[TEST & REVIEW] Realme 6: Xiaomi’s Best Rival?

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A year after arriving in Europe, Realme is launching its Realme 6, a mid-range smartphone that is both beautiful, versatile and efficient.

Banking on excellent value for money, it wants to overshadow the Xiaomi / Redmi family.

And if it was him, the best smartphone under 250 euros?

  • Realme, the little brand that goes up
  • Close-up on Realme 6
    • A very nice smartphone
    • Technical characteristics
  • Our opinion on the Realme 6: the best smartphone in its class?

Realme, the little brand that goes up

If you don’t know the Realme brand yet, this shouldn’t last! Following in the footsteps of Xiaomi, Realme is a Chinese firm that arrives in Europe with great ambitions and is experiencing impressive growth.

In this special year 2020, Realme recorded a 157% jump in sales worldwide, with 7.2 million copies sold. The brand is expected to be “the fastest-growing in the world in Q4 2020” according to Abhilash Kumar, the analyst at Counterpoint.

Realme was originally a sub-brand of Oppo, another “big name” in the Chinese mobile industry that you should take a closer look at. Here again, we find the example of its glorious elders, such as Honor with Huawei and Redmi with Xiaomi. But faced with its success, Realme quickly became an “independent” brand within the large BBK Electronics group (which notably brings together the Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus entities ).

Officially landed in Europe in the summer of 2019, the Asian firm has impressed observers with models like the 5 Pro and the X5 Pro. A year later, it is only natural to see the arrival of the new generation of smartphones with the duo Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro.

Close-up on Realme 6

Now that you know a little more about the brand, let’s take a closer look at its model stamped with the number 6. If the “Pro” version represents the top of the range of the brand, it is the Realme 6 that I have could take in hand. And right out of the box, it stands out from its comrades, in the heart of its bright yellow box.

A very nice smartphone

“Welcome to Realme family”, can we read before finding the device. Delighted to join this family and to be so well received, I go to the discovery of the machine.

Simple and beautiful. These are the first two qualifiers that come to mind when I see the front of the Realme 6. As soon as I get started, I would add a third: imposing. With its measurements of 162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm, it clearly plays in the big leagues, not to mention its weight of 191 grams. Nice beast, but nothing surprising for a smartphone with a 6.5-inch screen. We quickly notice the well-hidden photo sensor at the top left, while the “chin” of the device is more substantial.

By turning the phone over, we also take in the eyes. Realme has bet on a plastic back (white or blue) with pearly reflections. It’s pretty, bright… but also messy. Either way, you will benefit much less from the light effects (and therefore fingerprints) if you use the protective shell supplied with the phone!

For the rest of the design, it’s hard to miss the quadruple photo module, which clearly protrudes from the surface. A bit of a shame aesthetically.

Let’s finish with the edges of the device, where we find the fingerprint sensor on the right (eh no, it is not hidden under the screen here), a jack, a USB-C port, a dual microphone and a speaker at the bottom.

Technical characteristics

The physical is not everything, it is necessary to get to the heart of the matter by turning on this Realme 6. Running on Android 10, it inherits the Realme UI home interface, generally well thought out (and not so different from the EMUI from Xiaomi).

Inside, it is a MediaTek Helio G90T processor (like the Redmi Note 8 Pro ) which drives the machine, associated with 4, 6 or even 8 GB of RAM on the tested version (with 64 or 128 GB of storage ). The navigation is fluid and impeccable, even on greedy games like Fortnite, PUBG or Call of Duty. Note in passing the 90Hz frequency supported by the LCD screen (a rarity at this price!), But made less convincing than with some competitors.

The screen, in fact, displays a Full HD + definition of 2400x1080px (405ppp) and honest brightness and contrasts (although slightly worse than some of the rivals mentioned above).

On the photo side, we have already mentioned the “heavy” presence of the four sensors located at the rear. In detail, this Realme 6, therefore, benefits from:

  • the main sensor of 64 megapixels (f / 1.8);
  • an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle (f / 2.3);
  • a black and white depth sensor (f / 2.4);
  • a 2-megapixel macro lens (f / 2.4).

For selfies, a 16 MP sensor is installed on the front. Enough to allow you to satisfy your ego and feed your social networks serenely!

Finally, on the autonomy side, Realme has equipped its smartphone with a 4300 mAh battery, which allows it to last for more than a day. No wireless charging, of course, but a (big) 30W fast charger, which allows you to recover 70% of the battery in half an hour and a full charge in barely an hour.

Our opinion on the Realme 6: the best smartphone in its class?

After several days of use, the Realme 6 has fulfilled almost all the missions requested. As beautiful to look at as it is pleasant to use, this smartphone amazed me with its fluidity, especially on video games.

Its autonomy is also to its credit (with its very fast charging), as well as its NFC compatibility, its fingerprint sensor and its very effective facial recognition.

Conversely, and like Xiaomi in its early days, the photo part is more disappointing. When the light conditions are good, there is nothing to complain about, the digital zoom x5 is effective (you can even get a magnification up to x10) and the depth blur is generally well managed. Unfortunately, the ultra-wide angle clearly degrades picture quality, and the Realme 6 isn’t comfortable after dark.

Too bad because apart from that, this smartphone enjoys excellent value for money. Sold from 229.90 euros for its 4 + 64 GB version (and even less than 200 euros during the sales) and up to 299.90 euros for the 8 + 128 GB model, the Realme 6 is clearly positioned as one of the best mid-range smartphones. And a serious competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro.

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