Realme 6 Pro Gaming Review: Refreshing Choice with 90hz display

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A New Standard

Since the time realme announced the realme 6 pro, it received raved reviews and feedback from both consumers and tech reviewers. It was priced for its overall good performance, impressive cost and benefit ratio, and its 90Hz display that ultimate became its crowning glory.

Realme 6 Pro Philippines12It’s a bigger and more capable version of the realme 6, and its 3,000 difference from it is definitely worth it because of all the upgrades it offer.

realme 6 vs realme 6 Pro

realme 6realme 6 Pro
Display6.5-inch FHD+, 90Hz6.6-inch FHD+, 90Hz
ProcessorHelio G90TSnapdragon 720G
RAM4GB/8GB LPDDR4X8GB LPDDR4X
Storage128GB UFS 2.1128GB UFS 2.1
Rear Camera64MP Samsung GW1 Wide64MP Samsung GW1 Main
8MP Ultra-Wide8MP Ultra-Wide
2MP Portrait/Monochrome12MP Telephoto
2MP Macro2MP Macro
Front Camera16MP16MP Sony IMX471 Wide
8MP Ultra-WIde
OSAndroid 10 + realme UIAndroid 10 + realme UI
Battery4,300mAh, 30W Flash Charge4,300mAh, 30W Flash Charge
ColorsComet BlueLightning Blue
Comet WhiteLightning Red

The design looks really good with its UV-curing offset printing technology. According to realme, the back panel is made of 7 layers of coating, which includes UV texture, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and an AF coating. This is, by our standards, one of the best looking smartphones that employs shining and “light-sensitive” colorways in the market.

Realme 6 Pro Philippines17However, this isn’t the focus of this review as I wish to delve deeper into its full gaming performance. In this regard, I’m debuting a new benchmark standard, which will allow us to show you how this really performs in both artificial and actual gaming performance.

Our Methodology

In this gaming-focused review, I will be showing 2 sets of our benchmarks: artificial and gameplay. For artificial benchmarks, we’ll be using several applications that will measure its processor, GPU and read/write drive speeds. The power mode will be displayed on top of the benchmark result to give you an idea how it will perform in other modes. In special circumstances, I’ll be displaying multiple results per power mode. In this review, you will only see one mode.

realme 6 Pro review 1For gameplay benchmarks, we’ll provide you the performance of at least 3 games we’ll play on this smartphone. All games will be played at maximum settings, which the device can handle. Settings per game will be included the benchmark result for your reference.

As usual, this review will be heavy on numbers but I will try my best to explain the result as much as possible.

Artificial Benchmarks

realme 6 Pro
Power Mode On
Antutu285,652
3D Mark (Sling Shot Extreme)Open GL ES2,523
Vulkan2,323
PC Mark (Work 2.0)10,333
GeekbenchSingle Core567
Multi-Core1,757
AndrobenchSeq. Read512.62 MB/s
Seq. Write203.95 MB/s
CPDT BenchmarkSeq. Read315.36 MB/s
Seq. Write161.86 MB/s

realme 6 Pro’s overall performance is high but surprisingly just as fast, if not faster, than the realme 6. This is surprising because when I ran this test, both devices’ Power Mode is turned on. It’s either the benchmarking tool did not perform as we expected, or the device really reached it peak performance with the said power mode. Nevertheless, in terms of CPU and GPU, realme 6 pro outperformed most devices at the same price point.

Gameplay Benchmarks

Data Summary

realme 6 Pro
Black Desert MobileCODM: Battle RoyalePUBGMMobile Legends BB
Avg(FPS)38.9739.0529.8459.8
FPS>=18[%]10099.999.9100
FPS>=25[%]10099.399.9100
Var(FPS)19.323.820.510.27
Drop(FPS)[/h]153.433.72.20
Jank(/10min)010.16.50
BigJank(/10min)05.61.10
FTime>=100[%]00.100
Delta(FTime)>100ms[/h]047.26.50
Avg(Memory)[MB]1091.941440.981077.3928.81
Peak(Memory)[MB]11361547116329
Peak(Memory+Swap)[MB]11411558116836
Avg(AppCPU)[%]17.221.416.126
AppCPU<=60%[%]100100100100
AppCPU<=80%[%]100100100100
Avg(AppCPU)[%]
Normalized
814.410.618
AppCPU<=60%[%]
Normalized
100100100100
AppCPU<=80%[%]
Normalized
100100100100
(Recv+Send)[KB/s]7.838.64.533.6
(Recv+Send)[KB/10min]4698.295157.752716.052160.24

Mobile Legends Bang Bang

MLBB

Black Desert Mobile

BDPUBG Mobile

PUBG MobileCall of Duty Mobile

CODM

Benchmark Analysis and Verdict

I noticed significant amount of FPS jank when playing CODM: Battle Royale. This is not an unusual case because this is a game that greatly requires software-hardware optimization. Mobile Legends Bang Bang, at HFR Mode, played really well with zero FPS drop and jank. Our CPU performance benchmark while playing MBLL is inconclusive though as our benchmark tool did not properly display the data we needed.

realme 6 Pro’s performance is good, but not great. It tends to crank up the processing power higher compared to other devices with the same specs. This isn’t necessarily bad because in doing so, games will play smoother and better albeit the possibility of high battery consumption.

So is it good for gaming at its pricepoint? Yes, but I have some reservations. realme still needs to work with game developers to further optimize their games to their devices. While Mobile Legends plays very well on this device, this should not just be your main reason for buying one. Games like Wild Rift and Apex Legends are on the way, and these games will be playable on realme 6 Pro. There is no question that Snapdragon 720G is more than capable to handle triple A titles and “streamable” games, but at the end of the day, optimization matters.

This is, by far, among the smartphones with 90hz display at its pricepoint. For gamers, this is a big deal because this is something that only high midrange and flagship devices have. realme has set a new standard, which other brands like Huawei and Xioami need to emulate.

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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