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Realme 6i: Gaming Fun Thanks to Helio G80 and a Low-Resolution Display

The lower mid-range Realme 6i sits right between the Realme C3 budget phone and the upper mid-range Realme 6, and it is available for less than $200. Hardware-wise it is closer to the C3 than the Realme 6.

In recent years, Realme showed a very strong and fast growth with ever growing sales figures. Take 2019 for example, where the company grew by 800 %. In April of 2020, Realme – a subsidiary of Oppo, has officially started selling its smartphones in Germany with a total of five devices. The Realme 6i is the successor to the 5i, and is placed between the Realme 6 (more than $200) and the more affordable Realme C3 (around $150). Compared to the latter it features double the storage space at 128 GB, and both its and the C3’s storage are expandable via microSD card. The display, in return, runs at the same 1600 x 720 resolution as the C3’s. In order to get the higher 2400 x 1800 resolution, you need to upgrade to the Realme 6.

Both, the C3 and the i6, feature brand-new MediaTek SoC with focus on gaming. Both SoC’s fast cores run at 2 GHz while their energy-efficient slow cores differ and run at 1.7 (Helio G70) and 1.8 GHz (Helio G80), respectively. The G80 also features a higher clocked Mali-G52 GPU.

Both SoCs are capable of providing a smooth gaming experience at a low price point, which we are able to attest after running our usual gaming benchmark suite. Even fast sequences were mostly free of frame drops, which might be among other things due to the low-resolution displays. Only rarely did we encounter actual lags. RAM is also an important factor in gaming performance, and the Realme 6i features 4 GB thereof (C3: 3GB; Realme 6: 4 or 8 GB).

A large battery is also included, as is a 48 MP quad-camera. Both are great selling points in a highly contested market segment. Find out in our review whether or not the Realme 6i’s hardware is worth its money.

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Inge Schwabe, 2020-06- 3 (Update: 2020-06- 3)