With Redmi Note 5 has the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi launched a powerful smartphone in mid-February this year. At the end of September, Xiaomi has the successor in the form of Redmi Nota 6 Pro presented. As a "Pro", I would not designate the successor, because the differences are not really big – at least not from a technical point of view.
The Redmi series generally has a very good price / performance ratio, which also applies to Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Android smartphone can already be purchased from under CHF 200 or EUR 160. Of course, LTE Band 20 is supported, which means that the device can be used without restrictions in Switzerland.
In the last three weeks, we used Redimi Note 6 Pro as a daily driver. If a change from Note 5 Redmi to the successor is useful, I will respond with pleasure to the following lines.
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Xiaomi Redmi Specifications Note 6 Pro
- display: 6.26 "FHD + LCD (2280 x 1080 pixels)
- Processor / GPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 4x 1.8 GHz and 4x 1.6 GHz / Adreno 509 GPU
- memory: Optional 3 or 4 GB RAM / Optional 32 or 64 GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable)
- operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 9.6
- the main camera: 12 megapixel f / 1,9 + 5 megapixel diaphragm f / 2,0
- front camera: 20 megapixels + 2 megapixels
- connections: microUSB, 3.5 mm jack connection
- compounds: LTE, WLAN 802.11 ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
- Dual-SIM: Yes (hybrid SIM slot)
- battery: 4000 mAh (5V / 2A fast charging)
- dimensions: 157.9 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm
- weight: 176 grams
Scope of delivery, design and workmanship
Note Redmi 6 Pro has the typical Xiaomi delivery object. Specifically, there is a silicon protection cover, a power adapter (5V / 2A), including a microUSB cable, a paper clip to open the SIM card slot, and regular documents next to your smartphone. Headphones are not available at Xiaomi, at least during this price range.
The front end of Note Redmi 6 Pro with a wide note invariably recalls the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (to review). Unlike its predecessor, there is now a Notch, which, fortunately, does not feature on the screen like the Google Pixel 3 XL. The Notch contains the headphones, a notification LED (is just white!), a light and proximity sensor and a dual camera. The notification LED illuminates very, very poorly, so it is only perceived in the evening or in the dark. Despite the Notch, the edges around the display are relatively wide.
Also on the back is "known" – at least who has already seen the note Redmi 5. The differences to your predecessor are so small that you almost have to look for them. The dual camera arrangement, the digital fingerprint sensor and even the labels (the Mi logo etc.) have not changed at all. The dual camera comes out of the housing slightly, which is not necessary when using a protective cover or protective cover provided.
Xiaomi sets a lot of plastic in this price range, which is good in terms of price. The back is only in the middle of the metal, from the top and bottom, are plastic elements. Also made of plastic, the complete frame is made. But if you use the supplied silicone cover, you will not notice too much.
The volume button and power button are located on the right. The buttons on the device have a good pressure point and stay firm in the case. Unlike this, the SIM slot is installed, which can be opened with a "paper clip". The SIM slot has either two nanoSIM cards or a nanoSIM + microSD card (hybrid slot). Below we find the microUSB connector, microphone and a mono speaker. Sin Xiaomi dropped the middle class continues to be on the USB TypeC connector. At the top there is an infrared emitter, a 3.5 mm socket and another microphone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro comes in size 157.9 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm at a weight of 176 grams. The device is comfortable in hand and can be operated well – at least with my fingers long enough or with my thumb.
Meanwhile, I have already used several Xiaomi smartphones in use and none disappointed me in terms of processing – even Redmi Not 6 Pro not. Processing leaves no criticism and works in all aspects of high quality, even if Xiaomi is based on many plastics.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro notebook has a 6.26-inch 6.26-inch IPS display with a 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution (FHD +) and a Notch installed system. Thus, the middle class smartphone has a pixel density of 403 ppi and makes the content beautiful and sharp. As with the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, the display is a small attraction for me. In this price range you often get HD resolution and inferior quality display – not the same with Xiaomi.
Color resilience and viewing angle stability are good, by default, the display is too cold for my taste. Unlike Mi A2 Lite, however, Redmi Note 6 Pro offers the ability to adjust color rendering and contrast according to your wishes. Adjustments can be found in the system settings in Display and in Contrast & Color.
The contrast and black levels of the IPS display can not compete with an OLED or AMOLED screen, but this was not to be expected. If you want a smartphone with an AMOLED display from Xiaomi, you need to get more out of your pocket – for example, for Mi8. The black value so large should not be seen especially around the notch or if the note is hidden on the software side.
There is a way of reading, which can even be canceled on demand. In reading mode, the output of the blue light screen is low. If you sit on your smartphone especially in the evening, it could save your eyes a little. If you want, the display can be activated with a double touch, but disabling does not work.
The display can also be read in direct sunlight. In direct comparison with a very bright, but significantly more expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Redmi Note 6 Pro drops slightly. On entries, Redmi Note 6 Pro responds extremely reliably, even with a quick touch on the keyboard.
Hardware, performance, and benchmark
Like its predecessor, Xiaomi is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core SoC, which is flanked by 3 or 4GB of RAM and Adreno 509 GPU. Internal storage is 32 or 64 GB, depending on model (eMMC 5.1), which can be extended via a microSD card. My test device is the "basic version" with 3 GB and 32 GB of storage space. If at a later date, even a global edition with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB will come to market, it is not yet known.
The equipment allows for a very good user experience. It can be scrolled without bothering in applications such as Twitter or Instagram. From time to time, the device feels a little longer when the applications start. I have to mention that in recent weeks I used Pocophone F1 much more powerful, but even more expensive. Poco F1 is "fast as a lightning" on the road, so much is already betrayed here. A review of Poco F1 will follow later in November.
The Snapdragon 636 and Adreno 509 gadgets handle intensive graphics such as Asphalt 9 or PUBG Mobile. Both games can not be played back with the highest graphics settings. In Asphalt 9, which can be installed only through detours on the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Framedrops was also occasionally available. But the fun was a bit mild.
In the AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmark, there is no performance increase compared to its predecessor. The results are almost identical to Redmi 5 (Pro). In numbers:
- AnTuTu Benchmark – 114,270 points
- Geekbench V4 – single channel 1328 / multi-core 4784
- 3DMark – 951 points
- PCMark – 6189 points
The read and write speed of eMMC 5.1 is not one of the fastest. Measured with PCMark we read 240 MB / s and write 93 MB / s. The internal memory is the same as we mentioned in the test device up to 32 GB. Personally, I would prefer to use the 4GB RAM and 64GB memory model. Of the 32 GB, about 22 GB of free time are still effective. It could become "tight" relatively quickly.
The footprint sensor reaches a very high speed and a success rate. Even with a slightly damp finger, the device was unlocked. If you want, you can also use Unlock Front. However, the region needs to be changed in India – with the exception of installing other applications, it does not have consequences.
In addition, Redmi Note 6 Pro also installed an IR transmitter. This moves your smartphone to the universal remote. By the way, the IR transmitter works perfectly with the Samsung TV. The mono speaker on the bottom may be quite strong, but the bass is slightly outdated.
Contrary to previous rumors, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is shipped from the Android 8 Oreo factory based on MIUI 9.6 (Global Version). The Android security patch comes in July 2018. Because Redmi Note 5 has already received the upgrade to MIUI 10, it should not take long until the 6 Series is powered up. I'm expecting no later than next month.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in the global version accepts, of course, several languages, including German. Also, all Google services, such as the Google Play Store, Gmail, Chrome & Co., can be found on your smartphone. In addition to Google services, some of your own apps are preinstalled on your device. This in turn leads to duplication of installed applications that consume only unnecessary storage space. Speaking of unnecessary space. There are many Microsoft Office and Facebook apps installed on your device, but fortunately they can be completely uninstalled.
MIUI is still pretty much iOS-oriented. An application drawer is not provided by default and can not be enabled in settings. All applications arrive directly on the Home screen. Due to the thematic engine, the application drawer can be activated with an alternative theme. Of course, you can also install an alternative launcher, such as the Nova launcher.
Xiaomi offers with MIUI lots of settings and customization options. For example, I liked the well-done gesture control. This is copied from Apple, but it works pretty well. Noteworthy is also the rights to energy management and energy management under MIUI, which far exceeds the functionality of Android Stock. What applications for rights can be defined very precisely within MIUI.
Xiaomi renounces Widevine L1 copy protection and only supports Widevine L3 (the deepest copy protection), so Netflix content, for example, can only be played back up to a maximum of 540p. So, although a FHD display is installed, we are donating here a resolution that is no longer up to date. On the other hand, this is not significant due to the relatively low display.
Xiaomi was installed on the back of a dual camera, the sensors of which come from Samsung. The main sensor S5K2L7 resolves with 12 megapixels and offers a f / 1.9 diaphragm with 1.4 micrometer pixels. The S5K5E8 secondary sensor dissolves with 5 megapixels. The Dual Camera setting supports HDR, Dual Auto Focus and EIS. On the other hand, there is no optical image stabilizer (OIS).
Unlike its predecessor, there is now the AI mode in the global version. Thanks to artificial intelligence, we should be able to get more of our records. That does not work just as bad at first glance. AI recognizes a few topics, including flowers, landscapes, close-up photos, or portraits. If AI is enabled, the images are a bit 'lively' or the smartphone sets a slightly higher saturation. This one likes one, the other less. I like it a lot.
Photos in good light conditions are very good considering the low price. There are very few smartphones that can convince the price range of less than 200 francs with such a balanced quality – with or without AI. I really enjoyed photos especially with HDR mode enabled. Shots have good colors,
As expected, images with low light (Shooting in low light) much worse. In low light, the dual camera has problems, which is reflected in the visibly visible image noise. Since it does not bring anything synonymous in AI mode, the images also have a very pronounced noise.
Video recordings do well with doubles, which is certainly due to EIS. Records are supported with up to 1080p – 4K records are not yet available in this price range. Occasionally, however, I was abandoned. I sincerely hope that Xiaomi can fix this problem with a future update of the software.
Let's get to the front camera, which now also consists of a dual set. The main sensor resolves with 20 megapixels, and the second sensor with 2 megapixels. The secondary sensor collects the depth information necessary for the popular bokeh effect. To be honest, the dual camera front surprised me a little – in a positive sense. Selfies works very well, provides many well-coordinated details and colors. Yes, even the bokeh effect works very reliably.
Connectivity and voice quality
Redit Note 6 Pro supports LTE Band 20 in the global version, which means that the smartphone can be used without restrictions in Switzerland and there is even VoLTE. Sunrise reception performance was identical to that of other competitors, at higher price ranges – in short, everything was fine. However, high-speed LTE is not supported.
The voice quality is good, especially when we call VoLTE. I could perfectly understand the interlocutor, even in crowded places. Also, the conversation partner has proven good quality to me.
Thanks to support for all standard Wi-Fi and dual-band standards, you can quickly enter the home network. On the other hand, you have to do without 2 MIMO and WiFi calls (VoWIFI), which is not expected in this price range. The data transfer speed is good, but not as good as, for example, LG G7 ThinQ.
Otherwise, Bluetooth 5 and also GPS / Glonass are accepted. The device connects seamlessly to Bluetooth devices, such as the Sony WF-1000X headphones. GPS fix has succeeded very quickly.
Xiaomi installed a 4000 mAh battery in the middle smartphone, which, combined with equipment and good MIUI power management, should perform battery operation well. And I was not disappointed. Two days are possible if you do not hold the device in your hand.
Good run time is also supported by the Geekbench battery benchmark, where Redmi Note 6 Pro has reached 9:30. Once the battery is empty, it can be charged more or less quickly with Quick Charge 3.0 – but not with the included power supply. This does not support QC 3.0.
Finally, a fee of 0 to 100% takes just over two hours. This is much faster with other manufacturers. Even with a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible power adapter, the device does not charge much faster. I measured about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Let's face it, Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is not really a new smartphone. It's just a Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Pro) note with an improved notch and a double front camera. The rest remains the same as its predecessor, which is not bad. Redmite 5 (Pro) is / has been a very powerful smartphone in the middle of the interface and that's exactly what Redmi Note 6 Pro is.
There are very few smartphones in this price range that can compete with Redmi Note 6 Pro. I see competition mainly in the form of Pocophone F1 in my own lines. Pocophone F1 is clearly superior to Redmi Note 6 Pro in terms of hardware. Costs, but also more euros or Swiss francs.
However, the price / performance ratio of Redmi Note 6 Pro is beyond reproach. If you are looking for a cheap but well-equipped smartphone, you should certainly consider this smartphone. I can recommend it with a clear conscience!
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