In an online launch event, the Realme 6 and 6 Pro went official, just 5 months after the current Realme 5 series, but with some significant upgrades. Here’s everything you need to know about the new devices.
Realme 6 specs & features
Realme 6 is the first Realme smartphone to sport MediaTek’s Helio G90T SoC. The G90T is a very good chipset for smartphone gaming, which is why Realme seems to have opted for it. We saw the G90T in the Redmi Note 8 Pro last year, where it could handle any game we threw at it with ease. Alongside the processor, there are three RAM-Storage options: 4-64, 6-128, and 8-128 gigs. The new phones come with UFS2.1 for internal storage and also a dedicated Micro-SD slot in the SIM tray for storage expansion.
The display gets an upgrade too. At 6.5-inches it’s the same size as that on the Realme 5, but the resolution has been upgraded to FHD+ from HD+, and it gets the 90Hz higher refresh rate this time around. It’s an LCD panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The display also flaunts a hole for the 16MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. On the rear, there are 4 snappers. The primary one is a 64MP shooter with Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. It is accompanied by an 8MP f/2.3 ultrawide unit, a 2MP dedicated macro unit, and a 2MP black-and-white unit that’s supposed to enhance portrait shots.
All the hardware is powered by a 4,300mAh battery that can be charged from zero to 100 in about an hour with the supplied 30W fast charger.
Realme 6 Pro specs & features
The Realme 6 Pro is the higher-end variant in the lineup and packs the brand new Snapdragon 730G octa-core SoC, the same one we’re expecting to see in the upcoming Redmi Note 9 Pro. The 730G sports Qualcomm AI Engine v5, and support for NavIC- India’s own navigation system developed by ISRO. There are three RAM-Storage options, i.e., 6-64, 6-128, and 8-128 gigs.
The 6 Pro packs a 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD display that also has the 90Hz higher refresh rate, and Gorilla Glass 5. This panel has a pill-shaped hole for the dual selfie cameras.
Talking of cameras, the 6 Pro flaunts a 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX471 module alongside an 8MP ultrawide snapper with a 105-degree field of view. At the back, there’s a 64MP primary camera, accompanied by a 12MP telephoto sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, and 2MP macro shooter. The 6 Pro also features UIS (Ultra Image Stabilization) and UIS Max video stabilization.
The battery remains the same one from the Realme 6: a 4,300mAh cell that charges fully in about an hour with the supplied 30W fast charger.
Realme 6 & 6 Pro prices and availability
The Realme 6 shall be available in three RAM-Storage variants:
- 4GB – 64GB: ₹12,999 (~ $180 US)
- 6GB – 128GB: ₹14,999 (~ $205 US)
- 8GB – 128GB: ₹15,999 (~ $220 US)
The Realme 6 Pro shall also be available in the following RAM-Storage variants:
- 6GB – 64GB: ₹16,999 (~ $230 US)
- 6GB – 128GB: ₹17,999 (~ $245 US)
- 8GB – 128GB: ₹18,999 (~ $260 US)
Both the devices are up for pre-order in India on Realme’s website. The Realme 6 shall be available to purchase on March 11 on Flipkart and Realme’s store, while the 6 Pro shall go on sale on March 13 on Flipkart and Realme’s store.
Similarities & differences
Both the 6 and 6 Pro feature almost the same build and design. Both phones come with a polycarbonate rear panel with gradient designs. Both phones have the primary speaker, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. Both phones also are Dual-SIM (4G) capable and include a dedicated slot in the SIM tray for storage expansion with Micro-SD cards. Apart from these, both phones also sport the same battery capacity, 30W fast charging, and 90Hz displays. Both have side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensors integrated into the power button. The connectivity options also remain the same, and both lack NFC.
The software on both phones remains the same too. Both phones come loaded with Android 10 skinned with Realme UI. There is quite some amount of bloat on both phones. Both the phones feature Realme’s software tricks like dark more, Nightscape, UIS stabilization, AI mode, and others.
Talking about the differences, the chipsets are different, of course. The display on the 6 Pro is 0.1-inch bigger (diagonally) than the one on the 6. Also, the display on the Realme 6 Pro is covered with Gorilla Glass 5, while there’s Gorilla Glass 3 on the 6.
Thanks to the SD730G, the Pro variant also houses support for NavIC and Dolby Atmos Hi-Res audio, which the 6 lacks. There’s also the superior sensor for selfies on the 6 Pro and a secondary ultrawide snapper.
Considering the specs and pricing, the Realme 6 seems to be competing with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 (and upcoming Redmi Note 9) series, while the 6 Pro locks horns with Poco X2. While Realme is trying to justify the pricing with the upgrades the phones have got, the pricing doesn’t seem as competitive to us as we’d expected. Also, interestingly, Realme is pushing the regular Realme 6 as the spiritual successor to the current ‘Pro’ lineup. Realme has also roped-in Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the brand ambassador, who is also seen promoting the new devices.
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