realme is finally Kenya with the launch of the realme 6, realme C11, a band and realme C3. And we have the realme 6, it’s the company’s latest mid-range device in the country. The device packs quite the features and has a lot to offer.
Inside the box, you get the phone itself, the clear case, 30W power brick, Type C charging cable, user guide and sim ejector tool.
The realme 6 features a comet-like design with the multiple streaks that run down the back. Our unit comes in Comet White but you can get yours in Comet Blue.
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The back is curved for easier grip and one-handed operations.
This design makes the phone have a premium feel. You’ll want to put a case at the back however as it easily gets scratches.
At the front is the 6.5” LCD display with a hole punch selfie camera at the top. You also get 90Hz refresh rate, something that is lacking in most midrange phones in Kenya.
At the back is the quad-camera setup that is comprised of a 64MP f/1.8 primary sensor, an 8MP f/2.3 wide-angle lens with 119-degree field of view, a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens and a 2MP f/2.4 monochrome depth sensor and an LED light. The camera module is surrounded by metal trim.
On the right side is the power button while on the left is the volume rockers and SIM tray. The power button also functions as a fingerprint sensor.
At the bottom are the headphone jack, Type-C charging port, and speaker grille.
The screen has a 1080p resolution at 2400 by 1080 pixels with 90% screen to body ratio. The colours are decent and vibrant meaning you can use the phone well outdoors – be it scrolling social media, checking email or browsing the web.
That 90Hz screen comes handy when playing higher refresh rate games as they appear smoother and with less graphic lags.
It’s worth noting that unless you are looking for it, you won’t notice the phone has 90Hz screen.
Under the hood is a Helio G90T processor which is a budget gamin processor from MediaTek, Mali G76 GPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. You can also get a 4GB OR 6GB RAM variants.
All the internals offer unrivalled performance at this price point be it multitasking, checking your social media feeds and web browsing.
Apps can run smoothly in the background which is helpful during switching between multiple apps without them refreshing.
Gaming on this phone is a breeze from lightweight to heavy games such as Asphalt, PUBG, Need for Speed, Temple Run.
Android 10 and Realme UI come already baked in. Realme UI packs a lot of customization features which you can play around with. There’s no lag or stuttering with this UI.
Bloatware is evident but you can disable most of the apps that come preloaded with the phone.
In terms of consuming multimedia content, the bottom speaker is loud enough with no distortion even on loud volume.
In terms of optics, you get 5 cameras to play around with. Modes include Portrait, Night, Expert, HDR, beauty, ultra macro.
You also get a dedicated 64MP mode. Regular photos are taken with 16MP resolution.
For video, you can shoot 4K at 30fps or 1080 at 60fps.
Here are some samples[Click to expand]:
Lowlight – indoor
Lowlight and Night mode shots – outdoor
Photos taken by the realme 6 come out looking good with the right colour saturation, details, sharpness. The dynamic range is a mixed bag, especially when taking photos in challenging light conditions.
Portraits come out well with decent background separation. You can also switch the level of blur you want your photos to have.
The macro is really good, especially when shooting indoors.
Selfies are taken with AI beatification on by default so if that‘s not your preference, you can turn it off.
Night mode comes through when taking photos in low light scenarios. They’re not the best especially outdoors as noise is still present in the photos. We’ll continue testing the cameras in the coming days for our full review.
Most of these shots can be shared on social media platforms to the envy of your friends.
More shots will be in our full review.
Powering the phone is a 4300mAh battery. You can charge it with the 30W fast charger included in the box.
Between light and mixed-use, the phone can push more than a day.
In terms of charging speeds, you can go from 0%to 60% in 30 minutes and to full charge in slightly over an hour.
The realme 6 brings a lot to the table, especially in the midrange segment. You get a premium design, impressive performance, excellent battery life, decent display and capable photography.
All the features we’ve talked about make the realme a worthy contender in the midrange smartphone wars and if you’re in the market for one, consider the realme 6.
realme 6 is available for Ksh 30,000.
Stay tuned for our full review coming very soon. In the meantime watch our unboxing and first look video below.