Realme 6 has just been launched in India with 90Hz display and hole-punch selfie camera design. Realme has packed some impressive specifications in the phone that stands firm in the budget friendly category. It is a follow up to last year's Realme 5 that was a budget smartphone as well. The company, however, is touting it as a successor to Realme 5 Pro. Let's put the two phones, Realme 6 and Realme 5, head to head and see what all improvements the Chinese company has made in the new smartphone.
The Realme 6 comes in three configurations, 4GB + 64GB, 6GB RAM + 64GB, and 8GB RAM + 128GB. The first variant is priced at Rs. 12,999, the second at Rs. 14,999, and the third is priced at Rs. 15,999. The Realme 6 will be available in two colour variants, Comet Blue and Comet White, when it goes on sale on March 11.
On the other hand, the Realme 5 starts at Rs. 8,999 for its 3GB + 32GB variant. The 4GB + 64GB model of the phone is priced at Rs. 9,999 and the 4GB + 128GB variant sells for Rs. 10,999, according to Realme's website. The phone is available in Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 6 runs on Android 10 with the company's Realme UI on top while the Realme 5 has ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9 Pie. Talking about the screens on the two phones, the Realme 6 has a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080x2400 pixels) Ultra Smooth display with 90Hz refresh rate and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The Realme 5 packs a 6.5-inch HD+ (720x1600 pixels).
Powering the Realme 6 is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM. In contrast, the older Realme 5 has an octa-core Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes with a maximum of 4GB RAM.
Coming to the cameras, the Realme 6 features a quad camera setup that houses a 64-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens and f/2.3 aperture, a 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture for portrait shots, and finally, another 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture macro lens. Realme 5 also packs a quad camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter with f/2.25 aperture, a 2-megapixel portrait sensor, and another 2-megapixel macro sensor.
On the front, the Realme 6 has a hole-punch selfie camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture while the Realme 5 houses a 13-megapixel f/2.0 front camera in a notch.
In terms of the storage, you get 64GB and 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage with the Realme 6, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Realme 5 has 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage variants, all of which, like the Realme 6, can be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB).
For connectivity, the newer phone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0. The older Realme 5 phone packs Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and 4G VoLTE. Additionally, you will get USB Type-C port on the Realme 6, whereas the Realme 5 comes with a MicroUSB port. Both devices have fingerprint scanners, however it is side mounted on the Realme 6 and rear mounted on the Realme 5.
In terms of battery, there is 4,300mAh battery with 30W Flash Charge support in the Realme 6 while the previous generation phone has a larger 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging. The former is 162.1x74.8x8.9mm in size and weighs 191 grams while the latter 164.4x75.6x9.3mm in size and weighs around 198 grams.
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|Release date||5th March 2020||20th August 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||162.10 x 74.80 x 9.60||164.40 x 75.60 x 9.30|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4300||5000|
|Colours||Comet White, Comet Blue||Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple|
|Screen size (inches)||6.50||6.50|
|Resolution||1080x2400 pixels||720x1600 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||2.05GHz octa-core||2GHz octa-core|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio G90T||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||Yes|
|Rear camera||64-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (f/2.3) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.25-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Rear autofocus||Yes||Phase detection autofocus|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||13-megapixel|
|Operating system||Android 10||Android 9 Pie|
|Skin||Realme UI||ColorOS 6.0.1|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||-|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|