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realme 6 Pro: The Pro Value For Money

The Realme 6 Pro is the company’s latest mid-ranger.

Realme Philippines is set to unveil its most anticipated device in the Realme 6 line up. The Realme 6 Pro is the company’s latest mid-ranger. It’s got the top specs, a stunning design, high refresh rate display, and an extremely versatile set of cameras.

The Realme 6 Pro has a 6.6″ screen size IPS LCD FHD+ display that has a dual selfie camera pill-shaped cutout in the front and a quad-camera on its back. It comes with a Snapdragon 720G processor inside running an Android 10 OS with Realme UI skin on top. It has 4300mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 in the box and it starts out at 6GB of RAM.

IN THE BOX

The 6 Pro comes in an eye-catching yellow Realme box. There is a small pro label included. Inside the box, you get 30W VOOC charge, USB Type-C cable, silicone protective case, manuals, and the Realme 6 Pro.

DESIGN

The unit comes with a 6.6. inch screen display size and average bezel thickness. Its rear panel is made of glass but the frame is made of plastic. It has Gorilla Glass 5 protection with a pill-shape cutout for a dual selfie camera.

At the bottom, there is a speaker grille, primary mic , headphone jack, and USB-C port in the center. On the left, there are a plastic volume controls. Near the top is a sim card slot that can take nano sims and microSD, while on the right side you’ll find the power button that equips and serves as the fingerprint sensor for natural unlocking method. The sensor is best fitted for right handed users using thumb operations, for left handed users using your index finger is more comfortable. On top of the device is a pinhole secondary mic.

The back panel has a vertically arranged quad rear camera with a lightning plus color effect that changes depending on the angle. Speaking of the colors, there’s only lightning blue and lightning orange available.

The Realme 6 Pro measures 163.8×75.8×8.9mm and weighs 202g expected for a 6.6-inch midrange.

DISPLAY


The Realme 6 Pro comes with a 6.6-inch display, a 20:9 aspect ratio. The FullHD+ resolution works out to a 2400x1080px resolution while pixel density is 399ppi. The screen is an LCD not OLED display panel. Not a very bright LCD but contrast is okay.

The key spec for this device is the refresh rate which is capable of 90Hz for a midranger. which should make scrolling through the interface and gaming that much smoother.

BATTERY

The Realme 6 Pro is powered by a 4,300mAh battery, which gives better results even when the 90Hz display rate is activated. The type of usage varies using 90Hz vs 60Hz. The usage pattern of the battery results is comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. Realme 6 Pro easily lasted from morning through the night.

Realme brought the charging from empty to full in just one hour flat. In our tests, we clocked around 59 minutes using the company’s VOOC adapter and cable.

SOUND

The Realme 6 Pro has a single bottom-firing speaker and has an okay standard for audio output, the measured loudness was essentially normal.

SOFTWARE AND UI

The Realme 6 Pro, boots up with Android 10 plus the new update of Realme UI skins. It comes with a brand-new UI launcher. It’s a fresh take towards more stock Android look. Simple, clutter-free, and easy to use task switcher. It supports different icon packs. It contains the standard Android 10 navigation swipe gestures, which employs the side edges for going Back while upward swipes from the bottom take you Home.

The software includes useful tools within the settings. Realme UI offers a Smart Sidebar on the edge of the screen that you can customize the app launching and action. You can get 90Hz, 60Hz, and auto option in the settings. There’s a system-wide dark mode and it can be also activated by a time schedule.

CAMERA

The quad-camera on the back and dual selfie on the front improved image quality across the board.

The primary cam in the back is 64MP, fairly standard solution for midranger. The lens in front has 26mm focal length but doesn’t support stabilization. The 8MP ultra-wide angle camera sensor makes the image quite wide. The 12MP telephoto brings the subject closer enough.

The two cameras in front will be right up your shot, the 16MP primary cam with regular lens that will make the subject and people fit in the frame for better selfies. The second side lens is wide-angle and is a fantastic way to capture a large group shot. The photos took from the front are nicely detailed and well saturated.

The camera app has a few software beautification tweaks with AI scene recognition. The software also has an advanced HDR mode which stacks several images for improve dynamic range and quality. You do also get to shoot on all three cams in Expert mode. In photo mode, you can’t switch the main cam if you are using telephoto.

IMAGE QUALITY

The image quality produced by the 6 pro is very good. It has finer details and texture, livelier colors, and excellent in comparison to the flagship level. Shooting at 64MP will give you an extra details and it’s great in a good light environment. The ultra-wide angle captures good details plus a wide dynamic range but its photos are noisy and are of average quality. Given the telephoto camera, at 2x zoom we see some noisy images but detailed images from its main cam have enough detail and color. The dynamic range is also superior and quite good.

Night mode gives boost in dark shadows and lower midtones, it also means sacrifices in absolute sharpness. The Realme 6 Pro doesn’t default to the main cam when shooting at 2x zoom. The tele cam does not do well in low light as it has trouble focusing the subject and you might need to tap and focus the image.

The Realme 6 Pro only takes portraits using primary cam and no 2x telephoto portrait, it also ensures you get better image quality across a wider range of lighting conditions. The 6 Pro’s portraits are excellent in terms of subject separation. The macro camera produces poor noise performance, limited dynamic range, and saturated colors.

Using the selfie main front camera produces a really nice balance scene, has some motion blur, and has HDR for finer details. Color rendition is some times a bit of reddish side. The ultra-wide selfie cam produce contrast higher, dynamic range is narrower, colors are different. Selfie portraits of the Realme 6 Pro are okay, subject isolation is quite good.

VIDEO RECORDING

The Realme 6 Pro records video up to 2160p using main and telephoto module, switchable to 1080p at 30fps and 60fps. The main camera captures well detailed but over-sharpened footage which causes somewhat grainy. The ultrawide-angle cam’s 1080p/30fps footage is decent but inferior to the main cam’s in both detail and dynamic range.

Stabilization is present in 1080p at both frame rates, and it can’t be turned off. There’s no stabilization in 4K. Shooting in 4K results in very edgy footage. Both 30fps and 60fps videos in 1080p from the main cam are well stabilized. The same goes for the ultra wide’s at 1080p.

Selife cam video recording is competitive enough for its hardware. Video resolution is capped at 1080p 30fps on both primary and ultrawide and there is no 60fps mode.

Videos aren’t quite as wide as photos because there’s a moderate crop applied for the stabilization, which is always on. Selfie videos out of the ultrawide-angle cam have a different color reproduction and a narrower dynamic range.

PERFORMANCE

The Realme 6 Pro equips a Snapdragon 720G processor, The Soc has an octa-core CPU in 2×2.3GHz Kryo 465 Gold cores and 6×1.8GHz Kryo 465 Silver cores, which the kyro is relatively same reference design as Mediatek Helio G90T. The GPU is using Adreno 618. The device consistently runs good results  and It also ran smoothly in general operation with no hiccups.

The Realme 6 Pro is available in three RAM and storage configurations, starting at 6GB/64GB, through 6GB/128GB, to the top-spec 8GB/128GB. The Realme 6 Pro should be able to take anything you throw at it.



SPECS

Body: 163.8×75.8×8.9mm, 202g; Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, glass back, plastic frame.
Screen: 6.6″ IPS LCD, FHD+ (1080x2400px) resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 399 ppi.
Camera: Primary: 64MP Quad-Bayer, 0.8µm pixel size, 1/1.72″ sensor size, 26mm equivalent focal length, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF; Ultra-wide: 8MP, 1.12µm, 1/4.0″, 13mm, f/2.5, fixed focus; Telephoto: 12MP, 1.0µm, 1/3.4″, 54mm, f/2.5, PDAF; Macro: 2MP, 1.75µm, 1/5.0″, 22mm, f/2.4, fixed focus.
Front camera: Primary: 16MP, 1.0µm, 1/3.1″, 26mm, f/2.1, fixed focus; Ultra-wide: 8MP, 1.12µm, 1/4.0″, 17mm, f/2.2, fixed focus.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) CPU, Adreno 618 GPU.
Memory: 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, expandable via microSD card (dedicated slot).
OS: Android 10, Realme UI.
Battery: 4,300mAh, 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0.
Connectivity: 4G LTE; Dual SIM; Dual-band Wi-Fi, Buetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C 2.0.
Misc: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

THOUGHTS

The Realme 6 Pro is a competent package for a mid-range device, with an eye-catching design, 90Hz display, great battery life with fast charging function, clean feature-rich software, telephoto cam on the back and ultrawide cam on front, and excellent performance with a capable chipset. The Realme 6 Pro is an attractive offer by Realme when it comes to value for money.

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