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Redmi 6 Series – Best Low-budget Smartphones

Redmi 6
Written by Bibhu Prasad Bal

Planning to buy a low-budget smartphone with quality specifications?  Wait, wait  have you made your research on the budget smartphones line up to figure out which is the best?

I’m pretty much sure that there must be 2-3 phones in your list that have the branding of Xiaomi (MI).

And your reply will be of course why not if you are searching for the best mid-range smartphone and there is not any phone from the brand  Xiaomi, it is impossible.

It always surprises its customers with the price and the specifications, that it brings outstandingly in its smartphones.

If you look at PocoPhone F1 which is recently launched by the brand create an upheaval in the market.

There is a news that more than 68,000 units of PocoPhone F1 were sold in less than five minutes.

So, from that figure, you can imagine how rudely the brand has captured the market.

Redmi 6 series

With the grand success of the Redmi-5 series in the Indian market, Now the company comes with Redmi 6 series to rule the market.

Previously there are so many options available from Xiaomi in the mid-range smartphone line-up.

Now it added the Redmi 6 series in the list to confuse the buyers which one to choose.

If you have already made your research on the best budget smartphones and decided which one to buy and not any interest to do any research again!

Then don’t worry chill out there, I have made my research on the Redmi 6 series. You just take a look at it. Maybe you find the best one in it than your one.

Shortly, Redmi 6 series has AI face unlock system, a notch, high storage and RAM and most importantly the price that will shock you.

As I repeating the word “Redmi 6 series”, so you may wonder that how many devices are there in the series?

Let me clarify there are 3-devices in the series i.e Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 Pro.

So, without any delay let’s go and watch what are specifications come in the three.

One by one

Redmi 6

Redmi-6 is the successor of Redmi-5. With some modifications and improvements, it going to be the best budget smartphone.

Redmi 6

Body Design

It has a metal body design with 146g of weight, 8.3mm in thick and 147.5mm in height.

With the sports of the polycarbonate thin body, it feels nice and fits well in your hand.

Display

It ships with an 18:9 aspect ratio type 5.45 inch full HD Plus display i.e 80.5%  screen-to-body ratio of resolution 720×1440 pixels and 295-pixel density.

Camera and Sensors

Redmi 6 come with the horizontal set-up of 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera with a LED flash.

Both the cameras are coupled with aperture f/2.2, whereas the pixel size in primary camera is 1.25 Micron-pixel and  1. 12-micron pixel on secondary camera.

With the combination of AI capabilities and Air-Assisted features, it will produce the finest images.

AI-powered portrait mode with beautifying blurs the background its focuses on the subject and ensures that you will get pixel-perfect-pictures in every sort.

On the front there is a 5MP selfie shooter with aperture f/2.2, 1.12 Micron pixels with AI beautify you can capture the perfect selfies.

Along with a fingerprint sensor on back Redmi-6 also include sensors like accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, infrared, ambient light sensor, and digital compass.

Software

Redmi-6 runs on top of Android Oreo v8.1 and the company’s MIUI 9.6 skin.

For sure it will get the OTA update to MIUI 10 very soon confirmed by Xiaomi.

With the smarter and faster  AI, face unlocks technique you can Unlock your Redmi-6 at a single glance.

Processor And Performances

Redmi-6 is powered by 2.0GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 with Cortex A53.

Xiaomi claims that with the 12nm processor design it is energy efficient and can perform multitasking without any lag.

Redmi 6

RAM and Storage

Redmi-6 comes available in two different variants i.e

3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and

4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage.

Interestingly It comes with a dedicated slot for Micro SD card. By which you can expand your storage up to 256GB.

So, you can use dual nano SIM with a Micro SD card at a time.

Battery

Redmi 6 backed with an impressive 3000mAh battery, which supports 5W charging.

Xiaomi claims that the phone will run for a whole day on a single charge on normal usage.

Connectivity

It supports to dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Release date, Price and Color

Redmi 6 will go on sale from 10 September for the first time, on Flipkart and Mi.Com.

If you are too choosy with color, then you can choose from black, blue, rose gold and gold. As Redmi 6 will available with these colors.

The price of Redmi 6 is

Rs 7,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and

Rs 9,499  for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant.

Full specification

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA, LTE
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, June
Status Available. Released 2018, June
BODY Dimensions 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm (5.81 x 2.81 x 0.33 in)
Weight 146 g (5.15 oz)
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.45 inches, 76.7 cm2 (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~295 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
  – MIUI 9
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU PowerVR GE8320
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12 μm, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 5 MP
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio
USB micro USB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – XviD/MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Grey, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold
Price Rs 7,999

Source – gsmarena

Now have a look on Redmi 6A

Redmi 6A

Redmi 6A is the successor of Redmi 5A. In design, display and with some features Xiaomi has changed on the New Redmi 6A.

Redmi 6

With its features and low price Redmi-6A is going to be “Desh ka Naya Smartphone”.

 

Design

Redmi 6A comes with the light-weight metal-body design of 145g in weight that is 1g lesser than Redmi-6. 8.3mm thin and 147.5mm in height.

With its slender frame that allows you to taste the rich media experience and fit perfectly in your grip.

Display

It comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio type 5.45 inch full HD Plus display that is the 80.5% of screen-to-body ratio.

With the 720×1440 pixels resolution and 295-pixel density, it will give you a perfect view experience all the time.

The display is designed with touchscreen and multi-touch that conforms the instant response to minute touch.

Camera and Sensors

The Redmi 6A comes with a horizontal placed 13MP rear-mounted camera of aperture f/2.2 and PDAF for high speed focusing on the subject, even on the motion.

A LED flash is there for low light enhancement. Different type of mode like HDR, burst mode, screen selection is available.

On the front, there is a 5MP selfie shooter with portrait mode and beautify to give you perfect selfies on every click.

Unlike the Redmi-6, there is no Fingerprint sensor on Redmi-6A but it includes sensors like an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, and a proximity sensor.

Software

Redmi-6A smoothly runs on top of Android Oreo v8.1 and the company’s MIUI 9.6 skin, which will upgrade to MIUI 10 very soon.

AI face unlocking system which provides you the faster and smarter face unlock at a single glance.

Processor And Performances

Redmi-6A is powered by 2.0GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio A22 and Cortex-A53.

With the 12nm processor design, it ensures you to gives a lag-free performance and will energy efficient with the combination of MIUI 9.6.

Redmi 6

RAM and Storage

Redmi 6A will be available in two different variants i.e 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

The good news is a dedicated slot for Micro SD card. Yes, you can use dual nano-SIM and a Micro SD card at a time.

If you want to load more Apps in it, you can expand your storage up to 256GB by using SD card.

Battery

Redmi 6A equipped with a 3000mAh battery which supports 5W charging.

The company claims that it will last for a whole day on normal usage without any falter.

Connectivity

It supports to dual 4G VoLTE along with Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5 headphone jack.

Release date, Color, And Price

Redmi-6A will go on sale for first on 19, September. Check the official website.

This phone will available in four different colors like Blue, Gold, dark grey and black. Choose which one you want.

The price of the phone will surprise you i.e Rs 5,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB variant and Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 32GB variant.

Full specification

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA, LTE
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, June
Status Available. Released 2018, June
BODY Dimensions 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm (5.81 x 2.81 x 0.33 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.45 inches, 76.7 cm2 (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~295 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
  – MIUI 9.0
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Mediatek Helio A22
CPU Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Single 13 MP, f/2.2, PDAF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 5 MP, f/2.2
Video
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB 2.0
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – XviD/MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Grey, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold
Price Rs 5,999

Source – gsmarena

And now time for the Final one from the Redmi 6 series.

Redmi 6 Pro

After the huge success with the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the Indian market, Now the brand steps up with Redmi 6 Pro. But the 6 Pro is not exactly the successor of Note 5 Pro, still, it has some improvements in its specs.

Redmi 6

So, for more clarification look on the features of Redmi 6 Pro.

 

Design

Redmi 6 Pro comes with an elegant aluminum body design and curved edges it will fit snugly in your hand which you won’t want to drop.

As compared to the other two phones in the 6-series, Redmi 6 Pro stand high from the two in all dimensions with 178g in weight, 8.7mm in thickness, 149.3 in height and 71.7mm in width.

Display

As the notch is on trend, So Redmi 6 Pro comes with a notch on the above of 19:9 aspect ratio type 5.84 inch Full HD Plus display.

With the 79.24% of screen-to-body ratio, 1080×2280 pixels resolution, 432ppi pixel density and 500 nits brightness it will furnish you the best view experience.

If you don’t want any odd on your screen, you can hide the notch and choose the display mode that works for you.

Camera And Sensors

Redmi 6 Pro comes with a vertically placed dual camera setup on the back and a LED flash just below the set-up.

12MP primary camera with aperture f/2.2 and 1.25-micron pixels lens. With PDAF mode and 5MP secondary camera with aperture f/2.2 and 1.12-micron pixels lens for depth capture.

With the AI portrait and HDR mode, you can capture stunning pictures all the time.

There are also some other modes like auto flash, digital zoom, ISO control settings, touch to focus, exposure compensation and also with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).

On the front, there is a 5MP selfie shooter with aperture f/2.0, that comes with AI portrait and AI beautify modes for giving stunning selfies every time.

There is a fingerprint sensor on the back. Redmi 6 Pro also includes sensors like Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Ambient light sensor.

Software

Redmi 6 Pro rolling over Android Oreo v8.1 and the company’s MIUI 9.6 skin, as like the two other devices of the 6-Series.

As per the news, the company claims that it will get an OTA update from MIUI 10 very soon.

Redmi 6 Pro comes with an AI base face unlock technique, that distinguishes face with high accuracy and speed that helps you for instant unlock at a single glance.

Redmi 6

Processor And Performances

Redmi 6 Pro equipped with 2.0GHz, Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and Cortex-A53.

It is designed to deliver power pack performance and a good balance horsepower. So that you can operate multiple Apps at a time without any lag also get smooth gaming performance.

RAM and Storage

Redmi 6 Pro ships with large RAM and Storage i.e 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

There is a dedicated slot for Micro SD card, that is a very crucial feature because that is what buyers in India want.

So, by using a dedicated Micro SD card you can expand your storage up to 256GB. Which means no headache for insufficient storage or running out of space.

In Redmi 6 Pro, You can use dual nano-SIM along with a Micro SD card.

Battery

Redmi 6 Pro backed with an impressive 4000mAh battery under the hood. Which supports 5W charging.

According to Xiaomi, it can last for two days on normal usage and with the MIUI 9.6 machine learning optimization, it can save more power for you.

So, that you can watch Movies and play games for long hours.

Connectivity

Redmi 6 Pro supports to dual 4G VoLTE along with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Release Date, Color and Price

Redmi 6 Pro will go on sale from 11, September (Tuesday) for the first time. Check the official website.

Because color attracts more, So the Redmi 6 Pro comes with four different color- variants i.e Blue, Black, Gold, and Red. Buy the phone with your favorite color.

Redmi 6 Pro available at very affordable prices for its two variants

Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Rs  12,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant.

Full Specification

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global
  HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – China
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300) – Global
  LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – China
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, July
Status Available. Released 2018, July
BODY Dimensions 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm (5.88 x 2.82 x 0.35 in)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.84 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~79.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo); Android One
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 506
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12 μm, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)
SELFIE CAMERA Single 5 MP, f/2.0
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared port Yes
USB microUSB 2.0
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – XviD/MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
– Charging 5V/2A 10W
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Black, Blue, Gold (Global); Rose Gold, Red (China only)
Price Rs 10,999
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 1354 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1219
Basemark X: 10525
Display Contrast ratio: 1268:1 (nominal), 3.087 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 70dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 86dB
Audio quality Noise -90.3dB / Crosstalk -93.1dB
Battery life Endurance rating 106h

Source – gsmarena

Note: As I  said in all the three devices that they support to dual 4G VoLTE that means when you use two 4G SIM card at a time the 4G support is available for one card at a time.

Conclusions

So, here is my research on the Redmi 6 series for you. What do you want good camera quality, premium body design, screen-to-body ratio display or a notch display, impressive battery life all is here.

With the well-packed features and very much affordable price-range, it can expect the Redmi 6 series go-out-of-stock within few seconds after their release.

Most interestingly at what price range all the three phone are coming will definitely attract a lot of attention.

Not only with the price but with the specifications also.

Xiaomi has clarified that the prices of these phones are introductory, which means the price of 6-series models will increase in the upcoming days.

Now the rush increases in the mid-range lineup, it looks like Xiaomi phones competing with each other doesn’t matter in all cases they are going to increase the profit of the same Company.

Though there are so many brands bringing their mid-range smartphones into the market but still looks like the monopoly of Xiaomi.

It confuses the buyers, that they have to think many times before figure out the best one. Because all the mid-range smartphones from the brand are paramount.

Now you say from the 6-series which one are you going to add into your best budget smartphone list? And which one from the list you want to recommend for others?

About the author

Bibhu Prasad Bal

A professional content writer and a tech-savvy guy. He loves to explain stuff in a simple way, no matter what and how complicated it is.

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