The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is now the super model of the Redmi series. The Redmi series is known for the more compact Xiaomi models, apart from the Redmi 5 Plus, which should rather be placed in the Note series, despite the 18:9 display. With the Redmi 6 Pro, we can now expect the perfect mix between Redmi 4 Prime and Redmi 5 and as an additional feature, we get the dual camera of the Redmi S2. A high-resolution Full-HD display in 19:9 format, a notch for the front camera and a powerful Snapdragon 625 processor are available from Xiaomi for only 150$. The Global version will soon also include the Google Playstore. We have tested the Redmi 6 Pro for 10 days in daily combat and are amazed at what is now possible in the low-budget sector. I switched directly from the much more powerful Xiaomi Mi8 SE to the Redmi 6 Pro.

Versions and comparison

The new Redmi 6 series is now complete and includes the Redmi 6 Pro as well as the two MediaTek devices Redmi 6 and Redmi 6a. All 3 devices will be released in a global version; the Redmi 6 and 6a are already on sale, but you have to wait a bit for the Redmi 6 Pro. Global Version means as usual a preinstalled Global ROM. Otherwise, you can compare the specifications in this table, in this case “Pro” stands for more power and the latest technical standards. The prices range from 600RMB for the Redmi 6a to 800 for the Redmi 6 to 1000 RMB for the Redmi 6 Pro or Redmi S2 and also smaller surcharges for the larger memory versions. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro offers 3/32 and 4/64GB as well as 4/32GB.

Redmi S2

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Redmi 6a

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Redmi 6

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Redmi 6 Pro

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Display 6 inches

1440 x 720 pixels, 269 PPI

450cd/m²

5.45 inches

1440 x 720 pixels, 295 PPI

 

5.45 inches

1440 x 720 pixels, 295 PPI

 

5.84 inches

2280×1080 pixels, 432 PPI

500cd/m²

Processor Snapdragon 625

8 x 2 GHz

Helio A22

4 x 2 GHz

Helio P22

8 x 2 GHz

Snapdragon 625

8 x 2 GHz

Memory 3/32 GB

4/64 GB

 

2/16 GB

3/32 GB

 

3/32 GB

4/64GB

 

3/32 GB

4/32 GB

4/64 GB

Battery 3080 mAh

5V/2A

3000 mAh

5V/1A

3000 mAh

5V/1A

4000 mAh

5V/2A

Weight and dimensions 160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 170g

147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm

Weight: 145g

147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3

Weight: 146g

149 x 72 x 8.8 mm

Weight: 178g

Connectivity WiFi (2,4GHz)

n-standard

Bluetooth 4.2

WiFi (2,4GHz)

n-standard

Bluetooth 4.2

WiFi (2,4GHz)

n-standard

Bluetooth 4.2

WiFi (2,4GHz + 5GHz)

n-standard

Bluetooth 4.2

Price 150$ 93$ 122$ 150$

Design and build quality

The design on the front is now mainly characterized by the notch. Compared to the Mi8 or Mi8 SE, the notch is significantly smaller and the usable area left and right to the notch can theoretically be used better. On the other hand, as was to be expected in this price category, the bezels are significantly larger. 3mm left and right are still pleasantly narrow, but you cannot ignore the 1cm wide bezel below the display. The notch projects 9mm and the edges next to it are 4mm. Despite the 5.84-inch display and the supposedly large bezels, this results in a very compact smartphone with dimensions of 149 x 72 x 8.8 mm. This makes the smartphone a bit more compact, but also thicker and heavier than a Redmi 5, but this is also due to the 4000mAh battery, which probably everyone has missed since the Redmi 4X. The 178g provide a good feeling in the hand.

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The rear of the Redmi 6 Pro is immediately reminiscent of Redmi Note 5 and metal is also a must-have for the Redmi 6 Pro. On the rear you find a laterally rounded metal plate that merges almost seamlessly into the plastic frame. The plastic frame extends around the entire smartphone and is supplemented at the top and bottom by small flaps. It looks a bit cobbled together, the haptic impression is nevertheless excellent and you hardly feel the transitions. This time, the manufactuer chose a special position for the notification LED. The position below the home button is already known from other Redmis, but a notification LED at the bottom left is something new. However, the LED only shines white, as is now the case with almost all Xiaomi smartphones. Besides a noise-cancelling microphone and a good old jack connection, there is also an infrared transmitter on the top. At the bottom, there is an old micro-USB connector flanked by a microphone and the speaker.

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Face-Unlock is supported, but doesn’t react very fast and you can trick the device with a simple photograph. But the fingerprint sensor on the rear is excellent and unlocks the phone in less than a second directly from standby. The highlight for many will be the 3-fold slot on the left outside. In addition to 2 Nano SIMs, a micro-SD can also be placed here for memory expansion. Power button and volume control on the right provide a comfortable feedback and sit firmly in the casing. In addition to a charging cable and charging adapter, the scope of delivery also includes a practical silicone protective cover.

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro Lieferumfang Xiami Redmi 6 Pro Backcover

For my taste, Xiaomi hits the mark again and leaves little room for the Redmi 6 and 6a. The triple slot, the fat 4000 mAh battery, the compact dimensions paired with a chic design (a flagship suspect because of  the notch) and the excellent build qualiy are second to none in the price range up to 150€.

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Display

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has a 5.84-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. In 19:9 ratio, caused by the notch, the smartphone brings it to a solid 432 pixels per inch. This results in a razor-sharp image that is ideal for reading texts. The factory setting is 500 cd/m² and the automatic brightness control works flawlessly and sufficiently fast. Although the display reflects relatively strongly in direct sunlight, the contents can still be read very well outdoors. The color representation is strong, but not as rich in contrast or as unrealistic as with an AMOLED display. The black values cannot keep up with a Mi8 SE either, but they do not have to. The contrast is still very good and as long as the smartphone is not placed directly next to a Oneplus 6, the difference in contrast  is hardly perceptible. The viewing angle stability is excellent, typical for IPS. In addition to the automatic brightness and the reading mode, the colors can also be continuously adjusted in the options menu. Xiaomi’s automatic contrast control is also already activated in the standard, but you can also boost it or leave it at a default value.

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Xiaomi offers a responsive and accurate 10-point touch without ifs and buts in the low-budget range, too. However, Xiaomi does not reveal whether and with which glass the display is protected. The scratch test with a key left no trace. In the options menu you will also find “Double-Tap-To-Unlock” to wake up the display with two taps. If you were looking for one of the best low-budget displays, you have found it. Of course, you have to live with the notch at the top, but it can also be deactivated. The only problem is that everyone asks if you have an iPhone X.

System and performance

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro Antutu BenchmarkThe Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro runs with a 64-bit Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor. The somewhat worn out processor of the Redmi Note 4X, Mi Max 2 and Redmi 4 Prime or even newer in the Redmi 5 Plus is well known. The 8 Cortex-A53 cores clock with a maximum of 2GHz and provide a lot of power in the system in combination with 3 or 4GB RAM and the Adreno 506 GPU. With normal use, the difference to a Redmi Note 5 (with Snapdragon 636 processor) is hardly perceptible, a difference can only be felt when playing games. But also here you should not underestimate the Redmi 6 Pro, all current titles can be played without any jerks, but not on high graphic settings. PUPG runs smoothly with medium graphics settings and can be played well in any case.

Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result 3D Mark Result

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro Storage SpeedThe internal memory of the Redmi 6 Pro is quite a good one. The transfer rates of 276/118 reading and writing speeds are also impressive compared to mid-range smartphones. Concerning the RAM, the device also achieves a good speed of 5 GB/s.

 

 

System – MIUI 9.6

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MIUI 9.6 on Android 8.1 basis will soon be replaced by MIUI 10. The system runs perfectly in combination with the Snapdragon 625 processor and sets the low-budget standards. Only the Redmi Note 5 does even better in a comparable price range. Xiaomi’s own operating system MIUI is a highly customized custom ROM that requires some getting used to. If you do so, you not only get many customization options, but also a first-class notification and access management. All settings for individual apps can now be easily adjusted in one place via the Security Center. The new full-screen gestures also offer the best replacement for on-screen buttons. With 3 different swipe modes you get access to the back and home command as well as the multitasking menu. The update policy regarding MIUI is also unparalleled and Xiaomi smartphones still receive updates to the latest versions after 3-4 years.

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro Notch 1

Notch deactivated

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro Notch 2

Notch activated

As soon as the Global Version for Redmi 6 Pro is available, all devices will be delivered with the official Global ROM (including Google Apps and Playstore) and will of course receive OTA updates.

Camera

The camera set-up is already known from the Redmi S2 and Xiaomi made an absolutely good choice. A 12 megapixel Sony IMX456 sensor with an f/2.2 aperture ensures sharp, colourfast and detailed photos in good light conditions. The second sensor of the dual camera is a 5 megapixel Samsung S5K5E8 sensor and with it you can take impressive bokeh shots. For the front camera, an ov5675 5 megapixel sensor by the Chinese manufacturer Omnivision is used. The Redmi 6 Pro doesn’t offer the convenience of a dual-pixel auto focus, but it also cuts a very good figure with videos thanks to its stabilizing EIS.

The Redmi 6 Pro takes outstanding photos in good light conditions considering the price range. Only the colour representation could be a bit stronger in my opinion, I miss the AI mode of the Mi 8 SE. The dynamic range could also occasionally be slightly greater. But the Auto-HDR mode is available and increases the contrast enormously depending on the situation. With less light, the quality decreases quickly, as you would expect from a low-budget device. Nevertheless, the quality is useful for WhatsApp. However, a Redmi Note 5 is clearly superior in low light.

The Bokeh shots for both the front and the rear camera deserve some praise. As with Redmi S2, it is possible to take shots with blurred backgrounds that look partly good. This is a feature that other large manufacturers in this price range can hardly offer. However, since the front camera produces similarly good bokeh shots as the rear camera, the sense and purpose of the second sensor on the rear is quite questionable. The 5 megapixel selfie camera offers the Chinese beauty software package which should be deactivated first. What remains are good selfies with a natural skin tone, good sharpness and sufficient details.

The Redmi 6 Pro can also delight with video recordings, even if the recordings are limited to 1080p with 30 FPS. Since the Snapdragon 625 does not limit this, you can also take 4K recordings with the Open Camera App. Not only are the recordings convincing with low image noise and many details, the stabilization by EIS also works very well. For this price range this is once again a feature that you won’t see so often.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro combines very good pictures, very good videos and a good selfie camera in a 150$ smartphone. Only in low light conditions the quality decreases, which however was to be expected for this price.

Connectivity and communication

Our China version of the Redmi 6 Pro only supports the following frequencies:

GSM (band B2/3/5/8)Xiami Redmi 6 Pro SIM Micro SD

CDMA1X / EVDO (band BC0)

WCDMA (band B1/2/5/8)

TD-SCDMA (band B34/39)

TDD-LTE (band B34/38/39/40 /41(100MHz))

FDD-LTE (band B1/3/5/7/8)

The reception is typically strong and the connections have been consistent in dual SIM operation. In addition to having two SIM cards, you can also expand the memory by up to 256 GB. The call quality is high on both sides and there have never been any complaints during a telephone call. The speakerphone can be used, but the noise-cancelling microphone intervenes too much. This is probably due to MIUI and can be fixed by an update. VoLTE is also supported if activated. Simply type “* # * # 86583 # * # *” into the numpad and call.

The loudspeaker is understandably loud and the sound is sufficiently differentiated. Also here Xiaomi shows class for the favourable price. But in the end there is a lack of bass, as it is the case with any typical mobile phone speaker. Via the jack connection, you get pure sound at high volume.

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro GPS TestWiFi reception is possible with n-standard in the 2.4 and 5 GHz network. The range and the data throughput are OK, although not on the same level as a Mi8. Instead of 50 mBit only 30 mBit come out of my line at the same distance to the router. The Bluetooth 4.2 module works perfectly in practice. GPS reception is excellent, although GALILEO is not supported. There were no restrictions on navigation either in the car or as a pedestrian. The position is reliably determined to an accuracy of 3-4m. Last but not least, FM radio fans also get their money’s worth and the Micro-USB port also supports OTG.

There are more sensors than is usual in the low-budget sector. In addition to the 3 standard sensors (proximity, brightness and acceleration sensor) the Redmi 6 Pro provides a gyroscope, compass and infrared transmitter.

Battery

Xiami Redmi 6 Pro PC Mark 2The best for last: The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is powered by a 4000 mAh battery, which runs and runs and runs. The battery life is simply excellent and the battery only died after 3 days with 10-12 hours of DOT (time with display switched on). In the PCMark battery test, the device lasted almost 14 hours.

 

Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours

The only spoilsport is the charging process after 3 days, because Quick-Charge is not supported in any way. The device charges constantly slowly with its 5V/2A power supply from 0 to 100% in 3.5 hours. So every 20 minutes you get 10% battery power. Those who charge their phones overnight will have no problems. But I once came into the situation that the battery condition came to the end and I suddenly had to leave. With a Quick-Charge device you have enough power for the next hours after 10 minutes. But you can’t have everything.

Conclusion and alternative

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Jonas Andre:

With the Redmi 5, the “incomparable top” had suddenly disappeared and Xiaomi started wavering. If you don’t have a “notch allergy” and are looking for a compact smartphone with the best price/performance ratio in the lower price segment, you won’t be able to go without the Redmi 6 Pro from now on. Finding any disadvantages or arguments against the Redmi 6 Pro is hardly possible. You could still name the micro-USB connection; complaining about the bad low-light images is however inappropriate.

The Snapdragon 625 delivers a lot of power for the low budget range, the display is outstanding as is the complete equipment of the smartphone. The triple slot is an advantage in favour of the Redmi 6 Pro. The battery life is also outstanding. Although the device is no better than a Redmi Note 5 overall, it also costs less and is a more compact Redmi smartphone. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has become one of the most complete smartphones on the mobile phone market and shows all the other manufacturers one thing above all: What is possible in the price range below 170$. We will give you an unrestricted buy recommendation as soon as the Global version is available for sale.

92%
  • Design and build quality 90 %
  • Display 100 %
  • Performance 80 %
  • Camera 90 %
  • Communication and connectivity 90 %
  • Battery 100 %

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