Xiaomi is on it’s success peak, becoming world no. 4 smartphone seller in Q3 and it all happened with a formula of low prices plus powerful hardware. Xiaomi has been unbeatable with its prices and one recent example was Redmi Note 5 Pro at INR 15,000. The device captured a heavy market share in India this festive season because of its undeniably strong performance at an extremely low budget. Now its successor is here- the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The success of Note 5 Pro implies that it has big shoes to fill and the Chinese manufacturer is up for the challenge again.
While Xiaomi seems to play safe with same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, we are here to review everything that is new in the device. We will get along with Note 6 Pro specifications and smartphones it might compete with, and will see whether or not the Xiaomi handset is worth the money or not. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated with such awesome tech content.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Design
You will hardly notice a couple of changes in Redmi Note 6 Pro when compared to its predecessor Note 5 Pro. The size of the device is almost similar to its predecessor and it gets hard to distinguish between the two when seen from the back.
The front has some changes where Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro features a bigger display with a notch. This marks Xiaomi’s first entry with a notch display in the Indian market. The power and volume buttons are on the right side. While the power button is easily accessible, you might feel a bit stretched going for volume rockers.
The device carries a 3.5mm jack at the top along with a secondary microphone and an IR emitter used to control appliances. The bottom of the device features a Micro-USB port, which might come as a disappointment since it’s biggest competitions such as Nokia 6.1 or Motorola One are using USB Type-C ports.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 6 Specifications
They say, “why to fix something that isn’t broken,” and that’s exactly what Xiaomi is following with another round to Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. This chip is also featured on Nokia 6.1 Plus, Motorola One Power, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. This chip consists of eight Kyro 260 CPU cores clocking at a speed of 1.8GHz. Apart from that, the smartphone comes in two RAM variants including 4GB and 6GB with similar 64GB internal storage support in each.
You have the option to expand your storage but that comes with a sacrifice of the dual-SIM option. Instead of a hybrid SIM card support, a dedicated microSD card slot would’ve held better in the Indian market.
Other than that, another highlighted feature is Wi-Fi repeater. It enables user to connect to any Wi-Fi while working as a hotspot for other devices as well (basically passing a WiFi connection to others too). Though device supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, the company is still shipping only a 10W charger with the device. Similar to the Xiaomi Poco F1, Redmi Note 6 Pro also offers a water-resistant P2i coating.
Furthermore, the smartphone comes with MIUI 10, based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Considering the fact how smartphone makers are pushing to Android 9 Pie, Xiaomi might be outdated to present a new device with Oreo.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Pre-Installed Apps
You might get irritated with a number of bloatware coming from Xiaomi in the new device. It contains a number of apps including, Mi Remote, Mi Drop, Mi Store, Mi Community, UC Browser, Cleaner, Facebook, NewsPoint, Daily hunt, Amazon Shopping and few more.
While using the device, you will feel frustrated with continuous notification spam from Mi Video and Daily hunt.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Performance, Cameras, and Battery Life
There are no performance issues with the device. The phone performs flawlessly on moderate daily usage with powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 in-house. It also works without a stutter on heavy games like PUBG Mobile at lowest graphics settings. Though, living up to the Xiaomi expectations, the phone gets a little warmer after the heavy gaming. Credits to its big 4000 mAh battery which is unchanged from the previous Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The camera of this new smartphone retains the old 12MP + 5MP configuration where 12MP having a 1.4-micron size of a pixel with f/1.9 aperture.
The secondary or front cam consists of a dual-setup again including 20MP + 2MP selfie snappers. Following the buzz, Xiaomi also claimed that the AI scene detection is already installed in the camera app capable of recognizing 32 different scenes.
Xiaomi has priced Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro at Rs 15,999 for the higher specced version whereas Rs 12,999 for 4GB variant which is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Redmi Note 6 Pro has some changes over the previous device, but would that be enough for Xiaomi users? The bigger and brighter notch display is a better move but will someone replace their already flawless device with a new one just for the display?
Unlike the last time when there was no competition, this time we have the likes of Nokia 6.1 Plus and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.
With the previous predecessor still in the market, we think users will go for a better version (this device). But it will get hard competition from Nokia, Asus, and the 5000mAh Motorola device.