Redmi Note 6 Pro | what really has changed?
Redmi Note 6 Pro, the latest smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is all set to launch in the Indian market. It succeeds the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which has been a great choice in the ₹15,000 segment in India since its launch nine months ago. Xiaomi now faces competition from new Smart phones including
- Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1,
- Nokia 6.1 Plus,
- Motorola One Power and
- Honor 8X
at around the same price. It shares many of its internals and design elements with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, but also flaunts a new display 6.26 inch 19:9 full HD+ display with a notch.
Redmi Note 6 Pro design
As compared to its predecessor, the display on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is slightly larger and has a notch. It has a resolution of 1080×2280 and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. Its display seem to have good viewing angles, with accurate color and contrast. The 2.5D curved edges help the display glass meet the frame of the phone smoothly. The newer phone is made of 6000 series aluminium, which promises a more sturdier body.
Apart from cosmetic changes, the Redmi Note 6 Pro strongly resembles the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The new model is 0.5cm thicker and slightly wider but feels the same in your hand as Redmi Note 5 Pro. On the front, the phone is doesn’t any hardware or capacitive navigation buttons; instead users can choose from onscreen buttons or MIUI’s gestures. There is a familiar dual camera setup at the back. There is also a small physical fingerprint sensor at the back.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro hasthe lock/ power button and volume buttons on the right, and a hybrid dual-SIM tray on the left. This tray can take either two Nano-SIMs or one Nano-SIM and a microSD card at a time. Storage is expandable up to an additional 256GB. On the bottom, there is (still) a Micro-USB port. which to me is a disappointment. The external speaker on the right, and a faux speaker grille on the left for symmetry. The 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, and IR emitter are all placed on top of the smartphone.
Though the Redmi Note 6 Pro lacks any kind of an IP-rating for dust/ water resistance, it does have a water-repellant P2i coating, which should provide basic protection against spills and if you are caught in the rain.
Redmi Note 6 Pro continues with a 12MP+5MP camera combination. But Xiaomi has changed the sensors. Redmi Note 6 Pro does not have Phased Detection AutoFocus (PDAF) like the previous variant. Xiaomi has gone for Dual Pixel Autofocus, which is superior. Redmi Note 6 Pro’s 12MP camera also has a bigger pixel sensor at 1.4um and improved aperture of f/1.9. The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 12MP camera had a 1.25um pixel size and f/2.2 aperture.
One of the major new features with this generation is the dual selfie camera setup. There is a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor on the front for portrait shots.
Redmi Note 6 Pro runs MIUI 10 Global ROM, though this is based on Android Oreo for now. Xiaomi is yet to roll out an Android Pie update for its MIUI. By default, Redmi Note 6 Pro has the older buttons format available. But the interface now has improved gestures.
When you turn on the Full-Screen Gestures, Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 gives a mini tutorial on how these work, which will be helpful for users. One just has to swipe from the bottom to the top on the go back to home from an app. You can swipe from the bottom and hold to pause in order to go to the Recents menu and close apps. When you have an app open, just swipe right or left from the edge to go back to the previous app that was open.
Redmi Note 6 Pro: Unchanged stuff!
The Redmi Note 6 Pro is still powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor like the older phone. We do not expect that the performance will be drastically different. Redmi Note 5 Pro was a stable phone, and a good performer in the mid-budget category, and Redmi Note 6 Pro will likely continue this trend.
We have the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage option for review. Xiaomi is expected to launch a 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant as well like it did earlier. The Redmi Note 6 Pro also has a 4000 mAh battery like the previous variant. The battery should easily last more than a day for regular users, like we saw with the previous variant. It still continues with the micro-USB charging port at the bottom, though it has support for Qualcomm’s Quick-Charge 3.0.
Preloaded apps on the phone include Amazon Shopping, Facebook, PhonePe, Netflix, NewsPoint, Dailyhunt, Opera News, Opera Mini, and BHIM ABPB. This phone also gets the ShareChat app, from an Indian company backed by Xiaomi.
Redmi Note 6 Pro: Expected price
With Xiaomi’s phones, the price is really what matters and tends to drive sales. With the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the 4GB Ram Variant will cost ₹13,999 and the 6GB RAM variant will cost ₹15,999Xiaomi recently slashed the price of Redmi Note 5 Pro phones by Rs 1000 and they are now starting at Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively for the 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.