At an event held in China yesterday, Xiaomi unveiled the entry-level Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones powered by MediaTek Helio processors. Successors to the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5A, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones are expected to be launched in India soon. While Xiaomi has been launching only Snapdragon-powered smartphones in India after it got into a legal battle with Ericsson, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are expected to be launched with MediaTek SoCs under their hood in India.
Redmi 6, Redmi 6A: First MediaTek-Powered Xiaomi Smartphones to Launch in India in Four Years?
In December 2014, the Delhi High court had passed an interim order that blocked the sales of MediaTek-powered Xiaomi smartphones in India, which were found to infringe the mobile patents held by Ericsson. Since then, the company has exclusively been launching Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered smartphones in the Indian market. However, things might change very soon. At Computex 2018, MediaTek Chief Financial Officer David Ku had revealed that Xiaomi and Ericsson have finally reached a settlement and Xiaomi is now allowed to launch smartphones powered by MediaTek SoCs in the Indian market.
Redmi 6: Specifications, Features
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. While the 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone includes 32GB of built-in storage, the 4GB RAM variant includes 64GB of onboard storage. At the rear is a 12MP + 5MP AI dual-camera setup with phase detection autofocus and Full HD video capture. For selfies, the handset includes a 5MP sensor on the front with Face Unlock and AI Portrait mode.
While the Redmi 6 is a significant improvement over the Redmi 5 in the camera department, it comes equipped with a slightly smaller 3000mAh capacity battery. The smartphone also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. On the software front, it will launch with the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box.
Redmi 6A: Specifications, Features
Just like the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, Redmi 6A is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio A22 processor clocked at 2 GHz. The quad-core SoC is paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Strangely, Xiaomi has gone with a Hybrid Dual-SIM slot configuration on the Redmi 6A, which means Dual SIM users will not be able to expand the storage further.
Moving on to optics, the Redmi 6A is equipped with a 13MP primary camera at the rear with phase-detection autofocus and an f/2.2 aperture. For selfies and video calls, the Redmi 6A is equipped with a 5MP snapper on the front. Keeping the lights on is a 3000mAh capacity battery, identical to the more expensive Redmi 6. The Redmi 6A is similar to the Redmi 6 in the software department as well. It runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box. However, MIUI has been optimized for the Redmi 6A, reducing system apps’ memory usage by 30%.
Redmi 6, Redmi 6A: Expected Price in India
Unlike the Redmi 5, the Redmi 6 only comes in two memory configurations – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. We expect the 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone to be priced at Rs.8,999, while the 4GB RAM variant will likely cost Rs.10,999 in India.
The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, is likely to cost somewhere around Rs.6,490 in India. It only comes in a single memory configuration with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. While no release date has been confirmed yet, we expect the two smartphones to be launched in India sometime in the third quarter of the year.