Redmi Note 6 Pro quick review: Finally a Xiaomi Note with top-notch camera
Xiaomi is India's top smartphone company. In fact, according to IDC report that came out just a day ago, it has been the top phone company in India in terms of number of phones sold for the last five quarters. There are several factors behind the company's success in India, but one of the major has been the popularity of its Redmi Note series. And to ensure that the Redmi Note phone continues to be on top of a smartphone buyer's mind, Xiaomi is now launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India. The Note 6 Pro will go on sale in India, possibly at a price of Rs 17,999 or Rs 16,999, from November 23.
Now, ahead of the official launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro on Novembers 22, over here at India Today Tech we have spent some quality time with the upcoming phone. And we can tell you that it is impressive. Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will available for purchase on Flipkart and Mi.com. The first sale of the phone is scheduled for November 23. In India, Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available in four colours: Red, Blue, Red, and Rose Gold.
The key highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is its four-camera system. The phone has two camera sensors on the rear and two on the front. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 12MP + 5MP camera configuration on the rear. The primary camera supports dual-pixel autofocus feature (basically better focus speed in low light) and has a lens with a wide aperture of f/1.9, while the secondary camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports the main camera that uses 20-megapixel sensor and secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.
Captures great pictures with good details and colours
Considering that the Redmi Note 5 Pro was pretty good at clicking pictures, the expectations from the Redmi Note 6 Pro are high. After using the Note 6 Pro for two days, I can say that the new Xiaomi phone does great job in this area. I'm absolutely in love with the pictures that the phone clicks, especially the selfies. The camera of the Redmi Note 6 Pro manages to capture minute details in a scene, with spot on colours. Whether you are clicking photos inside a room or outdoors -- sadly under the hazy Delhi winter sky -- the cameras of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will likely not disappoint you.
Having said that, I feel the performance in blazing sun could have been better. Photos clicked in direct sunlight look little washed out as far as colours are concerned, even if they have ample details. For instance, photos of plants and leaves clicked under the burning sun didn't look as green as they are in reality (check camera samples below).
In low-light, the Redmi Note 6 Pro produces great results. The best aspect is that the pictures clicked in low light don't appear too grainy, or miss out on colours or details.
The front camera system in the Redmi Note 6 Pro is as good as the rear one at its job. It clicks flawless selfies. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi phone to come with two selfie cameras on the front, and they sit on a wide notch. The front camera also offers features like studio lighting, something that has been made popular by the iPhone.
Bright display, sleek design
The Redmi Note 5 Pro was Xiaomi's first mainstream in India with somewhat slim bezel. The Redmi Note 6 Pro follows the same design lines. The bezels are slim, and for the first time in a Redmi Note phone, you get a notch. If you don't like the notch, there is an option to hide it. Overall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is slimmer than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The sleek metallic finish body of the phone makes it easy for the user to hold and operate the device with one hand.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is a bright display, and you won't mind watching a Netflix movie or YouTube clip on it. The phone comes with options for changing the colour tone of the display to warm or cool, depending on the requirement.
What else is there in the Redmi Note 6 Pro?
In terms of core hardware, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn't a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Design too is somewhat similar. From the back side, both the phones look almost the same with vertically aligned cameras, with a single tone dual LED placed between them.
Following the camera module, there's a rear-mounted circular fingerprint sensor in the Redmi Note 6 Pro which is fairly fast, but the face unlock is much quicker and often takes less than a second to unlock the phone.
Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. In India, the phone will be available in two variants - one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage, while the second model packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB. And just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also packs a massive 4000mAh battery and comes with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 support. This is also the first Redmi Note series phone to come with MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. The performance of the phone is typical Xiaomi: fast. And MIUI 10 is a typical Xiaomi: optimised well and similar to the latest iOS features, including some of the animations. We will have more to say about the MIUI 10, battery life and Note 6 Pro performance in full review but my brief impression of both the Note 6 Pro software and hardware is positive.