Realme has been refreshing its smartphones at a rapid pace largely so it can have a leg up over Xiaomi. While this does give consumers a lot of choices, it can be annoying for someone who’s just bought a Realme device, knowing that there’s already something newer and better out there.
Realme has now refreshed its primary numerical series one again, with the Realme 6 and the Realme 6 Pro succeeding the Realme 5 and 5 Pro smartphones.
The Realme 6 Pro pairs a competent Snapdragon 720G processor with a versatile set of cameras and a pair of really good selfie shooters. The phone looks and feels fantastic in the hand, and with a bit of software optimization for the rear cameras, the Realme 6 Pro could be the mid-ranger to beat.
The mid-range segment is where the competition is at its most fierce, and Chinese players are making a killing. Amongst these, Realme, in particular, has been on a roll with a steady launch schedule that constantly ups the ante as far as spec packages go.
What works in the company’s favor is that the software complements the hardware.
Realme 6 Pro Design
Realme has been making some bold choices when it comes to smartphone design in recent times. With the Realme 6 series, the company has taken things up a notch and the devices feature lightning inspired design with a glossy finish that changes depending on the angle at which you look at the device.
The Lightning Orange variant looks rather stunning in pictures. However, the Lightning finish on the back might not be everyone’s cup of tea and for that reason alone, some might prefer the cleaner, more minimal look of the POCO X2 or the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
The back panel is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 and while it may feel plastic-y, you can rest assured that it won’t scratch up as easily as other plastic-backed phones. on the front, we have the 6.6-inch 90Hz display with a dual hole-punch cutout for the selfie cameras.
The earpiece rests within the minimal top bezel and it’s protected by a perforated metal grate. The bottom bezel is still quite chunky, but that’s a compromise we’re willing to make for a smartphone in this price range.
Realme 6 Pro Specifications
Realme is trumpeting the fact that the Realme 6 Pro is the world’s first phone to feature the Snapdragon 720G mobile platform. In Qualcomm’s lineup, it logically sits one step below the Snapdragon 730G, which we’ve recently seen do well in games and battery efficiency.
The Snapdragon 720G shares some common traits such as the 8nm fabrication process, Adreno 618 GPU, a cluster of six Kryo 470 CPU cores, and the Snapdragon X15 LTE modem.
Where it differs is in the main CPU cluster, which consists of two Kryo 465 CPU cores, compared to two Kryo 470 cores in the Snapdragon 730G. Since this is a newer chip, it does also have a few advantages over the Snapdragon 730G, such as support for Bluetooth 5.1, NavIC satellite navigation, and a more power-efficient Sensing Hub.
The Realme 6 Pro is available in three versions — one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 16,999; another 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 features include Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, FM radio, Dolby Atmos for the speaker and headphones, a 4,300mAh battery, and support for VOOC Flash Charge 4 as well as 15W USB Type-C Power Delivery fast charging.
Realme 6 Pro Camera
The Realme 6 Pro packs in a quad-camera setup with a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 primary sensor, coupled with a 12MP telephoto camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 119º field of view, and a 2MP macro camera.
On the front, the device has a 16MP Sony IMX 471 sensor, coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 105º field of view.
The Realme 6 Pro is a compelling buy for anyone looking for an affordable Android device with a high-refresh-rate display and good performance. The Realme 6 Pro is undoubtedly a massive upgrade over the Realme 5 Pro from last year, thanks to the high refresh rate display, the Snapdragon 720G, and 30W fast charging support.
If you’re in the market for an affordable Android smartphone and want the best bang for your buck, then the Realme 6 Pro offers a better package overall when compared to the Redmi Note 9 Pro.