Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Redmi 6 vs Redmi 6 Pro: What are the differences, which one you should buy

first_imgXiaomi on Wednesday announced a trio of phones that are part of the new Redmi 6-series in India. The Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro now take their place alongside the Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro that were launched earlier this year. That’s quite a handful of Redmi phones for the consumers and it further cements Xiaomi’s position in the budget to mid-range segments.The three new phones announced start from Rs 5,999 and go up to Rs 12,999. Understandably, each phone has a specific target base in mind. The Redmi 6A is for “everyone” as it is the most affordable of the lot and aims to offer an all-round performance for entry-level consumers. The Redmi 6 is for consumers who want good cameras at an affordable price point as it brings a dual camera setup. Lastly, the Redmi 6 Pro is for consumers who are looking for performance above all things. We take a look at all the difference between the three new Redmi phones so that you can decide which is the best one for you.Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro design and displayThe Redmi 6A and 6 largely offer a similar design. Both the phones offer 18:9 display with evenly narrow bezels on the top and bottom. They both offer 5.45-inch displays with HD+ resolution. The back is plastic with a metallic-like texture to it, but there are some differences to be found here. The Redmi 6A sports a single camera and lacks a fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi 6 gets a dual camera as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Both the phones come with curved corners with an arc design for better in-hand grip.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro looks quite different from the other two. Notably, this is the first Xiaomi phone in India with a notched display. This means the phone offers smaller bezels and more screen real-estate in a footprint similar to the Redmi 6. This allows the Redmi 6 Pro to offer a bigger 5.84-inch display compared to the other two phones. The Pro model also bumps up the resolution to FHD+ with a wider aspect ratio of 19:9. The back of the Redmi 6 Pro is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in that it’s all metal with a vertical dual camera setup and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro specificationsThe Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are Xiaomi’s first phones in India to come with MediaTek chipsets. The former gets a quad-core Helio A22 processor while the latter gets an octa-core Helio P22 chipset, both of which are based on a 12nm process. Meanwhile, the Redmi 6 Pro gets a more powerful octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset.All three phones come in two variants each. The main difference is that the Redmi 6A offers a maximum of 2GB of RAM while the Redmi 6 offers 3GB of RAM and the Redmi 6 Pro offers 3GB and 4GB of memory options. You will have to decide on how much RAM is sufficient for you depending on how frequently you multitask, play games or use a lot of memory-heavy apps. Cameras vary significantly between the three new phones. The Redmi 6A will offer basic entry-level cameras. It has a single 13-megapixel camera on the back paired with EIS and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with AI portrait and beautify mode. The Redmi 6 is being targeted for consumers who are looking for good cameras on a budget. The phone comes with a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor with 1.25-micron pixel size for depth shots. Up front, the Redmi 6 brings a 5-megapixel sensor with AI portrait mode.The Redmi 6 Pro, on the other hand, gets a similar camera configuration as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This means a 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 primary sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and a secondary 5-megapixel Samsung sensor. Given how impressive the cameras on the Note 5 Pro are, we expect the Redmi 6 Pro to deliver some good photographs at an even more affordable price point.As far as battery life is concerned, both the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 should offer a similar day-long battery at 3,000mAh capacity each, but the Pro model promises a two-day battery life thanks to a larger 4,000mAh battery capacity. On a software level, all three devices offer Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box.Which one should you buyFor budget consumers looking for a Redmi phone under Rs 10,000, the real decision will be between the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6. The former is an entry-level phone for consumers who want good all-round performance for basic day-to-day activities but are not looking for anything more than that. The Redmi 6 is more about offering dual cameras at an affordable price point. If you’re one to take a lot of photos for posting on social media or simply as a passion, then the Redmi 6 should be enough for that.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro is at a different level compared to the other two. It is for consumers who know they want a more superior performance and yet don’t want to pay as high as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. At Rs 10,999, you’re getting a good performer with a capable chipset along with Redmi Note 5 Pro-level cameras. The phone also comes with a more premium metallic build and I feel that if you’re thinking of buying the top-end Redmi 6 model at Rs 9,499, it’s worth shelling out a little extra and buying the Redmi 6 Pro at Rs 10,999 for what looks like the best all-round phone that includes a notched 1080p display.last_img read more