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Realme 6i vs Realme 5i: What’s the difference?

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Realme’s portfolio in the Philippines is increasing and increasing, almost in a quarterly basis.

Just recently, the company launched the Realme 6i. A device positioned in the below-Php10k price category.

With a set of midrange-level specs and attractive design, it’s geared toward people looking for a powerful smartphone without breaking the bag.

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However, let’s not forget that the Realme 5i is still part of the company’s offering. In fact, this device is only a few months old.

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So the question is, why did the Realme 6i came out early? Is it really the successor to the Realme 5i? Which between them is right for you? We’ll answer those questions in our Realme 6i versus Realme 5i specifications and features comparison.

Realme 6iRealme 5i
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Realme UI
Android 9 Pie
ColorOS 6
(Android 10 soon)
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.52-inch HD+ IPS display
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
~269ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
89% screen-to-body ratio
6.5-inch HD+ IPS display
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
~269ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
89% screen-to-body ratio
Processor2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core
RAM3GB/4GB3GB
GPUMali-G52 Adreno 610
Storage64GB/128GB
eMMC 5.1
expandable via microSD
64GB
expandable up to 256GB
Front Camera16-megapixel
Dewdrop notch
8-megapixel
Dewdrop notch
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Nightscape
12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Chroma Boost
Super Nightscape
AudioHeadphone jack
Single speaker
Headphone jack
Single speaker
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
USB Type-C
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
microUSB
Dimensions164.4 x 75.4 x 9.0mm164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm
Weight199g198g
ColorsWhite Milk
Green Tea
Green
Blue
Battery5,000mAh
18W fast charging
Reverse charging
5,000mAh
10W charging
Price3GB/64GB: Php7,990
4GB/128GB: Php9,990
Php6,990
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Despite the branding, it feels like the Realme 6i is more like a successor to the Realme 5 than the Realme 5i. However, that doesn’t mean that the latter is a lousy competitor.

In fact, if your budget is really limited, you can settle with the Realme 5i. This thing has an identical 6.52-inch HD+ display and a large 5,000mAh battery.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor, although it’s starting to age, is still really capable. You can check its performance in our gaming review.

However, you might be better off paying more with the Realme 6i. After all, it’s only Php1,000 more. If you’re already spending Php5,000 and up, you might as well get a better device.

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For an extra Php1,000, you’re getting a smartphone with a MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor. For a perspective, it got a score of 200,000+ in AnTuTu, while the Snapdragon 665 is only at 140,000+ points. You can check its benchmark scores in our unboxing and hands-on.

The Realme 6i also has a sharper 16-megapixel selfie camera, while the latter has 8-megapixels. There’s also the 48-megapixel main shooter, while the latter has 12-megapixel.

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On the upside, both devices have 8-megapixel ultra-wide and two 2-megapixel sensors on the back. We also have the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner back here.

In conclusion, both devices are really worth their price tag. However, we gotta hand the win to the Realme 6i. The extra Php1,000 you’d be paying would be really worth it.

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