- Contents of delivery
- TECH SPECS
- Design, dimensions, controls
- Memory, chipset, performance
- Communication capabilities
- Impressions, results
Contents of delivery
- Charger 30W, 5V / 6A
- USB Type-C cable
- Silicone Case
- SIM card tray eject tool
- Protective film (already glued on)
- User manual, warranty card
|Dimensions and weight||162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 мм, 191 грамм|
|Body materials||Plastic frame, plastic back, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front|
|Display||6.5 inches, 2400×1080 pixels (Full HD +), IPS, 90 Hz refresh rate, 480 nits peak brightness, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 405 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Operating system||Google Android 10, proprietary shell realme UI 1.0|
|Platform||MediaTek Helio G90T, 2 Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.05 GHz + 6 Cortex-A55 cores up to 2 GHz, 12 nm process technology, Mali-G76 graphics|
|Memory||6 GB LPDDR4X 2133 MHz, 128 GB UFS 2.1 onboard memory, microSD support up to 256 GB|
|Wireless Interfaces||Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac 2,4 / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5, NFC|
|Сеть||2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G: bands 1, 5, 8
4G: bands 1, 3, 5, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
Dual Nano SIM-cards + memory card, separate slot
|Navigation||GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, Beidou|
|Sensors and connectors||Fingerprint scanner (on the right side), accelerometer, light sensor, proximity, compass, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack|
|Main camera||48 MP, wide-angle, Quad Bayer, f / 1.8 aperture, 26 mm equivalent focal length, 0.8 μm pixel size, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), HDR
8 MP, ultra-wide-angle lens, 119 °, aperture f / 2.3, 1,12 microns, PDAF, approximation 2x / 5x, digital zoom 10x
2 MP, macro camera, f / 2.4 aperture
2 MP, monochrome portrait module, f / 2.4 aperture
Video recording 2160P @ 30 fps, 1080P @ 30/60 fps, 720P 30/60 fps, 720P slow motion @ 240/120 fps, ultra stabilization, 4K and 60 fps modes, wide angle lens not supported
|Front-camera||16 MP, f / 2.0 aperture, 1 μm, 26 mm equivalent focal length
HDR, panoramic shooting
720P @ 30 fps video recording, 1080P @ 30 fps, beautification mode
|Battery||Li-ion 4300 mAh, fast charging 30 W|
|Cost||17 990 rubles at the start of sales (19 990 rubles without discount)|
During yesterday’s presentation, realme presented its new devices on the Russian market – C15 / 6S smartphones and Buds Q headphones. And if the headphones had their own element of novelty, then smartphones clearly resemble products already on the market. Let’s start with realme 6S.
On the global market, the smartphone was released at the end of May, and, judging by the characteristics and the name of the model, in the manufacturer’s lineup it occupies an intermediate place between the 6i and 6 models, which you could already read about in the editorial material. Frankly, I did not expect that another representative of the sixth series would appear in Russia, because everything indicated an imminent global announcement of new products from the realme 7 family, and in Europe realme 6S appeared in early June. Apparently, it’s time for us to get to know him.
Design, dimensions, controls
Visually, the smartphone is identical to realme 6: a front-facing camera in the screen in the upper left corner, a vertical camera unit, a flash and a manufacturer’s logo on the back. The location of the control elements has not changed either: the fingerprint scanner is on the right, the volume rocker and the slot for SIM cards and memory cards are on the left. In terms of materials, parity with realme 6 is also maintained.
The test came with a smartphone in white, and there will also be a black version on sale. Fingerprints are not so clearly visible on the plastic back, a matte backing works. The material is smooth, without any texture, not the most slippery, but for confidence it is better to use the complete case. External dirt will be more noticeable in white, so the black version seems to be more practical in this regard.
I liked the relative compactness of the realme 6S, the combination of light plastic and thin frames with a thickness of 8.9 mm allows 90% of scenarios to use the smartphone with one hand. Of course, sometimes you have to intercept, but do not forget that there is a 6.5-inch diagonal.
The display installed in realme 6S is made using IPS technology and supports an increased refresh rate of 90 Hz. In the settings, you can set one of three parameters: 90 Hz, 60 Hz or use automatic selection, in this mode the system independently decides which frequency to use when working with a particular application. Partly from these settings, the situation with autonomy will roughly form. I choose a higher hertz, let the smartphone discharge faster, but the smoothness of the interface is worth it. I immediately hid the cutout for the camera by downloading the wallpaper for the cutout screens, it turned out nicely.
The image on the display is perfectly readable, this is facilitated by the Full HD + resolution and the brightness level of 480 nits, like in realme 6. There is no oleophobic coating, but, nevertheless, the finger glides on the glass quickly, it uses 3rd generation Gorilla Glass. I removed the film, I had to make an effort, it is very tightly glued and, in theory, with careful use, it can last a long time. It is worth noting the high-quality color reproduction, except that the black traditionally slightly fades into gray tones, which, in principle, is traditional for IPS. The dark theme saves, with it this aspect becomes less noticeable.
The capacity of the standard battery is 4300 mAh, which is not the highest result by modern standards. The test in mixed mode showed incomplete two days of work, provided 3 and a half hours of screen daily with connected Google and Telegram account synchronization, several short calls on the mobile network and in instant messengers, two or three YouTube video reviews per day and casual toys. For fun, I ran the video loop test twice, at 90 and 60 Hz. In the first case, the smartphone worked a little over 18 hours, and after reducing the frequency – almost 23 hours. Of course, this is without any power saving modes, which are traditionally available in the corresponding section of the settings.
Fast charging in realme 6S allows you to fully recharge the battery in 55 minutes, the charging animation in real time displays the running percentages. This speed is relevant for a complete charger (30 W). If you, like me, use a smartphone in the tail and in the mane, then you will appreciate this aspect, and if you play games, you will definitely be glad to have it.
Memory, chipset, performance
In our market, the smartphone will be available in a single configuration – 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory UFS 2.1. Thus, realme differentiates between 6i, 6S and 6 models, but according to the test results, everything is not so obvious.
The realme 6S uses the same processor as the realme 6, this is the MediaTek Helio G90T, a nimble gaming chip, but not the most energy efficient. But faster than Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, MTK fans will say. Interestingly, the benchmark results in realme 6S are roughly similar to realme 6 with a difference of 2 GB of RAM in favor of the latter. Apparently, this was due to the higher frequency of the RAM in the new product.
In terms of game performance, the results are as follows: testing in the new season of PUBG was held at high settings, an hour of playing at 60% brightness discharged the battery by 11%, the average frame rate was determined by the PerfDog test at 29 frames per second, the processor temperature was 38 degrees. The results are generally comparable to realme 6, which is curious. I attach screenshots of the rest of the benchmarks for a complete picture.
The smartphone has everything that a modern active person needs in their daily hustle and bustle: a Type-C connector for fast charging, 3.5 mm for headphones, NFC for quick payment, pairing devices and recording tickets for transport cards. It is a pity that there is only one speaker, he tries with might and main, but the impression from the stereo pair would be much better. From the point of view of conversations and speech transmission, there are no complaints, quite a good level, not the best, but not the worst either.
The main camera received a resolution of 48 MP instead of 64 MP, the sensor is also made using Quad Bayer technology, that is, we get a 12 MP frame at the output. The rest of the cameras remain the same as in realme 6. There are no complaints about the quality of frames in conditions of sufficient lighting, except that a wide-angle camera does not always clearly catch details, you need to be a little more patient and choose an angle and lighting. The front camera tends to zoom in a little, even with an outstretched arm, at times, a rather large front view is obtained. The portrait module works very well, almost always guesses with the contours, but headphones often become a stumbling block for him, he stably refers them to the background. I did not appreciate the macro camera, in this aspect of realme you can definitely pull yourself up, colleagues in the shop set the tone.
Night mode is in place, in the dark it has to be very appropriate. There is also stabilization for video, however, there is only one mode, UIS Max remained for the older model and the Pro version.
In the process of preparing the material, I got the idea that I would love to look at my own shell from realme, without relying on ColorOS. Yes, both add-ons look nice, they have a lot of settings, there are already rumors about a curious update to realme UI 2.0, based on (surprise, surprise) ColorOS 11, but if you bend the line of an independent brand, then be independent in everything. And if OnePlus succeeded, then I see no reason why realme should not succeed. In the meantime, everything is unchanged compared to previous versions, you can refresh the information at the link below.
The cost of realme 6S will be 17 rubles, sales will begin on September 990, and after October 22, the constant price will be set at 12 rubles. The first and most obvious competitor is realme 19, which looks more balanced. It has a larger amount of RAM and a 990MP camera on its side, and at the same time it is now cheaper than the new item, even taking into account the starting discount. This, of course, is from the category of “hand-to-face”, it was necessary to release the device early, maybe the exchange rate would not have played so much. And now it turns out that according to the characteristics of the realme 6S, the younger model, and in terms of the price – the older one.
I would also like to mention the Samsung Galaxy M31 from the alternative proposals. At a cost of 19 rubles, it offers a more capacious battery, a system of four cameras with a main resolution of 990 MP, but less fast charging. Let’s not pass by Xiaomi, the company of the mentioned devices will be Redmi Note 64S, it has less RAM and no NFC, but in terms of the combination of characteristics and current cost, it can still become a worthy alternative. Judging by the cost at the recent sale on AliExpress, Poco X9 NFC will soon make a noise in this segment, we are waiting for the official announcement of the cost.
As a user, I liked the smartphone: it is compact, nimble, has a bright and smooth display, a high-spirited processor and a versatile set of cameras in a calm design. As a person who has already been immersed in the industry for some time, I do not really understand its positioning both in the lineup and in relation to devices from other companies. The impression is twofold, but so far it still tilts in a positive direction due to general impressions. If realme thus warms up interest in itself on the eve of the launch of the 7th series, then the step can be called justified. The smartphone will be on sale, but they will definitely not achieve the 6 Pro level.
The bottom line is a productive and pleasant smartphone that will definitely find its buyer in the face of a not so picky user. At least the realme 6S does not feel like a compromise device, easily performing the overwhelming number of scenarios: games, photography, social networks, instant messengers, and so on. It can be safely recommended for purchase as a completely versatile device.
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