New Redmi phone that’s low on price, high on fea­tures

T3 India - - Contents - WORDS KUNAL GAN­GAR

Xiaomi is out with yet an­other af­ford­able phone. We test it to see if it’s worth

There’s no doubt that Xiaomi has ce­mented it­self as a brand for the masses but the one range that ac­tu­ally cer­ti­fied their po­si­tion was Redmi 5. The com­pany has now an­nounced its suc­ces­sor and added three new de­vices in the Redmi 6 series. This month we take a look at the most ex­pen­sive Redmi 6 de­vice - the Redmi 6 Pro.

Xiaomi fol­lows a cer­tain de­sign lan­guage for their de­vices and Redmi 6 Pro is no dif­fer­ent. The phone has a metal body with ta­pered edges that give the phone a good hand feel with the dual cam­era and fin­ger­print sen­sor placed at the back. The front is graced by a 5.84-inch dis­play with a nar­row notch above. The full-screen dis­play sup­ports Full HD+ res­o­lu­tion with an as­pect ra­tio of 19:9. The dis­play qual­ity is sim­i­lar to other Redmi de­vices in the price range and of­fers dif­fer­ent screen modes like night and read­ing and even al­lows to ad­just the colour tem­per­a­ture.

There’s no other pro­po­nent as strong as Xiaomi is for Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 625 chip, thanks to its power ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance. The Redmi 6 Pro also comes with the same tried and tested SoC and cou­pled with ei­ther 3GB or 4GB of RAM, de­liv­ers great per­for­mance at this price. If we talk about the bat­tery, the 4000mAh is good enough to last for more than a day with mod­er­ate use that in­cludes a few calls, videos, mu­sic and cam­era.

Redmi 6 Pro also joins the dual cam­era lineup with its 12MP + 5MP sen­sors at the back. The main cam­era takes de­cent pic­tures in day­light with good colours and de­tails but tends to suf­fer in less than ad­e­quate light­ing sit­u­a­tions. The por­trait mode works but it takes some ef­fort to get it right. There are HDR, EIS and Full HD video record­ing. The front has a 5MP cam­era that sup­ports AI por­trait mode, beau­tify and HDR.

The phone runs MIUI 9.6 out of the box but just like rest of the Xiaomi de­vices, the Redmi 6 Pro will also be up­dated to MIUI 10. In ad­di­tion to the fin­ger­print un­lock, the de­vice also sup­ports Face Un­lock that works well. On the stor­age front, there’s 32GB or 64GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory de­pend­ing on the vari­ant you choose but the good part is that it also comes with a ded­i­cated mi­croSD card slot that can be used with dual SIMs.

The Redmi 6 Pro is a thou­sand ru­pees more than Redmi Note 5 and while both de­vices are sim­i­lar in hard­ware, the thing that works for the new phone is the in­clu­sion of a dual cam­era matched with de­cent per­for­mance and good bat­tery life.

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