In December 2017, Xiaomi, known as the best brand when it comes to ‘price-over-hardware’ ratio, introduced the Redmi 5 series, packed with a full-screen and priced at less than one thousand yuan. It was the first to bring this technology to the cheap models. Thus, with this move, it helped more customers to use handsets that come with a feature seen on the mid-range or flagship models previously. Moreover, it was a great chance for many customers to ‘test’ entry-level handsets with a full-screen before looking towards more pricey phones. And now it’s the time for the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro to do the same thing but with the addition of a Notched display.
However, at this moment the smartphone market is no longer dominated by traditional full-screen. As you know, now most of the smartphone brands adopt the notch screen design. It causes confusion. People don’t know whether phones with bangs are easy to use or not. In addition, almost all bangs screen models are priced over 1000 yuan. So many do not want to pay such a money and get disappointed. As a result, the Redmi once again played the role of a pioneer by launching the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. This is the first Redmi phone with such a screen. But it’s also the world’s first notch screen handset priced at 1000 yuan and coming our way from a top brand.
Of course, it’s an entry-level smartphone featuring a Snapdragon 625 chip, a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera, etc. We are offering to take a glance at its key features and understand whether the Redmi 6 Pro deserves all those praises. We are reviewing the 4+64GB international variant, which runs on MIUI10.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Design
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is equipped with a 5.84-inch bang full-screen with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and a screen to body ratio of 19:9. Thanks to the model size, which is equivalent to the 5.1-inch traditional phone, it’s ideal for single-hand operations regardless of the palm size. In addition, our protagonist also supports sunscreen, night light screen, eye protection mode and intelligent environment adaptation mode.
Actually, the bangs carry only three components: the light sensor, the speaker, and the 5MP camera. That’s why the notch part is narrower in comparison to the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE. Surprisingly, the so-called breathing light was moved to the lower left corner.
As for the back, it repeats the same design elements seen on the previous Redmi line handsets launched previously. Say, it’s difficult to mention any real differences between the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Both models use a three-stage design. The middle part is made of metal, while the lower and upper parts are made of plastic. The dual-camera is placed vertically in the upper left corner. The flashlight is located between the sensors. The fingerprint scanner is not moved. The Mi logo stays where it’s been as well.
On the bottom, we can find a micro USB port along with a noise reduction mic and a speaker.
The top side carries a 3.5mm audio jack, a noise reduction microphone and an infrared remote sensor.
There is only a 2+1 slot on the left side of the fuselage. It comes with dual-card dual-standby support.
On the right, there is still the traditional volume rocker and the power button.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Performance
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is equipped with a Snapdragon 625, a low-power mobile platform that has been ‘milled’ by Xiaomi for a few years. Thus, we are familiar with it for a while. So what about the performance provided by this model especially?
The phone scores 78.702 points at AnTuTu. It’s a standard result for the Snapdragon 625 chip. We also played Honor of Kings. Looking at the photo below, we can see the highest picture quality, high-definition display, and high frame rate modes are active. And the phone performs at 50 fps. But with one move, it dropped to 42fps. And in the scene, where we have to use skills, it dropped to 33fps. But we have to state the performance is in the excellent level for the Snapdragon 625 chip. Of course, this is due in large part to MIUI’s optimization of the game.
As for the battery, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is packed with a 4000mAh battery, which consumes 6% of power during a 15-hour standby. It is used continuously throughout the day, switching between Weibo, video, and games. It consumes 59% of power in 9 hours and 25 minutes.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro comes with a standard charging head at 10W. When testing, the remaining power was 16%. It charged to 42% in half an hour. It filled to 67% in one hour and fully charged in 100 minutes. Thus, if you start at 0%, it will take up to 2 hours.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Camera
Our protagonist is equipped with a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera with a single pixel size of 1.25 microns. Theoretically, this pixel size has a greater amount of light than its competitors from the same niche, allowing night-shot photos to be brighter while suppressing noise.
Looking at the daytime samples, in the rainy weather where the light is not sufficient, the details of the streetlights and the dark parts of the leaves in the lower left corner are lost. However, the shade of cloudy sky can be well restored.
Look at the second macro sample of the green leaves. The color is very good to the eyeball, the top of the water droplets, and leaf lines and edge details can be well restored.
Looking at the night samples, it did make them brighter while suppressing the noise of the dark part. As a whole, the filming effect seems to be good. But zooming in and looking at the details will reveal that the leaves have a very serious sense of smearing.
The phone comes with MIUI9 but it can be updated to MIUI10 over the air. So, the MIUI10, which has begun beta testing, will be able to fix the previous bugs found in the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro.
However, when we were using this phone during these days, we noticed only a few games support the hidden notch option. This bug will cause a lot of problems when watching videos. Moreover, it occurs in both landscape and portrait modes. This is one of the most obvious shortcomings of MIUI9 on notch screens. But on the other hand, it’s been expected as MIUI9 has been developed for traditional full-screen. So we are sure all these problems related to the bangs will be solved with MIUI0.
As we are waiting for MIUI10 to arrive for the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, it’s senseless to review an ‘outdated’ software. It’s better to come in later when MIU10 will be installed on this phone.
Obviously, the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has a single goal – to bring the notch full-screen design to the entry-level niche. Moreover, as the Redmi line models are wallet-friendly, there is every reason to predict millions of sold units. As we said, the phone’s starting price is 999 yuan ($152). So those who have been thinking on buying a full-screen smartphone with bangs, can experience with this model first and make their final decision.