“The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes across as an iterative upgrade over its predecessor”

Nearly half a year after the launch Xiaomi’s mid-range superstar, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (review) has a successor. The brand has recently unveiled the Redmi Note 6 Pro, and the latest Note smartphone comes with a slew of upgrades, including a larger display, and dual front-facing selfie cameras. Yes, the Redmi Note 6 Pro does come with four cameras onboard, making it the first handset from Xiaomi to ship with dual shooters at the front and back. So if you’re wondering if the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is a worthy upgrade over its previous iteration or not, then read on. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 vs the Redmi Note 5 Pro: what’s changed

When it comes to design, both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Note 6 Pro are slightly different. While the handsets seem to maintain a similar design language, Xiaomi has added a notch on the 19:9 display of its latest offering. In other words, the Redmi Note 6 comes equipped with a much larger 6.26-inch display with a full HD+ resolution as opposed to the 5.99-inch FHD+ panel on its previous avatar. Interestingly, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first smartphone in the lineup to come with a P2i nano-coating, making it splashproof. 

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For selfies, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro ships with a dual front camera setup consisting of a 20-megapixel sensor paired with a 2-megapixel depth-sensing unit. Other camera features include AI face unlock, Beautify mode and LED selfie light. In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a single 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor. 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 vs the Redmi Note 5 Pro: what’s the same

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro seems like a well thought out upgrade by Xiaomi. Since the Redmi Note 5 Pro was already pretty good, the company has introduced minor changes and left the other bits unchanged. To begin with, both the Note 6 Pro and the Note 5 Pro are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and offer similar storage variants. That means, you can get the Redmi Note 6 Pro in 4GB or 6GB RAM variants, both of which come with 64GB of expandable memory. 

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Camera-wise, the Redmi Note 6 Pro flaunts a pair of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel shooters, which offer features like AI Portrait, and Dual Pixel autofocus. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro also sports a 12-megapixel snapper alongside a 5-megapixel one. However, in case of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the sensor offers larger 1.4μm pixels as compared to 1.25μm size on its predecessor along with featuring a wider aperture of f/1.9 (vs f/2.2). 

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On the software front, both the devices run MIUI-flavoured Android Oreo. The smartphones offer fingerprint sensor and AI-backed face unlock feature as well. Connectivity options also remain the same on both the devices, that includes 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 support, micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone socket. Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro are juiced up by 4,000mAh batteries. 

Closing thoughts 

Looking at the spec sheets of both these smartphones, one thing seems pretty clear — if you are using a Redmi Note 5 Pro, stick to it. On the other hand, if you are looking out for a powerful mid-range smartphone, then the Redmi Note 6 Pro surely comes across as a worthy buy, especially considering the fact that it’s priced the same as its previous iteration. The 4GB RAM model of the handset will set you back by Rs 13,999, while the higher-end 6GB RAM variant carries a price tag of Rs 15,999. And if you purchase the phone during the Black Friday sale, then these versions will cost you Rs 12,999 and Rs 14,999, respectively.