After just a few weeks of the launch of the much-anticipated Pocophone F1, Xiaomi is back again with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. The phone is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI and brings in a few new features to the table- including the Mi 8 like notch on the top.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Overview
While the design of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is a departure from the Redmi Note 5, the internals is mostly the same. Apart from the inclusion of the notch on the top and the addition of a secondary camera up front, there’s really not much that has changed.
- 6.26-inch Full HD+ Display
- Notch-design on top
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC
- Adreno 509 GPU
- 3/4 GB of RAM depending on the variant
- 32GB/64 GB of Internal storage
- Hybrid Micro-SD Card Slot
- 12MP+5MP Camera setup at the rear
- 20MP+2MP Camera setup on the front
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Android Oreo 8.1 (upgradable to Android 9 Pie in early 2019)
- Price: 24,999 for 3GB/32GB variant and 28,999 for 4GB/64GB variant
As you can see, the phone is priced between and Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite. The hardware features are also somewhere in between.
But when it comes to software, the A-series definitely has an upper-hand. Although the Mi A-series and the Redmi Note-series are both based on Android, the latter uses Xiaomi’s skin on top which might not be of everyone’s taste. Also, the A-series of phones gets an update to a newer version of Android faster. So, if you are someone who wants cleaner look and support directly from Google, you may want to either look at the Mi A2 or the Mi A2 Lite.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI: Which is a better buy?
When we compare a predecessor to a successor, it’s almost always the successor that wins. And it is natural for you to assume that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a better buy when compared to the Redmi Note 5 AI. But in reality, the two phones aren’t all that different. And you may actually want to buy the Note 5 AI and save a few bucks!
You see, the specification of the two phones are identical- save the 2MP secondary camera on the front. And then, there’s the notch. The Redmi Note 5 AI doesn’t have it, the Note 6 Pro does. If you like the notch, you might want to go with the Note 6 Pro, if not, sticking with the Note 5 AI is a better bet.
Both the phone use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, both have either 3GB/4GB of RAM on board. Both the models also feature the exact same rear camera setup. The display is the same Full HD+ IPS Panel with Gorilla Glass protection. The battery size is the same too, rated at 4000mAh.
Should you buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in Nepal?
Do yourself a favor. Save a couple thousand rupees and buy the Xiaomi Mi A2 instead. Not only do you get a better-designed phone, but the Mi A2 also houses a more powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC. And if that wasn’t enough, the Mi A2 has a better camera system and runs on cleaner Android interface.
Price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in Nepal: Rs. 24,999 for 3GB/ 32GB variant; Rs. 28,999 for Rs. 4GB/64GB variant.
While I can’t say the Note 6 Pro is bad or doesn’t offer value for money, I can’t also overlook the fact that you can get a better phone from the same stable for just a few thousand rupees more. Also, if you can’t stretch and buy the Mi A2, you can save around 4 thousand rupees by going with the Redmi Note 5 AI which shares most of the part with the Note 6 Pro.