Monday, 08 June 2020 17:20

Review: Gamer? Then the realme 6 may be a good sub-$500 choice

Review: Gamer? Then the realme 6 may be a good sub-$500 choice Supplied

The realme 6 is another sub-500 device from the Middle Kingdom, this time from a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, and aimed at the gamer who looks for something that costs below $500.

At $469, this smartphone, from a brand that is rapidly growing its market-share, has several strong points that recommend it to a likely buyer.

The phone weighs 191 grammes, is 162.1 mm long, 4.8 mm wide, and 8.9 mm thick. The storage is 128GB, and an additional SD card up to 256GB can be added. There are two SIM slots and the device is NFC-enabled.


Taken with Portrait mode.

The Helio G90T octa-core CPU is meant for gaming and there is 8GB of LPDDR4X memory, meaning it can cope well with the extra demand on hardware while playing.

The screen refresh rate can be upped to 90Hz for gaming — and also for regular use if one is so inclined — and there is a visible difference between playing at the refresh rate and the bog standard 60Hz. It is not usual to have this feature in phones sold at this price.

I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but I tested out Temple Run 2 and Call of Duty to see how the realme 6 fared and it was a very good experience. Of course, bear in mind that the higher refresh rate eats into your battery and you may need to run to the charging point a little more often.

winter tree

Plenty of detail in this late-afternoon shot.

The 6.5-inch LCD screen has a 2400x1080 resolution with a screen ratio of 90.5%. When deciding on specs, a manufacturer has to give up on some things to accommodate others, based on the price point. That is probably why the screen is not AMOLED.

The camera is often a deal-breaker when buying a smartphone, and the realme 6 is more than adequate in this department. There is a 64MP quad rear camera which gives decent shots; the selfie camera is embedded on the left.

The realme 6 has a 4300mAh battery and I tested out the charging time by running it down completely and then seeing how long it took for a full charge. The company claims one hour and the 30W VOOC charging meant that this held up in practice.

late evening

Early evening sunset as winter sets in.

When it comes to security, the device has the standard number lock, fingerprint lock and face recognition. The model I was sent for review was an EU model on which the facial recognition was really fast.

The fingerprint lock is a bit fiddly, based as it is on the power button at the right-hand side. Registering the print takes some fiddling, and unlocking the phone is not as easy as doing it from the front display as on many other models.

Being an OPPO subsidiary, realme generally used the same modified Android skin - ColorOS. But the realme 6 has its own UI, and this is plastered on Android 10. It will be a while before the distinction becomes apparent.

Overall, the realme 6 feels like it has at least one more iteration to go before full integration. The hardware is good, the software has few weak points, but this is my subjective feeling.


Plenty of colour there.

There are no headphones with the device, but there is a decent case. The sound is acceptable and, again, in what I have come to expect on Chinese phones, there is a headphone jack.

The realme 6 has been selling at the company's e-store, JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, Make it Mine, mobileciti, 5GWORLD, Essential Appliance Rentals, Amazon, Kogan, eBay and since 23 April.


Product Model RMX2001

Android version 10
ColorOS version 7.0
Game AccelerattionYes

Screen size 6.5
Touch screen Capacitive touch
Touch panel technology in-cell
Screen texture LCD
Screen resolution FHD+ 2400×1080
Screen PPI 405
Screen ratio 90.5%
Screen Contrast 1500:1 type/ 1100:1 min
Screen refresh rate 90HZ Max
Screen colours 16.7M
Colour saturation NTSC 81.5% typ/ 76% min
Maximum brightness 400 nits min,480 nits typ
Touch screen glass material GG3,2.5D
Touch points 10
Oleophobic coating No


Size length:162.1 mm
Width 4.8 mm
Thickness:8.9 mm - 9.6 mm"
Weight ~191g
Body colour Blue,white
Middle frame texture PC+GF and aluminium alloy
Back cover material Polycarbonate

CPU core 8
CPU platform MT6785
CPU frequency 2 Cortex-A76 cores @2.05Ghz+6* Cortex-A55 cores @2.0Ghz
GPU Model ARM G76
CPU technology 12nm

RAM technology LPDDR4X
Flash specification UFS 2.1

External memory 256G FAT, NTFS, FAT32, exFAT
Standard SD card equipped NO

Front Camera
Sensor Sizes/pixel data 1/3.09 1.0um
Photo Size 4:3 ratio 4608*3456
Sensor type CMOS
Sensor manufacturer and model Samsung/S5K3P9
Focusing mode FF
Optical focusing NO
Rise time of front camera(Only for POP-up camera)NO
Wide angle of front camera 79.3°
Aperture F2.0
Maximum Zoom multiples No
Front flashlight NO
Front camera lens material Optical Plastics
Lens number 5P
Characteristic function for photograph Beauty, filter, HDR, panoramic view, Portrait, Timelapse
Continuous Capture modes NO
Supported resolution and frame rate in video 720P>>>30fps 1080P>>>30fps
Slow motion YES

full backRear Camera
Number of rear cameras 4
PPI rear wide 8M+rear main64M+mono 2M+macro 2M
Sensor Sizes/pixel data rear wide1/4 1.12um rear main 1/1.72(S5KGW1SP03)0.8um mono :1/5 1.75um macro:1/5 1.75um
Photo Size rear wide 3264*2448 ear main 9280*6944 mono 1600*1200 supermacro 1600*1200
Sensor type CMOS
Focusing method rear wide FF rear main AF mono FF macro FF
Optical focusing NO
Maximum Zoom multiples 10x didgital zoom
Aperture rear wide F2.3 rear main F1.8 mono F2.4 macro F2.4"
Wide Angle of rear camera rear sub 119.1° rear main 78.6° mono 88.8° macro 88.8°"
Flashlight single flash
Rear camera lens material glass
Lens number rear wide 8M 5P rear main 64M 6P mono 2M 3P macro 2M 3P"
Macro Lens rear main 64M macro 10cm rear macro 2M macro 4cm
Slow motion 720P *120FPS 1080P *120FPS
Characteristic function for photograph Beauty, filter, HDR, panoramic view, Portrait, Timelapse, Slo-mo, NightScape, Expert
Number of Output Pixels for ultra-high definition No
Continuous Capture modes Yes 20
Ways of taking photos Timer, Touch,Volume Button
Image Format jpg
Supported resolution and frame rate in video 1080P>>>60fps 720P>>>60fps 1080P>>>30fps 720P>>>30fps 4K>>>30fps
Video storage format mp4
Image stabiliser EIS video

Full charge time (0-100%) 1%-100% 55 minutes 1%-full 59 minutes
Battery capacity 4300mAh (Typical Value) 4210mAh(Rated Value)
VOOC flash charge Yes, 30W
Wireless Charging No
Theoretical Calling duration 34.68H
Theoretical standby duration 568H
Energy density 680Wh/L
Theoretical Audio playing time 20.9H
Charging speed/power 5V6A,30W
Theoretical Video playing time 8.1H

Headset jack 3.5mm
USB jack type-C
USB transmission standard USB2.0
Flashlight Yes
Notification light No
Double mic noise suppression No, single
Fingerprint Yes
Linear Motor No
Vibrating motor flat motor
Dual speaker No
Super linear speaker No
Glove Mode No
SIM card slot Dual Nano and TF
Infrared ray remote control No
FM Yes

Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Shared network Yes
Wifi band 2.4GHz/5GHz
WLAN protocol 802.11b/g/n/a/ac
Maximum number of connected devices at a hotspot 10
WLAN Display Yes
WIFI antenna technology 1*1 SISO
GPS navigationGPS/AGPS、Beidou、Glonass
Dual frequency GPS No

Video format avi/mp4/3gp/3g2/3gpp/3gpp2/m4v/flv/f4v/webm//wmv/asf/mov/qt/ts/m2ts/mts/mkv
Supported WideVine level L1
Record format MP3
Vdeo record format MP4
Ringtone format OGG
HD format YES
Web page video play YES
Sound effect type Real original sound technology

Packing List
Handset 1
Adapter 1, 5V6A
Headset No
Type-C USB Cable 1
Important Info booklet with Warranty Card 1
Quick Guide 1
SIM Card Tool 1
Screen Protect Film yes
Case 1

Other Basic Functions
Text Input Default English, other language needs user download (settings-Additional Settings--Keyboard & Inputmethed--Gboard--Language--Add keyboard)
Call records (how many can be stored) According to the space left.
Upper limit for mass text messaging 200
Data backup YES

Office tools
Files compression and decompression YES
World time YES
Timing SMS function NO
Import and export messages NO
Import and export contacts YES
Contacts capacity Depends on storage

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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