A great mid-range option.
Meet the Realme 6 Pro, a mid-range option that is the successor to the Realme 6 and 6i released a few months back. After Realme’s debut in the UAE, it has already proven itself to be a competitive brand in terms of performance and value, evident by the recent great devices they have released in the past months.
With the Realme 6 Pro’s specs, it is now directly competing with other mid-range devices in the market. With its decent hardware set headlined by the Snapdragon 720G CPU and a 1,199 AED price, it is one of the few smartphones that deliver on all fronts despite some flaws.
The Realme 6 Pro continues the same design trend just like the other smartphones in its product line. There are the curved edges that make it easy to handle, with the volume rockers located on the left side. The power button is located on the right side, which also houses the fingerprint sensor.
From the back, you have this glossy finish with a material that reacts with the light. While other smartphones have already utilized this design, Realme changes this with a somewhat unique take that is definitely fun to look at. Below you will find the USB-C port for charging and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The smartphone features a 6.6-inch display that covers almost the entirety of the front, except for a hole for the front-facing cameras. The Full HD+ display also features a 90Hz refresh rate, which definitely makes a difference when using the device. The display is similar to other Realme devices, with punchy colors that sometimes look saturated – though personally, that’s my preferred look. Just in case this is not to your liking, you can always change it in the display settings.
As we mentioned, the Realme 6 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 720G processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It is also one of the few devices that support dual SIM and a microSD slot. Others typically swap the 2nd SIM slot for the microSD card.
Performance is great – the smartphone is snappy when browsing and the 90Hz display makes it look smoother. Apps and games didn’t have any problem loading, and my experience is similar to smartphones running a faster processor. The Realme 6 Pro runs on Realme UI that’s based on Android 10. You’re getting pretty much everything you want from an Android device, with a few pre-installed apps. While there’s nothing about Realme UI that makes it stand out from other custom Android launchers, it’s fast, fluid and gives you everything you need just like what stock Android does.
One of the highlights of the Realme 6 Pro is the quad-camera setup that consists of the 64-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel telephoto camera, 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and the 2-megapixel macro shooter. Images shot on the 64-megapixel sensor use pixel binning to save it as a 16-megapixel image without losing any detail. Images look pretty good especially when taken outside in the sunlight. There’s a substantial amount of detail when you zoom into the image and preserves detail that’s complemented by HDR.
That being said, the other lenses don’t do the same justice as the main camera. The ultrawide camera lacks the brilliance offered by the main camera. The camera does excel in night mode. Images we shot at night showcase bright and clear quality with minimal noise.
UPDATE: We’ve been playing more with the Realme 6 Pro’s camera and while our initial reviews were average, the smartphone does in fact produce some pretty decent shots especially in daylight. The detail is present, with little to no noise even when you zoom into the image at 100% crop.
What’s surprising is that the front-facing dual cameras (16-megapixel and 8-megapixel ultrawide) deliver great shots and at times even better than the rear camera. The ultrawide lens means you can fit more people in the frame and overall, the detail and clarity of the camera is something that gets plus points for us.
The Realme 6 Pro features a 4,300mAh battery and the multiple optimizations of both hardware and software easily gave me more than a day and a half of usage. There’s usually 30-35 percent left after I’ve used the Realme 6 Pro extensively for a whole day. In case you need to charge, the smartphone also supports 30W fast charging.
For the 1,199 AED price, the Realme 6 Pro delivers what you can expect from a mid-range smartphone. Despite some flaws, this smartphone is easy to recommend.
+ Great 90Hz display
+ Surprisingly good selfie camera
+ Unique exterior design
+ Decent quad-camera setup
– None to mention.
Final Rating: 4/5