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Review: realme 6 Pro – Best Smartphone At Its Price

Despite the pandemic and MCO, realme Malaysia had successfully launched another mid-range device, this time being the realme 6 Pro.

The realme 6 Pro is pretty affordable and has all the features that Android enthusiasts would be grateful for. I could give you this much: for the price you’re paying, it’s worth every penny. But how so exactly? Read up to find out more.

Design

With the trend of large screens as seen throughout 2019, the realme 6 Pro is a no exception. It has a 6.6-inch display and would easily fill your hands like a hefty slate. And that is no understatement. The realme 6 Pro is a tad bulky for a 2020 smartphone but I can personally accept all that heft. It’s all attributed to the amount of tech that one is getting from it (more below).

The realme 6 Pro is a mid-range smartphone anyway but that doesn’t mean quality isn’t there. It uses a mixture of materials for its parts. The frame is made of glossy plastic while the back panel is made of glass.

Official specs states that the 6 Pro has a screen-to-body ratio of 84.7%. This is true where the bottom bezel is slightly thicker. And notice its dual front cameras taking up some extra space.

The rear panel features a thunderbolt motif that shimmers based on the angle of light reflection. This gives it a rather bedazzling look when it’s not encased in opaque protectors. The thunderbolt does represent many things about the 6 Pro but to me, it’s a nice touch that provides a distinct identity to the phone. Whether this would impress the average user remains unknown but I love it.

The rear camera configuration does protrude ever so slightly but it has been a norm for ages. The volume rockers sit on the left side as seen from front, while the home button is strategically placed on the right side on the part where the frame is slightly concave. This makes it quite easy for the right thumb to press and unlock the phone. The home button also doubles as a sensitive fingerprint scanner.

On the bottom, you will find a USB-C charging/ data transfer port, the speaker grill and a 3.5mm audio jack.

A Little Bit About realme UI

So, just for a quick general knowledge, the newer phones of realme, especially those launched in 2020 have transitioned from ColorOS to realme UI. There are certainly similarities between the two OSes but think of realme UI as a more customizable OS with extra bells and whistles.

The UI of the the realme 6 Pro allows for a modicum of configurations, from utilizing Smart Sidebar and even removing the Google widget at the bottom of the homescreen. Well, it’s common on other smartphones but the amount of settings you can do on the phone’s UI is very extensive. You can even change the shape and style of the app icons. The UI is really about making all these little things matter to the user, and providing an option to remove them when they’re not required.

90Hz Display

I was so eager to get my hands on the X2 Pro when it was announced late last year. The buttery smooth visuals and animation makes such a big difference in overall user experience. It’s a feature more successfully marketed with gaming smartphones but it’s a fact that once you go 90Hz, you will never go back. However, the realme X2 Pro isn’t exactly a mid-ranger so it was priced at a mid-high point as the brand’s flagship of late 2019.

And then came the realme 6 Pro, which is equipped with a 90Hz screen! This is like a dream come true and the 6 Pro has practically set the bar for the mid-range segment. Is it a necessity? No but a 90Hz screen doesn’t only make visuals appear smoother. With a touchscreen it’s all about the intuitive feedback too and a 90Hz screen will give you just that, fluidity in both visuals and touch experience.

Gaming Performance

The realme 6 Pro is a smooth mobile gaming device that runs any games thrown at it without a hitch. Now, its chipset may not be a high end unit but remember that you’re technically paying for a mid-ranger. Then again, it didn’t falter when I fired up Marvel Super War at the maximum graphics settings.

It does stutter occasionally as the graphics get more crowded and intense on screen, especially when more in-game particles require graphical computing. The phone also does warm up a little but they are all pretty common mid-range weaknesses. Anyway, if you do want a mobile gaming device below the RM1.5K mark, this is possibly the better one that I’ve experienced so far. It’s

Camera Performance

The segment that everyone’s waiting for. The realme 6 Pro is equipped with six cameras, that is four on the rear and two on front. For smartphone shooters, you’ll be thrilled to know that it has virtually all the cameras that you’ll ever need. On spec sheet, it has a main rear camera of 64MP, an ultrawide of 8MP, a 12MP telephoto lens and a 2MP macro shooter. On the front, you’ll get a 16MP main camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera. The ultimate question remains, how do they fare? Here are some unedited photographs for your reference.

Main Camera

Ultrawide

Zoom 2X

Zoom 5X

Macro Lens

Selfie Main Camera

Selfie Utrawide

What I Don’t Like

The realme 6 Pro is a great mid-range phone for its price with an amount of flagship-level hardware and a set of cameras that will last you a pretty long time. But there are some things that I feel the phone could’ve looked into.

One of them is regarding water and dust resistance. On paper, the phone does not have any official ratings, which is a bit of a bummer. But I am not too worried as smartphones these days are built to be resistant to water splashes and dust damage.

Honestly, if the phone is equipped with officially-rated water and dust resistance, I would’ve been totally happy even if that may increase its price to RM200-300 more. Alas, that remains a dream.

I was also hoping for wireless charging capabilities on the 6 Pro but that feature has been a mainstay for flagships rather than mid-rangers all these while so it’s no surprise.

Conclusion

The realme 6 Pro is possibly realme’s most well-equipped mid-range smartphone to date. The X2 Pro being their most well-equipped flagship of 2019. It’s really hard to beat what the 6 Pro is offering at a price of RM1399 to begin with.

The smartphone checks most of the boxes of what would make me absolutely want to buy one. However, it does exclude some features like an official water resistance rating, which to me is one of the biggest factors to choosing a smartphone.

Anyway, what it lacks are not a deal breaker at all because I would wholeheartedly purchase the realme 6 Pro if I were freshly looking for a smartphone. It has an amazingly fulfilling camera setup on both front and back, a good chipset that can run games at high settings, a buttery 90Hz display and an overall experience that works just right. Hitting all the right notes, the realme 6 Pro is our current mid-range champion and we hope to see more surprises from realme moving forward within 2020.

LikesDislikes
Fast fingerprint scanner unlockingNo official water and dust resistance rating.
Fast facial recognition unlockingDoes not have wireless charging.
Runs games at max settings.
90Hz buttery smooth display.
Dual front-facing cameras allows for wide-angle selfie shots.
Fully equipped with ultrawide, macro and telephoto lenses for a myriad of photography.
3.5mm headphone jack is a nice addition.
Great value at RM1399

 

 

 

 

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