Following the launch of Realme 6i in the Philippines, the local branch company will release a new Realme 6 series in the next country. Now, we have Realme 6 Pro and we kicked things off with the first impressions of the Realme 5 Pro successor.
Realme 6 Pro is the most advanced model in the 6 series, and like the previous smartphone, it has a fancy back design, as well as four cameras in a single module on the rear panel and reader. Physical fingerprints that are fast and convenient.
Technical data of Realme 6 Pro
- 6.6-inch LCD, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate
- Splash-resistant body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor
- 6GB/8GB RAM
- 64GB/128GB expandable storage
- Quad 64-megapixel, f/1.8 (main), 12-megapixel, f/2.5 (telephoto with 2x optical zoom), 8-megapixel, f/2.3 (ultra wide), 2-megapixel, f/2.4 (macro) rear cameras
- Dual 16-megapixel, f/2.1 (main), 8-megapixel, f/2.2 (ultra wide) front cameras
- Fingerprint reader (side-mounted)
- 4,300mAh battery
- Realme UI based on Android 10
- Colors: Orange, blue, purple
Realme 6 Pro has the LCD screen spans up to 6.6 inches and now contains two selfie shooters in one punch hole. The phone is also improved over its predecessor, with the latest version of Realme featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset – a noticeable upgrade from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 – and a larger battery that supports 30-watt fast charging (from 20 watts on Realme 5 Pro). And as expected, 6 Pro runs Realme UI on Android 10 when it launches.
In India, the most expensive model on a smartphone – a combination of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of usable storage – costs no more than $ 18,999 (about P12,739 or $ 252). That price may be a little higher in the Philippines because of the tax.
The 6 Pro’s back uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5, just like the front of the phone, so you can trust it to be more durable and scratch-resistant. The included silicone case also helps. The frame is made of plastic, though, and has a glossy finish to match the rest of the hardware.
The new Pro has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button on the right edge, opposite the volume keys on the left. The button layout is pretty much the same for regular smartphone fares, except the fingerprint scanner is far more user friendly for right-handed people.
On the bottom, you’ll find a headphone jack, a USB-C port for charging and file transfer, and a single speaker, which can easily be muffled when using the phone in landscape orientation. Realme 6 Pro allows fast-charging up to 30 watts (which is the maximum that can be supported) using the included power brick, so you don’t need to buy a separate charger.
Full HD + LCD here is another important parameter. Realme 6 Pro introduces the first 90Hz display on mid-range phones to this country. If you’re not familiar, modern smartphones typically run at 60Hz. Raising the refresh rate to 90Hz or higher will result in smoother animations and performance when navigating the screen and scrolling through system menus. Plus, you’ll see smoother gameplay in games that support more than 60 fps. It’s impressive that Realme managed to incorporate a 90Hz display, as opposed to sticking to standard 60Hz, while the picture quality is pretty good, too. It might not be the best-looking screen in the segment, but its 90Hz refresh rate will be hard to ignore for those who want it.
In the optics department, the Realme 6 Pro has four cameras on the back and two front-facing ones, bringing the total to six cameras — a first for a Realme handset on the local market. The main attraction is a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor paired with the f/1.8 lens; it’s the same setup we saw on the Realme XT, which we were impressed with. By comparison, the Realme 5 Pro arrived with a 48-megapixel unit.
That 64-megapixel sensor is joined by a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter with a 4cm focal distance. The shooting modes available in the native camera app include Night, Portrait, 64MP, Ultra Macro, and Expert, which offers manual controls for ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. The latter can also capture RAW images for editing later on your computer. Though saving RAW files is limited to the main camera, you can shoot in Expert mode using the zoom and ultra-wide lenses.
There are also creative filters that you can apply in real-time while taking photos and videos, as well as HDR and Chroma Boost, which enhances colors, contrast, and saturation to create a more vivid-looking picture. The dual front cameras consist of a 16-megapixel camera and a secondary 8-megapixel camera with an ultra-wide lens. This makes the Realme 6 Pro ideal for group selfies and pictures with a scenic background.
More pictures will be uploaded in our full review, which will be published next week. In the meantime, you’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what this Realme is capable of with its improved set of cameras.
The Realme 6 Pro packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G inside, the same chipset Xiaomi opted for in the Redmi Note 9S. It’s manufactured on an 8nm node, which is an improvement over older units in the Snapdragon 700 series. A smaller manufacturing process enables a more power-efficient chip without compromising on performance.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 720G is meant to satisfy the needs of mobile-gaming enthusiasts who don’t have the budget for a Snapdragon 865-powered device. It uses eight Kryo 465 cores that clock up to 2.3GHz and has an integrated Adreno 618 GPU that’s also found in the Snapdragon 730/730G.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G is meant to satisfy the needs of mobile-gaming enthusiasts who don’t have the budget for a Snapdragon 865-powered device
In terms of real-world performance, the Snapdragon 720G can handle it all. It plays the most demanding games at medium to high graphics, while most day-to-day tasks are handled without as much as a hiccup. We’ll post our gameplay footage and some benchmarks to give you an idea of how the Realme 6 Pro stacks up against others in the category when the embargo lifts, so stay tuned for that.
Improving on its predecessor, the battery backup here is 4,300mAh, which is a slight bump from the 4,035mAh cell the Realme 5 Pro carries. It’s likely that Realme also opted for a higher-capacity battery to support the new Pro’s larger and faster screen. Charging has been upgraded as well, with the Realme 6 Pro adopting OPPO‘s 30-watt VOOC 4.0 standard, which is claimed to be capable of juicing up a dead battery to full in under an hour.
The Realme 6 Pro is shaping up to be a genuinely disruptive contender in the midrange this early on. With everything it has going for it, including a new and unique back design, a 90Hz screen, six cameras, and a fast-yet-efficient chipset, it’s a notable upgrade from its predecessor, which means a lot considering how good a value the Realme 5 is.