Are you looking for a capable smartphone in the sub-Php10k (USD200/INR15,000) price range? Today, we’ll be comparing some of your options — and spoiler alert: they both offer great value for the money.

First, we have the Realme 6. This thing is a testament that Realme can pretty much do anything — including putting top midrange specs on an entry-level smartphone.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release of this device in the Philippines and other markets have been delayed.


Well, that’s not the case with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S, another contender in this price range. It may have come out second, but Xiaomi Philippines was able to bring it in the country earlier than Realme can bring theirs.

In our Realme 6 versus Redmi Note 9S specifications and features comparison, we’ll see if you should wait for the Realme 6, or go ahead and get the Redmi Note 9s already. Let’s start.

Realme 6Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Realme UI
Android 10
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.5-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
90.5% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
90Hz refresh rate
6.67-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
91% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core
GPUMali G76 GPUAdreno 618
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
Front Camera16-megapixel
Night selfie
120fps slow-mo selfie
120fps slow-mo selfie
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.3)
2-megapixel (portrait)
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Chroma Boost
UIS Max Video Stabilization
Super NightScape 2.0
up to 4K@30fps
up to 720p@120fps slow-mo
48-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Ultra Nightscape mode
up to 4K@30fps
up to 720p@960fps slow-mo
AudioHeadphone jack
Single speaker
Headphone jack
Single speaker
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
IR blaster
USB Type-C
OthersSplash-resistantP2i splash proof
Dimensions162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9mm165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8mm
ColorsComet White
Comet Blue
Aurora Blue
Glacier White
Interstellar Black
Battery4,300mAh battery
30W Flash Charge
22.5W fast charging
Price4GB/64GB: INR12,999 (~Php8,900)
6GB/128GB: INR14,999 (~Php10,300)
8GB/128GB: INR15,999 (~Php11,000)
4GB/64GB: Php10,490
6GB/128GB: Php11,990

There’s no denying that both the Realme 6 and Redmi Note 9S are some of the best contenders in the sub-Php10k category.

Although, we still have to answer the question we had earlier. From what it looks like, you might be better off skipping the Redmi Note 9S and wait for the Realme 6 instead.


Since you’re in a budget, you want to have the fastest processor you can get for the price. That’s something that the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset of the Realme 6 can offer you. In fact, it’s the processor found on the best-performing midrange phone in AnTuTu’s top list.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 9S uses the controversial Snapdragon 720G processor, which is said to be a downgrade to the Helio G90T chipset that its predecessor use.


The Realme 6 also comes with a fast 90Hz refresh screen, possibly the cheapest device to have it. This feature will help you visually feel the power of its fast processor.



It’s been a close fight in the camera department. The two devices share the same 16-megapixel selfie camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and two low-resolution sensors for depth-sensing and macro shots

However, the Realme 6 has a sharper 64-megapixel main shooter, versus the 48-megapixel sensor on the 9S. It also has a software video stabilizer that makes even casual handheld videos free from shakiness.


To Xiaomi’s credit, the Redmi Note 9S do come with a bigger 5,020mAh battery, versus the 4,300mAh on the competition. However, Realme makes up for it by adding a 30W Flash Charge support on the Realme 6, while the 9S settles for a relatively slower 22.5W charger.

Xiaomi also included an IR blaster for those who want to control their non-smart appliances. Plus, a tougher Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the clumsy folks.

Realme 6

Still, we gotta hand the win to the Realme 6 due to its more powerful processor, fast and smooth display, and better camera hardware and software.

Its official price in the Philippines is yet to be announced, but with the Redmi Note 9S now in the picture, we expect Realme’s local arm to launch the Realme 6 any day now.

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  1. Snapdragon would be better at thermal management, I read some reviews where that was the issue with the redmi note 8 pro, hence why redmi chose the sd 720G for the note 9.

  2. What about the comparison for thermal management?
    I’m concerned about how well the phone manage the processing power vs battery management. What processor is more efficient in the long run. Will there be a slowdown on either devices after months of usage?