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Realme 6i: review of a mid-range very economic

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Realme 6i: review of a mid-range very economical

“Stands out in almost all with a reduced price. For this money you can not ask for more.”

  • Low-profile design
  • Versatile camera
  • Duration of the battery
  • Price
  • Fast charging

The company Realme landed in Europe in October, 2019, with a strategy of price cutting, the same that opted in the day rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi. And not only on high-end phones, also in the media, in the that, in 2020, competing with two new models: Realme 6 and Realme 6i. The latter we have tested it for a week and, without a doubt, it is a good option for those looking to spend a little money on a phone.

A big screen and a finish that is “casual”

If some smartphones stand out for their elegant appearance, Realme 6i it can be said that dresses with a style that is “casual”: the back of green plastic (similar to khaki) is not like the majority. Does not carry a mirror finish, but one mate who does not adhere to the footsteps. And is only adorned with a few vertical stripes slightly reflective. This combination is visually attractive, inconspicuous and nice. This rear part is a little lackluster, but well protected, with the case of transparent gel slightly grey included in the box.

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In the back is the fingerprint reader, a feature space (now imposes the unlock under the screen) that, in this case, is very well integrated because it is the same color as the rest and the result is that it passes quite unnoticed. Aesthetics aside, this form of release remains practical and comfortable (and in our tests it has worked perfectly, just like face unlock).

A screen is more than acceptable

The 6.5-inch screen and resolution HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels) protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It is a perfect size to view your favorite series. And the resolution is not bad at all: we tested it with Netflix and YouTube, and displays the contents with a quality spare. When you compare it to a iPhone 11 note the difference, of course. However, we think that will satisfy the majority of users taking into account their price.

This large size (164.4 x 75.4 x 9 mm/6.4 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches) does not detract from comfort in the hand and feels lightweight (199 grams). At the bottom, it incorporates a jack input of 3.5 mm (if you want to listen to music or play with a headphone cable), the USB input-C and the speaker.

Four lenses (one for macro photography)

In the technical characteristics, Realme 6i is in his range, except in the capacity of the battery, with 5,000 mAh, fits in the high range. The processor MediaTek Helium G80 for the mid-range is aimed at gamers, and is complemented with a RAM of 4 GB and 128 GB of storage (expandable with microSD). With this equipment should comply in the performance for the majority of users.

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The set of cameras follow the prevailing trend now: four lenses that covers everything you need to know. The main one of 48 megapixels, an ultra wide-angle 8 megapixel camera, a depth of 2-megapixel camera for the portrait mode and a lens ultra macro, 2-megapixel. The selfies, in the form of a drop-in center, photography with the 16 megapixel.

The camera has HDR, and the ability to choose default filters, perform aesthetic touches and to choose the percentage of bokeh in the portrait mode (including selfies). Take pictures with a remarkable quality for being so affordable. Some functions, their layout and the icons are the same in appearance as that of the camera of the Oppo Find X2 Pro (both brands belong to the same business group, the giant BBK Electronics, also owner of OnePlus and Vivo).

Battery for a spree of movies

Autonomy is the trump card of the phone. Your ability to entertain yourself on a long trip. What we have put into play a series of Netflix and the battery has lasted 11 hours.

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However, his quick load of 18 W is not fast. In our tests, from 0 percent to 54 percent took an average of 47 minutes and completely in one of 136 minutes.

Android-based 10 custom with Realme UI, this smartphone comes with several third-party applications (Facebook, CaixaBank and Opera are the most well-known in Spain) and the usual tools (including FM radio).

Our opinion

Even though it looks plastic, its esthetics is neat and the color is out of the usual, something that we like. For 179 euros ($193 usd), stands out in all its features: its screen and its audio will not disappoint for watching movies and series (and the size is great for games and video); the camera, in addition to versatile, capture photos at the height of their range.

The performance is more than enough for an average user; it is not heavy and handles well with one hand; in storage space and battery capacity match with some of the high-end; your feature more loose is fast charging, but for that money it seems to us well balanced in all its parts.

You can not ask for more. Realme 6i is especially aimed at young people or those looking for a phone without pretense, for a basic use, with good battery life, take decent photos and, at the same time, economic.

What alternatives are there? With a similar price and battery of 5,000 mAh, find the model Xiaomi Redmi 8, Oppo A5 and Samsung Galaxy M20. For something less still, also the Realme C3.

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