Realme 6 series was launched in February this year with two models named Realme 6 and the 6 Pro was launched. The Realme 6 has a great gaming chipset and a good set of cameras under Rs.15000. So the newer Realme 6i which is slightly different devices is all set to take on the market.
We shall dive deep into the Realme 6i and see whether it is a good option to consider?
Realme 6i Design and Display:
Realme 6i just like Realme 6 has a punch-hole display on the top left corner of the display and minimum bezels to the side. On the back, there is a slightly different pattern on the Realme 6i.
On the sides, there are the volume controls with a power button which acts as a fingerprint scanner that is accurate but slightly slower to respond. The back has the conventional layout of cameras like Realme 6.
The Realme 6i has an identical 6.5 inches IPS LCD display with support for a 90Hz refresh rate. The 90Hz display makes all the animations and switching between applications feels faster.
The display has support for Widevine L1 so Netflix movies will run at full HD resolution. The screen is bright under direct sunlight but compared to an AMOLED display, it lacks the brightness and contrast in colors.
Realme 6i Software & Performance:
The Realme 6i runs RealmeUI which is a toned-down version of the ColorOS 7 found on Oppo smartphones. It has Android 10 running on it.
RealmeUI skin has the look almost close to Stock Android with a dedicated app drawer. The software experience is good and you get the system-wide dark mode with Android 10 navigation gestures.
The Realme 6i runs on the Mediatek Helio G85 chipset which is built on a 12nm process which is almost identical to the Mediatek G90T seen on the Realme 6.
The Mediatek chipset has a gaming feature called Hyper Engine technology which enhances the gaming experience. So all games from Subway Surfers to PUBG mobile, all ran smoothly.
The 90Hz display makes playing games smoother as transitions work really well. The device is available in 4/6GB RAM and 64GB storage but it is of eMMC speed.
There is a microSD card slot for storage expansion also. The back of the device does not feel warm much. So when it comes to performance and gaming, the Realme 6i is a definite one to consider.
Realme 6i Cameras:
The Realme 6i has the quad-camera setup just like the Realme 6 where now the main camera sensor is the 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GM2 instead of the Sony IMX586.
Accompanied by the 48MP camera, is an 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP depth, and a macro camera. The device has the 16MP front camera carried out from the Realme 6.
The main camera does a good job of taking detailed images. The contrast is good and the images have good color reproduction. But when zoomed in, they do lack the detail taken from the 64MP camera.
At night. the images came out good but lacked detail. switching on the Night Mode improves the light in the shadows and the images have good color accuracy.
The 8MP ultrawide does a decent job of taking photos but as usual, there is a lack of detail. However, the dynamic range is good, and similarly at night, the photos come out average with lack of exposure but the colors look good.
The 2MP macro camera is good for close up photos and has vibrant color but the edge detection is not so good. The 2MP depth camera takes some good portraits by providing a good background blur.
On the front, the 16MP camera does a good job of taking selfies and has good details. Zooming into the photos, the skin tones look natural and but lack the detail.
With portraits, Realme 6i does a good job with edge detection and provides a good background blur.
On the videos side, the Realme 6i can record at 1080p videos at 60fps and 30fps. This footage is quite stable and the color reproduction is good. However, the dynamic range is not so good and needs improvement.
On the front, the Realme 6i can record 1080p videos at 30fps which has good color reproduction and the noise is less prominent.
Realme 6i Battery Life & Charging:
The Realme 6i has a 4300mAh battery which is similar to the battery life on the Realme 6. With a 90Hz display, the device can easily stretch for single day and with the display set to 60Hz, the phone can last for one and half day.
The Realme 6i has a 20W VOOC charger provided inside the box which is slightly a letdown since the Realme 6 has a 30W VOOC charger.
Using the 20W charger, the device can charge completely within 1hr 20 minutes which is fast enough and the 30W charger charges the device within 55 minutes.
There is also support for USB -PD charging which is 18W and is faster.
Should you consider one? Well if you see the Realme 6i is a good device to consider which is priced at Rs.12999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which makes it the cheapest 90Hz display smartphone in the market.
It has a good 90Hz display, a powerful chipset both for performance and gaming and the 4300mAh battery can easily more than a day. However, the cameras do feel a bit short as Realme has made the move towards the 48MP sensor.
The ultrawide camera needs improvement. The charging is faster which is good. So to overall considering all the specifications, the Realme 6i is a good mid-range smartphone to consider.
Note: The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs.14999.