Post updated April 17th, 2020 at 12:19 am
Just a few hours ago, realme Malaysia has officially launched the new realme 6i in our market. However, the company sent to us the device a little bit ahead of time, so I’ve taken the opportunity to take a very quick look at the device and easily the first thing you’ll notice that’s different with the phone is the back.
Easily the most changed part on the outside of every realme phone, the realme 6i comes with yet another different design for the new phone. Frankly speaking, it’s pleasant to see a different back design on every realme device, in a strange way.
The colour we got is an uncommon one too, called Green Tea. The other option is White Milk which still feature the same design lines although with more visibility.
Moving on, the display of realme 6i is a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, with its waterdrop notch and 16MP front-facing camera. It has quite the substantial looking earpiece, but unfortunately, it doesn’t serve as a speaker. This means the phone comes with a mono speaker, but more on that later.
The sides of the realme 6i are pretty standard, as far as phone layouts go. You have the power button on the right, the volume rocker on the left, a clean top, and the USB-C charging port, and the 3.5mm audio jack. These two are great news for different reasons. For the charging port, seeing affordable devices adopting USB-C charging is great. As for the audio jack, it’s always great to see it being on a phone, when it’s been slowly getting removed from phoned despite being an essential feature.
Also at the bottom is the mono speaker. If you’re looking for loud sounds, the realme 6i can certainly deliver. Clarity is also alright until pushed to the maximum. It feels alright relying on it for music when you just need something to fill the background with. But if you’re watching a video or want to really pay attention to a certain track, then that’s where the 3.5mm audio jack comes in.
User experience with the realme 6i is, well, much the same as with previous phones from the company. Despite it now running the realme UI, it is functionally the same as the previous ColorOS iterations.
The realme 6i runs quite smoothly, with the 4GB of RAM and MediaTek Helio G80 (the first phone to be equipped with the processor) likely the reason behind that. That being said, recent reports of “performance mode” does left some doubt in our mind even though it does not involved the Helio G80.
Meanwhile, the realme 6i also comes with a quad camera combo at the back which features a 48MP main camera alongside 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera as well as a 2MP depth sensor.
Due to the on-going Movement Control Order (MCO), it is rather hard to obtain good subjects to photograph in order to test the cameras on realme 6i. Hence, I have to reserve the full verdict on the phone’s camera capabilities for our full review in the near future.
Nevertheless, the general experience of realme 6i is inline with previous realme devices that have the same price range: a straight-forward phone with interesting design and enough firepower. Judging from its launch price of under RM 900, the realme 6i has the potential of being a worthy phone to pick up if you’re looking for an inexpensive lower mid-range device.