Price (RRP): $469
The new realme 6 provides higher-performance gaming from its Helio G90T SoC and a smooth, responsive 6.5” 90Hz, 2400×1080 screen than any other smartphone in its class.
Well, we have finished the realme 6 review, and the spoiler alert is that it is a first-rate smartphone offering more value than you expect for a $469 device. Of course, that keen price is due to its online sales model where margins are tight, and it cuts out the middle-man. Otherwise, you could well pay a hundred or more and it would still be class-leading!
What the online model also means is that you can’t go to a shop and see the realme 6. So you have to rely on 100% independent reviews like this to decide what is best. And we can tell you it shines in the highly competitive sub-$500 mass-market (GadgetGuy article on sub-$500 2020 phones here).
realme’s first 2020 model is the C3 (review here scoring 4.5/5) that at $269 is the most fully-featured mass-market sub-$300 phone you can buy. It has aced it again with the realme 6 in the sub-$500 segment.
realme 6 Model RMX2001, dual sim, 8/128GB
(Note this review is based on a pre-release sample, and while it is physically the same we understand a few features will be added via a realme UI update soon).
- Australian website here
- Comet White and Comet Blue
- Warranty: 2-years
- Price: $469
realme was aiming at a lower price point around $399, but the poor US/AU$ exchange rate has meant price pressures on it and the C3. We think it has done a fantastic job to bring it in at this price.
Do not buy it online from any other store that promises ‘Australian stock’ unless it explicitly has the much-needed LTE band 28, comes with an Australian charger and has the Australian C-tick symbol on its regulatory page.
A note on unethical rumour mongering
Another media outlet (with advertising income from competitive smartphone brands) has been blatantly spreading rumours about realme not being C-tick approved nor having SARs testing.
The truth is that at realme’s pre-launch last year it was made clear by MD Andy Yang that the review units were engineering samples only – all units sold in Australia would carry C-Tick and SARS ratings. It is not unusual for the media to review engineering samples prior to release.
Said media has been also spreading untruths about realme sibling OPPO.
We find both companies to practice the highest ethical standards or we would not review their products.
How we rate smartphones
As is usual, we use FAIL, PASS or EXCEED against the relevant paradigm based on what to expect for a phone of this price.
realme 6 – first impression – EXCEED
It is a typical glass slab – a relatively small chin, top and side bezels and flat IPS glass panel. The back (ours is Comet White) is an attractive pearlised finish. Its vacuum-deposited paint on polycarbonate with an alloy frame and it has a premium look and feel.
Importantly it has premium features that are literally unheard of at this price. A bright 90Hz screen, 64MP primary camera (quad-camera), a side-mounted Goodix combo power/fingerprint reader, Alloy frame, USB-C 30W VOOC fast charge and an all-important 3.5mm combo audio port.
The camera pod does stick out a little and makes it wobble on a flat surface – use the supplied clear bumper case.