Redmi Note 6 PRO A Worthy Upgrade? Gaming, Cameras, Performance Better than Realme 2 Pro?

Xiaomi has today unveiled the new much-awaited mid-range device in India – the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The new Note 6 Pro further heats up the sub 15k / sub 20k price segment.

There are a lot of expectations from fans as the RN6 Pro replaces the incredibly successful RN5 Pro in the market.

We are sure Xiaomi will be able to sell a couple of million Note 6 Pros in the Indian market.

Update- 23/Nov/2018 – Xiaomi tweeted that they sold more than 6,00,000 Redmi Note 6 Pro in the first sale on Flipkart and Mi.com. Gives us a clear picture of how popular is the new phone from Xiaomi.

Availability and Price

The phone will go on sale on Flipkart as well as Mi.com starting 23rd November at 12:00 pm.

The base version with 4 GB Ram (LPDDR4X)/ 64 GB (eMMC 5.1 flash) storage costs Rs. 13,999 while the 6 GB ram and 64 GB storage version is available for Rs. 15,999.

Xiaomi is offering Rs. 1000 discount on the launch day, and you can get Rs. 500 discount when you buy the device using an HDFC card.

So, the base version can be purchased for Rs. 12,499 on 23rd November, after which you will have to buy it for the above stated MRP.

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Key Specs and Details for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 PRO

For starters, Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with an improved 6.26 Inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and has FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Also it comes with a wide notch at the top.

Further, the display has an 81% screen to body ratio and comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display comes with 84% color gamut and has 500 nits maximum brightness, outdoor legibility is good.

The notch is huge and houses 2 front cameras, which are the key highlight for this new Xiaomi blockbuster.  The phone has a similar metallic design as the predecessor and is quite sturdy and robust.

The rear cameras are vertically aligned at the back, and there is even a fingerprint scanner for faster unlocking.

The bottom chin at the front is noticeable and is not as narrow as some of the more expensive rivals such as Zenfone 5Z or Oneplus 6T.

Nevertheless, the display looks modern and if you are into notch displays you may end up liking it.

Camera 

The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with the Dual Rear Cameras similar to the predecessor RN5 Pro. There is a 12 MP Dual Pixel lens, made by Samsung, at the back. It comes with a f/1.9 aperture and has a large 1.4-micron pixel size.

The secondary camera in the assembly has 5 Megapixel resolution and comes with f/2.0 aperture.

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The camera supports Face recognition, HDR, AI portrait mode and even comes with some fancy portrait backlight modes. Unfortunately, the camera lacks 4K video recording support. The maximum resolution is 1080P @ 30FPS for the device.

Also, it comes with the Electronic Image Stabilization support but lacks OIS.

On the other hand, at the front, we have 2 cameras – 20 MP + 2 MP. The primary camera comes with a massive 1.8-micron lens that can click detailed selfies in all lighting conditions.

Also, Xiaomi is boasting about the new AI scene detection for the rear cameras that can detect 12 different categories of scenes.

Also, you can adjust the amount of background blur when clicking images in the portrait mode. In a nutshell, both the rear and the front camera is improved in comparison to the RN5 Pro.

In fact, the RN5 Pro had a very good camera and the Note 6 Pro takes things to the next level.

Performance

Hope what I have said above for the camera, I could say for the performance.

There is a huge number of Xiaomi fans who wanted a Snapdragon 660 or even the Snapdragon 710 in this phone but they are disappointed.

Redmi Note 6 PRO A Worthy Upgrade? Gaming, Cameras, Performance Better than Realme 2 Pro?

Same as the predecessor, the Note 6 Pro runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core Processor along with the Adreno 509 GPU.

There is nothing wrong with the SD 636 but with the next-gen phone, we wanted better performance to play PUBG and Asphalt 9.

Gaming 

I have played games on several phones running on Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660. There is a slight performance difference with the SD 660 as it comes with a slightly better Adreno 512 GPU and even has better single core performance.

Anyways, we can still easily play PUBG on balanced settings and the Asphalt 9 without having any issues. You may get occasional frame drops but the overall experience is good.

Benchmark Scores

  • Antutu Score – 114,455
  • GeekBench Mark Single-Core – 1333
  • GeekBench Mark Multi-Core – 4845

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with 4000 mAH capacity battery that is sufficient to easily last all day with heavy usage.

Another good thing is that Xiaomi is offering support for Quick Charge (3.0) to ensure the phone can be charged swiftly.

However, Xiaomi is not bundling the fast charger with the phone.

OS and Other Features

The Note 6 Pro comes with the new MIUI 10 ROM from Xiaomi along with the Android Oreo 8.1. There are several improvements in the MIUI 10, biggest is the 30% faster App opening speed and improved battery life.

However, the MIUI 10 also will show you ads in the Xiaomi Apps which is another drawback for the UI.

Read All the Details – MIUI 10 India Top Features and List of Supported Smartphones

We still have the 3.5mm headphone jack which Xiaomi emphasized in the presentation. (Can someone ask them why they removed it on the MIA2? a really stupid decision in my humble opinion).

Furthermore, the phone comes with hybrid Sim slots and has support for Dual VOLTE. Just to emphasize you can’t use a micro-sd card along with 2 sim cards on this device.

Lastly, there is 2.4 GHz/5.0 GHz support and it comes with the Bluetooth Version 5.0.

Should You Upgrade to the New Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

The phone comes with a mixed bag of feelings for fans as there are some upgrades, and some of the specs are borrowed from the predecessor.

To recap, the original Redmi Note 3 was a superb phone and came with powerful Snapdragon 650.

The RN4 came with a less powerful SD 625 Processor. Further, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro with a much faster Snapdragon 636 Processor and improved cameras.

Unfortunately, the new Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with the same Snapdragon 636.

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The camera and display are definitely upgraded in the new phone but it lacks the USB Type C Port and even doesn’t have a dedicated micro-sd card slot.

If you are using a Redmi Note 3 or Note 4, it is definitely a good upgrade but doesn’t feel like an upgrade for Note 5 Pro users.

If I am using the Note 5 Pro, will wait for the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Vs RealMe 2 Pro – Which is Better?

I have been using the Realme 2 Pro for almost 30 days (read review).

The phone is great as far as the hardware goes, there are minor issues with the Color Os but overall it is a good phone.

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages for both the devices.

Realme 2 Pro  Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Winner
Glossy Plastic Design Robust Aluminum Build Xiaomi
Water Drop FHD+ Display Notch FHD+ Display Realme
SD 660 Octa-Core SD 636 Octa-Core Realme
3500 mAH Battery 4000 mAH Battery Xiaomi
Color OS 5.2 MIUI 10 Xiaomi
16 MP Selfie Camera 20+2 MP Selfie Camera Xiaomi
16+2 MP Rear Cameras 12+5 MP Rear Cameras Xiaomi
Dedicated Sim Card Hybrid Sim Card Realme
13,999 13,999 Draw

 

Undoubtedly, both Realme 2 Pro and the Redmi Note 6 Pro offer great value for money to the buyers. If you want better cameras and battery life, and like the MIUI experience can opt for the Redmi Note 6 Pro.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a better waterdrop notch display and slightly faster gaming performance – the Realme 2 Pro is your top choice.

If you use your phone mostly to click pictures and share on social media – the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a better choice any day.

On the other hand, if you read articles or watch a lot of videos and want a better display Realme offers a slightly better experience.

For gaming, the SD 660 offers slightly better frame rates but the battery is lower on the Realme 2 Pro. If you want a slightly faster phone can get the Realme 2 Pro.

FAQs – Some Common Questions about Redmi Note 6 Pro.

Question1: Does the Redmi Note 6 Pro has a notification LED or IR Blaster?

Answer: Yes, the RN6 Pro comes with a notification LED and even has the IR Blaster.

Question 2: Does the RN6 Pro has dedicated Storage,3.5 mm headphone jack or USB Type C Port? 

Answer: No the Redmi Note 6 Pro doesn’t have a dedicated storage slot, but comes with a hybrid sim slot. There is no USB type C Port, it comes with the Micro-USB port. Yes, there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Question 3: Does the phone supports Dual 4G Volte and has fast charging support?

Answer: Yes it comes with Dual 4G support so you can easily use Dual Volte sims. Also, the phone supports Q.C 3.0 and you can use an 18 Watts charger with it. However, the supplied charger is of 10 Watts.

Question 4: Can we hide the notch and also use gestures navigation?

Answer:  You can hide the notch if you wish from the settings and also can use the navigation gestures.

Question 5: Does the phone has OTG support, face unlocking, fingerprint scanner, proximity, and Ambient light sensor?

Answer:  Yes, the phone comes with all the above features.

Question 6: Does the Redmi Note 6 Pro offers 4K support, EIS or OIS?

Answer:  The phone only has EIS support, lacks 4K video recording and OIS.

Information Source – Xiaomi Official Website

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