Last month, due to depreciation of the rupee, Xiaomi hiked the prices of the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A smartphones. It increased the price of both the phones by up to Rs. 600, with only the price of the Redmi 6 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant remaining unchanged. However, the Chinese giant has now announced that it is reducing the prices of all Redmi 6A variants back to what they were. To recall, Xiaomi recently also reduced the price of the Poco F1 by Rs, 1,000, and the smartphone is now available at a starting price of Rs. 19,999.
The Redmi 6A will now be available at its initial price of Rs. 5,999 for 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant and the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant will be priced at Rs. 6,999. The smartphone is available on Amazon India and Mi.com, and the new prices, will reflect from 12noon IST tomorrow i.e., December 13.
After the price hike last month, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Review) 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant retailed at Rs. 6,599 (a price increase of Rs. 600), and the 2GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of the Redmi 6A retailed at Rs. 7,499 (a price increase of Rs. 500).
The Redmi 6 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant price hike still remains. The entry-level variant of the Redmi 6 retails at Rs. 8,499, an increase of Rs. 500 as compared to its launch price of Rs. 7,999. Price of the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Redmi 6 remains unchanged at Rs. 9,499.
Xiaomi has recently also offered a price cut on the Poco F1, with the starting price now at Rs. 19,999. It had also increased the prices of the Redmi Note 5 Pro earlier this year, but later revised them back to what they were after good sales numbers in the festive season.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 6A also runs MIUI 9.6 atop Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports the same 5.45-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) with a dedicated slot.
In the camera department, the Redmi 6A bears a single 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture. There is a 5-megapixel camera sensor on the front for selfies and video calling. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5 headphone jack.
Sensors onboard the Redmi 6A include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, and a proximity sensor. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood that the company claims will deliver up to 40 percent more juice. Dimensions of the smartphone 147.5x71.5x8.3mm and weight is 145 grams. Like the Redmi 6, this model comes in Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue hues.
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