Alongside the launch of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, Xiaomi also went ahead to launch its two new entry-level phones at the event. The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A comes with specs that we are most familiar with. Let’s take a look at both of these smartphones.
The cheapest of the bunch, coming in at a price of NRs. 12,999, the Redmi 6A is an addition to the Redmi family and the successor to the much loved Redmi 5A, which was the most sold Android smartphone in the first quarter of 2018, according to the stats provided by Counterpoint Research. For the price, the Redmi 6A boasts a 5.45-inch full-screen display with HD+ resolution. This is an 18:9 panel that manages to keep the footprint of the device smaller and provides better in hand feel.
The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, it’s an octa-core chipset fabricated on the 12nm Fin-FET process and runs on a 3,000mAh battery which according to Xiaomi, should last you all day long. This device comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.
On the optics front, the Redmi 6A houses a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and EIS for those stable and super smooth 1080p 30FPS videos. It has a 5MP front camera with support for Xiaomi’s AI portrait mode. For the software, the Redmi 6A runs on MIUI 9.6, which is Xiaomi’s custom skin built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. With the update to MIUI 10 rolling out soon.
This device can take two SIMs and a micro SD card at the same time i.e. dedicated micro SD card slot. Both the SIMS have support for 4G network connectivity.
The 6A supports face unlock but the region has been restricted and works when changed to India, this is a minor issue and is supposed to be fixed via an OTA rolling out soon.
The device comes in three colors: Black, Gold, and Blue.
The Redmi 6, coming a little ahead of the Redmi 6A, starting at a price of NRs. 16,499 for the 3GB+32GB variant up to NRs. 18,499 for 3GB + 64GB variant.
Powered by the Mediatek Helio P22 chipset built on 12nm Fin-FET process that pairs four Cortex A53 cores clocked up to 2.0 GHz handling the duties. This one too has a 5.45-inch display with the resolution of 1440 x 720 which translates to 18:9 aspect ratio and reduces the screen to body ratio. This one also packs in a 3000 mAh battery.
Over at the optics front, the Redmi 6 comes with a 12+5 MP dual camera setup on the rear powered by AI. The primary sensor has 1.25 micron sized large pixels and PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) that will capture some great images and smooth videos with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). The front camera is a 5 MP sensor with support for AI portrait for that DSLR like selfies with background blur.
For security, we have our old and trusty fingerprint scanner alongside the support for face unlock, which will be added via an OTA shortly. The 6A supports face unlock but the region has been restricted and works when changed to India, this is a minor issue and is supposed to be fixed via an OTA rolling out soon.
Available in three colors: Black, Gold, and Blue.
The aggressive pricing of both Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A gives an edge over the competitors in the Nepali market. And to say the least, it’s both phones are definitely worth their price tag they come along with.
So, what do you think about the phones? Will you be purchasing one for yourself? Let us know in the comment box below.