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Realme 6i unboxing and first impressions: a powerful budget smartphone

On: July 24, 2020

Realme recently launched its latest C-series device called the Realme C11 on July 14th. Prior to the launch, there were rumours that the brand could launch the Realme 6i at the same event. While that didn’t happen, the company has now launched the Realme 6i through an online event today.

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The Realme 6i is the third Realme 6 series smartphone in India after the Realme 6 and 6 Pro (review). Technically, the Realme 6i is the re-branded Realme 6s, which was launched in Europe back in May 2020. The new launch is also largely similar to the Realme 6, barring a 48-megapixel primary camera instead of a 64MP sensor. I received the smartphone ahead of the launch and here are my initial impressions of the device.

Realme 6i unboxing

The packaging of the 6i is typical Realme with a yellow box and minimal branding all around. You will find a cardboard sheath containing documentation, a smoky protective case and SIM ejector tool. Under that, you’ll find be the Realme 6i atop the 20W fast charger and USB Type-C cable. This is all there is to the packaging of the device.

Realme 6i first impressions

Realme 6 in White and Realme 6i in Black

Realme 6 in White and Realme 6i in Black

Coming to the Realme 6i, the smartphone looks identical to the Realme 6 in all aspect. The new launch has the same pill-shaped quad-camera module in the top left corner, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button on the right, and volume buttons on the left. The bottom edge houses the speaker grille, USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack. Realme is offering the 6i in Lunar White and Eclipse Black colours. I received the latter, which looks stylish but picks up smudges way too quickly, and I suggest using a protective case to avoid this.

The Realme 6i’s window to the world is a 6.5-inch LCD screen with 20:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) resolution and a 90.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. The screen also offers a high refresh rate of 90Hz. Basically, this is the same display as the Realme 6 and as I noted in my review of the handset, the display is sharp, bright and offers good viewing angles. The 90Hz refresh rate further enhances the experience, since the interface feels more responsive and smooth.

Ticking at the core of the Realme 6i is the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, which is a 12nm processor with Mali-G76GPU graphics. Realme is offering the 6i in two configurations – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB. I received the former, and the device managed to handle multitasking and PUBG sessions without breaking a sweat.

Out of the box, the Realme 6i boots Realme UI based on Android 10 and offers features like system-wide dark mode, digital wellbeing, app cloner, game space, split-screen and more. Powering the phone is a 4,300mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging, however, Realme is only providing a 20W charger with the phone.

In the optics department, the Realme 6i again shares the same camera setup as the Realme 6 except for the primary camera. The quad-camera setup on the back features a 48-megapixel f/1.8 primary sensor backed by an 8-megapixel f/2.3 wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel mono and 2-megapixel macro sensors.

The camera app is loaded with features like 48MP mode, Super Nightscape, panoramic view, expert mode, time-lapse, portrait mode, HDR, ultra-wide mode, ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI beauty, and more. The main camera clicks good daylight shots with ample detail but suffers in low light. The super nightscape mode is recommended to shoot in the dark as it captures much better images.

The front punch-hole cutout is home to a 16MP f/2.0 snapper, which captures natural skin tones.

Realme has priced the 6i in India at Rs Rs 12,999 and Rs 14,999 for 4GB and 6GB variants respectively, and for the price, the smartphone is a lucrative offering. You get a 90Hz display, 48MP quad cameras, Android 10, beefy battery with fast charging and more. The smartphone will go on sale in India starting at 12pm on July 31st, on Realme’s website and Flipkart.

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Abhiman Biswas

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