Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro hands-on: Progressive iteration

Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi has been the quantity one smartphone logo in India, the corporate’s greatest marketplace outdoor of China, since over a yr now and far of its luck and certain mindshare has been piggybacking on its bestselling Note sequence.

Ten months in the past, Xiaomi introduced the upgraded Redmi Note 5 but additionally presented Redmi Note 5 Pro with higher internals and digital camera to enchantment to the facility customers on the cheap.

And simply earlier than 2018 ends, we have already got the Redmi Note 6 Pro launching in India on November 22. I spent a while with the instrument this week, and listed here are my preliminary impressions of the similar.

Iterative replace to the Redmi Note 5 Pro

Redmi Note 6 Pro

The design of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has Xiaomi written everywhere it (now not actually!). It seems to be high-quality and is purposeful, however uninspiring. There are delicate adjustments, particularly with the arc design on the again, that reinforce the ergonomics of the instrument however competition like Honor and HMD Global have constantly upped the sport in aesthetics and one needs Xiaomi would wreck the mold quickly.

The show will get an improve despite the fact that from 18:9 side ratio to a 19:9 side ratio which makes for a bigger 6.26-inch Full HD+ show in an identical shape issue. The entrance of the instrument has minimum bezels and appears very similar to some flagship units available in the market. The show is fairly brilliant, and the colour accuracy is first-rate – it’s obviously one of the most efficient presentations in any smartphone on this differ.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro was once made for individuals who want slightly additional at the spec sheet and marked the worldwide debut of the Snapdragon 636 processor on the time — Qualcomm’s newest 600-series chipset. It additionally featured the most recent Kryo era, which is most often best observed in 800-series chips.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro packs in the similar internals and is available in two reminiscence variants – 4 GB + 64 GB and 6 GB + 64 GB.

  Redmi Note 6 Pro
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
MIUI 10
Display 6.26-inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) show
19:9 side ratio
500-nit most brightness
2.5D curved glass
Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1.8GHz max)
Kryo 260 CPU
Adreno 509 GPU
RAM 4/6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 64 GB
Expandable garage as much as 256GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 5MP twin digital camera

1.4μm pixel dimension
f/1.9 aperture

Single tone dual-LED flash

Front Camera 20MP + 2MP twin digital camera
AI face free up
Battery 4,000 mAh
5V/2A charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Dimensions 157.91mm x 76.38mm x 8.26mm
Weight 182g
Colors Black, Rose Gold, Blue, Red

Four cameras

The Redmi Note 5 Pro was once the primary Redmi telephone to pack in twin cameras previous this yr and now Redmi Note 6 Pro is the primary Xiaomi smartphone to recreation twin cameras each on the back and front.

The Note sequence has normally been marred by way of reasonable cameras, however the Redmi Note 5 Pro modified that happening to arguably transform one of the most efficient shooters in funds and mid-range phase. It’s been additional advanced this time round with a mixture of 12MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a big 1.4 μm pixel dimension and a 5MP sensor used for the depth-of-field impact whilst taking pictures portraits.

There also are AI smarts like scene detection and adjustable bokeh with attention-grabbing options like studio lighting fixtures et al. Most of those had been completed fairly neatly.

On the entrance there’s a 20MP number one sensor with a 2MP secondary intensity sensor that works fairly neatly for the ones portrait selfies. There’s additionally fortify for AI face free up.

MIUI 10

Redmi Note 6 Pro

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the corporate’s first smartphone to send with MIUI 10, the most recent iteration of the corporate’s proprietary UI layer, out of the field.

But MIUI 10 is in accordance with Android 8.1 Oreo, and it’s disappointing for a smartphone launching within the closing quarter of 2018 with neither Android Pie out of the field nor a undeniable timeline for the improve. Not very ‘Pro’!

That stated, MIUI is one of the extra common Android customizations, and despite the fact that it’s a tad bloated, it packs in numerous options and has its proportion of enthusiasts.

Large 4000mAh battery

The Redmi Note 6 Pro keeps the 4000mAh battery that we noticed at the closing era instrument however Xiaomi claims that because of the most recent MIUI optimizations, the battery existence has been additional advanced. The Redmi Note 5 Pro simply gave a day-and-a-half battery existence and anything else greater than that will likely be terrific. We’ll put the declare to check in our in-depth overview after all.

However, it’s disappointing to discover a micro-USB port as a substitute of a USB Type-C port in a smartphone launched in 2018, and one with a ‘Pro’ moniker at that. But a minimum of it’ll paintings with the outdated chargers you could have mendacity round the home.

Summary

Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi has carved out a at ease area for itself within the crowded reasonably priced smartphone marketplace in India and is now taking part in too protected with an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it’ manner.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is just a innovative, and a tad underwhelming, replace to the Redmi Note 5 Pro however in the event you’re searching for an reasonably priced smartphone with a excellent set of cameras and robust innards, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will likely be one of the highest choices at the desk.

We’ll know extra in regards to the pricing and availability when the instrument launches subsequent week, and can carry you all of the main points together with a complete overview of Xiaomi’s newest mid-range smartphone.