Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: What's New and Different in Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

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Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: What's New and Different in Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Redmi 6 Pro (left) starts at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,400)

Highlights

  • Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has been launched in China in two variants
  • Redmi 6 Pro price in India and release date not revealed yet
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999

Redmi 6 Pro, Xiaomi's newest budget smartphone, was launched in China on Sunday. The smartphone has many key features like a dual camera setup at the back, a 4000mAh battery, the notch display, and the Xiaomi staple - a competitive price tag. The Redmi 6 Pro price in India or launch date for India haven't been announced yet, though we can expect it to launch in India in one form or the other at a later stage. We pit the smartphone against the smartphone that's arguably its closest peer from Xiaomi's current lineup - the Redmi Note 5 Pro - to see all the areas in which it has been polished. With that said, it's worth reminding that the Redmi 6 Pro likely isn't the true successor to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which launched earlier this year in India at starting price of Rs. 14,999, and we will likely see a Redmi Note 6 Pro at some point.

While this is a comparison between the Redmi and Redmi Note series, it is still worth making when one considers the similar price points. Notably, in China, the Redmi Note 5 Pro model launched in India is actually the Redmi Note 5 model launched later in China. With all that said, let's dive in.

Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India

The Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in India in February at Rs. 13,999, but then that price was raised to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant, and it goes up to Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. Colour options are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. It is available via Flipkart, Mi Home, and Mi.com. Of course the Redmi 6 Pro price in India hasn't been announced yet, so let's take a look at what we do know.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has been launched in two variants, and the price starts at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,400) for the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant. The 4GB RAM, 32GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,500), and CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,600) is for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. It will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, Pink, and Red colour variants. To reiterate, there's no word yet on Redmi 6 Pro price in India or its release date in the country.

 

Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro specifications

At 178 grams, the Redmi 6 Pro is slightly lighter than the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which weighs 181 grams. Both the smartphones sport a 4000mAh battery, run on MIUI 9, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 Pro sport a metal unibody, vertically stacked dual camera setup at the back, and a fingerprint sensor sitting in the top-centre at the rear. Both are available in varied colour options, and the only notable design difference is the notch display.

Even with the notch, the Redmi 6 Pro offers a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) display with a 19:9 ratio, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch (1080x2160 pixels) display in a 18:9 ratio. The latter is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC, while the Redmi 6 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. The Redmi Note 5 Pro offers 4GB and 6GB of RAM options, while the Redmi 6 Pro offers 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. While the Redmi 6 Pro offers both 32GB and 64GB storage options, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is available only in 64GB storage variants.

The Redmi 6 Pro camera setup at the back also doesn't see much of an change with a 12-megapixel primary sensor featuring 1.25-micron pixels, an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED flash, apart from the 5-megapixel secondary sensor, just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 20-megapixel sensor at the front, the Redmi 6 Pro offers a modest 5-megapixel front camera, with AI Portrait mode and HDR.


Can Motorola One Power dethrone the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Redmi 6 Pro? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison

  Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Redmi Note 5 Pro
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release dateSeptember 2018February 2018
Launched in IndiaYesYes
Body typeMetalMetal
Dimensions (mm)149.33 x 71.68 x 8.75158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Weight (g)178.00181.00
Battery capacity (mAh)40004000
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingNo-
ColoursGold, Blue, Black, RedBlack, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
SAR value0.961.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)5.845.99
Resolution1080x2280 pixels1080x2160 pixels
Aspect ratio19:918:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)432-
Protection type-Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processor2GHz octa-core (8x2GHz)1.8GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 625Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM4GB4GB
Internal storage64GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)256128
Dedicated microSD slotYes-
CAMERA
Rear camera12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocus
Rear flashLEDLED
Front camera5-megapixel20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Front flashNoLED
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 7.1.1
SkinMIUI 9.6MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 5.00
NFCNoNo
USB OTGYesYes
USB Type-CNo-
Micro-USBYesYes
Number of SIMs22
Active 4G on both SIM cardsNo-
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SENSORS
Face unlockYesYes
3D face recognitionNoNo
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
GyroscopeYesYes
Barometer-No
Temperature sensor-No
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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good build quality
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • Vivid display
  • Very good battery life
  • Bad
  • No dual 4G VoLTE
  • Unattractive notch design
  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • App scaling is affected by the notch
Display5.84-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera5-megapixel
Resolution1080x2280 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage64GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 5-megapixel
Battery Capacity4000mAh
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Bright and vivid display
  • Good build quality
  • Competent cameras
  • Great value
  • Bad
  • Fast charger not bundled
  • Lacks USB Type-C
  • Preinstalled bloatware
Display5.99-inch
Processor1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera20-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 7.1.1
Storage64GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 5-megapixel
Battery Capacity4000mAh
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