XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 6 PRO REVIEW

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The Redmi 6 Pro does everything right in typical Xiaomi fashion but fails to offer something new.

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Shomik Sen BhattacharjeeNov 01, 2018 18:01:31 IST







3.8/5

overall rating

the good

Best in class display Stellar build Great battery life

the bad

Not for gamers Average camera Boring design

the bottom line

The Redmi 6 Pro does everything right in typical Xiaomày fashion but fails to lớn offer something new.


Prior to the launch of the Redmi 6 series in India recently, Xiaongươi had shifted their focus for a while to launch smartphones which were priced above sầu Rs 15,000. But with the likes of Honor và Notê quiông chồng on its heels, Xiaomi was forced lớn launch not just one but three smartphones together, of which one is a renamed version of the Mi A2 Lite — named Redmày 6 Pro in India.


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Redmi 6 Pro starts at Rs 10,999 for the base variant & goes up lớn Rs 12,999 for the top over variant. Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


While the phone strikes a good balance of style và performance on a budget, it certainly does not come cheap considering it is a Redngươi device. Priced at Rs 10,999 for the base variant, the Redmi 6 Pro offers a culmination of everything we look forward to in a budget device, a good display, stellar battery life, comparable performance, and a decent camera. However, much lượt thích the Redmi Note 5, the Redmày 6 Pro fails lớn bring that extra value that buyers seek, making the phone feel more lượt thích an incremental update from the lưu ý 5, rather a "Pro" device which sets new standards in the segment.

Build and Design: 8/10

Xiaomi’s Redmày brand has a bit of a reputation to lớn live up lớn when it comes khổng lồ build quality. From moulded plastic to full metal bodies, the Redmày range has always promised a well-built điện thoại thông minh and the Redmày 6 Pro is no different.

The Redmi 6 Pro does not stray away from taking design cues from the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro, something we’ve seen become a feature with most Xiaongươi phones this year.


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The kiến thiết remains unchanged. Something Xiaomày needs to lớn change and fast! Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


The frame of the phone is made of plastic & so are the top and bottom caps of the phone on the back. The majority of the baông xã is, however, a single plate of metal with a cut-out for the camera module which again looks identical khổng lồ that on the Redngươi Y2. The cold metal on the bachồng và the large battery inside the phone, certainly gives it a very dense in-hand feel.

The display sits on top of the body toàn thân and has a plastic lipping around it, with the edge curved lớn aid gripping the phone. The phone is just about right for one-hand use & is not too slippery either. The fingerprint scanner on the bachồng is also placed just right.

There is a bit of a camera bump on the bachồng with recessed edges, but it wasn’t big enough lớn make the phone wobble when typing with the phone on a table.

One of the distinct features, which sets the Redngươi 6 Pro apart from any other Xiaomi phone in the segment, is the notch. The notch is smaller but looks somewhat similar khổng lồ what I saw on the POCO F1. The notch features the front-facing camera, a earpiece and the proximity sensor. A thiông xã outline runs around the entire display, making the notch appear wider than it actually is.

There’s also a sizable chin which may look shabby in comparison khổng lồ premium smartphones but at its price, it looks just fine.

For the price, I"d still easily piông chồng the Honor 9N any day of the week, purely because of how appealing the phone looks. But if a more muted look is more your thing and you don"t mind Xiaomi"s boring thiết kế choice, the Redngươi 6 Pro is definitely right on top of your menu with great build quality.

Features: 8/10

The Redngươi 6 Pro features a 5.84-inch display, which has a notch and comes in at a resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels. The unit we received for nhận xét was the variant with 4 GB of RAM & 64 GB of storage and is priced at 12,999. The storage here is expandable up lớn another 256 GB via the dedicated microSD card slot.


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The speaker grille & the microUSB port on the bottom of the phone. Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


Inside, the phone features an octa-core Qualcomilimet Snaprồng 625 chipmix which comes paired with an Adreno 506 GPU. The chipphối here comprises of eight ARM Cortex A53 cores, all clocked at 2.0 GHz.

The phone comes with a 5 MP.. AI-powered selfie camera which can take front-facing portrait photos. The baông chồng of the device houses a dual-camera cài đặt with 12 MPhường + 5 MP. sensors that are arranged vertically và allow the phone lớn take bokeh photos as well.


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The Redngươi 6 Pro is great for one h& usage. Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


In terms of connectivity, the phone features a dual-SIM slot with an additional space to include a micro-SD thẻ. This is a welcomed move by Xiaomi as it allows the user to use two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time. Both slots tư vấn 4G VoLTE. Apart from that, the phone features Công nghệ Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, GPS, and a fingerprint reader placed on the baông xã. Xiaomày has also thrown in its software-based face unloông chồng feature here.

The phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with Xiaomi"s custom MIUI 9 skin và is powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery.

Display: 8/10

If 18:9 displays were a trend at the beginning of 2018, notched displays are quickly becoming the norm when it comes to lớn smartphones these days.

With rivals, RealMe, Honor và even Nokia having beaten Xiaomi to lớn the race of launching smartphones with a "notch", the Chinese smartphone maker decided to paông chồng the best display they could in the budget. The 5.84-inch IPS LCD display not only packs in a full HD plus resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels, but also does really well when it comes lớn producing the right colour tones.


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The 5.84-inch display is certainly one of the best we"ve sầu seen in this segment. Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


Colours are nice with good contrast levels & also quite accurate when it comes to reproduction. The display also gets adequately bright, making it easier to lớn read text & even browse the web in well-lit conditions. Under direct sunlight, however, you will struggle a fair bit, which is somewhat understandable. Viewing angles are good, but the whites vì become bluish when viewed from the sides.

Xiaongươi gives you the usual mix of settings khổng lồ tinker around with the white balance in the display settings & also throws in a Reading Mode if you bởi happen to read a lot in the dark.

If you do watch a lot of Clip content on your phone, bear in mind that the rounded edges on the phone are a bit of menace và might cut into lớn the nội dung you are viewing.

Software: 7.5/10

One of the biggest letdowns about the Redmày 6 Pro is that, unlượt thích the global variant of the phone, it does not feature a stochồng Android One build. The Redngươi 6 Pro, instead features a familiar MIUI 9.6 based on Android Oreo 8.1 and the July Security patch.

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There"s nothing new here if you have sầu used a Xiaomi điện thoại thông minh released anytime this year. There are a few apps which come pre-installed, such as Facebook, Netflix, NewsPoint, Amazon and PhonePe, but nothing you can"t uninstall.

MIUI is super stable otherwise & I did not come across a single instance where the animations hung up or an ứng dụng crashed. Multitasking and even using the multi-window feature worked just as they were meant lớn. But given the number of budget smartphones we see rocking Android One these days, it"s hard khổng lồ argue why one wouldn"t opt for a stochồng build of Android.

I"d still lean towards Android One, solely because I find MIUI a tad too dull and boring. That said, Xiaomày is expected lớn roll out MIUI 10 soon lớn the Redmi 6 Pro, so it should not be long before the phone gets an update. What would be worrisome for a few though, would be the fact that there"s no promise of Android Pie yet.

I also tried hopping on the Play Store & downloading the POCO launcher onto the device, but I wasn"t able to lớn because the Early Access pool was already filled out. However, it would be interesting to try it out once a stable version of the tiện ích is released.

Performance - 7/10

Xiaongươi launched the Redmi Y2 a couple of months bachồng with a Snapdragon 625 chipphối và priced the phone at Rs 9,999, making it the first phone with a Snaprồng 600 series chipphối lớn be priced below Rs 10,000. The Redmi 6 Pro which starts at a price of Rs 10,999 also gets the same SoC và manages khổng lồ perform equally well for day to lớn day usage.

The older 14 nm chipset does manage to lớn perform quite well but its when running games that it tends to lớn stutter. While most casual games lượt thích Alto"s Adventure ran fine, its when graphic intensive games like PUBG and Shadow Fight that we had to lớn minimise the graphics settings to have sầu playable frame-rates. Long story short, if you want khổng lồ buy this phone for gaming, you might want lớn stay away. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 which sells at the same price as the Redngươi 6 Pro, not only offers a more capable Snaprồng 636 chipmix for gaming, but also gives you more usable screen space without a notch. 

The battery drain while playing heavy games was also considerable. For reference, playing an hour of PUBG on Wi-Fi drained the battery by about 22 percent.

The speaker on the phone is okay but is nothing too spectacular. The audio does start distorting at higher volumes, so it"s best khổng lồ avoid that.

An obstacle I ran into while testing the phone is the fact that I wasn’t able to lớn run a number of the standard phối of benchmarks that we usually put all Android phones though. (We did reach out to lớn Xiaongươi regarding this and at the time of writing, we’re yet lớn receive a response from the company)

Cellular hotline unique and reception were impeccable. The earpiece has also been placed well, with a wider earpiece, giving you more room lớn direct Call audio. Audio chất lượng through the headphone jaông chồng was also pleasing, especially if you lượt thích a lot of bass.

Camera: 6.5/10

The rear camera unit on the Redmi 6 Pro is again the same cài đặt Xiaongươi packed the Redngươi Y2 with. The results in some cases vì chưng differ though. Even compared to lớn the camera on the Honor 9N, the Redngươi 6 Pro seems to falter a wee bit when it comes lớn sharpness and processing.

The camera UI remains unchanged and is easy lớn get adjusted to lớn. We get all the usual modes like square, panorama, manual, etc., along with a dedicated portrait mode. The modes remain unchanged for the 5 MPhường front-facing camera, except for the fact that there"s no front-facing flash here.


Shots in broad daylight came out well, which was expected, but there were minor issues with focussing on subjects. Images are not exactly colour accurate, but details and exposure levels are just right. The AI processing can also be noted here but is quite subtle, which is nice. You will need steady hands to lớn get usable images on this phone though, as the camera does have a tendency to lớn reduce the shutter tốc độ drastically whenever possible.

Low light shots were quite disappointing. The camera tries very hard to get rid of the noise, but there is very little detail in any of the shots. The aggressive HDR mode may help you capture more detail, but you vày need khổng lồ have sầu very very steady hands.


The HHT mode in the camera, which is meant for low-lighting conditions, does not help much either. Overall, I"d say the performance was at par with the Redmi Y2, but given the Redmi 6 Pro is priced higher, it fails lớn beat the Honor 9N or even the Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. Hop on here khổng lồ browse through the camera samples for reference. You can also click on the image below and use the arrow buttons lớn browse through the image samples.

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The front camera does a decent job in well-lit conditions, nailing subject separation most of the time but again its in low-light when the images are almost unusable.

Video shooting is capped at Full HD at 30 fps and the Redmày 6 Pro does the job if you need it to lớn. There is EIS which works well enough khổng lồ shoot casual videos. There is a visible drop in frames while panning, however, something I noticed on the Redmi Y2 as well as the much more potent POCO F1.

Battery Life: 9/10

The Redmi 6 Pro features a large 4,000 mAh battery which puts it ahead of most of its competitors. Xiaomày did claim the battery lớn be a "two-day battery" & that claim does turn out lớn be true. This is a battery which will last you cthất bại to lớn two days with moderate usage and by that I mean, texting, watching videos và streaming music for about an hour or two, working with a lot of emails, browsing & making a dozen phone calls a day.

You vì have sầu to lớn wait cthua lớn two hours to lớn juice the battery up though since there"s no fast charging here. You get a standard 5V 2A charger in the box which doesn"t help your cause.


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The Notch on the R6P look wider because of the blaông chồng borders running around it. Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


The phone lasted a good 12 hours & 27 minutes in our standard PC Mark Work 2.0 Battery Life chạy thử.

Price & Verdict

Before reviewing this phone, I was worried about the price of the device (Rs 10,999 for the base variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage), considering a number of Xiaomi’s own smartphones are now similarly priced. Looking at the Rs 9,000 - 13,000 price range, we have sầu as many as three Xiaomi smartphones fighting each other — the Redngươi Y2, the Redngươi Note 5 the new Redmi 6 Pro. However, Xiaomày does manage lớn edge both these phones out, courtesy of that display & stellar battery life.


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The Redngươi 6 Pro does manage to justify its price but the Asus ZenFone Max Pro is still the better pichồng. Image: tech2/Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee


The Redmi Y2 which may seem comparable khổng lồ the 6 Pro, falls short in the display và battery segments, justifying the Rs 1,000 premium. The Redngươi Note 5, on the other hvà, looks dated in comparison và loses out with its single-lens camera unit.

As far as competition is concerned, the Redmi 6 Pro goes neck to lớn neck with the Honor 9N và the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 which now begins at Rs 10,999 for the base variant. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 should be your overall pick here, because of the better Snaprồng 636 SoC, but the Redngươi 6 Pro does offer a larger 19:9 aspect ratio display (& a notch, if that"s your thing).

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