Realme began to churn out one smartphone after another, especially in the middle class. However, as there is a lot of competition in this area, the progressive Chinese company had to come up with something more significant, exactly as Realm 6.
Realme 6 offers in particular 90 Hz the display that stands out the most. It will also impress with its very good performance thanks to MediaTek Helio G90T and fast 30 W charging. In this review, we will look at all its pros and cons.
On the contrary, it was the biggest disappointment for us camerawhich could have been handled better. Shot in the display is also a negative feature, especially due to its size and creates a disturbing impression. However, these are remorse that, if they did not exist, it would be a perfect smartphone for its price tag. In its price category, however, it is a really successful piece.
Yellow Realme Pack
At Realme, they like the color yellow, in which the entire package is colored. Inside, in addition to the smartphone with the foil applied, there is already standard equipment in the form of a needle for a SIM card, a protective silicone case, a 30 W charging adapter and a USB Type-C cable.
The adapter is quite a chore in terms of size and weight, so prepare more free space in the plug.
If you are going to use the included silicone case, we must warn you that it is too coarse for our taste and enlarges the device more than it should. It also has a less attractive brown-gray color, which gives the impression of long use. Therefore, you better order your own and preferred protective packaging.
Realme 6 has an attractive design
Our test model is in the blue version, which the manufacturer called Comet Blue. The back is coated with a transition from light blue to light blue. It is a plastic material with imitation glass. From our personal point of view, the smartphone looks very good. At the back and there is also a quadruple camera, LED and the Realme logo.
The dimensions of the smartphone are 74.8 x 162.1 x 9.6 mm and the scale stopped at number 191 grams. It is a very light device that holds well in one hand thanks to its slim body.
The side contains a button to lock and unlock the screen, which also serves as fingerprint reader. The sensor is really lightning fast and definitely ranks among the highlights of Realme 6. On the other side there are already standard volume control buttons and a slot for two nano SIM cards and a micro SD card.
At the bottom is 3,5 mm audio jack, which will surely please many fans of wired headphones. There is a USB Type-C connector and a main speaker.
Smooth 90 Hz display
When describing the specifications, let's start quickly 90 Hz display. However, this is only about IPS LCD panel from JDI. Compared to the 90 Hz AMOLED display, however, we did not feel such an amazing user experience. However, AMOLED would significantly raise the price of the device and then we would probably no longer be able to talk about the middle class.
However, it is still a clear improvement over conventional displays, which are still used by most smartphones on the world market. It is great to see that even higher manufacturers reach for cheaper pieces after a higher refresh rate.
The diagonal of the display is 6,5 inches, resolution FHD + (1080 x 2400 px) and softness 405 pixels per inch. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used for protection. The sampling frequency is given a number 120 Hz.
What we don't like about the display is clearly the big shot for the front camera, which is disruptive. The manufacturer could handle this part better, but thanks to the perforation, the ratio of the display to the body of the smartphone 90.5%.
The downside is also missing LED. For some smartphones from other brands, it has been replaced by animations within the ambient display, but the IPS panel does not offer such a function, nor does the Realme UI system itself. There is only a function to wake up the display notification.
Sufficient power with the Helio G90T
Realme 6, as a smartphone up to € 200, has surprisingly sufficient performance. During testing, we did not notice any significant system chopping or poor gaming performance. The processor works inside MediaTek Helio G90T, which was also used, for example, in the popular Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Some customers may be discouraged by the aforementioned MediaTek processor, mainly due to the scam scandal in testing, but also its not ideal reputation. In the real performance test, however, in our opinion, it is sufficient and the number of test points does not change anything.
Realme 6 performance test
As part of the game's performance, we tested its limits using the PUBG game: Mobile, 3DMark and Geekbench. As AnTuTu is no longer available, the test could not take place here. The display was in 90 Hz mode.
As for the gaming experience itself, it did really well. Hardcore players will definitely appreciate the faster refresh rate, which will give them an advantage over their opponents. Overall, we had no problem with the smoothness of the game. No lags appeared either. We evaluate the game performance very well.
In the test GeekBench 5 got a smartphone in the company e.g. Redmi Note 8 Pro, which even surpassed. Above it is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or Redmi K20 Pro, just a few points.
Test 3DMark showed that the smartphone from the best loses a lot of points, but got ahead of some famous models. 2533 points secured him 212th place and overcoming e.g. Redmi K30 or Honor 9X.
RAM and storage
Our configuration has 4 GB RAM memory and 128 GB storage. RAM memory is of type LPDDR4X and storage UFS 2.1. The highest configuration offered has 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. However, in our test, even 4 GB of RAM appeared to be sufficient capacity. On this page, we had slight concerns at the beginning, but the system is really well optimized.
The good news is also the possibility to expand the storage by micro SD card. The slot is located together with the SIM cards on the left side. For us, however, the current storage capacity is sufficient, but someone will certainly be pleased with the possibility of expansion.
Quite good endurance
The battery has received capacity 4300 mAh, which indicates average endurance. However, the smartphone held up really well even in 90 Hz mode. The battery lasted during our test 7 hours when the screen is on. The total time since charging was 2 days and 1 hour.
This was standard use with social networks or watching videos on YouTube. We did not play any games during this test, so most of them were easy activities. The Realme UI system also offers good energy saving options and can monitor well which applications drain the battery the most.
On the other hand, it is very fast 30 W charging in the right place. This is a great feature in this price range and you won't have to wait long to recharge at all. In our test, the battery was charged from 20% to 100% in a very fast time 54 minutes.
Overall, it stays on average in terms of endurance, but fast 30 W charging moves it up to a slight above average. Realme 6 has a really decent battery side.
The Realme 6 camera disappointed us
The camera area can be a subjective area. Well, here we will probably agree with other users who have tried this smartphone that it is one of the weaknesses of Realme 6. In good lighting conditions, the quality of details is fine, but in poor light, large gaps can be seen. Samsung S5KGW1 sensor.
But it will probably be bad manufacturer optimizationbecause the Samsung sensor doesn't have as bad a rating on other models as the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It is uncomfortable to see when zoomed in noise and not quite high quality details.
But the night photos quite surprised us. The results were not so bad, but it also depends on the brightness of the environment.
Full-size original photos are available at the following link.
The main sensor is mentioned 64 MPx Samsung S5KGW1 with f / 1.8 aperture and 1 / 1.7 ”sensor size. It also contains 8 MPx widescreen sensor with FOV 119 °, B&W sensor with aperture f / 2.4 a 2 MPx macro sensor with 4 cm focus.
The front selfie camera has 16 MPx and it is a Samsung S5K3P9 sensor. The photos with this camera are quite decent. You can view them in full quality in our shared folder.
4K video with UIS stabilization
The video can only be made in 4K resolution at 30 fps. The smoothness of the image is also ensured by UIS stabilization. This is Realm's own image stabilization and it is probably a special form of digital stabilization. For an even better video result, there is also UIS Max.
It can shoot slow motion video in FHD at a maximum of 120 fps, which is not at all astonishing. But what pleased us is the possibility of creation widescreen video this is missing on some smartphones.
This is how we evaluate the camera area average mark.
The real UI surprised
In the past, Realme smartphones were under control color OS, which is an extension of their parent company OPPO. One of the first smartphones he got Realme UI in the version 1.0 is Realme 6.
We really like the system, it is smooth, well-handled graphically and also contains very handy functions to speed up control. Slovak translation it is also at a very good level.
One handy feature is the smart side panel, which slides out by swiping from the edge of the screen. Its location can be freely set and contains quick shortcuts to start the screen recording, screenshot or open various applications.
Vivid background, appearance settings
Nice beautification of the system are also vivid background, of which there are several. The home or lock screen is complemented by really nice animations. Icon skins are also available. These can also be supplemented from external sources.
You can personalize the status bar to your liking. Here the design is also very successful and after application dark mode is completely transformed into black. Its settings can be made in the Screen and brightness section. There is also an eye protection function.
Today's smartphones have very thin frames and quite large diagonals, which makes the classic control of the bottom panel slightly impractical. However, the Realme UI has controllability through gestures similar to other popular superstructures.
We have turned on navigation mode on "Gestures pull on both sides" and it works really well. Drag from the edge of the screen to step back, swipe from the bottom to get to the main screen, and swipe from the bottom and hold to open a list of active applications.
The support of ours is a matter of course LTE networks. The smartphone has a dual SIM function and also includes a slot for a micro SD card. This allows you to easily expand your storage as needed.
There are also NFC, which can be used for payments or connecting devices.
The combination of GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou navigation systems ensures precise positioning.
The speaker area is nothing special, which makes us a little disappointed. The stereo speaker is becoming a standard with current new models. The main inverter is located on the right side of the bottom edge with four cutouts. The sound is flat and unobtrusive, so it's an average sound device.
Final rating Realme 6: 90 Hz at an extremely low price
The whole point of this device is to bring an above-standard user experience for a price below 200 euros. Realme did this thanks to the 90 Hz refresh rate of the display and also the very well-processed system. The performance of the Helio G90T is sufficient and can handle any mobile game without chopping. The overall operation of the smartphone is carried in smoothness and agility.
Its weaknesses, which must appear here in order to withdraw the price, are clear. Not quite the best camera, an IPS panel that can't bring quality AMOLED panel and a 4300 mAh battery hold the average mark. Also, a complete plastic made may not be to everyone's taste.
However, these are areas that could only hinder more demanding users, and they are looking for a completely different price category. So we can say that Realme is a smartphone for a ridiculous 200 euros, and the year 2020 is once again pushing the possibilities of what can be achieved for a given price limit.