Realme 6 Pro Review: An affordable well-designed smartphone with a few premium features

Realme 6 Pro (Lightning Blue, 64 GB)

Realme’s number series, which began when Realme 1 was launched back in 2018, is known for offering big budget devices. But with the Realme C series now focusing on the same half price, Realme has developed a series of numbers to provide the mid-range details at an affordable price. Following the launch of Realme C3 (review) in India earlier this year, Realme has introduced Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro to the market. The devices have recently been included in numeric packets for some of the best features, such as high-end FHD + display and 64MP cameras, previously restricted to high-end devices.
The updated specification, combined with the affordable price tag, makes the new Realme 6 series a compelling purchase on the mid-range smartphone segment. The devices compete directly with Xiaomi’s recently launched Redmi Note 9 Pro and Poco X2, after misrepresenting Realme 6 Pro on social media. So, if you’re in the mid-Android smartphone market and find yourself frustrated with the various claims made by Xiaomi and Realme on various platforms, you’ve come to the right place. In this review, we will be taking a closer look at Realme 6 Pro to find out if it is worth buying and how it fits into competition.

Realme 6 Pro Specifications

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SpecificationRealme 6 Pro
Dimensions and Weight163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm202g
Display6.6″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) LCD;Dual hole-punch display90Hz refresh rateCorning Gorilla Glass 5
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 720G8nm process2 x Kryo 465 based on Arm’s Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
6x Kryo 465 based on Arm’s Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHzAdreno 618
RAM and Storage6GB/8GB LPDDR4x dual-channel64GB/128GB UFS 2.1Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 512GB cards
Battery & Charging4,300 mAh battery30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0Respective 5V/6A fast charger included within the box
Rear CameraPhoto:Primary: 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1, f/1.8Secondary: 8MP 119° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.3Tertiary: 12MP Telephoto Camera, f/2.5Quaternary: 2MP Macro Camera, f/2.4Video:4K @ 30fps1080p @ 60fps
Front CameraPrimary: 16MP Sony IMX 471, f/2.0Secondary: 8MP 105° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.2
Other Features3.5mm headphone jackSide mounted fingerprint scanner
Android VersionRealme UI based on Android 10

Realme 6 Pro Design

Realme has been making some bold decisions when it comes to smartphone design in recent times. The Realme C3 from earlier this year had the Sunrise design in the background with an uncomfortable finger area that gives it a very unique look. For the Realme 6 series, the company has taken things up a notch and the devices feature a lightning-inspired design with a glossy finish that changes depending on the angle you look at the app. The Realme 6 Pro unit I’ve been using has the optical Lightning Blue finish. Lightning Orange variant, which I have never seen in person, and looks amazing with photos. However, the Lightning finish in the background may not be everyone’s cup of tea and for that reason alone, some may prefer a cleaner, less-styled look of the PoCO X2 or the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

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Realme 6 Pro Display

The 6.6-inch hole-punch display on the Realme 6 Pro has a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels, with a 90.6% screen-to-body ratio of 20: 9. While the Redmi Note 9 Pro also has the same display, but with a hole-punch cutout at the center, which puts the Realme 6 Pro out of a maximum 90Hz bandwidth. In this case, the Poco X2 takes things up as a notch and offers a 120Hz maximum refresh display, which is a major reason why some might prefer the 6 Pro.

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In conclusion, the display on the Realme 6 Pro is quite satisfactory for a device in this price range and it easily one-ups the one on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, especially because of the high refresh rate support. However, the lack of Widevine L1 support means that it won’t offer the best experience while watching videos on apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Realme 6 Pro Performance

Enabling Realme 6 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, and you’ll find it in the recently released Redmi Note 9 Pro series. The Snapdragon 720G mobile platform was launched a few months ago and Realme 6 Pro was the first tool to use the new chipset. The Snapdragon 720G comes with a few minor improvements over last year’s Snapdragon 730 / 730G, including high clock speed performance. The chipset supports dual GNSS including India’s NavIC and Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX Adaptive.

Depending on the performance, the Snapdragon 720G is compatible with the Snapdragon 730 / 730G with some minor advantages in certain situations. I tested Realme 6 Pro using a standard set of operating systems to get a first-hand view of the performance of that machine. I also compared the results with the Redmi Note 9 Pro with PCCO X2, here’s what I saw.

Realme 6 Pro Geekbench 5

Since AnTuTu has now been removed from the Google Play store, we will be kicking things off with Geekbench 5. On the CPU platform benchmark, Realme 6 Pro brings 565 points to the unique test and 1749 medium comparisons, Redmi Note 9 Pro delivers slightly better results with the 570 in single-core tests and 1780 in multi-core tests. PoCO X2, aside from a few Poco claims on social media, lags behind with 550 primary points and a 1742 primary school score.

Realme 6 Pro Cameras

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.

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Primary 64MP camera

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Telephoto camera

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Night mode

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Based on all of the information shared above, Realme 6 Pro is a purchase option that appeals to anyone looking for an affordable Android device with a high-quality display and great performance. Lightning-inspired design may be different in colors, but it will attract the attention of viewers. Depending on the specifications, Realme offers a well-rounded package that should suit all your needs. There is no doubt that Realme 6 Pro is a huge improvement with Realme 5 Pro from last year, thanks to the high refresh rate, support for Snapdragon 720G and 30W fast charging. In addition, Realme’s recent app development makes it more affordable than similar MIUI-capable devices, but that depends on personal preference.

VERDICT: If you’re in the market for an affordable Android smartphone and want the best for your belt, then Realme 6 Pro offers a better package compared to the Redmi Note 9 Pro (update). However, if you ever want a better display and a good camera, you can’t go with the Poco X2 (update) which is included in the impressive 120Hz display and Sony’s 64MP IMX686 primary sensor.

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