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Realme 6i Review: Great for Gaming with Long Battery Life

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Realme’s new phone, the Realme 6i has been launched. We had the phone for over a week now and we must say, it is a pretty good phone to use. But how is it like on a daily grind? Let’s find out!

Realme 6i specs:

  • Octa Core Mediatek Helio G80 processor
  • Mali G52 MC2 graphics
  • 3GB RAM/64GB internal memory
  • 4GB RAM/128GB internal memory
  • Expandable memory via microSDXC
  • 6.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1600 pixels)
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.3, (ultrawide)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth) 
  • 16MP f/2.0 front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted)
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass 
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charge
  • Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0
  • Php 7,990 (3GB/64GB)
  • Php 9,990 (4GB/128GB)

HARDWARE

We talked much of the hardware during our unboxing and first impressions video. But just reiterate, we do love the new Green Tea color of this phone. It adds some personality to it. We also love that Realme chose a matte finish over shiny and smudge prone finish. The phone has a noticeable heft due to the 5,000 mAh battery but for us it is fine. Two things you need to know, it has a USB Type C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Moving on with the display. We have 6.5-inch 720p display here that is an IPS panel. It tends to go on the warm side but it goes bright outdoors but it struggles a bit when using under direct sunlight. We think that 6.5-inches is just right for everything like watching videos, games, or just casual smartphone use.

SOFTWARE

Let’s talk performance. The phone is powered by a Helio G80 processor. Mediatek’s G-series are tuned for gaming. Playing games like Mobile Legends is generally smooth as long as you keep the graphic settings to medium. The phone can also handle multitasking very well. During gaming we never encountered any heating issues.

Realme also departs from OPPO’s ColorOS and now they have their own custom skin on top of Android. The company calls it Realme UI 1.0. This new UI is very clean, simple and smooth. It also looks and feels more vanilla Android than ColorOS. There is a dedicated dark mode for those who want a darker theme. Overall, we really like Realme UI. In addition to that, Realme is also dedicated to Android updates and regular security updates.

CAMERA

Due to the limits of the prevailing Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the threat of COVID-19, we are limited to the confinements of our home. This affects our testing of the cameras. We tried our best to take as much photos with different shooting modes. So far, the rear cameras did not disappoint. Here check out some of our sample photos.

Portrait
Night mode
Ultra macro

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

As for the connectivity, we are very happy with WiFi and carrier network connectivity. LTE speeds using our Globe network has been stable and normal. Same thing as our WiFi connection. Calls are clear with no issues.

The large 5,000 mAh battery will get you easy three days of light to moderate use. This includes casual social media, short calls, casual messaging. Based on our video loop test, we managed to get around 8 hours of screen on time which very good.

VERDICT

The Realme 6i is truly a gaming powerhouse with a big battery for uninterrupted gaming. For a phone below 10k you have a capable chipset, a good build quality phone, a nice eye catching finish, great battery life, timely software support and capable cameras. If we will nitpick, we will probably want a 6GB RAM version but that is just us. Other than that, the Realme 6i is very easy to recommend to everyone.

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