Of late, Realme has been refreshing its smartphones at a speedy tempo largely so it might probably have a leg up over Xiaomi. While this does give shoppers plenty of alternative, it may be annoying for somebody who’s simply purchased a Realme machine, understanding that there is already one thing newer and higher on the market. Realme has now refreshed its main numerical sequence one once more, with the Realme 6 (Review) and the Realme 6 Pro succeeding the Realme 5 (Review) and 5 Pro (Review) smartphones.
The Realme 6 has confirmed to supply wonderful worth for cash, with premium options equivalent to a 90Hz show, a strong processor, and a 64-megapixel principal digicam. The 6 Pro, which we’ll be reviewing at present, begins at a barely greater worth however you get the model new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, a secondary wide-angle entrance digicam, a telephoto rear digicam, and a few further software program options.
The Realme 6 Pro’s pricing signifies that this mannequin overlaps with the Realme X2 (Review) — an current premium providing which additionally has many related options. It additionally has to cope with the model new Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. So, is the Realme 6 Pro additionally a convincing improve, or would you be higher off with considered one of these alternate options?
Realme 6 Pro design
With each new mannequin, Realme adjustments the design of the again, and for the 6 Pro, we now have a lightning-inspired design in both blue or orange. It seems fairly funky and is not too flashy, which we like. The shiny end of the again makes this telephone very slippery however fortunately it is Gorilla Glass 5, so scuff marks weren’t actually a difficulty. The Realme 6 Pro is kind of chunky at 8.9mm and a bit heavy at 202g.
The entrance is the place we’ve the largest change, in comparison with different Realme telephones on this worth vary. The Realme 6 Pro contains a 6.6-inch LCD show with a twin hole-punch cutout, which supplies this telephone a contemporary look. The cutout is within the higher left nook of the show and is not too distracting. There’s Gorilla Glass 5 right here too, however Realme additionally ships this telephone with a display guard pre-applied.
The structure of the buttons and ports is acquainted, nonetheless, the ability button has been flattened to be able to accommodate a fingerprint sensor. We do not thoughts this design alternative, because the button traces up properly along with your thumb when holding this telephone along with your proper hand. Left-handed customers would in all probability choose a fingerprint sensor on the again, although. There’s no in-display fingerprint sensor since Realme hasn’t’ used an AMOLED panel. The SIM tray on the left has slots for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card.
The Realme 6 Pro does not have a big protrusion for the digicam module on the again, and the 4 cameras are lined up in a similar way as on the Realme 6. Overall, we really feel that Realme has accomplished a superb job with construct high quality, however the 6 Pro has nothing that we have not seen earlier than. The firm additionally claims that there are three layers of waterproofing on this telephone, which ought to assist it survive splashes of water regardless that there is no official IP score.
The retail field accommodates acquainted gadgets equivalent to a SIM eject instrument, information cable, 30W VOOC Flash Charge adapter, silicone case, and the same old leaflets.
Realme 6 Pro specs and options
Realme is trumpeting the truth that the Realme 6 Pro is the world’s first telephone to characteristic the Snapdragon 720G cell platform. In Qualcomm’s lineup, it logically sits one step beneath the Snapdragon 730G, which we have not too long ago seen do nicely in video games and battery effectivity. The Snapdragon 720G shares some frequent traits such because the 8nm fabrication course of, Adreno 618 GPU, a cluster of six Kryo 470 CPU cores, and the Snapdragon X15 LTE modem.
Where it differs is in the principle CPU cluster, which consists of two Kryo 465 CPU cores, in comparison with two Kryo 470 cores within the Snapdragon 730G. Since this can be a newer chip, it does even have just a few benefits over the Snapdragon 730G, equivalent to assist for Bluetooth 5.1, NavIC satellite tv for pc navigation, and a extra power-efficient Sensing Hub.
The Realme 6 Pro is on the market in three variations — one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 16,999; one other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 17,999; and the top-end variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 18,999. Our unit is the latter.
Other options embody Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, FM radio, Dolby Atmos for the speaker and headphones, a 4,300mAh battery, and assist for VOOC Flash Charge Four in addition to 15W USB Type-C Power Delivery quick charging.
Just just like the Realme 6, the 6 Pro runs on Realme UI, which is basically a model of ColorOS 7 for Realme telephones. It’s based mostly on Android 10 and our unit had the February safety patch. Realme says it will likely be including two new apps in a software program replace within the close to future, known as Doc Vault, and Soloop. Doc Vault is meant to supply a fast and safe strategy to entry your private info and authorities paperwork, equivalent to PAN and Aadhar card particulars, automobile registration numbers, and so forth. Soloop is meant to be a video creation instrument, which is able to provide templates to rapidly create mini film clips.
The remainder of the options are similar to what we have simply seen within the Realme 6, and you may examine them in our assessment proper right here. You get many pre-installed apps with the 6 Pro however most of them could be uninstalled. We did not face any points with spammy notifications from the inventory apps, and what little did come by, we managed to disable most of them from the respective app’s settings.
Realme 6 Pro efficiency and battery life
The Snapdragon 720G is a strong chip, in order anticipated, basic utilization and multitasking was dealt with beautifully. The 90Hz refresh charge makes utilization really feel easy, and the nice factor is that there is an Auto choice, which suggests it robotically scales right down to 60Hz to preserve energy if an app cannot profit from the next refresh charge. Even although this is not an AMOLED panel, we discovered the colors and brightness to be greater than ample.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor is insanely fast, and even the slightest faucet is sufficient to unlock the telephone without having to truly press the button. Face recognition continues to be fast too, and works equally nicely even at midnight.
Benchmark efficiency was good. In AnTuTu, we obtained 2,82,159 factors, whereas 3DMark Slingshot returned 3,532 factors. These are stable numbers; similar to what we obtained from Snapdragon 730G-based smartphones such because the Poco X2 (Review), in addition to the MediaTek Helio G90T within the Realme 6. Actual gaming efficiency is fairly stable too. PUBG Mobile ran easily at comparatively excessive graphics settings. Battery drain was beneath 10 p.c after a 30-minute match, which is nice, and there wasn’t a lot heating both. Other than getting barely heat, the 6 Pro was comfy to carry for prolonged gaming classes.
Just just like the Realme 6, the 6 Pro delivers a stable day and half of battery life, even with heavy utilization. We recorded a runtime of 21 hours and 42 minutes in our HD video battery loop check, which is excellent. The bundled 30W quick charger managed to cost the battery from zero to about 90 p.c in an hour, which once more, could be very fast.
Realme 6 Pro cameras
The Realme 6 Pro has the same rear digicam setup to the Realme 6, however with the depth digicam swapped for a telephoto digicam. There’s a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide digicam, a 12-megapixel telephoto digicam with 2X optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. In the entrance, we’ve a 16-megapixel main digicam and a second 8-megapixel wide-angle digicam.
We have been fairly proud of the landscapes and close-up photographs we obtained with the Realme 6 Pro throughout the day. Distant objects had pretty good particulars, colors have been nicely represented, and HDR labored very nicely. Shooting on the full 64-megapixel decision did not at all times yield higher outcomes, and we observed that the publicity wasn’t at all times up to speed in vivid areas at this decision. However, it does provide the flexibility of zooming in much more to crop one thing out. The wide-angle digicam is enjoyable to make use of however particulars aren’t pretty much as good, which is clear upon zooming in. We additionally observed very seen chromatic aberration across the edges of some objects.
Photos captured by the telephoto digicam have been first rate too. Autofocus was fast but it surely took a full second to change between any of the cameras, which wasn’t very best. The Realme 6 Pro boasts of as much as 20X hybrid zoom , however we observed that after about 5X, objects started to lose their sharpness relatively rapidly.
The ‘Ultra Macro’ taking pictures mode is hidden away within the ‘More’ menu and this cannot be rearranged to fit your taking pictures model. Portrait mode works nicely, even for objects, and the extent of depth could be adjusted earlier than you are taking a shot.
Low gentle shot taken with the Realme 6 Pro (faucet to see full measurement)
In low gentle, the first digicam is fairly succesful and manages a good bit of element with good colors. The wide-angle digicam shoots duller pictures because of the narrower aperture of f/2.3. It’s the identical story with the telephoto digicam with its even narrower f/2.5 aperture. Thankfully, you should use Night mode with all three sensors, which gives brighter photos with barely higher particulars. The Night mode additionally allows you to toggle a tripod mode that retains the shutter open for as much as 30 seconds. We discovered close-ups taken in low gentle a little bit of a hit and miss, because the 6 Pro can mess up colors fairly badly.
We have been fairly impressed with the standard and element in pictures taken with the entrance cameras. The wide-angle digicam is nice for taking a bunch selfie and you may even shoot movies with it, however Night mode solely works on the principle selfie digicam. The 6 Pro additionally helps slow-motion selfies with the first selfie digicam.
The Realme 6 Pro can shoot movies at as much as 4K, however solely at 30fps. At this decision, you’ll be able to’t change to the wide-angle digicam, there is no stabilisation and any zooming you do will solely be digital. At 1080p, you’ll be able to select 30 or 60fps and shoot with any of the rear cameras. However, it’s essential make the selection earlier than you hit file, as you’ll be able to’t change whereas recording, which is a bit limiting. The 6 Pro boasts of a brand new Ultra Steady Max mode, along with the Ultra Steady mode. It’s restricted to 1080p and makes use of the wide-angle digicam to file. Image high quality is somewhat inferior to easily utilizing the Ultra Steady mode, however the footage is healthier stabilised.
Video high quality is usually good at 4K however should you’re shifting about, then it is best to stay to 1080p, since footage is stabilised. In low gentle, there’s some noticeable distortion if you stroll about, because of the digital stabilisation, which could be annoying.
Realme is making it fairly arduous for followers to decide on the correct telephone, with so many launches inside a brief span of time. While the Realme 6 is a no brainer, the Realme 6 Pro is not so clear-cut, particularly its top-end variant, because the Realme X2 is priced just a bit bit greater. The 6 Pro and the X2 have very related options, digicam capabilities and efficiency, and the one actually differentiating elements are their design and shows.
If you would favor an AMOLED panel and an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Realme X2 can be the one to choose. On the opposite hand, the Realme 6 Pro seems extra trendy and has a wide-angle selfie digicam.
As for the way the Realme 6 Pro stacks up in opposition to the newly launched Redmi Note 9 Pro, try our early impressions and keep tuned to Gadgets 360 for our full assessment and detailed comparability with Xiaomi’s newest finances providing, arising quickly.
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