Xiaomi today launched its latest entry-level Redmi smartphones, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A at an event held in China. The smartphones offers a few key upgrades over their predecessors and come with 18:9 aspect ratio ‘bezel-less’ displays.
Redmi 6A: Specifications, Features
Xiaomi’s new Redmi 6A features a 5.45-inch display with 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio, an impressive upgrade over the 5.0-inch HD resolution display on the Redmi 5A. The Redmi 6A is powered by a MediaTek Helio A11 processor clocked at 2 GHz. It is manufactured on a 12nm process, making it more efficient than many other mid-range SoCs. In terms of performance, the chipset is claimed to be 37% more powerful than the Snapdragon 425 chipset powering the Redmi 5A and 33% faster than the MediaTek MT6739 chipset. In the memory department, Redmi 6A comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable onboard storage.
In the camera department, Xiaomi’s new Redmi 6A features a single 13MP camera at the rear and a 5MP snapper on the front. Both the cameras come with AI features to help users capture great images.
Redmi 6A: Price in India, Availability
The Redmi 6A is priced at 599 yuan (Rs.6,300 approx.) for the 2GB RAM variant with 16GB of onboard storage. It is set to go on sale in China starting June 15th at 10 AM.
Redmi 6: Specifications, Features
The new Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inch display with 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. However, since the Redmi 6 is an entry-level smartphone, it doesn’t feature a very high screen-to-body ratio, as evident by the relatively thick bezels around the display. In terms of performance, the Redmi 6 is a significant improvement over the Redmi 5. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. In case you aren’t aware, the MediaTek Helio P22 is an octa-core SoC based on the ARM Cortex-A53 architecture clocked at up to 2.0 GHz with an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. Unlike its predecessor, the Redmi 6 will be available in two memory configurations – 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. For further expansion, the smartphone includes a microSD card slot.
At the back of the handset is a 12MP + 5MP AI dual-camera setup, similar to the setup seen on the Redmi Y2. The primary sensor boasts 1.25um pixel size. Thanks to the dual-camera setup, the Redmi 6 is capable of capturing portrait shots with hardware-level bokeh. On the front, however, things aren’t very different. The Redmi 6 sports a 5MP snapper for selfies and video calls, just like the Redmi 5.
On the connectivity front, Xiaomi’s new Redmi 6 features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, 4G VoLTE, and an IR blaster. The smartphone also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, similar to the Redmi 5. However, in addition to the fingerprint sensor, Redmi 6 supports Face Unlock as well for easy access. Fueling the internals of the smartphone is a 3000mAh capacity non-removable battery. On the software front, Redmi 6 will ship with the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out of the box.
Redmi 6: Price in India, Availability
The Redmi 6 will start at 799 yuan (Rs.8,500 approx.) in China for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. On the other hand, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the smartphone has been priced at 999 yuan (Rs.10,500 approx.). The Redmi 6 will also be going on sale in China starting June 15th at 10 AM. While Xiaomi hasn’t announced anything with regards to the global availability of the two smartphones, we are hopeful that both the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones will be making their way to the Indian market. What remains to be seen, however, is how long Xiaomi India takes to bring the two smartphones to our country.