December 4, 2020

90Hz displays are coming to sub-$200 phones in India

It may be a rebadge, but the Realme 6i packs some impressive specs for a phone under $200.

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Credit: Realme
  • Realme today launched the budget-orientated Realme 6i in India.
  • The phone packs a Mediatek Helio G90T chipset with a 90Hz display.
  • Available later this month, it’s priced around $175.

Realme just launched its latest affordable phone in India, the Realme 6i. Effectively a rebadged Realme 6s, it’s an exciting budget prospect, joining the company’s other affordable offerings in the country.

The Realme 6i ships with a 6.5-inch LCD with 2,400 x 1,080 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Realme is employing an octa-core Mediatek Helio G90T with two RAM and storage options. You can either grab a 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage, or a 6GB RAM model with 128GB of storage in tow. Notably, Realme’s also using UFS 2.1 here. There’s also a microSD card slot too for storage expansion with dual SIM slots.

The Realme 6i features four cameras headlined by a 48MP f/1.8 primary snapper. It’s joined by an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP monochrome “portrait lens.� A 16MP selfie camera is mounted in a punch hole.

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Credit: Realme

The phone also brings some welcome additions to the budget segment too, including a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone port, USB-C for charging and data, and 30W Flash Charge fast charging. The latter can reportedly fill the phone’s 4,300mAh battery in just under an hour, but it’s likely because a 20W charger is included in the box.

Expect two colorways, namely Lunar White and Eclipse Black, while the body itself features a “splash-resistant design.� The phone doesn’t have an IP rating, but Realme claims its ports and loudspeaker are sealed to “effectively prevent water drop penetration.� Finally, the display is coated in Gorilla Glass 3.

Realme 6i: Pricing and availability

As for the price, the 4GB/64GB version will be available in India from July 31 for Rs 12,999 (~$173). A Rs 2,000 (~$27) premium will land you the 6GB/128GB option.

That’s pretty aggressive pricing considering the Realme 6s’ lofty price in Europe, but Realme’s forced to undercut its rivals in India’s competitive sub-Rs 15,000 segment.

If battery capacity is of more importance to you than refresh rate, the Redmi Note 9 Pro, with a 60Hz display, Snapdragon 720G, and 5,020mAh battery can be had for Rs 13,999 (~$187). Samsung’s Galaxy M series, especially the Galaxy M21 with its 6,000mAh battery, could also give the Realme 6i a tough time.

Spending slightly more should be a consideration if you’re hunting for higher refresh rates. The Rs 15,999 (~$213) Poco X2 with a 120Hz display could be an option if that’s your killer feature.

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