Realme 6 Pro Review
Even before the 5G flagships, it was Realme’s Pro Series that really plastered its name in people’s minds. Realme Pro smartphones were probably one of the few smartphones that could compete to-to-to with Xiaomi’s offerings at the time. Now in its fifth iteration, the Realme 6 Pro Poco X2 and a Redmi Note 9 Pro are paired with some of its own siblings such as the Realme X2. Now this is the first Realme number series with pro tag which is more than Rs 15,000. Is rent permissible? Among many other choices, do you need Realme 6 Pro? Find out –
Realme 6 Pro is powered by the new Snapdragon 720G. It is a mid-range chipset based on an 8nm manufacturing process and is clocked up to Kryo 465 Gold and Silver Core 2.3GHz. The SoC comes with an Adreno 618 GPU which is also present in the Snapdragon 730G. The so-called G features Qualcomm’s elite gaming suite. Additionally, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. We got the top-most variants for review and straight off, it looks a lot smoother for a mid-range smartphone. Here’s what the criteria say –
The Snapdragon 720G performs neck-to-neck with the Snapdragon 730G. The Realme 6 Pro scored 281462 on the AnTuTu, slightly lower than the SD730G on the Poco X2, while on the Geekbench 5 CPU, it scored 571 and 1676 on the single and multi-core tests, respectively. Even in Mobile Xprt and PCMark Work 2.0, these two smartphones are not mentioned separately.
GPU numbers were not available for the Poco X2 (Xiaomi decides to play spoolsport again!) But a comparison of the frames rendered in the three GFXBench tests shows that the SD730G performed better than the Adreno 618 in the Realme with the same Adreno 618. Done. 6 Pro. Couldn’t be the same, technically but since Qualcomm doesn’t reveal much about its GPU, it can’t wait to tell you what’s going on here. For now, the GPU performance offers more for the back than the SD720G with the SD730G, at least as far as the Realme 6 Pro is concerned. Let’s see what happens in gaming-
I played Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile on Realme 6 Pro and the results were quite impressive for a phone in this segment. Watch the video for more deets.
Call of Duty: Mobile runs at 60 FPS with a decent 84 percent stability while PUBG Mobile runs at 30 FPS with an impressive 100 percent stability maximizing all settings. Interestingly, dialing graphics on a PUBG mobile pushes it to 40FPS, but it does not touch 60 FPS.
Looking at the CPU performance when gaming, the Snapdragon 720G seems to have enough resources to push for higher frame rates, but the two prime cores were limited to 1.9GHz, with a 2.3GHz threshold. But there is no way to say without knowing the GPU performance and the gamebench Adreno does not show the metrics from the GPU.
Realm 6 Pro is actually quite fast but this armor has some chinks that seem to be a dental problem from the new UI. It runs on the new RealmeUI which is basically a thorn in the side of ColorOS 7, but refined with a flatter icon and more stockUI-ish feeling. It’s not about how fast a Realme flagship smartphone feels, but you get most of the software features in the Realme 6 Pro. It has a OnePlus-like focus mode, game space and some impressive privacy-friendly features. Call blocking, personal data protection and payment protection are just a few of them.
The app drawer is enabled by default and the 90Hz refresh rate display really makes it sleek and smooth. Compared to the Poco X2, it may sound a bit fussy, but it’s much smoother in this price range than the 60Hz panel we had before. Also 90Hz refresh rate doesn’t have much effect on battery life. During my use I didn’t really notice a significant battery drain.
Now the bad side of this deal. Realme UI puzzles with preinstalled apps that are mostly duplicates of Google services already offered and common to all Android devices sold outside of China. The phone has its own cloud backup service, an app market, a game market and much more. These cannot be uninstalled and the notification panel (which you see on the lockscreen first) headers will be flooded with mostly spam and clickbet. Some of them steal your money and scam! Most of the smelly notifications I’ve received are from the default browser app and you can’t uninstall it.
What it takes from an ad-hoc software experience is what makes it perfect for camera performance. This is where Realme works hard with a dedicated cross-border imaging team and shows the results in their camera tuning. Realme 6 Pro has a total of six cameras. Four holes have been drilled in the back and two in the display. All six work independently, making it one of the most versatile camera setups on a smartphone in this price range. How are the results? Pretty much if you ask me!
Primary Lens – 64MP with 26mm f / 1.8 lens
The 64MP primary sensor is the Samsung ISOCELL GW-1, the same sensor Realme is using in its flagship and high-end devices. And the optimization in Realme 6 Pro results in sharper, better detailed photos with balanced tones, better dynamic range, and lots of detail.
By default, the camera captures images at 16MP after 4-in-1 pixel binding. The results you see are quite good. I didn’t think a mid-range smartphone would be a year behind. If I had to make a hole, it would be against Realme’s Dazzle Color mode. Image enhancement mode seems to have been tweaked to create more saturation and contrast, often too much. These two photos show how big a difference it makes
Dazzle mode will work if you want to take photos of gorgeous, green landscapes but personally, I like to add extra splash of color to my photos.
Ultravide lens – 8MP with 13mm f / 2.3 lens
The 8MP ultraviolet lens is compatible with the primary camera and applies the same color tones and sharpness levels that are rare in this segment. Ultravide mode is also quite responsive and lets you control what you want to focus on. Moreover, there is very little distortion in the photo, which means that a large part of the frame has been cropped to stabilize it.
Telephoto lens – 12MP lens with 54mm f / 2.5 lens (2x optical, 5x hybrid zoom)
(2x optical zoom)
(5x hybrid zoom)
The image quality continuity extends to the telephoto lens. It specializes in capturing the detailed textures of distant objects. We tested it against statues and leaves and the results were above average in both cases.
Macro lens – 2MP with 22mm f / 2.4 lens
The 2MP macro lens is the weakest link in this camera setup. This is the only mode that amateur feels and seems to have been included for. On paper it is able to close-in on objects only 4 cm away, but the results are vague, noisy images even in natural light with minimal detail.
Portrait photos are good enough for social media. It uses in-depth information from telephoto lenses and can create some sharp images of people and pets. Personally, I would turn off the beauty filter for more realistic results, but that’s just me. Beauty mode will smooth the skin, remove blemishes and make you look more fair.
Low light image
Using Realme 6 Pro
Despite having a gaming-heavy processor, plenty of camera sensors and a 90Hz display, the Realme 6 Pro can last more than a day. The 4,300mAh battery was a solid nut to crack with our video loop test so that the device could last for more than 27 hours before it was finished. Games like CoD: Mobile drains 3 percent of battery after 15 minutes of gaming, while Tiger King’s 30-minute Bing battery drains about 4 percent after Netflix. These two numbers are on the low side, and low on the battery drop.
The 4300mAh battery for a 30W VOOC charger can top up in less than an hour. We’ve been able to charge 50 percent of the battery in less than 30 minutes, which is quite neat, especially when you have to walk most of the day.
Design and display
Realme 6 Pro is probably the best looking device made by the company in this price range. This time, Realme uses glass on both sides, Gorilla Glass 5 to be precise, and a lightning behind the finish that radiates light. Stellar stuff, and I believe a lot of people can buy it based on appearance alone. However, the frame itself is polycarbonate with thick reinforced edges. Although the screen extends dangerously to the edges, any drop can damage the panel, gorilla glass or otherwise.
Realme 6 Pro also feels strong and sturdy in the hand. The size of the screen can be increased but the body itself feels compact and can be used on the go. Side-mounted fingerprint sensors have advantages and disadvantages. The good news is that when you press the power button and scan your finger at the same time, if done correctly, the unlocking process gets instantaneous. And that’s terribly accurate. There are two options in the fingerprint section of the Settings app – light touch and strong touch. With the former, even the mildest press will trigger the scanner when you have to push a little harder for the latter, which in my opinion is a good option to prevent accidental unlock. Which you will find when using the side-mounted fingerprint sensor in Realme 6 Pro. Just want to peek your notification on the lockscreen? No. Home screen it. There needs to be a way to make it relevant.
Speaking of which, the 90Hz display is fast and smooth but it’s not the brightest. I struggled to read the text on the screen under the sun and the colors all seemed to fade. Inside the house, it is very lively. The panel is in animated screen mode by default which explains the panchi colors. You can reduce it a bit by selecting ‘Gentle’ screen mode if you want.
The last row
The Realme 6 Pro comes with the right mix of hardware as a well-rounded device that keeps up with the latest market trends. A high refresh rate display, a gaming-based processor, multi-camera setup and much more make the Realme 6 Pro a tempting purchase. And in its quest to become popular, Realme 6 Pro has surpassed Rs 15,000. More than that, a big downside to recommending the device is the annoying ads and notifications that flood the phone within hours of use. Realme 6 Pro offers consistent camera performance, long battery life and decent gaming.