Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 6. This smartphone is the successor of Redmi 5 which was launched last year. The availability of this smartphone is currently limited to China but it is going to hit Indian shelves pretty soon. What’s interesting about this device is that it might cost around ₹8,000.
The company has equipped artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to its dual camera setup for better photography. Some other highlights of this smartphone include face unlock and fingerprint sensor. In contrast, for instance, the RealMe 1 doesn’t have fingerprint sensor but it costs ₹8,990. Anyway, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 is going to be a perfect rival of RealMe 1 and we will keep these two phones in the near future.
Redmi 6 Specifications
|Display||5.45 inch HD+, 720x1440px, 18:9 Aspect Ratio|
|SoC & GPU||Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 | PowerVR GE 8320|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.0 (MIUI 9) | 3GB or 4GB RAM|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB | Expandable up to 256GB|
|Primary Camera||Dual 12MP + 5MP, f/2.2, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Batter Back up||Li-Po 3,000 mAh|
Design and Build Quality
In terms of design, it is just a bit different than its predecessor. The dual camera is stacked up horizontally while the fingerprint sensor remains at the same place. Power button and volume rockers are also placed at the same place. Coming to the front, the handset has glass panel and looks very similar to the Redmi S2.
As the handset has a smaller display compared to the predecessor, it is compact and easy to use for those having small palms. Personally, I also prefer compact phones. It weighs only 146 grams, so it does not feel heavy in the hands.
Display and Software
Redmi 6 has an IPS LCD display panel which is common on Android handsets. Its predecessor has the same panel. It runs in Xiaomi’s own MIUI 9 on Android 8.0 Oreo. Thankfully, this is upgradeable. MIUI comes with a ton of features and Android is one of the most popular user interfaces in the world. One thing is worth noting that it has front glass panel which means it will reflect under direct sunlight.
Hardware and Performance
The biggest change is its processor. Xiaomi has selected the MediaTek processor for this device. Unknowingly, the company was sued by Ericsson in the past few years and it was not allowed to use the MediaTek processor. It seems that the company has solved those glitches, maybe we are watching the MediaTek processor.
Anyway, it has a MediaTek Helio P22 processor which is a low-end SoC and can often be seen on low-end smartphones. It is coupled with 3GB and 4GB of RAM (two variants). The processor is able to handle normal tasks. It will not lag if you are using social media apps or do normal gaming.
But it is definitely not for heavy gamers as it won’t be able to handle graphics-rich games. But that’s okay, it is a low-end smartphone and its performance can be considered decent for this price. We will talk more in our detailed review, wait for it.
Redmi 6 Camera
Redmi 6 has dual camera setup behind AI capabilities. In the last few months, smartphone makers have started to equip this technology to provide better camera performance. Xiaomi Redmi 6 has a rear 12 and 5-megapixel camera combo, 12 of which is the primary sensor for photo and 5 MP Bokeh effects.
In this price range, it also has a noticeable feature – Face Unlock. The smartphone uses its front camera to identify the face and unlock the device.
In addition, Xiaomi has officially shared some pictures, claiming that they were clicked using Redmi 6, but we are going to do it ourselves; ‘flamtach way’ We are going to test the camera through the state of each light and see whether it is good or not. Wait for our in-expanded article.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Battery
The Redmi 6 is backed by a Li-Po 3,000 mAh battery. To compare, the Redmi 5 comes with a bigger 3,300 mAh battery unit. Anyway, the screen size has been made smaller so the backup time is going to remain same as its predecessor.
According to the specs, Redmi 6 can prove to be a good option for people with limited budgets. Xiaomi has targeted budget-oriented customers for this phone and it’s definitely going to attract attention through its pocket-friendly price and better specifications (compared to Redmi 5).