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A New Standard

Since the time realme announced the realme 6 pro, it received raved reviews and feedback from both consumers and tech reviewers. It was priced for its overall good performance, impressive cost and benefit ratio, and its 90Hz display that ultimate became its crowning glory.

Realme 6 Pro Philippines12It’s a bigger and more capable version of the realme 6, and its 3,000 difference from it is definitely worth it because of all the upgrades it offer.

realme 6 vs realme 6 Pro

realme 6 realme 6 Pro
Display 6.5-inch FHD+, 90Hz 6.6-inch FHD+, 90Hz
Processor Helio G90T Snapdragon 720G
RAM 4GB/8GB LPDDR4X 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128GB UFS 2.1 128GB UFS 2.1
Rear Camera 64MP Samsung GW1 Wide 64MP Samsung GW1 Main
8MP Ultra-Wide 8MP Ultra-Wide
2MP Portrait/Monochrome 12MP Telephoto
2MP Macro 2MP Macro
Front Camera 16MP 16MP Sony IMX471 Wide
8MP Ultra-WIde
OS Android 10 + realme UI Android 10 + realme UI
Battery 4,300mAh, 30W Flash Charge 4,300mAh, 30W Flash Charge
Colors Comet Blue Lightning Blue
Comet White Lightning Red

 

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The design looks really good with its UV-curing offset printing technology. According to realme, the back panel is made of 7 layers of coating, which includes UV texture, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and an AF coating. This is, by our standards, one of the best looking smartphones that employs shining and “light-sensitive” colorways in the market.

Realme 6 Pro Philippines17However, this isn’t the focus of this review as I wish to delve deeper into its full gaming performance. In this regard, I’m debuting a new benchmark standard, which will allow us to show you how this really performs in both artificial and actual gaming performance.

Our Methodology

In this gaming-focused review, I will be showing 2 sets of our benchmarks: artificial and gameplay. For artificial benchmarks, we’ll be using several applications that will measure its processor, GPU and read/write drive speeds. The power mode will be displayed on top of the benchmark result to give you an idea how it will perform in other modes. In special circumstances, I’ll be displaying multiple results per power mode. In this review, you will only see one mode.

realme 6 Pro review 1For gameplay benchmarks, we’ll provide you the performance of at least 3 games we’ll play on this smartphone. All games will be played at maximum settings, which the device can handle. Settings per game will be included the benchmark result for your reference.

As usual, this review will be heavy on numbers but I will try my best to explain the result as much as possible.

Artificial Benchmarks

realme 6 Pro
Power Mode On
Antutu 285,652
3D Mark (Sling Shot Extreme) Open GL ES 2,523
Vulkan 2,323
PC Mark  (Work 2.0) 10,333
Geekbench Single Core 567
Multi-Core 1,757
Androbench Seq. Read 512.62 MB/s
Seq. Write 203.95 MB/s
CPDT Benchmark Seq. Read 315.36 MB/s
Seq. Write 161.86 MB/s

 

realme 6 Pro’s overall performance is high but surprisingly just as fast, if not faster, than the realme 6. This is surprising because when I ran this test, both devices’ Power Mode is turned on. It’s either the benchmarking tool did not perform as we expected, or the device really reached it peak performance with the said power mode. Nevertheless, in terms of CPU and GPU, realme 6 pro outperformed most devices at the same price point.

Gameplay Benchmarks

Data Summary

realme 6 Pro
Black Desert Mobile CODM: Battle Royale PUBGM Mobile Legends BB
Avg(FPS) 38.97 39.05 29.84 59.8
FPS>=18[%] 100 99.9 99.9 100
FPS>=25[%] 100 99.3 99.9 100
Var(FPS) 19.32 3.82 0.51 0.27
Drop(FPS)[/h] 153.4 33.7 2.2 0
Jank(/10min) 0 10.1 6.5 0
BigJank(/10min) 0 5.6 1.1 0
FTime>=100[%] 0 0.1 0 0
Delta(FTime)>100ms[/h] 0 47.2 6.5 0
Avg(Memory)[MB] 1091.94 1440.98 1077.39 28.81
Peak(Memory)[MB] 1136 1547 1163 29
Peak(Memory+Swap)[MB] 1141 1558 1168 36
Avg(AppCPU)[%] 17.2 21.4 16.1 26
AppCPU<=60%[%] 100 100 100 100
AppCPU<=80%[%] 100 100 100 100
Avg(AppCPU)[%] Normalized 8 14.4 10.6 18
AppCPU<=60%[%] Normalized 100 100 100 100
AppCPU<=80%[%] Normalized 100 100 100 100
(Recv+Send)[KB/s] 7.83 8.6 4.53 3.6
(Recv+Send)[KB/10min] 4698.29 5157.75 2716.05 2160.24

 

Mobile Legends Bang Bang

MLBB

Black Desert Mobile

BDPUBG Mobile

PUBG MobileCall of Duty Mobile

CODM

Benchmark Analysis and Verdict

I noticed significant amount of FPS jank when playing CODM: Battle Royale. This is not an unusual case because this is a game that greatly requires software-hardware optimization. Mobile Legends Bang Bang, at HFR Mode, played really well with zero FPS drop and jank. Our CPU performance benchmark while playing MBLL is inconclusive though as our benchmark tool did not properly display the data we needed.

realme 6 Pro’s performance is good, but not great. It tends to crank up the processing power higher compared to other devices with the same specs. This isn’t necessarily bad because in doing so, games will play smoother and better albeit the possibility of high battery consumption.

So is it good for gaming at its pricepoint? Yes, but I have some reservations. realme still needs to work with game developers to further optimize their games to their devices. While Mobile Legends plays very well on this device, this should not just be your main reason for buying one. Games like Wild Rift and Apex Legends are on the way, and these games will be playable on realme 6 Pro. There is no question that Snapdragon 720G is more than capable to handle triple A titles and “streamable” games, but at the end of the day, optimization matters.

This is, by far, among the smartphones with 90hz display at its pricepoint. For gamers, this is a big deal because this is something that only high midrange and flagship devices have. realme has set a new standard, which other brands like Huawei and Xioami need to emulate.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.