Xiaomi has launched three new entry-level smartphones in India as it battles growing challenge from brands including Samsung and Huawei’s Honor. At an event in the national capital, the Chinese smartphone launched the Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro for the Indian market. The Redmi 6A is the successor to Redmi 5A while the Redmi 6 will act as the successor to Redmi 5.
These new devices will further strengthen Xiaomi‘s portfolio of Redmi series which caters to the sub-Rs 15,000 price segment. The Redmi 6A is a major improvement when compared to Redmi 5A while Redmi 6 serves as a performance upgrade over Redmi 5. The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are also the first batch of devices from the company to feature MediaTek processors. So, here is a look at what has changed between the Xiaomi Redmi 6 and the Redmi 5:
Design and Display
There is not much surprise as far as design is concerned. The Redmi 6 is modeled around the same design concept that we have seen on previous smartphones in the Redmi series. At the front, there is a 5.45-inch display with HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and taller 18:9 aspect ratio. The display on the Redmi 6 is much smaller than the 5.7-inch display found on the Redmi 5. For those looking to get a device with larger display, Xiaomi is now offering the Redmi 6 Pro with larger 5.84-inch display and a notched design.
Both Xiaomi Redmi 6 and the Redmi 5 feature a thin bezel design and with smaller display, the Redmi 6 will make for one really compact device. Both the device feature unibody metal design with textured finish on the back for an ergonomic fit. The Redmi 6, in fact, gets an arc design which the company claims would make it even easier to hold.
One of the big and recognizable design change is the dual rear camera setup on the back of the design. These two cameras are stacked horizontally as opposed to vertical alignment seen on models like Redmi Y2, Mi A2 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The fingerprint sensor is placed exactly where one would expect it to. Xiaomi smartphones have come to a stage where they all look similar and the Redmi 6 is not much different.
In terms of specifications, the Redmi 6 brings some profound changes over the model from last year. The Redmi 6 is now powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset as opposed to Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 CPU found on Redmi 5. The Helio P22 is based on 12nm process as opposed to 14nm process seen on the Qualcomm chipset. The process alone should make the chipset more efficient and there is also performance bump courtesy of increased clock frequency of 2.0GHz.
The Redmi 6 comes in two storage variants: base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and a higher version with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. It is interesting that Xiaomi is standardizing 3GB RAM on this particular model while Redmi 5 started with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
Another change with the Redmi 6 over Redmi 5 is in battery capacity. The Redmi 6 packs a smaller 3,000mAh battery as opposed to 3,300mAh battery found under the hood of Redmi 5. Despite smaller battery pack, Xiaomi claims that Redmi 6 offers 29 hours of call time while the Redmi 5 was rated at 26 hours. The Redmi 6 also brings support for dual VoLTE and AI face unlock feature.
The Redmi 6 is an upgrade over the Redmi 5 especially when you look at the back of the device. The Redmi 6 borrows the dual rear camera setup seen on the Redmi Note 5 Pro and uses a combination of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel image sensors. The primary camera uses a Sony-made sensor while the secondary camera uses a Samsung-made sensor. The secondary 5-megapixel camera is mainly used for capturing depth of field and aids in portrait mode.
The Redmi 6, like the Redmi 5, features a 5-megapixel selfie shooter but now enables portrait mode effects using AI algorithm there as well. There are other camera enhancements like support for electronic image stabilization, which will be mainly useful in shooting videos.
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Xiaomi has priced the Redmi 6 at Rs 7,999 for the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The model with 64GB storage is priced at Rs 9,499. The smartphone will go on its first flash sale exclusively on Flipkart on September 10 and the company says that these are introductory pricing subject to change in two months time. The Redmi 5, on the other hand, starts at Rs 7,999 on Amazon India, which makes the Redmi 6 seem like a great upgrade.
|Features||Xiaomi Redmi 6||Xiaomi Redmi 5|
|Display||5.45-inch HD+||5.7-inch HD+|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio P22
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel + 5-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo (upgradable)||Android 7.1.2 Nougat (upgradable)|
|Price||Rs 7,999 (3GB/32GB)
Rs 9,499 (3GB/64GB)
|Rs 7,999 (2GB/16GB)
Rs 8,999 (3GB/32GB)
Rs 10,999 (4GB/64GB)