Xiaomi has today introduced its latest Redmi 6 series in India. And the most interesting smartphone in this series is the Redmi 6 Pro. The phone comes in two variants -3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage priced at Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,999 respectively. It will be on Amazon and Mi.com on 11 September 12PM.
With the Redmi 6 Pro, the company has added a notch on the front. The company has introduced a Snapdragon 625 chipset as compared to the Snapdragon 450 processor present in Redmi 5. Apart from this, there are dual rear cameras coupled with some large display and more, which is all set to give a competition to its arch rivals in India. We spent some time with the device and here is our first impression of Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro.
Design and Display
It seems that the Xiaomi wants to stick to its standard design language for the budget-centric smartphones. And this is the reason why this phone looks a tad identical to other Xiaomi products like the Redmi Note 5 Pro from the back panel. However, there is some noticeable difference up front. First of all, you will notice a notch at the top of the screen, making its first smartphone under Redmi series to sports kind of display trend. The phone is a bit heavy when you hold, although you will not feel uncomfortable.
Giving a brief about design aesthetics, the top-notch houses an earpiece and a front-facing camera, while the navigation controls are on-screen located at the base. The right houses volume controls and power on/off button, while at the top left side you will find a SIM tray that houses two SIM slot and a microSD card slot. A job is well done, Xiaomi! The top houses a 3.5mm audio jack on the left, while at the right corner, there is an infrared port coupled with a microphone. The base comes with a speaker grille and a micro USB port. Coming to the back panel, you getvertically-aligned dual rear cameras at the top left corner with LED flash, while the fingerprint sensor sits at the centre of the back panel.
Coming to the display, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro features 5.84-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. Like we said earlier, the company has incorporated a notch on the top of this smartphone to give an immersive look. However, there are some noticeable bezels around the edges on this one. In our initial testing, we found out that the display looks good as it is quite bright in nature. The colour reproduction looks good and so does viewing angles. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, Xiaomi has once again banked on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor to power its Redmi 6 Pro. The phone comes in different memory configuration and we got the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant for the review. That said, the processor has started to show some sign of ageing now. However, it is still one of the most tried and test chipset that can deliver some good battery efficiency and power management. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
On the software front, the Redmi 6 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is based on the company’s MIUI 9.6. The user interface from Xiaomi comes with some interesting features like navigation gestures, which basically gives more screen space to play with. Then we have second space, dual apps and more, which will betouched in our review.
For optics, Xiaomi has employed a dual-camera setup at the rear panel. You get a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 1.25-micron pixel size, Sony IMX486 sensor, while the secondary lens features f/2.2 aperture with Samsung S5KE8 sensor along with LED flash. For the front, you get a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling. The camera UI is pretty simple and easy to use. You will find different modes like Short Video, video, photo, portrait, square, panorama and manual. Apart from this, you have different filters as well. That said, the performance of the camera looks satisfactory when the lighting condition is good. The phone was able to take some well-detailed shot in good lights, while we are yet to test its capabilities in low light and different lighting situations.
Battery and Connectivity
The Redmi 6 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery with no support for fast charging. The less power-hungry processor and decent display should roughly translate to more battery life on this smartphone. On the connectivity front, the phone features 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack, dual-SIM, microSD card slot, WiFi and micro USB port.