realme 6: The midrange winner
March 23, 2020

Let’s take a look at realme’s newest midrange offering.

In just a short span of months, realme has already proven itself to be a true contender on the smartphone market. It has constantly delivered some of the best Android smartphones we’ve seen in a while all at an affordable price. With the realme 6, it is proving that midrange devices can also offer premium performance.

From the outside, you’re still getting the same glossy design similar to their previous devices and yes, it is still a fingerprint magnet but thankfully there’s a case included in the box. The volume rockers are on the left side with the power button that includes a fingerprint sensor. It’s an interesting design change especially when most fingerprint sensors are embedded on the display, but one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s easier to use since my thumb is naturally placed on top of the scanner, which unlocks it by the time I look at the device.

The realme 6 features a 6.5-inch 90Hz display with slimmer bezels compared to its predecessor. The screen is smooth, and the higher refresh rate definitely makes things easier to browse. On the top left corner is a punch-hole camera that’s cleverly hidden by the default wallpaper.

On the more technical side, the realme 6 comes with a MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core processor along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Dual SIM is also supported along with a microSD slot for expandable storage. The USB-C port supports fast charging, ideal when you need to juice up the battery fast.

The realme 6 runs on realme UI, which is based on Android 10. I wasn’t a fan of ColorOS, which was the skin that came with previous realme devices. realme UI is much more polished with a cleaner look and better-looking icons. While there is still some bloatware present, you can easily remove or disable them. 

For the camera, you have a quad-lens setup that consists of the primary 64-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel mono lens. Shots are mostly decent, especially when taken outside in the sunlight. The Camera app is pretty much the same as other smartphones, with various modes that you can scroll in the bottom and extra options like HDR, flash, and filters located on top. The camera takes decent shots in low light, though at times it can be too blurry and littered with noise. The f/1.8 aperture helps take in more light, and a steady hand is all you need to get the perfect night shot. 

The bigger 4,300 mAh battery on the realme 6 is enough to give me enough juice for a day’s worth of usage. Though putting the screen on a 90Hz refresh rate does drain the battery faster. Still, it’s a small quip considering it’s one of the best-looking displays we’ve seen in the midrange category.

Overall the realme 6 Pro improves on the realme 5 series in more ways than one. It sits just above the midrange category by offering the best combination of features, performance, and price. This easily makes the realme 6 a true midrange winner.

We Love: 

+ 90Hz screen

+ Great performance

We Hate: 

– Battery life could be better

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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