Realme doesn’t like to waste time in introducing new phones. As a user, the more and better the options, the merrier! Even personally, I love every time I get some device to sink my teeth into. So as the novel 6 Pro reached my hands, I was quick to grill it. The fact that it’s been pushed as a spiritual sequel to the Realme X and not the Realme 5 pro made me all the more curious. (Realme 6 Pro Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)
For a starting MSRP of Rs. 17,000, the phone brings a 90Hz dual-punch hole display, Snapdragon 720G, Android 10, and a 64MP quad cam. You may also view it as an alternative to Realme X2 where the AMOLED display has been swapped with a high-refresh-rate LCD panel.
While that ensemble sounds competent, one might wonder there gotta be some compromise, right? Well, there are some trade-offs, that I’ll bring to your attention. And by the end of the review, you’ll know whether you should buy the device or not.
So, C’mon, welcome to my review of the all-new Realme 6 Pro.
But, before we fire away, have a cursory glance upon the in-box contents and the spec table
Realme 6 Pro Unboxing
Here’s what you get inside the Realme’s signature Yellow packaging –
- USB-C Cable
- Sim Ejector tool
- Protective case
- User guide booklets
Realme 6 Pro Price and Specifications
|Model||Realme 6 Pro|
|Display||6.6-inch, 90Hz LCD, 1080 x 2400 (full HD+), Gorilla Glass 5, 400 Nits Brightness, 90.60% screen to body ratio, 400PPI|
|Storage||64GB/ 128GB UFS 2.1; Dedicated card slot (256GB)|
|Software||Android 10, Realme UI|
|Rear camera||64MP F1.8 (primary); 8MP F2.3 (ultrawide-angle); 12MP F2.5 (20X Digital Zoom Telephoto); 2MP F2.4 (4cm macro)|
|Selfie camera||16MP, F/2.0 + 8MP F/2.2|
|Fingerprint sensor||Capacitive (Side-mounted)|
|Dimensions and weight||163.9mm x 75.8mm x 9.4mm; 195 grams|
|Battery||4300mAh, 30W fast charging|
|Price||6GB + 64GB – Rs. 16,9996GB + 128GB – Rs. 17,999
8GB + 128GB – Rs. 18,999
On with the review then,
- Realme 6 Pro Review: Design and Display
- Realme 6 Pro Review: Performance
- Realme 6 Pro Camera Review
- Realme 6 Pro Review: Audio, Battery, and Connectivity
- Realme 6 Pro Review: Verdict
While it’s distant relative OnePlus popularized the 90Hz refresh rate last year, Realme discounts that lubricity to less than one-third the price. The 6 Pro parades a large 6.6-inch display with FHD+ resolution and fluid responsiveness. But, that smoothness is bartered against AMOLED found on the Realme 5 series.
Upon a close probe, I realized this panel shares a plight worse than its peers. The colours are inaccurate and pale, even so, that Realme 6 (review) has a better display. Bizarre! ‘Tis even harder to notice when you’re outdoors.
The back has a familiar oblong with sensors and a ‘realme’ logo linear to it towards the bottom. To make things different, Realme 6 Pro sports a dynamic lightning texture at the back. That’s fancy to tote around!
The device is also easy to handle one-handed and fits comfortably in the palm. It has a lite profile even when its mostly glass build, save for plastic mid-frame. The left frame has the volume rocker and SIM shelf, the right frame has a power key cum fingerprint reader and the base is where the phone’s solo speaker, USB-C port and 3.5mm jack resides. The buttons are easily reachable and responsive (even the fingerprint scanner).
So, let’s unlock it now!
I was looking forward to using this phone ever since I came to know it is running on the latest slice of Snapdragon – 720G.
Tasks like app-loading, multi-tasking, scrolling through Zuckstagram flew with ease. However once a while, the rectangle smart bloke did pause and ponder. Still, won’t label it a spoilsport. It garnered decent results on benchmarks and battlefields (PUBG) too. The battle royale game ran at 40 frames in Smooth and Balanced settings and here’s various other yardsticks data –
The performance is fueled by LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 in multiple configs to choose from. But, the real crowd-pleaser experience-wise would be Realme UI. And that’s a stark contrast in my opinion from ColorOS on Realme X and 5 Pro. If you go back to mine or any other reviews back in the days, the OS used to hold a place in the cons section. Not anymore!
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Android 10 treat and Realme’s own optimization trickery makes it one of the best software rendition in the Android world. A mix of my favs – Dark Mode (3rd party app-compatible), resizable windows, Dual-mode Audio, Digital Wellbeing, floating windows, game space, etcetera. That said, hey Realme, you can still let go of some things. A bevy of bloat and smart assistant, are, for instance, ghosts of ColorOS still haunting Realme UI. A personal opinion, yet it’s something worth quibbling.
The phone ships with the latest security update too. This is something left understated mostly but definitely confidence-inducing for the Android platform in general.
Speaking of which, dependable camera(s) is almost always a crucial criterion for a confident smartphone purchase. So,
Click Click, you get two cameras on the front and four at the back. Won’t bore you by repeating the specs. Let’s jump straight into the real-day frames.
The 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor is a capable producer. The daylight shots below are beautiful with a respectable proportion of shadows, highlights, mid-tones, and sharpness.
I have observed a shift in the green hue amid normal and ultrawide snaps. Rest, let the photos talk for themselves.
Details are sketchy once you go all in. But, frankly, having varied sensors is in itself a big shot. Here, they are serviceable too.
Despite the night, the cameras manage to pull some genuine good shots. Nightscape piques the colors and along with it, comes some noise. Look at grains on the sky in the image below.
Here are few more Nightscapes from the Realme 6 Pro –
Moving to macro, the last sensor of the lot can capture details as close as 4cm. The results were passable.
Bring in some humans to the fore and the camera won’t disappoint, although the dynamic range needs work. The portrait shots are worth sharing on social media. But, the blur can look a bit unnatural. The good thing is the presence of a slider to adjust the background bokeh.
And that’s a plus about the camera UI. Scroll and you’ll find ample options to toy around. You get options like Time Lapse, Slo-mo, Panorama, Expert mode, full-64MP mode, and ultra-steady clips up to 4K@30fps.
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The sound outta the solo speaker at the foot is as secluded and soft as you would expect. But, for what it’s worth these days, Jack is here! So put on your cans or in-ears to enjoy the content. Or else go cordless and you’re backed by Bluetooth 5.1 and associated codecs (AAC/APTX/APTX-HD). Go gaga!
Sitting in between the grille and hole is a USB-C socket. That’s where you dock the in-box 30W fast charger. Yes, if the 4300 mAh juice bank drains out, it can refill to 100 in an hour. Back to zero can easily take you through a regular day! In our testing, the phone endows 7 hours of runtime with 6 hours of screen on time. So, even if you push the device to limits, that charger is liberating to have.
Amongst other things, the phone bags ISRO’s NavIC navigation system out of the box. It’s not something we could explicitly test. Nevertheless, theoretically speaking, that’s better location accuracy in congested urban areas.
Oh, yeah calls were okie-dokie. No problem whatsoever. But, let’s cut the call now as its time for the final say.
You see Realme 6 Pro has a lot of features going for it. The dual-punch-hole is a pleasing change from the cookie-cutter notches of yesterdays. Even though the plastic part does cheapen the build ever-so-slightly. Then there is functional and feature-filled software, reliable optics, and the rest of its performing hardware.
And by now you know that the weak sauce is that display. I hope it can be fixed by some tuning. Cuz, if not, that’s a killjoy for sure!
So, yeah, a better display and speaker output would have done wonders. But beyond that, if you love a good bargain just like the next guy, this my friend is an amazing value for money.
- Reliable cameras
- Feature-rich software
- Covers essential connectivity options
- 30W fast charging backs an already huge battery
- Snappy biometrics
- Display quality
- Mediocre audio output
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Realme 6 Pro FAQ Answered
A. Yes, the Realme 6 Pro display is shielded by Gorilla Glass 5.
A. No, the Realme 6 Pro is not water-resistant.
A: Yes, the Realme 6 Pro supports ISRO’s NaVIC. Find more about it here.
A. No, the Realme 6 Pro doesn’t have a notification LED light.
A. No, there is no IR blaster on the Realme 6 Pro.
A. In our test, Realme 6 Pro 5G scored 283254 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.
A. Yes, there is support for dedicated expandable storage up to 256GB.
A. Realme 6 Pro has DRM Widevine L1 support and is HD streaming ready. However, as of now, I couldn’t run Netflix and Prime Videos at HD quality.
A. Unfortunately, no Realme 6 Pro doesn’t support wireless charging. So, that lack of reverse wireless charging goes without saying.
A. Yes, Realme has baked in an automatic call recording feature in the Realme 6 Pro. Find this option hidden within System apps> Calls> Call recording.
A. Yes, you can connect the external pen drive to the Realme 6 Pro using the USB OTG feature.
A. Yes, Realme 6 Pro does support NFC.
A. Yes, Realme 6 Pro does support the aptX codec.
A. Yes, Realme 6 Pro does support the VoWiFi.
A. Realme 6 Pro comes with Level 3 Camera2API support out of the box and thus, GCam should work just fine.
A. Yes, the Realme 6 Pro does support FM Radio.