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June 10, 2020

realme 6i Soda Blue : Review + Sample Photos

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Fun yet powerful. The new realme 6i in Soda Blue is just under Php 10,000, but provides impressive features and camera capabilities.


This is my first time to unbox and use a realme phone, and I am excited to get to know its unique features and specs. realme always makes news by being sold out in online shopping platforms like Lazada and Shopee. I am so curious.





Unboxing the realme 6i Soda Blue

Unboxing the signature realme yellow box welcomes me to the real me family.
The box comes with one unit of realme 6i Soda Blue, warranty and guide, C-type USB Cable and Charger. Note that the package doesn't come with earphones (which is perfectly okay as we  I seldom use earphones that come with the unit, if this also saves money and lowers the price, I am absolutely okay with it).

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realme previously released 2 other colors - the White Milk and Green Tea. People are quick to describe it as something resembling luggage. And maybe, I can say the same (not because of the design and feel), but it is as durable as my favorite luggage. 

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realme 6i Specs

COLOR: 
White Milk
Green Tea
Soda Blue

SIZE & WEIGHT
164.4mm*75.4mm*9.0mm
199gs

DISPLAY
16.5cm (6.5”) Mini-Drop Fullscreen
Resolution: 1600*720 HD+
Protection: 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass

CAMERA
48MP AI Quad Camera
Normal + Wide-Angle + Macro + Portrait

Main Camera
48MP - 4 in 1 Pixels
26mm, FOV 79°, f/1.8 Aperture, 6P lens
Macro
2MP
f/2.4 Aperture
4cm Focus Distance
3P lens
Wide-Angle
8MP
f/2.25 Aperture
FOV 119°
5P lens
Portrait
2MP
f/2.4 Aperture
Portrait Mode
3P lens
Front Camera
16M
f/2.0 Aperture
FOV 80°
5P lens

FEATURES
MediaTek Helio G80 SoC
Octa-core, Up to 2.05GHz
3GB RAM + 64GB storage
4GB RAM + 64GB storage
4GB RAM + 128GB storage
Storage expandable up to 256GB

CONNECTIVITY
SIM Card Type: Dual nano-sim cards,
MicroSD Expansion/Triple Slots
Wireless
Supports 2.4G Wi-Fi
Supports Bluetooth 5.0

BATTERY
18W Quick Charge
5000mAh
Includes 9V/2A charger & cable
USB Type-C port

SENSORS
Magnetic Induction Sensor
Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gyro-meter
Acceleration Senso

Real Me 6i Design

Simple, yet it stands out. It is a great conversation-starter. The color Soda Blue compensates for its plastic material. The design and color would mostly appeal to the younger crowd.  It gives a different character with its rare spray coating process, with the phone having been polished hundreds of times. As a result, the back of the phone shows an advanced matte visual effect with a delicate and comfortable finish.

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realme 6i soda blue review philippines price
realme 6i soda blue review philippines price
realme 6i soda blue review philippines price


The realme 6i has been personally designed by industrial design master Naoto Fukasawa, the same genius behind the design of the realme X series Master Edition. Fukasawa, who is also in charge of the product development and design of a famous Japanese retail company (Muji), is known for his minimalistic yet striking designs.

My Experience Using realme 6i in Soda Blue

I used it during my current gig (Live Stream) and viewers took notice and talked about it. I am not surprised that most of my viewers owned a realme phone. It delivers powerful features for its price segment. 

Aside from the physical design, realme 6i also allows users to customize the feel and look of the display - allowing users to change the Apps Icons and Font.

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Changing App Icons Look

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Different Fonts you can buy or download for free.

Users can also safeguard the minors with the Parental Controls Settings. 

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And to monitor app usage and time spent on the mobile, you can check out the Digital Well-being Tool. You can even set reminders and limits for yourself. This is the first time I ever own a mobile phone with such a feature. The realme 6i also features Dark Mode (that allows you to turn off during sunset and turn on at sunrise) and Eye Care (protects the eyes from light rays).

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Setting up the new realme 61 for my use, I love that it offers new users an option on how to use the Navigation Buttons (can be Swipe or Virtual), even giving users an option to select key lay out.
This is useful for those who are used to navigating their old smartphones. If there is anything that I do not like about it, is it feels a little heavy compared to my other phone.

But the most important feature is the Personal Information Protection. Data is the most prized asset now, and realme ensures that user's data are protected. By turning on “Personal Information Protection” in realme UI, the system will provide empty information pages when the apps are requesting to access the user’s personal information. This ensures your call history, contacts and
messages stay private, and prevents any information leak.

realme 6i Performance

The realme 6i is the first in the world and Philippines to sport the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC that guarantees a powerful system performance. It results to greater image quality and a more stable frame ratethat makes the realme 6i stand out while gaming.

While the realme UI which is based on Android 10, realme UI is well-built for an enhanced
and closer to stock Android experience. It is catered to the younger crowd to make the experience more fun and vibrant for them.

For its price, it functions well, without lags - even with a number of apps pre-installed in the unit.


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The realme 6i is also powered with a large battery capacity of 5,000mAh with an 18W Quick Charge capability. It is perfect for travel, or long mobile use like gaming or live streaming. Or for those who are always on the go - and have no time to put down their phone and re-charge.

One of the features I love about the realme 6i is the 3-finger swipe screenshot which I find really helpful for my Live Streaming gig.

realme 6i Camera Features and Sample Shots

One of the highlights of the new realme 6i is its camera features. It houses a 48MP AI Quad-Camera Setup that delivers superior camera capabilities in its price segment and 16MP AI In-Display Selfie Camera that smartly recognizes faces and customizes beauty effects.

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Playing with the Camera

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For a smartphone below Php 10,000, you can enjoy these other camera features. 

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The AI In-Display Camera allows you to smoothen your skin, adjust the chin, make the eyes bigger, or make your nose smaller. 

One of the camera features I love about the realme 6i camera is the tool tip, which shows / describes the subject. It can be green leafy, text, etc. 


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Overall, the camera provides a really nice, natural output. The photos retain the subjects' real color and saturation. It doesn't look too edited, or defined.  While the selfies are natural-looking and don't look filtered - retaining the natural skin tone of the subject. 

realme 6i Sample Photos

I am sharing some of the photos I took which are mostly taken with low lighting, or indoor. This is to test how the camera works especially with the actual setting and scenarios. Most of the phone cameras only perform well when used with natural light. 

The realme 6i provides nice, decent photos. I am quite impressed with the Night Mode (see last photo). 


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Text shot 

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Veggies - shot with natural light

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Market Day - shot with limited natural light

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Food Photo 

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2x Zoom 

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5x Zoom - still clear

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True Colors


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Macro (with Bokeh effect)

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Selfie captures the natural skin tone


Good Night Mode 🌃 Took a photo of my workstation before going to bed. 💤I have been playing with the features of the new #realme6i and surprised with the nice photo output 👍 @realmephilippines This one is taken using the Night Mode. 📸 #nofilter #unedited #realme6iunleashthepower

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Night Mode 

The Verdict

The realme 6i is a powerful smartphone perfect for everyday use like streaming, gaming and social media connectivity. For its price (below Php 10,000), it has nice camera features that provide good photo output retaining the subject's natural tone and saturation. It also comes with other video features available in other smartphones like Slow Motion and Time Lapse. 

What I like about the realme 6i in Soda Blue: The Digital Well-Being Tools and Convenience Tools.
What I don't like about the realme 6i in Soda Blue: It feels a little heavy compared to my other phone. But that is just a personal observation/experience.

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The realme 6i is available in Lazada and Shopee. 

realme 6i Soda Blue 3GB RAM + 64GB Storage Php 7,990
realme 6i Soda Blue 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage Php 9,990


What do you guys think of the new realme 6i Soda Blue?