New products 25 Jun
The Chinese giant Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi recently announced three new mid-range smartphones as Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro. The first two smartphones were announced back on June 12th whereas the company took two weeks more to announce the Pro variant. All three devices have good value for your money. As expected initially the devices are available for the Chinese customers only. The Redmi 6 Pro is quite special due to a number of aspects including a 4,000mAH battery cell.
It is also the first Redmi lineup smartphone to have a notch at the top of the display. Last year the Redmi 5 series was the first to have the bezel-less design. This indicates the company is bringing the latest design trend for their mid-rangers. Despite the fact, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro features different design but the difference in the price tag isn't quite prominent. However, there are many aspects which differentiate both the devices from each other. The first prominent change is the notch design.
Curiosity 23 Jun
Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we put it in head-to-head competition with its competitors, predecessor and other options in the same range. Today we will compare the Redmi 6 Pro against the standard Redmi 6 to know in detail the differences and similarities between these two new mid-rangers. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.
71.7 x 149.3 x 8.8 mm
5.84 inches - 2280x1080 px
71.5 x 147.5 x 8.3 mm
5.45 inches - 1440x720 px
The first aspect of Redmi 6 Pro design is its notch at the top of the display. It not only features bezel-less design but also have the setup of the dual camera on the rear side pretty much similar to the iPhone X. In terms of looks, the Redmi 6 Pro rear isn't much different from the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Due to full front-facing display, the fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center below the camera's setup. Due to unibody metal body with a notch display the Redmi 6 Pro looks quite premium.
The volume controllers and power button are on the right edge whereas the left edge has a dual SIMs tray with a MicroSD slot. On the other hand, the Redmi 6 comes with fairly thick bezels around the display, however, it doesn't have any physical button on the front. The bezels are slim enough to cater a 2:1 display. It also has dual cameras setup which is placed horizontally on the top corner dissecting the antenna lines.
The Redmi 6 Pro LED flashlight is in the center between the two cameras whereas the Redmi 6 has LED flashlight right next to dual sensors. The fingerprint scanner on the Redmi 6 is in the center below the cameras. Its power and volume rockers are also on the right edge. Both the devices have a Micro-USB for connectivity and 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output. Both the devices lack resistance against water and dust.
In the display department, the Redmi 6 Pro is certainly more futuristic as opposed to the standard Redmi 6. The Redmi 6 Pro is featuring a 5.84-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9. The device features a small notch at the top of the display to have selfie camera, proximity, and other front-facing sensors.
The Redmi 6 is featuring a 5.45-inches display with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1. It doesn't have a notch instead it features a complete bezel. So if you are looking for a larger display with better viewing angles the Redmi 6 Pro is a better choice whereas the display panel on the Redmi 6 is pretty much average. Both the devices have LCD display panel.
Under the hood, both the devices don't have top of the line hardware instead both the devices have the mid-range hardware. The Redmi 6 Pro is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset. Just for the sake of reminder, it is the same SoC which is powering the Redmi Note 5. The Octa-core chipset is clocking at 2.0Ghz and the Adreno 506 is on board as GPU.
The Redmi 6 is running on the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset. Its an Octa-core SoC built on 12nm process. According to Xiaomi, the P22 chipset performs better than Snapdragon 425 and MediaTek MT6739 in terms of performance. Like most of the Xiaomi smartphones, the Redmi 6 Pro is announced in three different variants. The entry-level variant has 3GB RAM with 32GB storage whereas the standard variant has 4GB RAM with 32GB storage. Last but not the least the top-tier variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. All the variants support memory expansion up to 256GB using MicroSD card.
The Redmi 6 is announced in two variants only. The base model has 3GB RAM with 32GB native storage whereas the top of the line model has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It also supports memory expansion using MicroSD card.
|Specs||Redmi 6 Pro||Redmi 6|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2280 pixels||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 625||MediaTek P22|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9||Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9|
As OS both the devices is pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9 layer over it. Both the devices have facial recognition as a secondary security option to unlock the device. Undoubtedly the AI is the next big thing in the software department that's why the companies are using AI to tune cameras and also AI assistants. Both the devices have Xiao Ai assistant on board. The Xiao Ai assistant is still in its early stage that's why you can't expect it to be as good as Google Assistant.
The camera sensors on both the devices are dual on the rear side, however, the cameras are aligned differently. The Redmi 6 Pro primary sensor is a 12MP module with LED flashlight and f/2.2 aperture. The camera sensor size is 1.25-micron pixels. The secondary sensor is a 5MP module. The dual sensors capture bokeh effect shots and come with Phase detection autofocus. The front-facing selfie camera is a 5MP module with HDR. Xiaomi brings portrait mode support on the front as well with the AI.
The Redmi 6 also has dual cameras on the rear, the primary camera is 12MP whereas the secondary sensor is 5MP. It also has a 5MP module on the front side. Xiaomi uses AI to tune the camera on both the devices that's why both have a number of features to enhance users camera experience. In the camera department, both the devices aren't different from each other.
The Redmi 6 Pro lights are kept on by a gigantic 4,000mAh battery cell which easily lasts more than one day on single charge. On normal usage, the device easily lasts two days. As opposed to Redmi 6 Pro the Redmi 6 doesn't have gigantic battery cell instead it has a 3,000mAH battery which isn't large enough considering the display size.
Both the devices lack support for fast charging. However, considering the display size and battery cell the Redmi 6 Pro is certainly a clear winner here.
As far as pricing is a concern the Redmi 6 Pro base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage costs 999 Yuan whereas you will have to pay 1,199 Yuan for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. The top-tier model with 64GB storage can be purchased for 1,299 Yuan. In terms of colors, the device will be available in Pink, Gold, Black, Blue and Red colors. The Redmi 6 being the pocket-friendly device costs 799 Yuan for the 3GB RAM variant whereas the 4GB RAM model costs 999 Yuan. The devices sale already started from yesterday at 10 am. Initially, both the devices are available in China only but we can expect both will go global in next few months.
Overall both the devices fall into budget-friendly mid-range category but there are many aspects which makes the Redmi 6 Pro a better option. The price difference between the 4GB RAM variant of Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro is quite minimal that's why if you are looking for a 4GB RAM device the Redmi 6 Pro is definitely a better option. The Redmi 6 Pro takes lead in design, display and battery cell. The software and camera experience on both the devices is same. However, if you are looking for a new mid-range smartphone without spending huge bucks the Redmi 6 could become your next smartphone.
In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi 6 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi 6
- The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is available at Amazon Marketplace for $ 249.
- The Xiaomi Redmi 6 is available at Amazon for $ 158.