Two years ago, nobody heard of them, today they are global power. Realme 6 - first impressions

Recently, no new brand has been as loud as Realme. The Oppo sub-brand has just entered the Polish market , and with it Realme 6. Will the new player cope with existing competition?

The head of Realme for Eastern Europe boasted in our conversation that the company enjoys a global increase of 808 percent. In Spain, a month and a half was enough for Realme to jump into the TOP 5 smartphone sales. Within just two years of its creation, the company not only appeared on the map, but also left a clear imprint on it, selling over 25 million devices at that time.

There must therefore be something to do. There must be a reason why Realme earns consumer confidence, although their smartphones stand on one shelf with Honors, Xiaomi and Motorola.

Getting to the Realme 6 tests ... I can't see that yet.

Realme 6 doesn't knock you down in the first contact.

Realme 6 reviews

I will be completely honest: I was expecting something different.

On Realme 6 paper it looks great. It is powered by the Mediatek Helio G90T processor, and my copy is also equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of data space. It's all powered by 4300 mAh cells, with quick charging of 30 W.

Realme 6 reviews

Three types of phone will be available:

  • 4/64 GB for PLN 1099
  • 4/128 GB for PLN 1199
  • 8/128 GB for PLN 1299

Not only that, the 6.5 "Realme 6 screen has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 px and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which is unprecedented at this price. The design is also splashproof, like Motorola smartphones, so it may not withstand immersion, but you do not have to be afraid of going out with it in the rain.

In Europe, Realme 6 is also equipped with NFC, so we will pay with it in the store or conveniently pair a Bluetooth wireless device.

Everything is beautiful, but ... out of the box you can feel immediately that we are dealing with equipment where costs have been cut sharply.

Let's start with the fact that the housing is plastic. In such a Samsung A51 this is not a big problem, because the quality of the material and its fit is at a really high level. Realme 6 for that gives the impression simply cheap.

In addition, the place of connecting the plastic structure with the screen is not perfectly even, sometimes you can feel a sharper edge, and the buttons - especially the start button, hiding the fingerprint reader - are not embedded in the housing as confidently as I would expect from a smartphone in 2020.

Realme 6 reviews

Fortunately, the backpacks look very nice, shimmering with colors depending on the angle of incidence of light. It is a pity that they collect fingerprints and dirt with frightening ease.

Realme 6 reviews

Another cost cuts should be known after the first start of the smartphone. The vibrating motor is terrible, simply put. Straight out of the five years ago. Unfortunately, the speaker is also not the best. The game is very thin, quite quiet, it is completely devoid of details, and it distorts at higher volume levels.

Continuing the litany of shortcomings - the fingerprint reader on the edge also does not make the best first impression. Its positioning is fantastic, but the accuracy so far can be rated at most 5/10.

I will refrain from reviewing the software. Let's say ... Realme UI needs work.

The copy that came to me for testing does not yet have the final version of the software: this one will hit it in the coming days and only then will I take the phone seriously to test, because so far the operation of Realme UI, based on Android 10, leaves much to be desired . The phone can freeze for any reason, and once it even happened to it boot loop, which managed to break by forcing the boot in recovery mode.

Realme 6 reviews

From the purely utilitarian side, I will probably need some time to get used to this overlay. As you'd expect from an Oppo company, Realme UI is alive like Color OS. Only slightly uglier, slightly less polished and literally flooded with junk applications (although I hope it is a matter of test copy).

Realme 6 reviews

I can't say a bad word about the screen and smoothness of Realme 6.

After the first few days of use, I don't have the slightest comments on how Realme 6 works under normal use. The combination of a very strong specification, especially a large amount of RAM, with a 90 Hz screen makes the interface and applications installed on the smartphone work extremely smoothly.

Realme 6 reviews

The games also work fantastic - I have never met a phone in this category that would work just as smoothly, offering such a good visual experience.

Maybe this is the "secret ingredient" that makes Realme sell so well. Maybe the design bears the signs of cost cutting, but it compensates users for the deficiencies with the smoothness of operation that is really unheard of at this price level.

Realme 6 cameras have potential, but ... they also require work.

Like the rest of the software, the camera application in Realme 6 needs refinement. For now, on average, every 3-4 launches the camera freezes or simply turns off immediately, sometimes when switching between lenses.

It's a pity, because on paper Realme 6 cameras have a potential equal to at least that shown by Motorola One Vision or Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T. We have four sensors here: 64 Mpix with a wide lens, 8 Mpix with an ultrawide lens, 2 Mpix with a macro lens and 2 Mpix with a depth sensor. A 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

It is surprising, however, that in the absence of a telephoto lens, Realme decided to include zoom options not only 2, but 5 times in the camera interface. This is of course a digital zoom, cut out from the area recorded by the 64-megapixel sensor.

Realme 6 has not convinced me yet. But software patches can change a lot.

Quite honestly speaking - after a few days with Realme 6 in its current form I do not see a single reason to recommend it instead of comparatively priced Xiaomi or Motorola models. Especially that its price, compared to the competing smartphones of these companies, is not overly attractive, regardless of the amount of memory available.

Realme's soaring popularity did not come from the air. There must be something in these smartphones, since they attract customers so much.

At first impressions I don't know what it is yet. Maybe when I spend a little more time with Realme 6, I will be able to discover what his secret is.

In the meantime, you can pre-order Realme 6, which will last until April 8. By buying a phone now we can count on a PLN 100 discount. The phone will be available for regular sale on April 9.

Two years ago nobody heard of them, today they are global power. Realme 6 - first impressions


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