Xiaomi has launched its latest budget smartphone Redmi Note 6 Pro in India today. The phone succeeds Xiaomi’s popular Redmi Note 5 Pro, and will be sold via Flipkart and Mi.com, with sales starting November 23. The all-new Redmi Note 6 Pro market its global debut in Thailand earlier this month in three colour options Black, Blue and Rose Gold.
Redmi Note 6 Pro phone is the second from Xiaomi’s budget portfolio to offer a notch-style display after the Redmi 6 Pro. The new phone features a 6.26-inch full HD+ display with a 20MP front camera and 2MP secondary camera for depth effect.
We compare the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro with some of the popular budget smartphones available in the Indian market that include the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Nokia 5.1 Plus and Honor 8X. The comparison is strictly based on preliminary specifications.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available in India for a price of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM model and Rs 15,999 for the 6GB RAM model. Meanwhile, its predecessor Redmi Note 5 Pro is available online for a price of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage model and Rs 15,999 for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage version. HMD Global’s budget smartphone, Nokia 5.1 Plus retails at a price of Rs 10,499 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. Honor’s notched display phone, the Honor 8X is available at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage model and it goes all the way up to Rs 18,999 for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage version.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro features a tall form factor build in a compact body. The phone has a metal unibody design and is made of 6000 series aluminium. Compared to the previous iteration, the Redmi Note 6 Pro has a slightly larger footprint. However, both the devices look almost the same from the back.
On the front, Redmi Note 6 Pro has a wide cutout on top that sports front cameras and other sensors. The phone has on-screen navigation buttons and retains the micro-USB port.
Redmi Note 5 Pro came with the same metal unibody design and matte design to that of the new Redmi Note 6 Pro. However, the phone feature thick bezels at the top and bottom part of the front panel. It sports a notch-less elongated display. Redmi Note 5 Pro carries dual camera set up at the back which is aligned vertically and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and this continues with the newer phone as well.
Coming to the Nokia 5.1 Plus, the budget smartphone from HMD Global features a glass-encased body with smooth curved corners. The phone sports an elongated body in a compact form factor which makes it easy to use it with one hand. It has a dual camera set up at the back, aligned vertically at the centre. Below the dual rear cameras sit a borderless circular-shaped fingerprint sensor. The phone comes with a USB Type-C port, which is not yet offered in the budget segment by other companies.
Honor 8X has a larger dimension and form factor. The phone flaunts a glossy dual-tone back panel and has a 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It has protruding dual camera modules at the back, which are placed at the top left corner. Honor 8X features an elongated display with a small cutout on top, that houses the microphone and front camera sensor.
Redmi Note 6 Pro features a 6.26-inch full HD+ notched display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display has a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. Its predecessor, Redmi Note 5 Pro has a slightly smaller 5.99-inch display and an aspect ratio of 18:9.
The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a slim bezel 5.8-inch HD+ notch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Meanwhile, Honor 8X offers a massive 6.5-inch 19.5:9 display with minimal bezels and resolution of 2340×1080 pixel resolution.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro carries similar internals like the previous Redmi Note 5 Pro. Both the smartphones have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor. Meanwhile, Nokia 5.1 Plus is powered by the mid-range MediaTek chipset, Helio P60.
Honor 8X, on the other hand, features the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor. The mid-range smartphone from Huawei’s sub-brand is the first device in India to have the Kirin 710 SoC onboard.
Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 12MP+5MP camera set up at the back with dual-tone LED flash, dual phase detection focus and EIS (electronic image stabilisation). The significant change on the new Redmi Note 6 Pro is the dual camera up front, which is not present on the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The front-camera set up comprises of a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor and a 2MP secondary camera for adding depth effect.
Its predecessor, Redmi Note 5 Pro has similar dual rear camera setup as the Redmi Note 6 Pro. It includes a 12MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera. Up front, the phone has a 20MP camera that comes with f/2.2 aperture. The cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro captures shots with good colour reproduction in bright light.
Nokia 5.1 Plus has a 13MP+5MP dual camera combination at the back that comes with PDAF and LED flash support. It has an 8MP front-facing camera. The cameras on Nokia 5.1 Plus are capable of capturing good macro shots under bright light. The native camera app offers Bothie, Live Bokeh mode etc.
Honor 8X features AI-enabled 20MP+2MP dual cameras at the back. Both the cameras come with f/1.8 aperture. Under bright light, the cameras offer images with punchy colours and plenty of details. The native camera app on the phone includes features like AR Lens, Night mode, Aperture mode etc. Honor 8X has a 16MP front-facing camera that supports facial unlock and offer Portrait mode.
In terms of software, both Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro runs custom ROM MIUI 10 based Android Oreo OS. Nokia 5.1 Plus came with Android Oreo OS onboard. This budget smartphone is a part of Google’s Android One initiative and guarantees two years of regular software update.
Honor 8X runs EMUI 8.2 based Android Oreo OS. The phone features in-house GPU Turbo technology which is meant to provide 60 per cent boost in performance and 30 per cent low power consumption while playing games.
Both the Xiaomi smartphones pack a huge 4000mAh battery and include a micro-USB port for charging. Nokia 5.1 Plus carries a 3,060mAh battery and provides a day’s worth of backup with moderate usage. Honor 8X, on the other hand, is fuelled by a 3,750mAh battery and it includes a micro-USB port.
In terms of storage, the Redmi Note 6 Pro has two RAM options- 4GB/6GB RAM both of which are paired with 64GB internal storage. The phone has an expandable storage support of up to 256GB (via microSD card). The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with similar RAM/storage configuration as its successor and provides expandable storage support of 256GB.
Meanwhile, Nokia 5.1 Plus is available only in one RAM/storage option- 3GB RAM and 32GB native storage. Honor’s mid-range smartphone Honor 8X was launched in three RAM/storage options- 4GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB onboard storage.