“The Redmi 6 Pro comes loaded with interesting features like dual rear cameras, notch display and a beefy 4,000mAh battery”
Just late last month, Xiaomi launched the first handset in the brand’s popular Redmi series with the notch display design – the Redmi 6 Pro. Among various other features, the company’s new handset brings dual rear cameras, artificial intelligence-based face unlock, and a massive battery. While it’s not yet confirmed if the handset will eventually make its way to India, we managed to get hands on a Chinese retail unit of the smartphone. So without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at the phone’s box contents as well as the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro itself.
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Let’s first talk about the box contents. As soon as you open the retail pack, you’re greeted by the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro itself. Underneath that, you’ll find the standard set of documentation, a wall charger, a SIM-ejector tool, and a micro-USB charging cable. If you have ever unboxed a Xiaomi smartphone before, this is no different.
Now, let’s shift the attention to the device. Understandably, the first thing that will notice about the Redmi 6 Pro is its design. Surprisingly, even though the handset is built from plastic, it feels rather heavy in the hand. Furthermore, at 8.8mm, this is one of the thicker smartphones we have come across in recent times. Both these observations can be attributed to the very same thing, i.e. the massive 4,000mAh battery under the hood. Having said that, Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 Pro feels compact and easy to operate, even with one hand.
The company has reduced the thickness of the top bezel above the display by a substantial amount by introducing the notch design, with the earpiece and front camera embedded in the cut-out. However, for a handset that aims to offer an impressive screen-to-body ratio, the bottom bezel is still considerably thick. The fingerprint sensor is located in the middle at the back, with the dual camera module placed in a vertical orientation on the top left.
Both the power button and volume rocker are both conveniently placed on the right spine, while the micro-USB port is at the bottom and flanked by two sets of holes, one of which hides the speaker. Finally, the SIM card slot is on the left spine and the audio jack, as well as the IR blaster, can be found on the top side of the handset.
The Redmi 6 Pro packs a 5.84-inch full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) IPS LCD display with a taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 19:9. I personally found the display quality on the new Redmi handset to be quite impressive. With a pixel density of 432ppi, both text and pictures appear crisp and clear. With thin bezels around the display, barring the bottom, the phone also offers an immersive multimedia experience. The screen offers good viewing angles and the maximum brightness should hold up well in outdoor conditions too.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro sports a dual-camera module at the rear, consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor, accompanied by an LED flash. At the front, the phone has a 5MP camera for clicking selfies and video calling. In our brief time with the smartphone, we found the performance offered by both camera modules to be impressive, albeit some exposure issues presented themselves during testing. As these are just our initial impressions of the handset, we will reserve our final opinion for the full review of the handset.
Jumping to the hardware and software, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box. In our time with the phone, we faced no lag or stutter issues while navigating or switching between apps.
Considering that the AI-based face unlock is one of the biggest features touted by the brand, we decided to give it a spin. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be as secure as we were able to unlock the Redmi 6 Pro even with most of our face covered. Granted that the face unlock feature is not as secure as the fingerprint sensor or the passcode, we were hoping that the device will be making use of AI to take care of such issues. However, as we have only spent limited time with the handset, we will save the final judgement for our full review.
The base variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has been priced by the company at RMB 999 (approx. Rs 10,500). As we mentioned earlier, there has been no announcement regarding the India launch of the handset, but it does seem to be an interesting offering that can stand on its own amidst the competition. Stay tuned for our in-depth review, coming your way soon.