The Realme 6i smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.

I tested its gaming performance by measuring the average frame rate while playing some of the most popular mobile games using GameBench Pro. This includes Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, and NBA 2K20.

 

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Mobile Legends on the Realme 6i.

Mobile Legends on the Realme 6i.

Out of the box, the Realme 6i supports the High Frame Rate (HFR) mode of Mobile Legends. I also enabled character outlines and shadows before testing the game’s performance.

After playing for 15 minutes, GameBench reported an average frame rate of 54 FPS. This is better than the 47 FPS of the Realme C3 which is powered by the MediaTek Helio G70 but lower than the perfect 60 FPS of the Realme 5i which runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665.

Playing Mobile Legends on the Realme 6i feels smooth most of the time but frame drops occur during clashes. It’s enough for a casual gamer but more competitive ones should decrease the graphics quality for a smoother experience.

 

Call of Duty Mobile

Call of Duty graphics quality on the Realme 6i.

Call of Duty graphics quality on the Realme 6i.

Unlike Mobile Legends, Call of Duty Mobile only supports Low graphics quality on the Realme 6i. This is usually the case with budget smartphones.

I played two Frontline matches and both resulted in a frame rate of 59 FPS. This means the game is almost perfectly smooth but it doesn’t look as detailed when the graphics quality is set to high.

 

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile graphics quality on the Realme 6i (don't mind the smudges).

PUBG Mobile graphics quality on the Realme 6i (don’t mind the smudges).

The MediaTek Helio G80 and G70 seem to work really well with PUBG Mobile. The Realme 6i supports HD graphics quality out of the box.

The resulting frame rate is 29 FPS in one match, 28 FPS in another, and 30 FPS in a third game. Hence, the average frame rate is 29 FPS!

However, this game pushed the device to its limits as the battery temperature rose to 42°C. I conducted the test in a room where the ambient temperature is set to 24°C. Nevertheless, the warmth of the phone was bearable while other games did not reach 40°C.

 

NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 gaming test results.

NBA 2K20 gaming test results.

The last game I tested on the Realme 6i is NBA 2K20. I set the quality of essential graphics elements to high including players, shadows, and cloth simulation. Meanwhile, I set the sidelines and crowd to low.

After 15 minutes, the average frame rate reported by GameBench is 37 FPS. This is a good result given the phone’s price. Reducing the quality of shadows can further make the game run smoothly.

 

Realme 6i Gaming Tests Results

Here are the results of the Realme 6i gaming tests in a tabular form:

Game TestedGraphics QualityFrame Rate
Mobile LegendsHigh54 fps
Call of Duty MobileLow59 fps
PUBG MobileHD29 fps
NBA 2K20High (Mixed)37 fps

 

 

Conclusion

The Realme 6i is a capable gaming smartphone with a relatively affordable price tag.

Its Helio G80 chipset, 3/4GB RAM, and Realme UI software optimizations can run most games smoothly at medium to high graphics quality.

It also supports high graphics quality on Mobile Legends and PUBG Mobile out of the box which is nice to have. Only PUBG Mobile made it slightly warm.

Hence, the Realme 6i is a very easy recommendation for gamers on a budget. What makes it even better are the other features such as the camera and battery which we’ll talk about in the upcoming full review.


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Realme 6i specs:

Average rating of 3.4 stars from 298 users.
  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD Display (720 x 1600 Pixels), 270 ppi
  • Android 10 Operating System
  • MediaTek Helio G80 Chipset
  • 3GB or 4GB of RAM
  • Quad Cameras (48+8+2+2 MP) with LED Flash
  • 16 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 64GB or 128GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 256 via microSD
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • 18W Fast Charging
  • 7,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines