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Realme 6i unboxing and hands-on

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The Realme 6i is a new smartphone from an emerging brand known for its bang-for-the-buck products. The best part is, it’s coming to the Philippines very soon.

We already got our hands on a review unit. However, we can’t conclude and publish a full review until we have the price. So for now, we’ll be sharing with you our Realme 6i unboxing and initial review.

The Realme 6i comes with the usual things you can find on a brand new phone. And it ships with Realme’s signature bright yellow box.

Inside, you can find the device itself, quick start guide, warranty information, a free smoked-black clear case, SIM ejector tool, a USB Type-C cable, and a quite large 18W fast charger.

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The first thing you’d notice upon holding the device is its weight and thickness. This could be a big deal if you’re coming from a smaller phone. For us, the last unit we reviewed is the Reno 3, which is much thinner than this one.

However, the Reno 3 only has a 4,000mAh battery. On the Realme 6i, you’re getting a larger 5,000mAh battery, which is accountable to its 199g weight and 9mm of thickness. For a perspective, the Reno 3 only weighs 170g and is 7.9mm thick — that’s the average size of most smartphones these days.

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The battery is so large that you can use it as a power bank to charge other devices. We’ll need more time to test its longevity, as well as the 18W charger, so be on the lookout for our full review.

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We really commend Realme for coming up with new designs, despite only having a few months to create a new one. The Realme 6i has vertical lines on the back the reflects with light.

According to the website, they used a “rare spray coating process” that results in this matte look, which prohibits any fingerprint smudges and keeps it clean. The panel itself feels like plastic but definitely doesn’t look like one.

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On the front, the Realme 6i has a large 6.52-inch HD+ IPS screen. Its comfortably large for playing games and watching videos, although sharpness and details are a bit lacking.

Right up top is the 16-megapixel selfie camera. While on the back, we have the 48-megapixel main shooter, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and two 2-megapixel sensors for macro shots and depth sensing. We also have the fingerprint scanner back here.

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We need to run it through its course, so we’ll serve our final verdict in our full review. In the meantime, you can check out the initial Realme 6i sample photos that we took below.

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48-megapixel main, outdoor
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48-megapixel main, outdoor
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48-megapixel main, indoor
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8-megapixel ultra-wide
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2-megapixel depth-sensor
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16-megapixel selfie camera

The Realme 6i comes with a MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor, with a Mali-G52 GPU, and is available in 3GB/64GB, and the one we have here, the 4GB/128GB RAM and storage configuration.

It feels very fast and responsive so far. We also played a couple of games, and our initial experience are pretty positive. Again, we’ll dig deeper and test its limits in our full review. But just for a tease, you can check the Realme 6i benchmark scores below.

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Well, that’s it for now. Make sure you stay tuned as we’ll be publishing our full review of the Realme 6i in the coming days. Plus, Realme Philippines is expected to reveal the price and availability details on the 13th. We’ll give you all that information once they are out.

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