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Xiaomi Redmi 6, 6A and 6 Pro: First impressions

06 September, 2018, 15:58 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro launched in India

When it comes to pricing and availability, all three phones are priced aggressively as pretty much all phones from the company. The company has introduced Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6 Pro. This helps the phone score over 63000+ on AnTuTu, way higher than Redmi 5A.

Interestingly, Xiaomi mentions that this is an introductory price that will be in place for the first two months, following which the prices will increase. The device will go on sale at 12 PM on September 19 via Mi.com, Amazon.in and via the company's Mi Homes and offline partners.

On the other hand, the Redmi 6 comes in 32GB and 64GB storage variants with 3GB of RAM and is priced at ₹7,999 and ₹9,499 respectively. Sale will be on September 10 on Flipkart. Redmi 6 Pro comes in two variants 3GB RAM and 32GB storage priced at Rs. 10,999, and the Redmi 6 Pro's 4GB RAM and 64GB storage priced at 12,999. It comes with a 5.45-inch 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 80.7%. Like the Redmi 6A, the Redmi 6 also features a brushed metallic finish on the rear panel and an "Arc" design. It will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold.

The phone is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with eight Cortex A53 cores that go up to 2.0GHz.

Keeping the lights on here is a 3000mAh battery pack, that paired with the 12nm process SoC and the low-resolution display, should provide for good battery life. Under the hood, the 28nm Snapdragon 425 has made way for a 12nm MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, resulting in significantly better performance as well as improved efficiency. The Redmi 6A also has AI face unlock, and unlock with Mi Band or unlock in a trusted environment with the smart unlock feature. These phones are equipped with hybrid SIM slot which means users can either use a microSD card or a SIM card on the second SIM slot. The Redmi 6A, the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6 Pro have a lot in common. All the three phones come with face unlock technology and run on MIUI 9.6 on top of Android Oreo. However, on the front the Redmi 6 Pro offers 5MP shooter, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 20MP snapper.

Also standard across all three models is Dual VoLTE, a dedicated MicroSD slot in addition to two SIM card slots, and EIS for video recording.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro launched in India
Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A launch in India

The Redmi 6 and 6 Pro feature rear-mounted fingerprint scanners but the Redmi 6A skips on this sensor. The device features a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor, which also has the AI support for Portrait mode.

Moving to the front, the device comes with a 5-Megapixel front camera that supports Xiaomi's AI Portrait mode.

The Redmi 6 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery which should ideally last a day on moderate to heavy usage. Also, the smartphone comes with a 3,000mAh battery which, as claimed by the company, gives users 23 hours of music playback, 6 hours of gaming, 12 hours of video playback and 6 hours of Full HD recording. The Redmi 6 has a fingerprint sensor and AI face unlock. The company has also announced that in coming days the smartphone will receive MIUI 10 update as well.

The Redmi 6 Pro features a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. You can opt to hide the notch via a software toggle, so if you hate the notch, you can disable it.

The Redmi 6 Pro's back has been crafted out of a slab of aluminium. The Redmi 6 Pro ships in four colours, red, gold, black, and blue. It has a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera setup on the rear. Essentially, the Redmi 6 Pro is the Redmi Note 5 with upgraded cameras and a cutout at the top of the display. This helps the cameras in creating Portrait images and up to 25 scene detection. Xiaomi, however, has said that all the phones will be upgraded to MIUI 10 UI very soon.


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