Realme 6 Pro, analysis: one of the most complete mid-range for just over 300 euros
The mid-range is still difficult terrain if the goal is to have the best value for money mobile phone, and that's exactly where Realme seems to set its sights. An idea that has always flown over the analysis of the Realme 6 Pro both for its specifications on paper and for the experience it gives.
Speaking of the first, it is undoubtedly an interesting proposal: screen with up to 90 hertz of refresh rate, four rear cameras and up to 8 GB of RAM for less than 350 euros from the moment of its departure. But this technical sheet does not save you from having competition (and quite close), starting with your own home with Realme 6, and we wanted to transmit once again what we found this mobile by telling you in detail about our experience.
Realme 6 Pro datasheet
REALME 6 PRO
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
FullHD + resolution
6/8 GB RAM
8 MP ultra wide angle 119º
Telephoto 12 MP 54 mm f / 2.5
2 MP Macro
16 MP + 8 MP wide angle
30W fast charge
Android with Realme UI
Side fingerprint reader, supralinear speakers, dual GPS
8 GB + 128 GB: 329 euros
Realme 6 PRO - 6.6 "Smartphone, 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM, OctaCore Snapdragon 720G Processor, Quad AI 64MP Camera, Dual Sim, Color Lightning BlueRRP on Amazon € 329.00
Design: a lightning bolt that manages to be discreet
Currently in the mobile market there are some quite marked trends, and the Realme 6 Pro houses several of them. Since the notch They are still an option but perhaps more second-rate (at least in those that do not integrate anything beyond the front camera), the hole in the screen seems to be being the favorite choice in the main high-end smartphones or "Pro" versions. or more advanced as it happens with this one.
This time we did not see a Realme 6 with notch, but a single camera emerged on its screen. And this one of the main differences with the 6 Pro, which integrates two front cameras and therefore its island, located in the same corner, is somewhat larger.
However, although later we will delve into the vernier caliper measures in hand, we maintain the opinion we had in making contact. The front cameras are integrated in a fairly non-invasive way, without reaching the subtlety of the Samsung Galaxy S20 but with good results.
The frames are symmetrical except for the bottom (somewhat thicker), leaving a fairly clear front for the screen. The edges that close this Gorilla Glass 5 sandwich are plastic, which gives the feeling of being robust as well as giving a certain touch of discretion at least in this indigo shade.
Also in a very, very discreet way, the headset is integrated between this edge and the screen, being a thin line in that joint. At the bottom there is room for the USB Type-C, the speaker, the microphone and the 3.5 mm minijack, all almost perfectly aligned to the center.
The back leaves the whole stage to the protagonist: the reflective ray that crosses it from top to bottom. The camera module is on the same side as the brand's logo and the fingerprint reader is placed on the side.
This rear slides less than it seems: the grip is comfortable and it is the plastic on the edge that slides more than the glass part. Of course, the highest coefficient of friction pays with traces or the most present hand grease.
As we said in the first impressions, the body must accompany a screen with 6.6 inches diagonal and that is not a small thing. The Realme 6 Pro is a bulky mobile, but let's see with the numbers that it does not escape the current trend in this regard either.
That is why it does not become heavy or uncomfortable, and the grip is ergonomic and adequate although it can be a fairly thick mobile. Perhaps the fact that the back is slightly curved to the sides helps, which achieves a somewhat thinner edge that rounds the side, although the screen is a protrusion without giving continuity to it.
It is a well-built mobile that also promises to be resistant due to its materials and IP68 certification. Although the appearance seeks to be youthful or striking, in the end the solution of the reflective back is not too indiscreet or as striking as multi-colored rear as the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018). So it may also suit someone looking for something not exactly flashy.
Screen: an IPS disguised as AMOLED
One of the fashions that this Realme 6 Pro lets pass is that of AMOLED panels, although at first glance it can be deceiving. The 6.6-inch screen of this terminal comes with an extra saturation more characteristic of OLED, but it is an IPS LCD.
Although perhaps we are more interested in knowing that the resolution is FullHD +, very consistent with its mid-range condition with pretensions. With pretensions because it can cough to some panel of the high range that remain with this resolution while maintaining it also with 90 hertz, its maximum refresh rate.
If we translate all this into experience we can speak of sufficient sharpness (they are almost 400 pixels per inch, which is not bad without being a record density), as well as satisfactory contrast and maximum brightness. The maximum brightness may be a little too fair, but the automatic brightness adjustment works well.
The yellowish tone of the screen is due to the mode to rest your eyes.
That extra saturation is not very flattering, but it has a solution: go to the screen settings. In this assortment menu we will see that there is the option of the color mode, being able to choose the "soft" (more balanced) and being able to adjust to our liking the panel temperature, which comes somewhat cold from the factory.
It is also where we have to go to choose the refresh rate or the OSIE effect, but the latter is still a supposed improvement in "video clarity" that we do not always notice (it seems to depend on the app), with a little more contrast and vividness of colors. We also see here the dark mode options or the mode to avoid eye fatigue, which we can program if we prefer it only for a few hours and that is adjustable (this is something to be thankful for, since it is usually a too orange shade not pleasant ).
With all this we can leave the screen quite to our liking. The dark mode allows all the interfaces to take black or darkened backgrounds next to those of the system, in principle also geared towards saving battery life.
On the right dark mode, on the left the light theme.
There is no option to activate the screen with one or two taps, but we can lock it with a double tap. What we may also miss is the ambient screen, seeing that we have an IPS screen.
However, following the thread of panel performance customization in the settings section we will see that there are enough possibilities for the system to customize the home screen and interactions. It should be noted that we are talking about a flat screen and that the interaction and tactile sensitivity are correct at all times, so this is all on wheels.
Especially if we decide to stick with the 90Hz refresh rate. It is clear that the jump to 120 Hz like the OnePlus 8 Pro or even 144 Hz like the Nubia RedMagic 5G is always going to be more noticeable, but the relatively shy increase from 60 to 90 Hz is already seen with the fluidity of the system, being greater and seeing that scroll or the loading of apps are much faster.Just for how it shows with the system it is already worth keeping 90 Hz
In compatible games such as 'PUBG', it should also be activated, since the games can take place in a somewhat more agile way. No miracles, but helping all that graphics load to appear to weigh less. Personally I clarify that just for how it shows with the system it is already worth it.
Speaking of the solution for integrating the front cameras, the hole causes the text to be somewhat lost within the taskbar. This measures about 7.19 millimeters, closer to what we saw in the Huawei P40 Pro than to the design of the Galaxy S20 (at the moment, the one that has the least impact on the bar of those that have passed through this analysis table).
It is not an exaggeration and we cannot forget that we are talking about a mid-range device, contained price and quite up to date in general. In addition, it has not bothered us at all in any game or full screen app in landscape mode, which in the end the important thing is that the user-screen interaction is not compromised.
This is how 'PUBG' and 'Real Racing 3' are in full screen.
We will also find options to change the setting of the interface according to how we want the island of the cameras to be seen (as we sometimes see on mobiles with notch). It is something that also depends on the app and that we will only see in full screen apps.
Thus, the performance of the screen is more than acceptable, with an automatic brightness that usually works very well and without detecting any problem. In addition, as we have said, both sharpness and contrast are sufficient and it is a plus that can be adjusted to both the user's preferences, forgetting that we may miss a function.
Performance: can with games without hesitation
One of the not too many differences between the Realme 6 and the 6 Pro is the processor. For the basic one, one from MediaTek was chosen and in this case we see one from Qualcomm, and although both are versions aimed at good performance in games, the Pro is somewhat more powerful.
We are talking about the Snapdragon 720G, a processor for the mid-range, screens up to 120 Hz and high resolution sensors that is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM. And luckily there is not much surprise because we maintain the sensations that we had in the first impressions: the hardware is more than enough.
Regardless of the refresh rate that we have selected, fluency is a constant in this Realme mobile and can with demanding games like 'Real Racing 3' or 'PUBG'. Surely the 8 GB of RAM will be a help, although seeing that the layer is more stable after the latest updates, probably some responsibility that there is no lag apparent will also be in the software.
We will notice that the temperature rises slightly when playing or running a more demanding app for a few minutes, but it does so only in the area near the cameras and it is not a large increase. In this sense it will not disturb or give the impression that this will be a problem and in general the heat dissipates quite well.
Left at rest, right after playing.
As for the benchmarks, we show you the results obtained in the usual performance tests comparing it with mobiles with similar characteristics.
Realme 6 Pro
Xiaomi Mi Note 10
Xiaomi Mi 9T
Samsung Galaxy A70
Motorola One Vision
Xiaomi Mi A2
Huawei P Smart 2019
568 / 1.676 (5.0)
539 / 1.715 (5.0)
2.545 / 6.900
2.363 / 6.390
1.626 / 4.286
1.531 / 5.149
1.531 / 5.149
PC MARK WORK
3D MARK (SLING SHOT)
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Software: the Realme Style maintains performance but improves stability
The differentiation between Realme and OPPO follows the one of Honor and Huawei with the software, and in this case we also saw a while ago how the cutting brand had one with its own name. Thus, in Realme 6 Pro we will see Realme UI 1.0 on Android 10.
This is how the desktop of the Realme 6 Pro comes from the factory.
This is how the Realme 6 Pro app drawer comes as it starts and the loading is completed.
Third-party apps can be removed, also those from Google. The same does not happen with the basic utilities of the system, as usually happens.
It is a layer with characteristic aesthetics and some third-party app that we can uninstall. The apps come from the factory distributed in drawer and desktop, but we can change this and many other aspects in the home screen settings, including the speed of the animations (something that is usually left for the developer options).
In addition, there are other options to customize the appearance of the desktop that already appear on the first load of the system. We can, for example, customize the shape and appearance of the app icons, as we saw in Realme 6.
Realme UI settings menu is clear, deductive, and rich
We will see a clear, deductive and nourished settings menu. Next we will see that we find two sections that are not common, but include few tools and in case we do not find any section, the search engine works very well.
We have talked about the screen ones, although it should be mentioned that we can customize the navigation. This is precisely in one of the sections that perhaps at first glance is less familiar to us: convenience tools.But it covers quite interesting aspects.
Beyond navigation we can add more gestures and interaction options, such as lifting to activate the screen or gestures for capturing. Also activate something that very few layers of software offer and it is something very practical (and that saves energy): gestures for the screen off, both preconfigured and personalized.
Another section that is out of the ordinary is that of smart services, which groups a mode for driving and the accessory card tab on the desktop (Smart Assistant). This will help us to add some shortcuts, especially certain mobile tools (steps, time, reminders, etc.).
We also find digital well-being, very Android stock. And in additional configuration we will also see some interesting addition such as the process manager, which can give us an idea of what is consuming resources.
We also see the games space, which allows resources to focus on the apps we choose and at the level we want. We can add apps that are not strictly games (such as Google Earth) and there are three levels of mode, so that we select the maximum performance (and highest consumption) or vice versa.
In Realme UI the sidebar is activated by default, being something very similar to the Edge tab of the Samsung. It is a shortcut bar that we can slightly modify or disable if we prefer.
In the end, the Realme UI customization layer is very complete, completely invading the interface with its aesthetics but adding native options to the system that we don't see in Android stock or other layers. It's also not overwhelming even though it does add rare sections in the tweaks, and we note that after some updates it has improved in stability compared to how we noticed it in Realme 6.
The Realme 6 Pro is characterized in part by that lateral reader that we mentioned in the first section, but it does not come only in its task because it is accompanied by facial recognition. Let's start with the footprints.
The fingerprint reader works very well. The location is correct whether we are right-handed or left-handed, although it is more comfortable if we hold it with the right hand (the thumb falls more directly). It is not too demanding in terms of the surface that we have to support, we can save more than four tracks and it is very fast.
As for facial recognition, registration occurs easily and allows various options in terms of unlocking. Being a basic system it does not work in the dark or in low light situations, but in general it detects the face very quickly and when the screen is activated when lifting the mobile it is very practical.
Cameras: a quality that does not accompany such versatility
The rear module of the Realme 6 Pro is championed by versatility, adding between these and the two front a total of 6 cameras. This is all that it integrates:
- 64-megapixel main sensor (1 / 1.72 inches with 0.8 µm, 1.6 µm pixels grouped when shooting at 16 megapixels) and f / 1.8 aperture lens
- Ultra wide angle with 119 degree field of view and 8 megapixel sensor.
- Aperture f / 2.5 telephoto lens with 12 megapixel sensor (1 / 3.4 inches and 1 µm pixels). Again they resort to the confusing “hybrid optical” zoom nomenclature, so although the focal length should be around 2x, the optician may always have digital intervention.
- Macro lens with 2 megapixel sensor
- Main front camera with a 16 megapixel sensor and f / 2.1 aperture lens.
- Secondary front camera with an 8 megapixel sensor and ultra wide angle lens.
With all this, it is a mobile that manages to stand out for offering a camera configuration that seems to be able to satisfy the user's needs on a wide variety of occasions, from photographing the smallest object before us to the most distant in our field of vision. In addition, it manages to capture video up to 4K having an ultra-stabilization mode, but better to review its properties talking about the camera app.
The Realme mobile app adapts very well to the benefits of each case and in this one we do not see an exception. We see the usual tabbed navigation in these apps, with a mode for shooting in 64 megapixels that will have some options less than the automatic or manual.
In automatic mode we find a direct access for HDR, as well as for the “color enhancement” mode (which we will talk about later). It is the only one that we see in the 64 megapixel tab, in which logically we will not see the option to change the objective.
Speaking of which, if we go through Pro mode we will find one of the only two confusing aspects of the app: although we see the usual 2x and 5x buttons to switch to telephoto, in this case what we will do is activate the digital zoom . We will change to TV if we do it from the button with the tree icon that we see at the top, and we can also change to the manual.
Pro mode is located on the More tab, along with Ultra Macro mode. We will see in the settings that we did not find the option to edit them, being these quite austere.
In the settings we also find the option to change the quality of the video, as well as to silence the shot or add a watermark. To keep the RAW we will have to go to Pro mode and activate it right there.
The night and portrait modes are automatic, although the former allows you to change lenses (something that is not usually seen. In portrait mode we will find the other reproachable aspect: that it does not clearly indicate when it is activated.
For everything else it is a very complete and simple app, in which it is not difficult to find what you are looking for. It is stable and runs smoothly, and saving those two details with room for improvement it does pretty well.
The photographic performance of the Realme 6 Pro in general is more than acceptable, especially when speaking of scenes outdoors and with good lighting. We will see a correct dynamic range and, although it is somewhat oversaturated, the result will not be greatly distorted, especially if the lighting does not become too high and direct.
Photography in automatic mode
The color enhancement mode adds even more saturation, which is why in most cases it seems excessive and above all dispensable. Especially considering that this has direct access in both automatic mode and shooting at 64 megapixels.
Speaking of this high resolution, we will get much larger images as a base if we want to print them on everything. The difference between a shot in car (at 16 megapixels) and one at 64 megapixels will be above all in detail, getting something else in not too unfavorable conditions, but the difference is little.
Speaking of HDR, in general we do see an increase in dynamic range, especially when it comes to recovering chromatic information from the backgrounds, being favorable even without a backlight. There will be some cases that we see underexposure, but in general it makes up for having it in automatic and that it jumps when the system considers it necessary, since when it is not, we do not see an aggressive result.
Speaking of the versatility of the lenses (which in this case is patent), we see that the telephoto lens works well, especially outdoors and with favorable lighting. Especially speaking of the 2x, in 5x we will see that at night the noise invades the photography even more and that it will serve us rather to use the mobile as a point telescope.
The wide angle is more comfortable also outdoors and during the day, if there are no backlights. The edge deformation from lens curvature could be further corrected, although its weak point is detail and noise. And what we will see is that both with this lens and with the TV we will see that the white balance "dances more".
The macro lens will give us the opportunity to speed up the minimum focus distance to magnify items in photographs. If we like this type of photos we can enjoy a lot while it is not at night, they are usually objectives that suffer a lot in low light and it is not an exception, but in general it gives us good photographs in terms of color, detail, contrast and dynamic range.
Something quite positive that we see in this Realme and not in many other brands is that the night mode does not discriminate against secondary lenses. We will be able to shoot both with the main objective and with the tele and the wide angle, seeing that we normally get more detail and less noise.
The portrait mode in general gives a very good result, even with difficult contours as in the example that we will see next. A pity that sometimes we do not know well if it is being applied, but in general the blur (although flat) is adequate as the crop.
During the day and outdoors we obtain self-photographs that are within expectations, solving well in detail and not so much in dynamic range and white balance. We will see that when the lighting decreases so does the detail and the contrast gains ground, especially speaking of the wide angle.
Automatic photography (front camera).
It is worth mentioning that in low light the shot is quite slow and that it will be better to hold the gaze or pose that interests us a few seconds more than usual, since otherwise we will not go as we expect or perhaps we will get some shaky or trepidated photography.
Having a wide angle will make it easier for us to obtain photographs with a larger field and that there may be less framing problem in group photos, but in general we have photographs with considerably less detail and dynamic range, and as we said too contrasted. And although we have HDR, it is quite aggressive and it is almost better not to resort to it.
Portrait mode is usually activated always, but we will see that it has more problems with cropping than in the case of the rear camera. There is some loss of detail in the foreground compared to an auto shot, but it's not too noticeable, either.
Photography in portrait mode (front camera).
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We will see that the oversaturation that characterizes photography also infects the video, obtaining shots with too vivid colors that greatly impoverishes the result. In 4K the detail is greater than in 1080p, but this sometimes plays against it by getting exaggerated contours and some grain.
This is partly translated to 1080p, a resolution that maintains an acceptable degree of detail and within expectations. Although what we see is that there is a lot of room for improvement in general, especially with regard to white balance, exposure and color fidelity, seeing that both 4K and 1080p give a very intense magenta hue that is not true to the real tone of the scene.
We will see that there are two modes of ultra stabilization: the basic and the "max". The first is already enough to improve the shots with the stabilization of series, being the "max" somewhat more aggressive. Where it is better not to resort to this maximum stabilization is at night, since it greatly reduces the quality of shots that are no longer too bright and also underexposes.
In addition, sound capture also has some problems, sometimes failing (without it being a matter of plugging the microphone). It happens both in the rear video and in the front cameras.
What we will see is that in video we will not be able to change lenses once we start shooting. We will have to select the lens that interests us before starting the recording and we will stay there.
As for the video with the front camera, we see that it also has room for improvement especially in the dynamic range, with a white balance that is usually warmer than it should be. Here we can also select to have a more effective stabilization, but without the "max" degree.
At night the quality is very low, both rear and front. It is a complicated scenario but it also does not seem to be up to the mark compared to other rivals with similar characteristics.
Autonomy: taking advantage of each milliamp
The Realme 6 Pro integrates in its chassis the same battery that we saw in the Realme 6, this being 4,300 mAh, but both its screen and processor are different. Hence the experience was slightly between one and the other.
For this case we have alternated days with the screen at 60 and 90 Hz, as well as with a light theme or a dark theme, and the average hours per charge is around 26 hours of autonomy. It is not bad considering that it is usual to spend 24 hours, especially with 60 Hz and dark theme (reaching our peak there, 31 hours per charge).
Curiously, the peak duration is the same that Realme 6 gave us, but the average autonomy in this case is somewhat less, probably due to a greater demand by the screen. However, in general a load gives for a day left over and without breaking records, much less has a more than acceptable autonomy.
Autonomy test at 60 Hz.
Autonomy test at 90 Hz.
Although it can be said that the difference in energy consumption between 60 and 90 Hz is not too noticeable, in some cases as little as 3 hours. And speaking of charging, with the standard charger the battery of the Realme 6 Pro charges in an hour, with which the brand fulfills its promise and the truth is that it makes using the mobile more comfortable.
Sound: just enough to pass with a medium mark
The Realme 6 Pro is not a thin mobile but the brand takes advantage of this by taking advantage to integrate a 3.5 mm jack. Of course, in this case the last name Pro does not involve the integration of a second speaker and we do not have a stereo.
That is why this is not exactly a section to highlight of the mobile, having a correct performance but without frills. Somewhat poor in dynamic range, leaving something flat and lacking in nuance according to content, but the quality is acceptable and nothing that we would not expect from a mobile of these characteristics and price.
Its volume is superfluous, achieving a maximum of about 104 decibels (measuring on the loudspeaker) remaining at around 78 ambient, which makes it the multimedia center of a room. For loudspeakers there is no software upgrade option, but when connecting the headphones we will see the option to activate Dolby Atmos, adjust it and configure the equalization.
In this way, we can achieve a slight improvement especially speaking of the nuance. If we operate with the equalizer we will be able to increase the quality of the audio by headphones a little more, rather than choosing one of the preset configurations (the "warm" sound is perhaps the most acceptable).
Realme 6 Pro, Xataka's opinion
The Realme 6 Pro is a very complete and attractive proposal for those looking for a mid-range mobile with which to not look askance at other smartphones and stay calm at the performance level. That it supports 90 Hz on a screen that, although not the best, performs well and with stable software, gives a very good overall experience.
The versatility is undeniable when it comes to photography, although the quality should be somewhat higher, especially when viewing the result of other mobiles from the brand itself. Not many midrange integrate a telephoto lens and in this case we not only see that, we also see wide angle, macro and interesting aspects such as a democratized night mode.
It is not a small mobile but it does not go out of the average, and what matters is that in the end it is comfortable. The battery is not brilliant either, but it is satisfactory both in intensive use and in the least demanding.
8.5Design8.5 Screen9 Performance8.75 Camera8 Software8 Autonomy8,75
- The fluency at 90 Hz is remarkable at all times and does not excessively sacrifice autonomy.
- There are cameras and modes for everything. The quality is not the best but in versatility a 10.
- Realme UI has improved with updates and is fully stable.
- Audio is acceptable, but not up to par with other competitors.
- It is thick, not that it is uncomfortable to use but it may be too much for some users with a cover.
- Perhaps a front camera would have benefited at the design level in the front, seeing that the wide angle does not perform as it should.
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Realme 6 PRO - 6.6 "Smartphone, 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM, OctaCore Snapdragon 720G Processor, Quad AI 64MP Camera, Dual Sim, Color Lightning BlueRRP on Amazon € 329.00