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Following the success streak set by the Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi India is not stopping there. The company recently launched the Redmi 6 which is here to replace the very successful budget segment Redmi 5A. While it is too soon to tell how far it can go in competing with other phones in this segment, but in our today’s review, we shall find if its worth the money you are going to spend. Let’s get started.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 specifications: The Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. There is 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, and another variant with 3GB RAM with 64GB storage, that is further expandable up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top.
In terms of camera, the Redmi 6 packs 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, EIS, and a 5MP secondary camera. On the front, there is a 5MP selfie-shooter with f/2.2 aperture. It comes with a fingerprint sensor. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS + GLONASS. A 3000mAh battery.
Redmi 5A was a smash hit last year and to fill that void, Xiaomi’s 6 is here. Much like its predecessor, the Redmi 6 also packs a polycarbonate build that might look cheap but for the price, what the company is quite decent. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, we get slim bezels on the sides, but fairly decent bezels on top and bottom. Either way, when compared to old Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 6 offers more screen real-estate for media consumptions. Design wise, it is a candy bar shaped phone, but for the price, this isn’t a compromise.
As with most phones, there are specific apps that still don’t support the 18:9 aspect ratio like the Airtel TV and JioTV so you will have to adjust with the cropped video. As for the rear design, we feel the need for a change as most Xiaomi phones coming in recent times look almost identical to the previous models. The antenna bands are present along the rear camera module which looks old and dated for the kind of designs we are seeing. The Redmi 6 sports a massive 4.95-inches HD+ display and this is a huge advantage. The in-hand feel is impressive and fits well in hands. You can comfortably use the phone even in one-hand. We didn’t stress our hands even after extended usage.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 5-megapixel selfie camera, ambient and proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5.45-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons that are placed within the display. You have a dedicated SIM slot and microSD card slot on the left and the power on/off switch; Volume rockers are present on the right side.
Top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, secondary microphone, while the microUSB port and primary microphone are situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 12+5-megapixel dual rear cameras with dual-tone Dual LED flash, Fingerprint sensor, spear grill, and MI branding. The Antenna bands are present right above the camera module. The back panel isn’t removable, so is the battery. Overall, the Redmi 6 build and design for the pricing is decent enough.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 1000:1 contrast ratio. Owing to the changing trends, the Redmi 6 also packs a tall 18:9 aspect ratio display with slim bezels. This is an advantage as it offers more screen real-estate for gaming and media consumption. Despite being an HD+ panel, the colors are bright, vivid. Thanks to the software support, you have the freedom to tinker between various display modes including a reading mode.
The viewing angles are good enough, we didn’t notice any distortion in colors even when viewing from extreme angles. The colors look accurate and very natural. Be it gaming or media consumption; he had a good time. It was able to play 1080p videos and was able to play moderate to casual games. Since there is no Corning Gorilla Glass protection, it is better if you apply a screen protector. It also has an auto-brightness sensor which when enabled automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the ambient light. The display is also bright and we were able to access the content outdoors even with maximum brightness. Overall, the display of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 is quite decent.
After ages, Xiaomi is back with a smartphone powered by the MediaTek P22 SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU and 3GB RAM. Helio P22 is a decent chipset that is capable of handling most daily use cases like messaging, calling, social media, clicking pictures and more. We didn’t notice any lags or stutters in the U.I even while using the device for an extended period. It can handle most of your use cases with ease.
On continuous to heavy usage, the Redmi 6 slightly struggles to keep up. Apps do take a fair amount of time to load and function smoothly. MIUI is known for aggressive RAM management, and this affects Redmi 6 as well. If you have more than 4-5 apps running in the background, they do run out of memory and you need to load them once again. On heavy usage, the phone does get a little warm but for the price, the device’s performance is quite decent. It can handle multitasking as said, and the app switching takes 1-2 seconds to load.
Moving to the gaming, we played wide-range of games like Asphalt 8, Nova Legacy, Leo’s Fortune, Pokemon Go, Mortal Kombat and more. Though the gaming is fine in medium graphics settings, it lags and drops frames drastically on highest settings. The Redmi 6 has a fingerprint sensor on the rear, and it is very fast in unlocking, and the animation is also smooth. Overall, the Redmi 6 performance is quite decent for the price and have nothing much to complain.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 packs 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, EIS, and a 5MP secondary camera. On the front, there is a 5MP selfie-shooter with f/2.2 aperture. Talking about the camera interface, it is very similar to most Redmi devices. It has toggles like flash, HDR, video, an option to shift to the front camera are present right on the main screen.
The rear camera supports modes such as Panorama, Timer, Audio trigger, manual mode, Beautify, Handheld Twilight, Scene and Tilt-shift to blur are present on the bottom. Moving to the camera performance, given the good lighting conditions, the pictures look decent with close to accurate colors. Since it has an HDR mode, the images turn bright when enabled.
However, we find some images to be pretty dull to our liking. There is noise in the images which becomes pretty evident if you zoom-in slightly. Since it has dual-rear cameras, it comes with portrait mode, but the edge detection of it is a hit or a miss. Moving to low-light, this is where the Redmi 6 fails on so many levels. The noise levels are on the higher side even with LED flash turned on. The images are nowhere usable even on social media. The rear camera can record 1080p videos and the quality of the video is decent but the lack of optical image stabilization is evident.
On the other hand, the front 5MP shooter does fairly decent job. It captures daylight shots well with good colors and natural setting. The selfies are perfect, and they are very much social shareable. Overall, the camera of the Redmi 6 is decent, but not very impressive. Considering the pricing, this is what we are bound to get.
Like always Xiaomi didn’t include earphones within the box, and they are an additional cost. However, the audio quality when tested with the headphones we had with us is good. We didn’t hear any distortion or squeaking sounds even when playing music with maximum volume. Since the speakers are present on the rear side, the sound gets muffled with you place it on a flat surface. The software provides an option to change the audio settings to go well with the earphones model. The default music player was able to play a wide range of music formats without any problem.
In terms of video department, the Redmi 6 was capable of playing 1080p videos and the playback was smooth without any issues. It can play a wide range of video format. We didn’t notice any heating or freezing issues at any point in time. Since the 18:9 aspect ratio brings more screen real estate, watching videos and movies was an excellent experience. Overall, the audio and video department does a good job.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 packs a 3000mAh built-in battery with no support for fast charging. Moving along, we were able to pull through until the end of the day with moderate to casual usage. Our usage includes GPS navigation, stream videos, and songs, play games, social media, and others. With this kind of usage, as said above, the battery was easily lasting us an entire day. The battery optimizations in MIUI 9 is the force behind the decent battery life. We didn’t notice any battery drops or drastic drains as well, and it is a good thing. On the other hand, with heavy to continuous usage, the battery could last until the evening without any issues, but we hope it can last a little longer. We were able to achieve a screen-on-time of around 4 and a half hours to 5 hours on continuous usage.
As mentioned above, the battery doesn’t shies to act frugal and always managed to last one full day with light to medium use. The only downside to the battery department is the lack of fast-charging. With the bundled charger, the Redmi 6 took close to 2 hours 30 minutes to charge fully from 0 to 100%. Overall, the battery of the Redmi 6 is quite good and offers the best in this price segment.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 that is upgradeable to MIUI 10. The interface much like most Redmi phones is straightforward. Apps and widgets are present on the home screen with no app drawer by default. It comes with a theme store where tons of themes are available to download most of which are free. These come handy when you feel bored with existing look and feel of the U.I. MIUI is known for offering tons of features and the 9th iteration; the MIUI 9 has tons of new features including improved app-opening speeds, fluid transitions, smoother animations, improved notifications, split screen, and more. It comes with App Vault and App lock feature that is very useful if you crave for privacy.
There are dual apps feature that lets you run an app like WhatsApp in two different instances at the same time. Apart from Google apps, there are tons of Mi apps like Mi Drop, FM Radio, Screen recorder, Scanner, Compass, Explorer, Community, Mi Remote, Mi Store, and few others. The U.I animations are very smooth with no frame drops, and transitions are also lag-free as well.
It comes in two variants; one with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and another with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. There is no 4GB RAM variant. Out of the 3GB RAM, around 1.8GB is user usable. Out of 32GB storage, 24GB is available to you. The default cleaner app frees up space by clearing cache and useless files. Thanks to the fluid animations and transitions, the interface is very smooth. It was able to handle multitasking with more than 3-4 apps at a time without lagging or slowing down. Overall, the software and the U.I experience of the Redmi 6 is very impressive, and we don’t have anything to complain.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 is a phone that is easily a flagship-grade stuff at this price. It has an impressive design, though being regular, for the price, it is a looker. The performance is good, the battery backup is also acceptable, and the MIUI 9 software literally has tons of customization features for those who are into it. If not for the average cameras and routine build quality, the Redmi 6 is a no-brainer. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone in the budget segment, the Redmi 6 is it.
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