Realme 6i Unboxing, Hands-on

More than just looks?

Realme’s newest phone on the block is the Realme 6i, a 6.5-inch device with a MediaTek Helio G80, up to 128GB of storage, and a quad rear camera. Our folks from Realme PH sent us a unit earlier today for review, and here’s our first look.

Realme 6i specs:

  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS waterdrop notch display, 720 x 1600 px
  • 2.05 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G80
    Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
  • 3GB or 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage, expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD (dedicated slot)
  • Quad rear cameras
    48MP f/1.8 main
    8MP f/2.25 ultrawide
    2MP f/2.4 macro
    2MP f/2.4 portrait
  • 16MP f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BDS
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Reverse charging
  • USB Type-C
  • 5,000mAh battery w/ 18W charging support
  • White Milk, Green Tea

Unwrapping the plastic film and opening the box for the first time, we get to have the usual set of components from realme: The unit itself, some papers for documentation, a clear case, an 18-watt charger, and a USB Type-C data and charging cable.

Realme’s newest phone is surprisingly similar to the Realme 5i with some upgrades on aesthetics. From the 6.5-inch HD display at the front to the notched area for the 16-megapixel selfie camera, the front looks really alike.

The sides, too, are very similar. The 6i features the power/lock button at the right, the volume buttons and the Triple-slotted SIM/microSD card tray at the left.

The biggest difference, perhaps, comes with its bottom and back parts. The bottom now features a USB Type-C port along with a microphone, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a loudspeaker.

Once you flip the device to the back, the phone gives us a nice treat. The milky white color of our unit looks and feels like a pearlescent gem when you see and hold it up close. The back refraction pattern made by renowned designer Naoto Fukusawa isn’t overpowering, but rather subtle to the senses.

At the back, we have the fingerprint scanner and the Realme logo. There’s also the quad-rear camera setup led by a 48-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens, and two 2MP modules for depth and macro. We find it a joy to use even at first use. Here are some sample shots:

As mentioned, this phone sports a rather new MediaTek Helio G80 chip which is mainly focused on gaming. Our initial benchmark, after the update, using the AnTuTu benchmark scored 203,119. We’re taking the device on our daily use and tests until the official Philippine launch on May 13, when you’ll get to see our full review.

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