Xiaomi unveiled the first handset in Redmi series with notch display design in the form of the Redmi note 6 pro, in China last month and even though the company has not shared any plans to bring the budget handset to India, we managed to grab a Chinese unit of the smartphone.
Xiaomi is a privately owned company that designs, develops, and sells smartphones, an Android-based OS, and other consumer electronics. Xiaomi also makes fitness trackers, TVs, air purifiers, and tablets. It has a skin for its Android phones and tablets – MIUI. The company largely sells its phones via flash sales in India. Looking at the smartphone renders upfront, the most striking difference between the Redmi 6 Pro and any other smartphone made by Xiaomi so far is the presence of a notch.
Here’s a detailed review of the Redmi Note 6 Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Price [Expected]:
The price of Redmi Note Pro is affordable. The price of 3GB RAM handset is nearby Rs.12,300 and the price of 4GB RAM handset is nearly Rs.13,300
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Design:
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is equipped with a 5.84-inch bang full-screen with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and a screen to body ratio of 19:9. Thanks to the model size, which is equivalent to the 5.1-inch traditional phone, it’s ideal for single-hand operations regardless of the palm size. In addition, it also supports sunscreen, night light screen, eye protection mode and intelligent environment adaptation mode.
Actually, the bangs carry only three components: the light sensor, the speaker, and the 5MP camera. That’s why the notch part is narrower in comparison to the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE. Surprisingly, the so-called breathing light was moved to the lower left corner.
As for the back, it repeats the same design elements seen on the previous Redmi line handsets launched previously. Say, it’s difficult to mention any real differences between the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Both models use a three-stage design. The middle part is made of metal, while the lower and upper parts are made of plastic. The dual-camera is placed vertically in the upper left corner. The flashlight is located between the sensors. The fingerprint scanner is not moved. The Mi logo stays where it’s been as well.
On the bottom, we can find a micro USB port along with a noise reduction mic and a speaker. The top side carries a 3.5mm audio jack, a noise reduction microphone, and an infrared remote sensor. Here is only a 2+1 slot on the left side of the fuselage. It comes with dual-card dual-standby support. On the right, there is still the traditional volume rocker and the power button.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Performance and Software:
The new Redmi handset runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box and comes with all the features that you might expect out of a Xiaomi phone. The Chinese unit came out of the box filled with some bloatware but users can expect other features like dual apps, lite mode, and Full-Screen Display, which will make way to units across regions.
We found the overall user experience offered by the Redmi 6 Pro to be fairly clean and did not face any stutter issues while navigating through the platform. Moving to the hardware aspect, the new Redmi handset is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending upon the variant. As you might have guessed, Xiaomi is trying to serve old wine in a new-ish bottle over here. Xiaomi has offered the same processor in the Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 5, Mi A1, and Mi Max 2 earlier.
The smartphone handled some graphically demanding games like PUBG and Injustice 2 relatively well. You did not face any heating issues. The Second Space feature allows you to install apps and keep pictures separately for security. If we talk about the AI-based Face Unlock feature, the handset manages to offer convenience but we are not too sure about the security. This is because we managed to unlock the handset even in poor lighting conditions as well as with part of our face covered.
Due to the presence of the notch, apps and games are usually displayed with a black strip on that side of the screen. Oddly enough, when you try to take a screenshot in these apps and games, the screen grab also features a thick black strip, which is not the case with other phones that come with the notch display design.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Display:
The Redmi 6 Pro features a 5.84-inch full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) IPS LCD display with a taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 19:9. The display of the phone to be vibrant but slightly over-saturated. The viewing angles are good, and the images as well as text, appear crisp on the display. While this observation is getting slightly old, it is important to point out that the screen cut-out never feels like much of an issue and when you are watching videos on YouTube app, the notch doesn’t come in the way as it is covered up by a neat uniform bezel.
Further, the taller-than-usual aspect ratio makes it noticeably easier to handle multitasking. The maximum brightness level offered by the handset’s screen is impressive and makes it easy to use even outdoors under bright sunlight.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Camera:
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro comes with a dual-camera module at the rear, consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor, accompanied by an LED flash. At the front, the phone has a 5MP camera for selfies and video call. Can be able to click pictures in both daylight as well as poor lighting conditions, I can safely say that the camera performance offered by the Redmi 6 Pro is good for its price range. However, for what it’s worth, the low light performance and selfie camera still leave room for improvement as there are some exposure and detail issues in these conditions.
In the default camera app, you get the option to click the image in Portrait, Square, Panorama, and manual modes. In the manual mode, you can adjust ISO and white balance to take better images and apart from regular video shooting mode, there is a short video mode that allows you to shoot small video clips of just 10 seconds.
There are tons of customization options that allow you to click pictures with the fingerprint sensor and show grid lines among other things. You can check out the camera gallery below to figure out the quality of images by yourself.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Battery:
The Redmi 6 Pro packs a rather massive 4,000mAh battery. Given this particular specification, it should not come as a surprise that the handset easily manages to last beyond a day under regular as well as heavy use. To give you further perspective, in our HD video loop test, the handset managed to last around 20 hours.
Effectively, this all means that the smartphone from Xiaomi won’t disappoint you if you are heading out for a road trip and planning to catch up on a TV series or watch a movie or two. At this point, we would seriously appreciate if all phones would offer this kind of battery life across price ranges.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Final Verdict:
The Redmi Note Pro is a fine handset with a lot of features in a minimum price range. The handset looks good, comes with the trendy notch design, and packs a massive battery. Although Snapdragon 625 feels like a dated processor at this point, the SoC gets the job done.
It has a better processor to run apps smoothly and easily. So those who have been thinking on buying a full-screen smartphone with bangs, can experience with this model first and make their final decision.
At last, let’s talk about the pros and cons of Redmi Note Pro 6:
- Impressive display
- Good camera performance
- Excellent battery life.
- Processor choice is not good enough.
- Face unlock is not particularly secure.