Let’s take a look at the smartphone industry now. There are lots of realme smartphones in the market. Within realme’s catalog itself, there are many similar devices within the realme 5 series similar prices. Fast forward just 6 months later, we have the realme 6 Pro.

As the title suggests, this phone has a few hits and a few misses. Let’s find out why.

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This review was supposed to come out before the realme 6 review – but due to unforeseen circumstances, it got swapped. So, there are a lot of cross-references between that review and this realme 6 Pro review.

Unboxing

It’s good to see that realme is really sticking with their yellow boxes with a simple design. At least it’s unique and eye-catching.

Inside the box itself, we have a few simple things included:

  • The realme 6 Pro itself
  • TPU case
  • Documentation
  • 30W fast charger
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

Design

Here’s a hit. Overall, I like the design of the realme 6 Pro quite a lot. Looking at the back, we have this unique reflection pattern that looks like a thunderbolt. It’s not going to shake your world or anything – I just think that it’s tacky. ⚡

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

Yet that fanciness is somewhat deterred by the fact that realme included a smoked TPU case instead of a clear one. We can still see it through the case, but it’s very difficult.

And overall, the entire phone’s body shape is very similar to the realme 5 Pro from 6 months ago. Even the camera bump at the back is similar, but the fingerprint scanner is moved to the side.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

Connectivity & Ports

It’s no different from its predecessor actually. It still supports triple card slots, 5GHz WiFi for faster speeds, but both NFC and IR blaster are still missing.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

At the bottom, we have the usual headphone jack, USB-C charging port, and the single bottom-firing speaker. Pretty standard for a mid-range smartphone of this day.

Display

For the realme 6 Pro, it comes with a 6.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD with 90Hz refresh rate. Wow, realme seems to be playing the trend game and hopping into the 90Hz refresh rate bandwagon too.

And it also has a pill-shape cutout at the top left corner of the screen.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

However, I think there are two issues here. First, because of how many layers an IPS LCD screen has, there is a noticeable black glow around the selfie camera cutout. It’s distracting.

Secondly, the chipset can’t handle 90Hz at all. What it can do is have your system apps, home screen, and maybe Facebook or Chrome run at 90Hz .

We did a test on what’s up with realme‘s implementation of 90Hz refresh rate displays here. In short, games cannot run at 90Hz due to a software lock.

Testing 90Hz on realme 6 and realme 6 Pro

Cameras

The main highlight for the realme 6 Pro is going to be the cameras. They’re touting a total of 6 cameras.

  • Quadruple rear-facing cameras
    • Main: 64MP f/1.8 with PDAF
    • Telephoto: 12MP f/2.5 with PDAF, 2x optical zoom
    • Ultra-wide: 8MP f/2.3, fixed focus
    • Macro: 2MP f/2.4, fixed focus
  • Double selfie cameras:
    • Main: 16MP f/2.1
    • Ultra-wide: 8MP f/2.2

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

Looking at the camera specs, it seems like realme took the criticism and removed the useless depth sensor in favor of actually usable cameras. However, adding more cameras doesn’t necessarily mean that it will take better pictures.

As for the picture samples, I suggest you watch the review video at the top of this review.

Main 64MP camera

It’s quite good. The picture quality turns out nice and there’s a good mix of saturation as well. The white balance is quite okay.

Once we start to look at the details of the pictures – maybe a zoomed-in 64MP picture – the flaws start to appear. The noise reduction is quite strong and the details are essentially gone. The image just looks fuzzy overall.

Also, the realme 6 Pro is unable to maintain a relatively non-shaky night shot image. The image just looks smudged.

Ultra-wide angle camera

It’s quite okay. The overall perspective of the picture is not that distorted. Good job on the algorithm overall. However, the colors aren’t as punch as I’d like and the colors look a bit washed out.

Also, outside of the center of the image, the chromatic aberration is very obvious. That only means realme uses a cheap quality lens for its ultra-wide angle camera.

Telephoto camera

The 2x optical zoom looks pretty much identical to the main camera, just zoomed in. Nice quality overall.

Macro camera

Yea… it’s pretty much unusable. The images are very noisy too.  Better to take pictures in 64MP and zoom it in.

Software – Android 10 with realme UI 1.0

It’s a reskinned version of ColorOS 7. Overall, it’s mostly just a facelift with some updates on the user interface. Most of the elements and user experience is still the same as last generation’s ColorOS 6.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

There is one addition that I hate the most though – the app scanner thing. Just like Xiaomi’s MIUI, any apps that are installed (even though the Google Play Store) will go through a scan. For realme’s case, there is no way to disable this scanner. And realme even baked ads into this scanner.

It’s annoying and distasteful.

Performance & Gaming

I think this one is yet another miss from realme. The realme 6 Pro comes with this list of specs:

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD with 2400×1080 pixels in resolution
    • 90Hz refresh rate
    • Pill-shaped cutout for selfie cameras
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
  • 4,300mAh battery
  • Android 10 with realme UI 1.0

First, let’s take a look at the benchmarks first.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro 3DMark benchmark <em>realme</em> 6 Pro VRMark average frame rate benchmark <em>realme</em> 6 Pro Geekbench 4 benchmark <em>realme</em> 6 Pro Antutu 7 benchmark

And here’s the benchmark for VRMark. There’s a reason why I said the performance of the realme 6 Pro is a miss. The Snapdragon 720G chipset cannot even sustain 60fps in VRMark benchmark – what’s the reason to include a 90Hz screen? To scroll Facebook and the settings menu in 90Hz maybe.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro VRMark benchmark with different refresh rates

Gaming

The realme 6 Pro cannot run any games on 90Hz. We downloaded a bunch of them – including Subway Surfers, Shadow Fight 3, and even Temple Run 2. These games are confirmed to run on 90Hz and 120Hz but the realme 6 Pro just refuses to run on anything beyond 60Hz.

Learn more about it here.

Battery & Charger

The realme 6 Pro comes with a 4,300mAh battery. It can last for a little more than 12 hours and 30 minutes in our test using 1080p 60Hz mode.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro battery life benchmark

However, when we switched over to 90Hz and did the same test again, the battery life drops by nearly 37%. That’s an insanely big impact on the battery life, which signifies the incompetence of the GPU itself.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro battery life benchmark with different refresh rates

Charger

realme included a 30W fast charger with the phone itself. Even though it screams “high wattage”, the charging speed is not particularly that fast as it still needs about 50 minutes to charge from 15% to 100%.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro fast charging benchmark

Wrapping up the realme 6 Pro review

The realme 6 Pro has a long list of specs like 6 cameras and a Snapdragon chipset, 90Hz and whatnot.

<em>realme</em> 6 Pro

For the price of RM1,399, I think the price is way too steep for what it has to offer. For me, between the realme 6 Pro and the realme 6, it’s better to get the realme 6 instead. We reviewed the realme 6 here – and it’s a much better deal overall.

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