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Realme 6 Review: 90Hz display smoothness for midrange price

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A few years ago, gaming smartphones made by Xiaomi and ZTE added a feature that enticed gamers a lot – increasing the refresh rate of your display to 90Hz. In layman’s terms, the screen is smoother to navigate thus making your gaming experience far better. Then eventually, other brands also added this feature to flagship phones like the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. And then, Realme managed to offer this feature for those who can’t afford flagship phones and it is now available in the Realme 6. So, how does it feels like using a 90Hz display on a midrange? Let’s find out!

Realme 6 specs

  • Octa Core Mediatek Helio G90T processor
  • Mali G76 MC4 graphics
  • 4, 6 or 8GB RAM
  • 64 or 128GB internal memory expandable via microSDXC
  • 6.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (2400 x 1080 pixels) 90Hz refresh rate
  • Rear Cameras
    • 64 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.3, (ultrawide)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (macro)
    • 2 MP B/W, f/2.4, (depth)
  • 16MP f/2.0 front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (side mounted)
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,300 mAh battery with 30W fast charging
  • Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0
  • Price: Php 11,990 (4GB/128GB) and Php 13,990 (8GB/128GB)

HARDWARE

Before we go the the screen, let’s talk about the hardware overall. For us, the design is already generic because most phone we see nowadays look exactly like the Realme 6. On the flip side, it still look beautiful and classy to look at. We have been always vocal about loving a white phone and since Realme sent us a Comet White Realme 6, it is love at first sight. Holding the phone does not feel cheap. The right amount of heft and the metal frame makes the phone feel expensive than its price tag.

Now for the display. The 6,5-inch display has a 1080p resolution and of course, it highlight feature, the 90Hz refresh rate. By default, it is not turned on. Instead, it is on Auto Select. You have to go to Settings then Display & Brightness then Scree Refresh Rate if you want to choose the normal 60Hz or the higher 90Hz. Putting it on 90Hz all the means, scrolling and navigating is absolutely smooth. Video cameras can’t do justice to record it smoothness but seeing it upclose and you will know what we mean. If you are a gamer, you will worship this phone 100%.

SOFTWARE

The Realme 6 runs on Realme’s own Realme UI 1.0 which is on top of Android 10. It is by far one of our favorite custom UI so far. It is simple, easy to use and navigate plus it looks and feels like vanilla Android. Since we got this phone, we already had two software updates to fix bugs and deliver the latest security updates. We really admire Realme’s dedication to software support and commitment to major Android software updates.

Under the hood the phone is powered by a Helio G90T processor which is Mediatek’s newer chipset tuned for gaming. This chipset and the 90Hz display will bring you one of the best gaming experience on a midrange smartphone. Popular titles like PUBG and Mobile Legends will run smoothly here. On the daily grind, we never had hiccups when using it. It’s absolutely charming to use. No hassles and lag free.

CAMERA

Looking the camera specs on paper, it seems like we have a winner in terms of megapixel count – a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. Well, the 64MP camera takes 16MP photos by default but you can shoot full 64MP photos by merely changing the settings. It will eat up most of your storage though. Macro shots are generally okay but night mode is quite impressive. Ultrawide shots are good too. Check out some of our limited sample photos on a Community Quarantine.

CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY

If there is one thing that its sister brand OPPO has improved on is the signal reception quality. That also is felt with Realme smartphones. So far we are very impressed with the phone’s signal quality whether WiFi or carrier network. Apart from the signal quality, the consistency of LTE and WiFi speeds is also important to us and the Realme 6 did not disappoint. Calls are clear with no issues.

we expect that when we use 90Hz option all the time, it will really take toll in the battery. Surprisingly, it didn’t. Realme did a very good job with its battery optimization. With 90Hz turned on we managed to get around 7 hours of screen on time with mixed gaming time and video loop. That’s really impressive.

VERDICT

The Realme 6 is not hard to recommend. Imagine, owning a phone with 90Hz display for only Php 11,990 (for the base model) is a steal. No other phone has this feature as of the moment. So if you love playing games in your phone or simply you want a fast and smooth operating phone for a midrange price, the Realme 6 is your only option. Apart from that, you get a decent display, good battery life, and capable cameras. We give the Realme 6 our #FTARecommended seal. This should be on top of your list.

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