Realme is the Oppo sub-brand, still quite unknown in Germany, which wants to conquer the hearts of the Android middle class with the Realme 6 (Pro).
Oppo brings even more Android smartphones to German retailers, now the Realme 6 smartphones are on their way to Europe. More specifically, four new Android smartphones from Realme are appearing on the virtual German shelves. The even better Pro model started after Realme 6. It is to be sold here in Germany for just under 350 euros, but it offers a fairly reasonable equipment on paper. I have come to try the Realme 6 Pro a little in the last few days. Also in comparison with the “simple” Realme 6.
What is there for the said price:
- 6.6 ″ LC display, 90 Hz, FHD +
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor
- up to 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage (UFS 2.1)
- 4300 mAh battery, 30W quick charge, USB-C
- 64 MP main camera + night mode + 20x hybrid zoom + macro
- Dual front camera with ultra wide angle
- Fingerprint sensor
- 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm, 202 g
Those who know their way around will find differences to Realme 6. The most important and most serious difference is the built-in processor, since the simple Realme 6 relies on Mediatek and the Realme 6 Pro on Qualcomm. Now one wonders, are there any noticeable differences? Indeed. In an application scenario that was as similar as possible, I noticed that the battery of the Realme 6 Pro runs out more slowly. This confirms that the structure of the processor cores has a noticeable effect on efficiency.
Surcharge for Qualcomm chip
From time to time it was also noticeable in performance why Qualcomm chips are more expensive and therefore less and less to be found in very cheap devices. Asphalt 9 is my beloved benchmark. Basically, Realme 6 and 6 Pro both don’t run smoothly when this game is played. Small stutterers and trailers were heard more often in the Realme 6 and less common in the 6 Pro. The Realme 6 Pro couldn’t keep up with the liquid Redmi Note 9S, which has the same chip.
Otherwise, I am very similar to the Realme devices, the differences are rare and often only slightly noticeable. Nevertheless, I would rely on Qualcomm because Mediatek does not have the best reputation when it comes to maintaining the software. Keyword: Android updates. Another difference can be found on the back, since the Realme 6 Pro comes with a real zoom camera. At “short” distances up to 5x, this is even useful and certainly an added value if zoom is important to you. Regarding the rest of the main camera, the impression is unfortunately still typical for this price range.
We get 64 MP, but that doesn’t automatically mean high photo quality. During the day, photos are of the usual “Is okay” quality, in the lowlight it looks different. You get a snapshot camera of not particularly surprising quality, as is usual with Chinese bulk goods. Note: Optical image stabilization (OIS) is essential for really good smartphone cameras. To be found soon in Google Pixel 4a, which should be available for 399 euros.
Mid-range package for a slightly high price
For more than 100 euros less, there is the Redmi Note 9S from Xiaomi, which offers a larger battery with more endurance, a somewhat better system performance in comparison and is hardly inferior to the Realme 6 Pro. The Realme 6 (Pro) scores with a 90 Hz refresh rate, but the LCD panel is otherwise only a middle class and has no visible advantages over the competition. Everyone has ultra-wide angle for the main camera today, so the zoom remains the only eye-catching feature. 30 W quick charging is sometimes not even available in devices that are twice as expensive, so this is another point for Realme.
I deliberately kept my report short because there isn’t really much to say. With the Realme 6 Pro you do not do much wrong, but in comparison to other devices you do not do everything right. It is a good mid-range smartphone with a lot of memory, good performance and a diverse camera, which is based on modern standards (Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, WiFi 5) and does not neglect popular classics such as the 3.5 mm jack. Here are a few hard facts in a nutshell:
- Good system performance with some room for improvement is enough for gaming
- Decent battery life (two days) including quick charging with 30 W.
- Generous LC display with 90 Hz and FHD +
- Fingerprint sensor (power button) and face unlock are reliable
- Ultra wide-angle camera front and rear, zoom camera
- A lot of memory and data storage
- Modern radio standards
- Jack connection available
- Well processed, easily accessible buttons
- App cloner, current Android, free of bloatware
- Camera quality only at snapshot level
- Display brightness could be better
- Plastic casing smeared and magically attracts fingerprints
- Only mono sound, no Dolby Atmos helps