The realme 6 is the second smartphone from this new manufacturer that made its way into Kenya this year. The first phone was the realme C3 that is available locally for around Ksh 13,900.
This realme 6 comes into the market to compete with some very good devices from OPPO, Huawei, Xiaomi just to name a few. Those thinking of buying smartphones within this segment have many options to choose from and demand some features that the realme 6 has to deliver.
Given that realme is a new brand in Kenya, how the realme 6 and realme C3 perform will determine how successful the brand is. Realme is new in Kenya but the company has been in operations in other markets and doing well at that.
Before we get to the phone, let us look at some of the key specifications to expect.
- Display: 6.5-inch ; 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T
- RAM: 4/6/8GB RAM
- Storage: 64/128GB
- Rear cameras: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP+ 2MP
- Front camera: 16MP
- Battery: 4,300mAh
Unboxing the realme 6
This is what you should get in the box when you unbox the realme 6.
- The realme 6
- 30W Charging aapter
- USB C Cable
- SIM Ejector tool
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
- Silicone Case
The first thing I noticed with the realme 6 is its close resemblance to the OPPO A92. It does look and feel exactly like the A92 from the materials used to the build and button placement. This is not strange as OPPO and realme are owned by the same company and realme started off as a sub brand under OPPO.
That aside, the build is good. The back is made of plastic which does not give it a premium feel. It just feels like any other smartphone under Ksh 20,000 that you can get in Kenya right now. The phone also feels chunkier than most other smartphones it is competing with especially the ones from Huawei. These are not deal breaker but for someone who uses so many phones in a year, I tend to notice some of these things.
At the back is still where we find the four cameras this phone comes with. The main one is a 64MP sensor supported with an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The Main camera at the back takes some good shots. The dynamic range is good but not necessarily the best. It will be more than enough for most people but I was just expecting more from a 64MP sensor.
The power button is on the right of the phone and it also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. It is within easy reach and you can set the scanner to respond to slight touches or firm touches if you want to avoid accidentally unlocking your phone all the time.
At the base of the phone is the USB C port, speaker grille and the headphone jack. The volume keys are on the left just below the dual SIM/ microSD slot.
To the display, here the company has gone with a 6.5 inch one with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. It has a punch hole notch at the top left corner which is something we have gotten used to in 2020. The display is responsive and gets bright enough for use outdoors. Under direct sunlight you will struggle a bit to use it but it is very possible to do that.
I have spent a few days with the realme 6 and so far it is a good phone. Performance has been good thanks to the MeiaTek Helio G90T that for my review unit has been paired with 8GB of RAM. Day to day tasks are handled with ease and I managed to play a few games and this phone has not had any issues. The processor used here does a good job.
Realme UI is quite similar to OPPO’s ColorOS with a touch of Samsung’s OneUI. It does feel like stock Android to some extent but it is not. I noticed a ton of bloatware but most of those can be uninstalled. I would suggest you uninstall any app you are not going to use to save some space.
I will be using the realme 6 for the next week or so and by then I will have all my thoughts gathered for the full review.
Also Read: Realme 6 Specifications and Price in Kenya