolution is 1740 x 2320px at 72dpi and has a sensor for face detection and Bokeh effect.
The display can work at 90Hz and but by default it comes at 60Hz.
Some of the additional features of the front camera under photo mode, in the setting, is the gesture, so when you hold your open palm in front of the front camera, it gives you 3-sec count and clicks a selfie. You can record videos in 720p and 1080 at 30fps. You can also record Time-lapse selfie video and the low light (Nightscape mode) and panorama mode but it clicks only images. The other features include HDR and the smartphone doesn’t have a front LED light for flash but it uses the display screen full brightness as a flash or fill light in selfie mode. It has Ai scene recognition support too.
The back panel of the Realme 6 houses the vertical Quad cameras with LED flash on the top left-side and fingerprint sensor which is also the power button on the right-hand side. The Quad cameras consist of 64 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide), 2 MP, (macro) + 2 MP, B/W (depth). It supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization). The rectangle shape panel is little protruding from the back panel, so it better to use the translucent phone casing to protect the cameras.
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The camera general setting can click images in 4608px X 3456px in 72dpi. But you can click under the 64MP mode you get 9280px X 6944px at 72dpi. In the video mode, camera clicks 2160@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps with gyro-EIS
In the photography and video mode, you can click at a wide-angle, 1x, 2x and 5x zoom and on further zooming digitally up to 10x. The quality of the image at 10x zoom is not sharp and low light creates a lot of noise. The camera has HDR, Ultra Steady option, macro lens option, chrome boost, portrait mode, and different 10 color scene options. You can record Time-lapse selfie, and under the video, it shows the low light (Nightscape mode) and panorama mode but it is clicks images. It also has the expert mode where you can do manual adjustment of exposure value (EV), white balance (WB), Auto Focus (AF) and Exposure (ISO).
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Under the expert mode, you have the option to use all the cameras, wide-angle/macro lens, standard lens, and telescopic lens. In the video mode, you have the direct option of setting the bokeh effect, so as per your choice you can set the aperture and blurring of the background. There is a direct option for portrait mode under the video which detects the face and you can change and set the bokeh of the video.
(Please note: Bokeh mode has to be used sensibly as it may cause out of focus of the video)
The front and main cameras can click images in 4:3, 1:1, full-screen ratio. The phone can click videos with compatible format H264 and also H265 format which is available for front and rear cameras.
Under the Nightscape mode, it clicked 3 images continuously and with the software support, it enhances the image. It is faster in capturing compared to other brands. But, under very low light, it didn’t perform very well.
Operating System and Software
The operating system of the Realme 6, it has the latest Android 10.0 (Q) with the Realme UI as the user interface. So, with Android 10.0, the Realme 6 has all the interesting new features of the like the AI beautification, creamy bokeh for portraits, AI recognition up to 500 scenes. The MediaTek MT6785 Helio G90T chipset + GPU – Mali-G76 MC4 and Android Q also help in better for more accurate facial brightness, contrast for selfies on the front cameras and scene-by-scene optimizations for shots taken on the rear and enhancing the photography effects.
With the Realme UI, now you have flick from the side to have specific apps at your finger touch. The Realme 6 smartphone with the help of AI face recognition for photography and in the video and uses the EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) to provide a stabilized video.
As for Realme UI, there is an additional App store called “App Market”. In the Application, there are divided into different categories called Communication, Social Apps, Video Players & Editors, Tool Apps, Casual Games, Photography Apps.
The Realme 6 was tested with various benchmark testing Apps. On PC Mark benchmark, it scored 10649. On 3D Mark benchmark, it scored Sling Shot Extreme open GL ES 3.1 – 2548 and Sling Shot Extreme Vulkan – 2598. On the Geek benchmark, it scored 544 on single-core and 1692 on multi-core.
While on benchmark testing the smartphone, the temperature of the body rose to 34°C and the CPU temperature rose to 41.9°C.
(Please note: Most of the smartphones while reviewing and testing had an average body temperature of 32°C to 37°C)
Sound & Audio
Realme 6 has a single side speaker grill, so when you are holding the smartphone horizontally, you can hear the right channel of sound and when you hold the phone vertically the sound comes as a single audio channel (Mono).
The trebles, mid-level was clear and bass was good for a smartphone. The volume is quite loud and clear. The device supports Hi-Res audio format.
The smartphone has Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
The smartphone comes with 3.5mm jack output but headphones are not included in the package.
Realme 6 was tested with various types of videos and different genres of music and it passed above average compared to other competitors in a similar price range.
(Please note: The smartphone was held at a distance of 1- 2 feet while testing the audio quality)
Connectivity & Battery
The smartphone has a fingerprint sensor, face detection, pattern, pin for accessing the smartphone. You can also use to lock certain folders in the smartphone for further protection.
The Smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot. Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE. With App and headphones, you can also connect to FM Radio.
The smartphone comes with a Non-removable Li-Po 4300 mAh battery which can last more than a day with average usage.
The smartphone comes with USB Type- C supercharge input which can charge the phone at 30W. As mentioned by the company, a fully drained phone can be fully charged in 60mins.
Realme 6 is a very good smartphone for the price, the phone is a mid-range with all the good features for gaming, watching online entertainment. The built quality and color makes the phone very rich and stylish. With Quad cameras with AI support makes this smartphone one of the best in the market, as for the selfies, the single 16MP lens can make difference with the Ai function which can give a very nice creamy Bokeh effect and focus on your face. It has a quick and sharp focus system.
With 128GB ROM space and additional memory microSD slot with the Dual Card SIM Tray, it is a good smartphone for the price and can run for the money to its competitors.
With all the AR and AI effects and functions, it is a very young, stylish and perfect companion for the teens, gamers, businessman and fashion-conscious people. Also, the smartphone is splash resistant.
The only negative was the very low light photography under nightscape mode was not great.
Packaging of Realme 6 & Price
The Realme 6 comes in Yellow (Pantone) rectangular packing. On opening the box, you will find the box with contains the transparent back cover case and the warranty and instruction papers. Below the case box, you will find the Realme 6 smartphone and below the phone, you will find the compartments which contain the 30W Supercharger, the USB Type C charging cable and the SIM card pin removal tool. The only thing missing is the headphones.
The Realme 6 launch price was at AED999 and available on various online stores.