Xiaomi has been the budget range smartphone champion for some time now. A few months back, it had launched the Redmi Note 5 which took the Indian market by storm. And now, it has announced the successor to that, the Redmi 6 Pro. The phone seems to be packing a punch and is sure to be priced competitively. We compare how the Redmi 6 Pro compares to the Note 5 and also Huawei’s offering in that range: the Honor 7X.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 7X: Price in India
The Redmi Note 5 is available in 2 configurations. The 3GB+32GB model sells for Rs. 9,999 while the higher 4GB+64GB model retails at Rs. 11,999. The Honor 7X is currently priced at Rs.12,999 for its 4GB RAM+32GB storage variant while a boost to 64GB storage will cost you Rs. 15,999.
The Redmi 6 Pro is going to be available in three memory configurations in China – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. As revealed by the smartphone’s official listing yesterday, the base variant of the handset is priced at 999 yuan (Rs.10,400 approx.). The middle 4GB RAM + 32GB storage variant will cost 1,199 yuan (Rs.11,500 approx.), while the top-end 64GB storage variant with 4GB RAM will sell for 1,299 yuan (Rs.13,500 approx.).
Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 7X: Design, Display
All three of these phones feature a glass-meets-metal design and feel solid and sturdy in hand. The Redmi 6 Pro stands out of the lot as it features a notched display, which is a 19:9 aspect ratio 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel. The Note 5 features a 5.99-inch LCD screen while the Honor 7X features a slightly smaller 5.93-inch display. All three of these phones come with FHD+ resolution.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 7X: Performance, Hardware, Software
When it comes to hardware specs, these phones are evenly matched. While the Honor 7X comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, the Note 5 and the Redmi 6 Pro are running on a Snapdragon 625 chipset. All three of these phones come with either 3 or 4GB of RAM, and storage options ranging from 32GB to 64GB. While the Honor 7X and the Note 5 feature a hybrid SD card slot, meaning you can use either a second SIM or a micro SD card, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with a dedicated slot for expandable storage.
The Note 5 and Honor 7X launched with Android Nougat 7.1.2 but have received updates to Android Oreo, while the Redmi 6 Pro being the most recent of these three, comes with Android Oreo out-of-the-box. None of these phones feature a stock Android experience, however, both Xiaomi’s and Huawei’s custom skins are pretty good with performance and functionalities.
On the battery, front is where Xiaomi really pummels the opposition with both the Note 5 and the Redmi 6 Pro featuring a massive 4000mAh battery, while the Honor 7X makes do with a 3340mAh cell.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 7X: Camera, Imaging
Cameras are rapidly becoming the primary criteria for choosing a smartphone and all three of these phones come with impressive camera setups. While the Honor 7X features a Dual 16 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP setup at the back, the Redmi 6 Pro packs in Dual 12 MP (f/2.2) + 5 MP (f/2.2) sensors with gyro-EIS and phase detection Autofocus. The Redmi Note 5 misses out on dual cameras and instead features a single 12 MP (f/2.2) shooter with Dual LED flash and PDAF.
On the front, both the Redmis feature a 5MP shooter, capable of 1080p video recording whereas the Honor 7X features a slightly better 8MP shooter, also capable of 1080p videos.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 7X: Verdict
The Redmi Note 5 is a solid budget phone and packs in quite a punch for its price. The Honor 7X does everything to match the Note 5 and adds some more features like the dual camera setup. However, for its price of ~Rs15,000 you can opt for the Redmi Note 5 Pro instead, which has a gorgeous screen, a huge battery and a decent set of cameras. The Redmi 6 Pro is surely going to be a hit, given that it seems to have got the right specs and Xiaomi is sure to price it competitively. Stay tuned as we’ll bring you all the latest updates about the Redmi 6 Pro and its India launch and pricing.