Xiaomi Redmi Test Rating 6 Pro: Heart and Reason


The figures speak for themselves, in the space of a few years Xiaomi has become a major player in mobility. In 2018, for the first time in its history, the Chinese manufacturer sold more than 100 million smartphones. In Europe, it posted double-digit growth (+62%), while the market is slowing down. But how do you explain such a performance? The answer is quite simple, Xiaomi’s strategy revolves around value for money and the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a perfect example of this.

Simple, no frills, but effective

This is not a revolutionary strategy, and is comparable to OnePlus, but is suitable for entry-level / mid-range devices. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has been intelligently designed. It doesn’t try to be more original than the competition, doesn’t integrate gadget functions or useless options. He just does what is asked of him and he does it perfectly.

The design is simple without frills, but nice (especially in this blue colour). Rounded edges, a metal shell, quality buttons that fall perfectly under the fingers and a fingerprint reader on the back – that works perfectly. It takes over the codes introduced by high-end smartphones in the past years, but makes small compromises here and there. 

The rear part is not unibody, there is an unfortunate joint that breaks the harmony of the design. The lower edge on the front is thick and it is extremely slippery, a real soap that slips between your fingers – buying a protective shell, or sticking a sticker to give texture to the rear part is highly recommended. 

An ideal phone for media devouring

The screen is one of the most important elements on a phone. To sum up, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is big, bright and has good definition. Of course in this price range you can’t expect a miracle, but it does the job perfectly. It is a 6.26-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels in 19″ format: 9. The brightness is sufficient to consult the telephone outdoors, but the contrast ratio does not reach that of an AMOLED panel and the same applies to the viewing angles.

Another important element, especially for multimedia, is the sound part. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has two grilles on the bottom edge, but only one of them has a speaker. A way to maintain the symmetry of the design, while saving money… The result is convincing, it is comparable to that of a OnePlus 5T.

Interface and responsiveness

The advantage of an Android smartphone is that it offers the user a choice. The interface doesn’t suit you? No problemo, you download an alternative launcher that you can customize and adapt the phone to your desires. The overlay installed by default on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is inspired (in broad outline) by a certain apple brand. The icons are large, colorful and everything is installed on the main menu. It’s simple, rather effective, but above all it works well! The animations are fluid, the applications launch quickly, and there are not the little jerks that can be found on some of the competition’s devices.

On the other hand, things do go wrong in video games On a popular title like PUBG you will need to use the lowest level of graphics to enjoy a satisfying and (relatively) fluid experience. For those who like numbers, he gets 4772 in multi-core on Geekbench 4 and 1343 in single-core. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC with 8 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz at best and accompanied by 3 or 4 GB of RAM, depending on the version.

Above-average range

The Redmi Note 5had a range in the high end of the category, its replacement is doing well. It is equipped with a nice 4000 mAh battery. An intensive user will have one day of use.

Photo: unfortunately no miracle

The photo part is always tricky for an entry-level camera. Let’s not beat around the bush, low-light shots are not of good quality – the opposite would have been surprising. On the other hand, it does well in bright light or indoors. You have to keep in mind that this device is around 200 euros. So don’t compare it with a higher-end smartphone.

On a wide stage, correctly lit, as in the first image below, the result is quite correct. On the other hand, against the light, the image lacks sharpness despite the AI mode which is supposed to improve the rendering. 

It has a double sensor of 12 + 5 Mpx at the rear and 20 + 2 Mpx at the front. In both cases, the secondary sensor has to adjust the artistic blur of the background, but the result is disappointing. In addition, the front sensor has an unfortunate tendency to overexposure.

Conclusion

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a convincing device. If you’re looking for an entry-level smartphone that flirts with the 200 euros you can go there with your eyes closed. The finish is good, the screen is of good quality, the audio is satisfactory and the interface can be shaped as desired. The only real disappointment is the photo part. You’d expect better with a dual sensor at the front and back. Hopefully, this defect will be corrected in the next generation. 

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