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Realme 6 Unboxing, Quick Review: Potential Game-Changing Phone?

This could be a game-changer if the price is right

We’ve already shown you the Realme 6 Pro a few days ago, and today we’re going to give you a peek at its smaller, hopefully much more affordable brother, the Realme 6.

The new phone has many of the same design cues and features of the more expensive model, though some features do get cut for a much lower (and hopefully more aggressive) price point. What exactly do you get with the Realme 6 VS the Realme 6 Pro?

Packaging and contents:

There’s not a lot of difference in terms of packaging from the Realme 6 Pro VS its more affordable brother. You’re still getting a box that’s decked out in Realme’s traditional yellow color, and inside that box sits the phone, charger, USB cable, silicone case as well as documentation.

As with the Realme 6 Pro, the Realme 6 Pro doesn’t come with headphones – you’ll have to provide your own.

The same, but different

Since the Realme 6 is just a downgraded Realme 6 Pro, both devices sport pretty much the same design language.

There are subtle differences though – the Realme 6 is slightly shorter than its big brother owing to its smaller display. The most important change design-wise is in the material used on the back panel, and the pattern used on the back.

While the Realme 6 Pro uses a “wave” pattern on the rear, the regular Realme 6 utilizes a ray gradation pattern.

 

Unlike the Realme 6 Pro, the Realme 6 uses a plastic back treated to look like glass. The material change isn’t that noticeable if you’re looking at it from afar, though it becomes really obvious when you pick up and start handling the phone.

As far as ergonomics go the Realme 6 is identical to its more expensive brother, down to the button placement and the integrated fingerprint scanner on the power button.

We touched on it previously, but it bears repeating that the regular Realme 6 only has a 6.5-inch full HD IPS display VS the Realme 6 Pro’s bigger 6.6-inch panel. The Realme 6 also only has a single front camera VS the dual camera setup for the Realme 6 Pro.

The good news here is that the cheaper Realme 6 retains the fast, 90Hz refresh rate that its bigger brother has. That means it’ll be the most affordable phone currently in the market that has a 90Hz refresh rate panel, which might finally give Realme an edge over their bitter rival, Xiaomi.

Interestingly enough, Realme did not downgrade the main camera on the Realme 6 VS the Pro variant. You’re still getting a 64-megapixel camera on the rear, along with a wide-angle 8-megapixel sensor and the 2-megapixel macro camera. The biggest difference here is the omission of the 12-megapixel telephoto camera, replaced by a 2-megapixel one for portrait shooting which isn’t too bad.

The Snapdragon 720G gets replaced by MediaTek’s Helio G90T in the Realme 6. The phone is available in many configurations, but knowing Realme, they might bring the 4GB/128GB variant and the 8GB/128GB variant to the Philippines to complement their more expensive Realme 6 Pro.

The phone still runs RealmeUI which is built on top of Android 10. We really like how much Realme has tweaked its UI to incorporate modern design and styling cues.

Just like its bigger brother the Realme 6 has a rather large 4300mAh battery capacity, helped along by 30W fast charging. Topping the phone up shouldn’t be a problem thanks to the fast charging tech and charger that’s included in the package.

From the looks of it, Realme has another winner in their hands with the Realme 6, which should complement its brother nicely when it’s officially released in the Philippines in the next few days. Just like the Realme 6 Pro we don’t have solid pricing for the Realme 6 yet, though the phone starts at INR 13,999 (roughly Php 9.3K) in India for the 4GB/64GB variant. If Realme can keep pricing close to what it’s offering in the Indian subcontinent, then Xiaomi’s really in a world of hurt in the sub Php 15K price point this year.

Realme 6 Specs

  • MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core processor
  • Mali-G76 MC4 GPU
  • 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM
  • 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS display, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 90hz refresh rate
  • 64GB/128GB of expandable storage
  • Quad rear cameras: 64-megapixel f/1.8 ISOCELL Bright GW1 main camera; 8-megapixel f/2.3 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 monochrome camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera; with LED flash, Chroma Boost, Nightscape, 4K video recording
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 Sony IMX 471 front camera with AI beautification, Smart Groufie
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner, AI Face Unlock, Smart Audio Amplifier, Dust and splash resistant
  • 4300mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 30w fast charging
  • Android 10 with Realme UI

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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