Realme 6 Pro Review
The Realme 6 Pro has finally arrived in the Philippines, promising to be the phone to get within the series if your usage is more camera-oriented. It’s because it comes with a total of 6 cameras, four at the back and two in front. With a price close to PHP20k, does this make it worth it? Let’s find out.
Design and Construction
The Realme 6 Pro has a premium look and feel to it thanks to the cool lightning design across the back. The edges are curved nicely towards the sides and upfront, while the bezels around the display are slim.
It’s reasonably large, coming in at 6.6-inches, negligibly bigger than the Realme 6’s display. It also comes with a dual-camera hole-punch that I don’t think I’ve seen since the Samsung Galaxy S10+, so I guess it’s nice to see again. It’s also much appreciated that the front panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The left side houses the triple card tray with slots for two nanoSIM cards and one microSD card, which is nice. The volume controls are also placed here.
On the right, we have the power button that also serves as the fingerprint scanner. I like that it’s positioned closer to the middle of the frame, making it easier to reach — an essential aspect for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
At the bottom, we have the headphone jack, primary microphone, USB-C port, and loudspeaker.
At the back, it’s just as protected as the front thanks to the use of Gorilla Glass 5. The surface, although it comes with a great design, is highly reflective and is a dust and smudge magnet. Here we also find the quad rear camera module and LED flash.
Display and Multimedia
Moving on to the display, we get a 6.6-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 or equal to 399ppi. Colors are nice and vibrant, viewing angles are good, though the maximum brightness is not as high as we expected it to be.
Like the Realme 6, the Pro’s display also comes with a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, so brightness aside, using the Realme 6 Pro is enjoyable as scrolling through the UI or social media is very smooth. Also, 90Hz at this price point is quite uncommon and is considered a steal for now.
For the loudspeaker, like in the Realme 6, the audio quality is like your typical smartphone but a bit better. It is also loud, but the bass is lacking. You can even notice some distortion when you set a higher volume. We recommend using headphones or an external speaker for better audio quality.
The Realme 6 comes with four rear cameras — a 64MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto, and a 2MP macro lens. This configuration is a strong selling point, as it is a versatile setup that gives you options for almost every situation.
The quality from the rear cameras under good lighting doesn’t disappoint. Colors are beautiful and vibrant with sharp details, the ultrawide lens gives a great field of view, and the 10x zoom from the telephoto isn’t bad.
Low light shots are also a strong point for the Realme 6 Pro. You do lose a tiny bit of detail and saturation, but shots in the dark appear brighter than they are. The Night Mode is also pretty good, evening out the exposure and raising the shadows while reducing noise.
For selfies, the Realme 6 Pro comes with two front-facing cameras — a 16MP main and an 8MP ultrawide. Again, versatility is key here, but it doesn’t disappoint either in providing detailed selfies with proper skin tones.
And for video, you can shoot up to 4K at 30FPS — quality, just like the photos from the primary rear camera, is excellent as expected. Some stabilization, though not like a gimbal, is present, and will be perfect for social media use.
The Realme 6 Pro’s cameras and all their features are a strong selling point, which will appeal to users looking for a relatively inexpensive phone that can provide excellent image quality and versatility.
OS, UI, and Apps
Running the software department is Realme UI based on Android 10. It’s a clean and pretty UI that is easy-to-navigate. It has the latest features such as system colors, animations, new wallpapers, icon customization, Dual Mode Music Share, Smart Sidebar, Riding Mode, Game Space, Screen-Off Display, Fraud Prevention, Private Space, and Dark Mode, to name a few.
Pre-installed apps include the standard Google suite, as well as some proprietary Realme tools, including the File Manager and Phone Manager.
When it comes to storage, Realme is offering the 128GB option in the Philippines, with a usable space of 104.33GB. You can further expand the storage with a microSD card slot via its dedicated microSD card slot.
Performance and Benchmarks
Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core CPU, and Adreno 618 GPU. For the RAM, only one option is available, which is 8GB.
This setup provides great performance, which is made out to be even smoother when you take advantage of the 90Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 720G and 8GB of RAM can handle any task you throw, no matter how many. This includes playing heavy graphics games.
• AnTuTu V8 – 286,089
• PCMark Work 2.0 – 10,333
• 3DMark SSE – 2,523 (OpenGL), 2,323 (Vulkan)
• GeekBench 5 – 567 (Single-Core), 1,757 (Multi-Core), 1,200 (Compute)
• AndroBench – 512.62 MB/s (Seq. Write), 203.95 MB/s (Seq. Read)
Our benchmark scores show similar results to the standard Realme 6, which is touted as more of a gaming phone — so if you decide to go for this Pro model, it can game as well.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The Realme 6 has your usual connectivity features, including Dual-SIM, 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. It’s a good thing that Realme has opted to use USB-C this time.
For the battery, the Realme 6 Pro packs a 4,300mAh capacity, which is great considering that you will be using this phone for taking lots of photos and gaming.
The battery can easily last you a whole day of moderate usage with some juice left for the night. In the PCMark Work 2.0 Battery Test, we yielded a score of 13 hours and 1 minute — a pretty good result that indicates this.
Charging only takes less than an hour thanks to the 30W VOOC Flash Charge.
The Realme 6 Pro is an excellent device for a particular type of person, specifically someone who values extra camera features and a slightly more premium feel. For PHP16,990, PHP3,000 more than the 8GB RAM variant of the Realme 6, you’re getting an additional rear telephoto and front ultrawide cameras, a more premium glass back panel, and a different chipset that performs almost the same as the Realme 6’s chipset.
Don’t get me wrong, the Realme 6 Pro is a great device and is the best in the series, but I think most people are better off with the standard Realme 6. You still get excellent performance, long battery life, high-speed charging, and a 90Hz screen, but at a much lower price.
The Realme 6 Pro is available for purchase at Lazada. See the listing here.
Realme 6 Pro specs:
6.6-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) 90Hz Fullscreen display
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G 2.3GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 618 GPU
6GB, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1
microSD card support (dedicated slot)
Quad-rear cameras: 64MP Samsung GW1 F1.8 (main) + 8MP F2.3 (ultra-wide) + 12MP F2.5 (telephoto) + 2MP F2.4 macro
4K video at 30fps, UIS video stabilization
Dual-front cameras: 16MP Sony IMX471 F2.0 + 8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NavIC
Hi-Res Audio w/ Dolby Atmos
3.5mm audio jack
Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
Realme UI (Android 10)
4,300mAh battery w/ 30W Flash Charge
Lightning Blue, Lightning Red
With inputs from Joey Maceda