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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro review: a notch in the belt for the Redmi series

“The Redmi 6 Pro comes with an impressive display that offers good viewing angles and the notch never gets in the way”

In June this year, Xiaomi launched the first handset in the company’s popular Redmi series to feature a notch display design — the Redmi 6 Pro. Just a few months later, the Redmi 6 Pro has now landed in India and seems ready to go head-to-head against the likes of capable phones like Realme 2 and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1. To figure out if the notched display phone from Xiaomi deserves your hard-earned money, read on our detailed review.

Design and display

The design on the Redmi 6 Pro is almost identical to the one on Redmi Note 5 Pro. This means that you get a vertically-stacked dual camera module on the top left, with the LED flash sandwiched in between the lenses, and a fingerprint sensor in the middle at the rear. The fingerprint sensor is easily accessible as the index finger sits comfortably on the sensor in the resting position and you don’t have to stretch to reach it. The handset’s body is primarily made out of plastic but still feels somewhat sturdy in the hand.

Having used many smartphones with the glass sandwich design recently, we personally prefer the matte finish at the back, which is neither a fingerprint magnet nor excessively slippery. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right spine, while the micro-USB charging port and loudspeaker grille are present on the bottom. The 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster are present at the top. To keep it short and sweet, the phone is easy to use with one hand and buttons are easy to reach. The phone doesn’t feel too heavy or bulky in the hand either.

Coming to the display, which happens to be the USP for the Redmi 6 Pro, the smartphone ships with a 5.84-inch full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. And yes, it comes with a notch design. Just few minutes into using the handset, as is the case with every other phone with a display notch in the market, you will forget that the notch is even there. However, when you are watching videos on YouTube, the phone creates a uniform bezel around the notch to make sure that no part of the video is covered by the notch. Unfortunately, the annoying part is that the uniform bezel is created at a (not-so-large) distance below the notch and crucial screen estate is lost in the process.

If we put this aspect aside, the quality of the display panel offered by the Redmi 6 Pro is impressive. The colours look vibrant on the display, which appears to be quite sharp when reading text as well. The peak brightness level and the viewing angles allow for the handset to be used in outdoor conditions with ease.

Cameras

To get the specifications out of the way first, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro features 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 comes with a 5MP snapper for selfies and video calls. Talking about the performance, the Redmi 6 Pro manages to capture some really impressive shots, both from up-close and from a distance, provided good lighting conditions. However, in poor lighting conditions, the smartphone struggles to recreate the same magic as there the images lack detail. Notably, there are some exposure issues presented by the phone’s cameras as well.

In the default camera app, you are presented with various mode options, including Portrait, Square, Panorama, and manual. If we talk about video recording, apart from the regular shooting mode, there is a short video mode offered by the phone as well. This mode essentially allows you to shoot small video clips of just 10 seconds.

To get a better look a the camera performance, here are some camera samples:

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Hardware and Software

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is powered by is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending upon the variant. At this point, it seems like the brand has some special affection for this particular chipset as the same processor has previously been used in the Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 5, Mi A1, and Mi Max 2 smartphones as well. With this trusted processor comes trusted performance. This means, just like the other handsets mentioned before, the Redmi 6 Pro manages to tackle some of the less challenging tasks with relative ease and there are no lag or stutter issues when navigating through the platform.

However, when it comes to demanding apps and games like PUBG, the handset presented occasional issues, but not enough to ruin the playing experience entirely. If we talk about software, the smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box and comes with all the features that you might expect out of a Xiaomi phone. There are some pre-installed apps like Mi Store, Mi Remote, UC Browser, Facebook, Amazon Shopping and more. In case the notch bothers you a lot, you can head to Settings > Full Screen Display > Hide Screen Notch. Enabling this option creates a uniform black bezel around the notch to offer you a standard display experience. Overall, if you like the brand’s interface in general, you will feel right at home.

Battery

Large battery capacity has been one of the most lucrative aspects for Xiaomi’s Redmi phones over the years. Needless to say, the Redmi 6 Pro does not let down in this department either. The new handset from Xiaomi comes with a massive 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi 6 Pro easily manages to last beyond a day under regular to heavy use. In our HD video loop test, where we run an HD video on loop with Wi-Fi and mobile data off and 50 percent brightness and loudspeaker volume, the phone managed to last around 20 hours.

This effectively means that you can take the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro out with you without worrying about running out of battery. For those who like to watch movies on the go, the combination of an impressive display and long battery life should prove to be a perfect fit.

Verdict

The Redmi 6 Pro ticks a lot of boxes for a great smartphone, especially for its price range. The handset looks good, comes with a trendy notch design, and packs a massive battery. The company could have gone ahead with a more recent processor than the Snapdragon 625 but the SoC gets the job done in most cases. In India, the handset will be competing against the likes of the Realme 1 and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1, both of which feature better processors. The Redmi 6 Pro will also be up against its own sibling, the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro. It will be interesting to see how the handset performs in the crowded budget segment.

 

Editor’s rating: 3.5 / 5

Pros

  • Impressive display
  • Good camera performance
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Older Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Face unlock is not particularly secure

 

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