Realme started the year with some new models in the budget segment and an all-new 5G capable flagship. Now the company has launched the upgraded series of Realme 5 series, which includes Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro. Realme 6 is the affordable phone of this series, which has a hole-punch display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This is Reality’s first budget device, using a high-refresh-rate display. Even at this price, mobile with a 90Hz display is not available in the market. The phone comes with a powerful MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, which has been seen in the Redmi Note 8 Pro before.
However, here the price of this phone has surprised us a bit. The initial price of Realme 6 in India is Rs. 12,999. The phone has a slightly higher price, but will the phone be able to impress us with its features to prove this price to be a reasonable price? To know this, we have reviewed Realme 6. Is this the best budget smartphone you should buy without waiting? Let’s know.
Realme 6 design
Instead of the Sunrise design offered on its low-cost model, Realme has given a new comet design to this phone. Realme 6 has a gradient finish at the back, in which the streaks are seen when the lights are out. All these lines start from the top and gather like a nozzle at the charging port below. Overall, it gives the phone a premium look.
Realme 6 has a 6.5-inch display, which is similar to Realme 5. However, the new phone does not have a notch. Instead, the company has given a holistic punch design this time in fashion. It is on the left corner of the hole-punch cutout display. The side of the display has thin bezels, but the chin below is quite thick.
The edges of Reality 6 are rounded so that it doesn’t prick your palm. The back of the phone is slightly curved which makes it comfortable to hold. This time Realme has opted for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner in the budget phone, which is located on the right side of the device. We liked the placement, as the thumb reaches the power button/fingerprint sensor quite comfortably while holding the smartphone in the right hand. If you are accustomed to using the phone with the left hand, then you may have to register your left-hand finger and thumb to unlock the smartphone.
Realme 6 specifications and software
Reality 6 has a 6.5-inch full-HD + display, which was not available in the previous model. The highlight of the display is the included 90Hz refresh rate. A high-refresh-rate enhances your experience. The company has set this refresh rate to auto, which sets the phone itself between 60 Hz and 90 Hz, but if you want to set its refresh rate according to you, you also have that option available. The display has a density of 405 PPI and Realme 6’s screen-to-body ratio is 90.5 percent due to hole-punch. Gorilla Glass 3 has been given in the front for display protection, which is undoubtedly a little old technology.
Reality 6 has been launched with the MediaTek Helio G90T processor. This is a powerful chipset, which we have seen in Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. This processor has two Cortex-A76 cores with 2.05 GHz clock speed and six cores with 2.0 GHz clock speed. The Reality phone comes in three variants. Its 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage costs Rs 12,999. The price of 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variants and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variants are Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively. The smartphone comes with UFS 2.1 storage. We have reviewed the 8 GB RAM variants of this phone.
In terms of connectivity, this phone offers Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi AC and three navigation systems. It is a dual-SIM device that includes support for VoLTE with 4G. It includes all common sensors.
Realme 6 performance and battery life
It is certainly interesting to see the specification of Reality 6. The 90Hz refresh rate on the phone makes the interface very smooth. We found the display a bit reflective in sunlight, but the panel was bright enough so that we didn’t have trouble viewing the content on the display. We also liked its viewing angle.
Realme 6 has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which means that the fingerprint sensor is also set on its power button. It is capable of unlocking the phone with accuracy and speed and we liked its performance a lot. We also set up Face Recognition, which recognizes the face and unlocks the phone. This feature also unlocks the phone very fast. Unlocking the smartphone requires very little effort after enabling the wake-to-wake feature included in the phone.
Realme 6 cameras
Reality 6 has a 64-megapixel primary camera at the back. Additionally, this back camera setup features an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The camera software is largely like other mid-range smartphones. We had no problem switching to different shooting modes in the camera app. Quick toggles are provided for HDR, filters and chroma boost. AI discovers the scene.
The selfie shot with Realme 6 also had good detail. However, beautification is enabled by default. For natural-looking output, you must reduce or turn off the beautification. These pictures were good for sharing on social media.
Recording at 4K resolution can be done from the primary camera and 1080 pixels from the selfie camera. Apart from this, the primary camera allows users to record 1080p with 60 frames per second. Videos are stable at 1080p resolution, but not at 4K. We also see mild flickering effects in videos taken in low light.