Realme has just formalized its new entry-level smartphone, the Realme 6, and we have had time to test it out. Excellent value for money in perspective.
After a schedule completely turned upside down because of COVID-19, Realme took advantage of global containment to announce its new entry-level smartphone, the Realme 6. We say entry level because of its aggressive price, but it is clearly a mid-range with the performance that goes with it. We have been testing it for two weeks already and as much to say it in a row, it pleasantly surprised us at the Editorial Office.
Characteristics and Packaging
As a reminder of the features, the new Realme 6 offer you :
|Screen||– 6.5 “IPS screen|
– Full HD + 1080 x 2400 definition
– Density of 405ppp
– 20: 9 aspect ratio
– Gorilla Glass 3
|Design||– Plastic outline|
– Plastic back
|SoC and GPU||– Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T|
– GPU Mali-G76 MC4
|Memory||– 4GB or 6GB of RAM|
– 64GB or 128GB of storage
– MicroSD Memory Port
|Colors||– Comet Blue|
– Comet White
|Camera||– Four cameras, the main one with a 64 megapixel color sensor, the ultra wide angle with an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2 megapixel black & white sensor for depth of field and a 2 megapixel macro sensor|
– Wide angle lens with an opening of F / 1.8
– Ultra wide angle lens of 119 ° with an opening of F / 2.3
– HDR photos
– Scene Recognition via Artificial Intelligence
– Night mode
– Video recording up to 4K / 30fps
– UIS stabilization
– UIS Max Video stabilization (To come)
– Front camera with a 16 Megapixel sensor
|Audio||– Loud speaker|
– 3.5mm jack
|Drums||– 4300 mAh battery|
– Fast Recharge Flash Charge 30W (100% in 55 min)
|Connectivities||– USB Type-C (USB 2.0)|
– Physical fingerprint sensor
– Bluetooth 5.0
– GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS
– Wifi 5 (ac)
– 4G LTE
– 2x nanoSIM
– Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Pedometer,
– Brightness, proximity sensor
|Software||– Android 10|
– Realme UI
|Height and weight||– 162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm|
– 191 grams
|Starting price||€ 229.90 for the 64GB + 4GB version|
€ 269.90 for the 128GB + 4GB version
€ 299.90 for the 128GB + 8GB version
|Availability date||April 6, 2020|
For the packaging itself, it is classic and not surprisingly, there is a USB charger, a USB Type-C to Type-A cable, instructions for a first grip and headphones / hands-free kits USB-C .
For its price, officially count € 229.90 for the 64GB + 4GB version, € 269.90 for the 128GB + 4GB version and finally € 299.90 for the 128GB + 8GB version.
Design, Screen and Audio
The Realme 6 offers a normal size and size, yes, a smartphone with a full screen of 6.5 inch became the standard format. It’s not a small smartphone, nor is it a big one. The edges are not the thinnest, they are on the level of an iPhone 11 for example so very acceptable. For this price range, we will not be difficult either. No notch, but a punch as we have seen in others. If the chin remains wide enough, it does not interfere with everyday life. The screen is of good quality and proves to be pleasant on a daily basis. Now, we would have liked a little more brightness from the wider viewing angles. The colors are well reproduced (although it draws a little towards blue) and the definition Full HD + is more than sufficient on a daily basis. And finally, we find above all 90Hz refresh rate, if the overlay exploits the 90Hz perfectly for more fluidity, some applications, not optimized, betray some jerks. It is always better than a simple 60Hz screen but it is not necessarily the level of a Pixel 4 which, with a high-end SoC, catches up with the non-optimization of certain applications.
Despite a plastic finish, the Realme 6 responds when we talk about quality. So yes, it is not glass with a metal outline, but the product remains pleasant in hand and visually with pleasant reflections on the back. On the left edge are the eternal volume buttons and on the other side, there is the standby and / or power button which also houses the biometric sensor. Regarding the latter, nothing to report, it is effective and works whatever the position of the fingers. On the back is a long photo block that is preferred to recent square designs.
On the sound side, there is a mono speaker in the bottom edge of the smartphone. The sound volume is fairly well contained without saturation. Obviously, this remains a mono sound and it will be more than enough for short content on the internet, but don't even think about making a series or a movie without an external speaker or headphones. Finally, note the 3.5mm jack, still practical.
Realme UI, Performance and Autonomy
The Realme 6 comes with Android 10 as well as an overlay Realme UI. To our surprise, we find an experience very close to Android Stock. Realme has done a tremendous job updating itself and there is a real difference from previous versions. Icons for example are much more sober and in tune with the times. The application drawer launches via a gesture at the bottom of the screen upwards, you can quickly switch between the last applications launched. That good ultimately this Realme UI overlay. Note that the Realme offers a drawer that can simultaneously accommodate a Micro-SD memory card, but also two nano-SIM, this is quite rare to emphasize this.
On the performance side, the Realme 6 embeds a SoC Mediatek Helio G90T. To our surprise, it proved to be swift on our daily uses and perfectly handled the load linked to a refresh rate of 90Hz. It may not be enough for unoptimized apps, but all in all, it’s better than a 60Hz screen, clearly. Coming back to SoC, it is really impressive for this price range. We used the Realme 6 with a large number of applications and we never felt embarrassed or slowed down. The smartphone does not heat up, regardless of the applications launched. The user experience is very fluid and in everyday use, there is clearly nothing to complain about. On games like Call of Duty Mobile, if we don’t have the highest graphics, the Realme 6 didn’t have to be ashamed and allowed us to keep our kills online.
As with every new smartphone, you will need a few days of use before obtaining cruising autonomy. But for our greatest happiness, with a battery of 4300 mAh and despite the 90Hz refresh rate, there is plenty to do to hold a day very easily or even two days without forcing too much. In addition to that, Realme Added to this is fast charging, which is really practical since you can recharge your smartphone from 0 to 100% in one hour.
Photo and Video
For the photo part, no surprise in itself with a classic photo block in this price range. The Realme 6 offers a photo block consisting of four cameras. The camera consists of a wide-angle lens with an F / 1.8 aperture and a 64 megapixels. The output photos are 12 megapixels. There's also an ultra wide-angle camera with an F / 2.3 aperture and an 8-megapixel sensor. Finally, there is a 2 megapixel sensor for managing the depth of field and a second 2 megapixel sensor dedicated to macro photos.
There is obviously assistance by Artificial intelligence which allows you to optimize photos just like a mode Night. Photos we were able to take with the smartphone, and despite the confinement, the photos are of good quality when the light conditions are good. On the other hand, as often with this price range, for photos in low light, you should not hesitate to use the Night mode to have slightly sharper photos. Indeed, as we had seen with other competitors, on classic capture, the Realme 6 will tend to smooth out a little too much.
On the video side, note the possibility of recording videos up to 4K, which is good for this price range. Afterwards, you shouldn't expect miracles either. If it's more than enough for souvenir videos, don't plan on making a short film with it. And finally, on the front, there is a 16 megapixels with a wide angle that opens to F / 2.0. There are fairly classic results in themselves for this price range, nothing really surprising.
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