Good news: The Realme 6 will launch in the Philippines May 27, alongside the Realme 6 Pro, which we gave our seal of approval in our preview. Now, it’s the standard version’s turn to get the hands-on treatment ahead of its local launch. Read on to find out if the Realme 6 is something you should look out for.
(Updates today, May 27: Realme 6, Realme 6 Pro: PH prices, specs, availability and Realme 6 review: Affordable 90Hz powerhouse.)
Just like its Pro sibling, the Realme 6 sports a 90Hz LCD that is great for gaming, while the back of phone pairs a 64-megapixel primary camera with ultra-wide, macro, and portrait lenses. The 4,300mAh battery also impresses on paper and supports 30-watt charging over USB-C out of the box.
Realme 6’s possible price in the Philippines
It’s too early to say how much the Realme 6 will officially cost in the Philippines. We don’t even know which configuration (or configurations?) will be offered here. In India, the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at ₹12,999 (around P8,692 or $171), while the 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB models sell for ₹14,999 (P10,030 or $197) and ₹15,999 (P10,698 or $210), respectively.
Local prices should be higher because of taxes and other dues, not to mention, the Realme phones sold here are not subsidized by ads unlike those for the Indian market. That said, if you’re expecting the Realme 6 to go for less than P10,000 ($197), then you may be disappointed. It should still be the most affordable phone with a fast screen in the country, though.
What’s inside the box
- Realme 6
- Silicone case
- 30-watt power brick
- USB-C cable
- SIM-eject tool
- User guide
- Warranty card
As other Realme devices, this one doesn’t ship with a headset. The good news is that the company sells its audio products in the Philippines — and for cheap. So if you need a pair of quality wired or wireless earphones, you should definitely check out what Realme has on offer.
Realme 6 unboxing video
Realme 6 sample pictures
Similar to the Realme 6 Pro, the Realme 6 includes a 64-megapixel main sensor, which is likely the same Samsung GW1 unit found in the Realme XT. It takes great photos in daylight and has a night mode for low-light shots. The auto-focus is pretty good and reliable, too, as long as you’re within the ideal focal range for the camera.
The 2-megapixel portrait sensor is monochrome and helps with the bokeh effect, as well as the contrast on the processed image. Finally, the 2-megapixel macro sensor has a fixed lens with a focus distance of 4cm, allowing you to take sharp pictures of a super-close subject.
Sharing just a few sample pictures for now: Expert mode, Auto mode, Macro mode, Auto mode, Chroma Boost
In terms of big software features, there’s Chroma Boost, which bumps up the vibrancy and saturation to deliver a more striking image, and Expert mode for shooting with manual controls. In Expert mode, you’ll be able to tweak the exposure, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation of the camera.
There’s also 64MP mode, although you might not notice the extra detail at all due to the Quad Bayer structure of the sensor.
Realme 6 benchmarks
Impressively, despite its bargain price point (at least in India), the Realme 6 packs a MediaTek Helio G90T chipset which boasts Cortex-A76 cores and a quad-core Mali-G76 GPU that some flagships have. It’s the processor Xiaomi opted for on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, and the same chip that made headlines when it thoroughly outclassed the Exynos 990 in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus in a gaming test.
No doubt, the Helio G90T is an impressive piece of hardware, and we’re excited to share with you our full review in the coming days. We’re still putting our Realme 6 unit through its paces, so check back on this site on May 27 after Realme’s embargo lifts. In the meantime, check out the benchmark results of our review unit.
Realme 6 specs
- 6.5-inch LCD display, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate
- Splash-resistant body with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front)
- Octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor
- 4GB/6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage
- Quad 64-megapixel, f/1.8 (main), 8-megapixel, f/2.3 (ultra wide), 2-megapixel, f/2.4 (macro), 2-megapixel, f/2.4 (monochrome/portrait) rear cameras
- 16-megapixel, f/2.0(main) front camera
- Fingerprint reader (side-mounted)
- 4,300mAh battery
- Realme UI based on Android 10
- Colors: Comet Blue, Comet White
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