Redmi Note 6 Pro : The notch trend that first started with the iPhone X last year has seemingly become a standard for all “modern” smartphones now. And with Apple continuing to embrace the notch, two years in a row now with the newly launched iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, it is pretty obvious that the notch is here to stay. That’s probably one reason why the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro also has a notch on its screen.
The good thing about the Redmi 6 Pro is that it does not cost as much as what the iPhone X does, or even as much as what some of the other Android counterparts with a notch do. In classic Redmi fashion, the Redmi 6 Pro starts at Rs 10,999. This is for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version. There’s also a higher-end Redmi 6 Pro with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is available for Rs 12,999.
You can tell the notch is the main highlight of the Redmi 6 Pro since everything else about Xiaomi’s new Redmi phone seems very familiar. The Redmi 6 Pro shares many hardware specifics with Xiaomi’s other popular Redmi phones like the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Y2 and even the Redmi Note 5 Pro. There’s an even more affordable non-Pro version of the Redmi 6 Pro that has been launched alongside the Redmi 6 Pro for Rs 7,999. Only the Redmi 6 Pro has a notch though.
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The Redmi 6 Pro offers a FHD+ IPS LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio. The quality of the panel is quite good, but, it’s not as good as the screen in the slightly more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro. Having said that, the panel is still good enough for its price segment, offering rich colours and more than adequate brightness levels.
The notch not only gives the phone a modern look, it also results in greater screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive multimedia experience. Although the phone’s default apps use the display cut-out well, many third-party apps behave differently and leave you asking for more. But that’s more an Android thing, and less about Xiaomi’s implementation.
PERFORMANCE, SOFTWARE AND BATTERY LIFE
Xiaomi has stuck with the good old ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ formula as far as core hardware is concerned, which in case if you haven’t guessed already means that it is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor inside the Redmi 6 Pro. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is an ageing processor, that although packs in lots of efficiency also leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to raw power.
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
The Redmi 6 Pro is instantly recognizable as a Redmi phone. It comes with an almost full-metal body with top and bottom ends being plastic with brushed metal finish. Just like other Redmi phones before it, the Redmi 6 Pro also comes with curved 2.5D glass on the front and rounded edges with reinforced corners to minimise drop impact, and polished antenna lines that give the phone a premium look and feel. Some change is in the air though — in addition to the presence of a notch — since the Redmi 6 Pro weighs quite a lot, and it is also quite thick for a Redmi phone. But this is where the phone’s modern notched design steps in and tries to play a balancing act.
The Redmi 6 Pro comes with dual rear cameras which are seemingly the same deal that is inside the Redmi Y2. This mean that the Redmi 6 Pro also has a 12MP + 5MP rear camera system. There is also EIS for videos. The results are also in line with what we have seen from the Redmi Y2, which means that the Redmi 6 Pro is also a capable camera phone in ideal conditions but may not exactly dazzle you in tricky and low light scenarios.
The Redmi 6 Pro captures some good-looking photos with occasional softness in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on if a little oversaturated colours. Dynamic range could have been better, but overall, the Redmi 6 Pro should suffice for most users in ideal lighting. The Redmi 6 Pro is also able to capture some well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail, but, then again we’ve seen better from Xiaomi (with phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2). Low light photos have lots of noise although you can get slightly better results using the phone’s HHT mode. Much like the Redmi Y2, the Redmi 6 Pro can also capture good bokeh shots, which is a welcome change in this price segment.
Redmi Note 6 Pro price, specifications
The Redmi Note 6 Pro price for the global variant is between $193.99 and $218.99 (roughly Rs. 14,100 and Rs. 15,900) on AliExpress. The retailer is even shipping the handset to major markets, including the US and UK, but not India. It is worth noting here that the estimated delivery time is 60 days.
Apart from revealing the basic details, the online listing of the Global Redmi Note 6 Pro reveals its key specifications. It shows that the dual-SIM (Nano) runs MIUI 9 on top of Android and features a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display. The listing also shows that the handset has a 19:9 aspect ratio. However, for the given resolution, it should have an 18:9 aspect ratio. There is also a mentioning about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. However, it is worth noting here that a previous report claimed that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will come with a Snapdragon 636 SoC and have a superior variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The listing also shows that there is a dual rear camera setup at the back along with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, along with an LED flash module. On the front, it is mentioned that the smartphone has a combination of 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors. Additionally, the online listing shows the presence of 4G LTE, Micro-USB, and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor on the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The smartphone packs a 4,000mAh battery and measures 157.9×76.38×8.2mm.
We weren’t able to verify if the listing of the Global Redmi Note 6 Pro is legitimate since Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the smartphone. That being said, the fresh development gives a hint at what the Chinese company is preparing behind the scenes.