While we’re still waiting for the release of the realme 6 Pro, this review will look and sound weird. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we can only publish the review of the realme 6 first. We have prepared the reviews with the sequence of realme 6 Pro first, then realme 6. Since the sequence is swapped, there will be a lot of discontinuity in this review.
For the full story, we’ll have to wait until the realme 6 Pro review is published.
It’s the same as the realme 6 Pro.
- The realme 6 itself
- TPU case
- 30W fast charger
- USB-A to USB-C cable
It’s a bit different here. The realme 6 has this design that looks like the universe just came formed from the Big Bang. In this case, it starts from the USB-C part all the way to the top. Not really my type of design, but hey – it’s something sleeker than the thunderbolt design on the realme 6 Pro.
However, just like the realme 6 Pro, the realme 6 comes with a smoked TPU case. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a nice, flashy back – especially since it’s white in color. Maybe include a transparent TPU case in the future instead?
Once again, the fingerprint scanner is also located at the side now.
Connectivity & Ports
Also the same as the realme 6 Pro that we’ve reviewed here. The one notable highlight is the triple card slot, which I think is kind of unnecessary now since we do have the more versatile eSIM technology.
Honestly, this part is the same as the realme 6 Pro as well. However, there are a few minor changes here.
The realme 6 has a slightly smaller 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with 2400×1080 pixels in resolution, alongside a circular cutout at the top left corner. This punch hole is humongous when compared to any other smartphones that we’ve used, by the way.
Like the realme 6 Pro, there’s a noticeable black glow around the punch hole. This is an inherent issue of IPS LCD screens as it is made out of multiple layers, creating a gap that results in the black glow.
Once again, I find the 90Hz on the realme 6 to be only for scrolling system apps, Facebook, and Chrome smoothly. It can’t run any games at 90Hz.
The realme 6 has fewer cameras than the realme 6 Pro. There are a total of 5 cameras, but only 4 of them are usable. Here are the specs for all the cameras on the realme 6.
- Quadruple rear-facing cameras
- Wide: 64MP f/1.8 with PDAF
- Ultra-wide: 8MP f/2.3
- Macro: 2MP f/2.4 fixed focus
- Depth sensor
- 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera
The depth sensor isn’t exactly a camera, so you’ll only have a total of 3 usable cameras at the back.
To see the pictures taken by the realme 6, please do watch our video at the top of this review.
The images look a bit different here. It seems a lot more yellowish but the overall picture quality looks okay in terms of saturation and clarity. However, once we start to view picture in its full size, the same flaws start to appear again. All of the details just disappear.
However, I don’t know why realme included the 2x and 5x zoom slider in the camera UI for the realme 6 because this phone does not have a telephoto camera.
Ultra-wide angle camera
For this camera, the images appear cooler in tone. However, the picture quality remains to be good overall but it still has chromatic aberration.
Same as the realme 6 Pro review. This macro camera is pretty much unusable. The images are very noisy. Just don’t use this macro camera.
Software – Android 10 with realme UI 1.0
I still hate the new app scanner that appears every single time when a new app is installed. It has an ad and this scanner cannot be disabled.
Once again, it’s annoying and distasteful.
Performance & Gaming
Let’s get a bit of context. Here is the list of specs for the realme 6:
- 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with 2400×1080 pixels in resolution
- 90Hz refresh rate
- Circular punch-hole display
- MediaTek Helio G90T
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
- 4,300mAh battery
- Android 10 with realme UI 1.0
Remember when I said it’s better to buy the realme 6? Let me show you the benchmarks and compare both the realme 6 and realme 6 Pro.
Particularly in VRMark, the realme 6 can maintain at 39FPS whereas the realme 6 Pro can only maintain at 29FPS. We’ve also rerun the test in high-performance mode but there is no change to the result.
Everything that’s happening on the realme 6 Pro that we’ve mentioned here applies to the realme 6 as well. While the realme 6 can maintain a higher consistent frame rate games, it still is way below 60FPS.
Once again, we’ve tried multiple different games that support 90Hz, like Subway Surfers, Shadow Fight 3, and Temple Run 2. Everything is locked at 60Hz maximum except for a few selected apps. Click here to learn more.
Battery & Charger
Here’s a funny part. The new realme 6 comes with a 4,300mAh battery which is the same as the realme 6 Pro. Its battery life is worse than the realme 6 Pro – which is expected since the efficiency of the Mediatek G90T is not as good as the Snapdragon counterparts.
However, when we turned it up to 90Hz, the battery life doesn’t seem to be affected much.
It uses the same 30W charger as the realme 6 Pro and has the same battery capacity as well. Of course, the battery charging speed is the same.
Wrapping up the realme 6 review
I do think that the realme 6 is a much better buy than the realme 6 Pro. There’s no telephoto camera on the realme 6 – but its performance is much better. However, the performance isn’t going to blow your socks off but it’s still better.
The general consensus is still the same here – that 90Hz display is only useful for scrolling menus, Facebook, Chrome, and a few more other apps.
So… is the realme 6 the “gaming” phone that realme is claiming to be? Not really. All games are locked down to 60Hz only, as shown here. Even if the 90Hz option is unlocked, the chipset is not powerful enough to sustain 90FPS in games with more demanding graphics.
Moreover, I will never use the macro camera. 2MP is not enough, and it’s better to take a picture in 64MP and crop.
Currently, the realme 6 is available in two variants:
- 4GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM999
- 8GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM1,199 (the one we review here)
It’s rather steep in terms of price. By looking at the price now, I wonder how much the realme 6 Pro will be? 🤔