“The Redmi 6 comes with a better camera setup and faster processor in comparison to its predecessor”

Xiaomi is on a launch spree and today it hosted an event in China to unveil its new-generation budget Redmi smartphones. It has launched the Redmi 6 and its more affordable variant, the Redmi 6A, at the event. Speaking of the Redmi 6, the handset brings several substantial upgrades over the Redmi 5 (review), which was launched last year.  If you are wondering if the Redmi 6 is worth an upgrade, you are at the right place. Read on to find out how the newest launch fares against its previous avatar.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs Redmi 5: what’s changed

Redmi 6 Gold

The major change this year comes in the form of the chipset of choice as this time the brand has opted for a MediaTek processor instead of the usual Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Last year’s Redmi 5 was equipped with a 14nm 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor. The Redmi 6 on the other hand, flaunts the new 12nm 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The 12nm fabrication process of the latter means it promises better battery efficiency and thermal management over the SD450, which has a die size of 14nm.

In terms of memory, while the Redmi 5 came with the base variant starting at 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and going all the way up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, its successor comes in two configurations only – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. 


The second major difference between these two handsets is the rear camera module. While the Xiaomi Redmi 5 offered a 12-megapixel rear camera, a secondary 5-megapixel sensor accompanies the 12-megapixel primary shooter on the Redmi 6. Lastly, the Redmi 5 offers a bigger 3,300mAh battery as compared to the 3,000mAh unit powering its successor. 

Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs Redmi 5: what’s similar

Redmi 6

While there aren’t many similarities, both smartphones come with IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and an HD+ resolution. However, the Redmi 6 has a slightly smaller display of 5.45-inch as compared to 5.7-inch on the last-gen phone. Speaking of the fascia, both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 6 get a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

On the software front, the Redmi 6 boots MIUI based on Android Oreo. On the other hand, while Redmi 5 comes with Android Nougat-based MIUI, Xiaomi has already rolled out an Oreo update for the handset as well.

Closing thoughts

Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs Redmi 5 - Featured

As you can see, Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 brings substantial improvements over its predecessor, the Redmi 5. While that may not be enough to upgrade from the Redmi 5 itself, if you are using an older-gen Redmi smartphone, then the latest offering definitely makes for a great option. However, considering the Ericsson feud, which stopped Xiaomi from selling MediaTek SoC-powered smartphones in India, the brand might not launch the Redmi 6 in India even though the issue itself has been resolved. Are you awaiting the launch of the Redmi 6? Let us know in the comment box below. 

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