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XIAOMI REDMI 6 PRO: A GREAT ALL-ROUNDER WITH BEST IN SEGMENT
The Redmi 6 Pro looks
like, well, most other Redmi smartphones.
The metal unibody
design with rounded edges works in this price range, where durability is an important
consideration. The device feels solid and looks like it can take a few
scratches or bumps.
The best thing about
the Redmi 6 Pro’s design is its compact chassis. The design of the edges, the
just-right display size, and the slight heft and thickness from its large
battery all give it an excellent feel.
Overall, the Xiaomi
Redmi 6 Pro is a compact phone with comfortable ergonomics and functional
design – even if there’s nothing new here.
The Redmi 6 Pro is the
first Xiaomi smartphone with a notch on top of the display, though
the company was one of the earliest ones to offer an all-screen bezel-less
display with its premium Mi Mix series. You can hide the notch if you so
This phone is hardly
bezel-less, with considerable bezels all around and a rather large chin at the
bottom, so the notch is a bit more noticeable. For a smartphone in its price,
it’s fair though, especially considering the ergonomics are just perfect.
There’s a tall
5.84-inch Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio with a pixel density of 432
pixels per inch. The IPS LCD is rich and vibrant and the text and images appear
crisp. The viewing angles are pretty good and the display is bright enough to
be readable in bright sunlight.
It’s a tad
oversaturated, but you can tune the color saturation and warmth levels to your
preference if you want more natural colors.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, Xiaomi’s staple ingredient for
most of its devices for this segment. The 14nm octa-core chipset offers a good
balance of horsepower and efficiency on a budget, which makes it a fine choice.
The phone comes in two
memory variants, packing in 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage or 4GB of
RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable up to 256GB with
This is obviously not
much of a gaming phone. At lowest settings, some games run fine, but others are
choppy. PUBG Mobile runs on lowest settings and sometimes gets choppy,
with occasional frame drops. However, the phone didn’t get very hot, even when
The Redmi 6 Pro boasts
of a large 4,000mAh battery — one of the device’s highlights. The phone easily
lasts for over a day even on quite active usage. In the HD video loop test, the
phone’s battery managed about 20 hours. However, there’s no fast charging which
is a bummer.
Overall, the internals
make a fine combination for an affordable smartphone, packing enough punch for
most users. If you really don’t need much grunt — like some casual users — you
can choose to go for the 3GB variant, otherwise 4GB one
is the one to go for.
The Redmi 6 Pro packs
in a tray with dedicated slots for two nano-SIMs and a dedicated memory card.
While this is trivial for a lot of users, some really value the memory
expansion as well as the use of two SIMs.
The smartphone sports
a microUSB port instead of the USB Type-C. Sadly, this is a relic of the past
most affordable smartphones stick with even in 2018.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
packs in a dual-camera setup at the back with a 12MP primary sensor with a
f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor. There’s the LED flash as
well as PDAF and electronic image stabilization (EIS).
For its price, the
camera on the Redmi 6 Pro fares well. Photos shot in daylight outdoors are
quite good with a good amount of details and sharpness. The dynamic range
could’ve been a tad better though. Low light photography is the Achilles heel
of most budget smartphones and Redmi 6 Pro is no different. In low light
conditions, it’s hard to get a great shot. There’s a noticeable shutter lag,
and the lack of optical image stabilization means you really have to hold the
phone steady for a stable shot. There’s also considerable noise in photos taken
indoors and in low light conditions.
The Portrait mode on
the Redmi 6 Pro does well for its price. It does a good job at edge detection
in most cases. The bokeh shots can look artificial sometimes.
The 5MP front camera
with f/2.0 aperture does an okay job at selfies. Sometimes in good lighting
conditions, you can manage quite rich and vibrant selfies. There are of course
artificial intelligence shenanigans in the AI portrait and AI beauty modes if
vanity is your thing.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
is powered by MIUI 9.6, Xiaomi’s proprietary UI layer that runs on Android
8.1 Oreo. The company has promised a MIUI 10 upgrade soon (which is
also based on Oreo), but there’s no word about the Android 9 Pie upgrade.
MIUI is one of
the better thought out Android skins out there and it has a lot of fans.
Several nifty features and utilities enhance the overall smartphone experience.
Its gesture-based navigation is a jarring change at first, but becomes
muscle-memory after a point and is clearly a better way to navigate.
Xiaomi now displays
advertisements across MIUI as well as its pre-installed first-party apps. It’s
obviously an eyesore and will annoy a lot of users. Xiaomi doesn’t talk about
it, preferring to push its “honest pricing” and low-profit margins. There
are also a few pre-installed apps like Netflix, PhonePe, Amazon, Dailyhunt, and
The Redmi 6 Pro sits
interestingly between budget and mid-range smartphones. It’s a well-rounded
iterative upgrade that adds modern elements.
The Redmi series is
mostly an automatic recommendation for someone looking for a budget or
mid-range smartphone, and the Redmi 6 Pro is no different. It’s a reliable and
functional smartphone in a compact, well-built chassis, even if a tad boring.
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