Realme 6i design: Identical to the Realme 6
Reality has been offering handsets named “i” for a long time. The company’s strategy has been to weaken some specifications of the existing model so that the price is reduced. But this time the changes are very minor. Overall there is no difference in design and dimension. To achieve the difference, Realme has introduced the phone’s Lunar White and Eclipse Black color variants. In comparison, the color variants of Realme 6 (Review) are more breathtaking.
In Realme 6i, you will find a fingerprint sensor on the edge, because its design matches Realme 6. I like the rear fingerprint sensor, but this position is also not bad. The position is such that your thumb rests on it easily when you are holding the phone with the right hand. The capacitive fingerprint scanner is clickable and also acts as a power button. I also liked that Realme 6i is not very wide. That is, the grip is good. I could easily reach every edge of the display.
Realme has replaced the volume button on the left with the SIM tray. The buttons are easily accessible and provide clicky feedback. Reality has chosen a matte finish over the plastic frame for this device. Which gives a good feel. Fingerprints and spots are easily detected on the back of the smartphone. Especially in the Eclipse Black variant, which we reviewed. On the back side, the camera sensors are available in a module with a capsule shape. This is a common design for realme smartphones. At the bottom you will find USB Type-C port, 3.5mm jack and speaker.
Even though fingerprint marks fall easily on the back, but I liked the design of Realme 6i quite a lot. Its 191 gram weight is easy to manage. It never feels too heavy or uncomfortable in hands.
Realme 6i specifications: toned down
The most noticeable thing in the specification of this phone is the 90 Hz refresh rate display. This feature is not common in the price range of Rs 15,000. For this reason Realme 6i gets a different identity. The 6.5-inch screen comes with full-HD + resolution (1080×2400 pixels). It has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. I felt that the viewing angle of the display is good and its brightness is sufficient for outdoor.
In Realme 6i, the company has used the MediaTek Helio G90T processor, which is also part of Realme 6. Realme has launched two variants of this smartphone in the market – 4 GB RAM or 6 GB RAM. Both variants are equipped with 64 GB storage and it is possible to use a microSD card up to 256 GB if needed. I had a 4 GB RAM variant for review.
Reality 6i has dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi and four satellite navigation systems. Reality 6i also has a 4,300 mAh battery like Reality 6, but you will get a 20 watt charger in the retail box instead of a 30 watt charger.
The Realme 6i smartphone runs on the Realme UI based on Android 10. Our unit had a June security patch. This user interface has many customization options. Swiping right on the homescreen will open Realme’s Smart Assistant feature. Here is a shortcut and recommendation of the things you use. Realme 6i has traditional three button navigation. If you want, you can use Gescher navigation instead. The UI has a SmartSidebar. You can configure a shortcut for the app in it.
The phone lacks bloatware – Realme Community, Realme Store, Amazon, Facebook, Google Pay, Realme Link, Realme Pay, WPS Office, HeyTap Cloud, DocVault and Soloop. I found that the stock browser app and app market is spammy. Because these apps sent notifications repeatedly.
Realme 6i performance: Up to speed
Realme 6i never slowed down during use. The user interface is very smooth, especially when the display refresh rate is set to 90 Hz. By default it is set to auto, but you can switch between 90Hz or 60Hz if you wish. The viewing angles of this panel are excellent.
The MediaTek Helio G90T is a powerful processor. It is fully capable of handling apps and games with powerful graphics. There was never any problem in common use. I could easily download many apps and multitask between them. The existing fingerprint scanner on the edge quickly unlocks the phone. The same can be said about face recognition.
The performance of Relame 6i remained as expected in the benchmark test. I played PUBG Mobile. It ran at high preset by default. Graphics was set to HD. The frame rate was also high. I did not feel any lag. However, the device did heat up after about 20 minutes.
Realme 6i has a lot of battery life. The phone easily supported the whole day. At the end of the day there was little battery left. In this, a 4,300 mAh battery broke the video loop test in 19 hours 22 minutes. Realme Retail offers a 20 W charger in the box. It claims to charge 44 percent in about half an hour. By the way, let us know that the smartphone also has support for 30 watt fast charging. If you have a compatible charger, then the time of charging the battery will be reduced further.
Realme 6i cameras: Decent for the price
The camera hardware of Reality 6i is slightly different from Reality 6. In the expensive model, you get a 64 megapixel primary camera. Instead, 48 megapixel cameras have been used in the I model. Apart from this, there is an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera, a black and white portrait camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. A 16-megapixel camera has been provided for the selfie. The camera app is Reality 6 only. It has AI support and it can easily detect the scene. HDR starts working on its own in the bright scene. You also have the option to take pictures in 48 megapixel resolution.
Pictures taken in daylight came out good. Realme 6i succeeded in achieving a fine dynamic range. Given the price, the level of detail in the shots will be considered satisfactory. Photos came to Sharp. The wide-angle camera of Reality 6i gives a much wider field of view, but the details are reduced. The shots had a slight barrel distortion at the edge. Grains were clearly visible when zooming in pictures taken at full resolution.
There was no lack of detail in the close up shot taken from Reality 6i. There was also a soft bokeh effect. But AI boosted Colors Artificially. For the portrait, in Realme 6i you get the facility to set the blur level, that too before taking the photo. It was successful in achieving good edge detection. It properly separates the subject from the background. The macros shot in sufficient ambient light brought the details well.
Camera performance weakens in low light. Details have the most damage in shots. Night mode takes an average of four seconds to take a shot. Because of this you have to hold the phone steady. Photos come out better. Details get better in shadows. Overall the picture looks a bit better.
Selfie taken in daylight is good. The beautification is enabled by default, so that you get some smoothening in the output. The front camera also takes decent portraits and you can set the level of blur before taking a shot. Performance was extremely average in low light. But it also has Night Mode which helps in taking some bright shots.
Reality 6i will be liked by those users who want to get good hardware on a low budget. In this, you will get features like Realme 6 (Review) Helio G90T processor, 4,300mAh battery and 90Hz refresh rate display. But you will have to compromise on the charger and camera performance. Looking at the price, Realme 6i seems to be a value-for-money product. At this price, no 90 Hz display is available in the smartphone market. If this feature does not matter much to you, then Poco M2 Pro (Review) is a good option.