With just a few days left before the launch, Xiaomi has teased a couple of new features of upcoming three Redmi 6 series phones.
The company confirmed the news on Twitter that new Redmi 6 series will boast dual-VoLTE, meaning devices will support fast internet connectivity and HD voice call quality on both the SIMs, which was sorely missed in the predecessor—Redmi 5 (& 5A) series. In the latter, only one of the SIM supported 4G-LTE and other supported 3G connectivity.
Almost everything else, including design and internal hardware of the Redmi 6 series is in public domain, as it is already available in China. But, the two of the three models, will come with different chipsets, probably Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 series, as the company is barred from selling devices with MediaTek processor. We also believe that the company is likely to keep the prices of the Redmi 6 series under Rs 10,000. For exact pricing, we have to wait till September 5.
The Redmi 6 and the 6A come with the metal-clad shell on the back and on the front, it sports a 5.45-inch HD+ (1440x720p) screen with 18:9 display aspect ratio, which offers cinematic viewing experience.
Under-the-hood, the Redmi 6 comes packed with MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor, Android Oreo-based MIUI 9.5, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, a 12MP+5MP dual camera with Bokeh blur feature, a 5MP front camera with face unlock, fingerprint sensor and a 3,000mAh battery.
On the other hand, the Redmi 6A houses MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core processor, Android Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 OS, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 13MP single camera on the back and a 5MP sensor with face unlock and a 3,000mAh. It can be noted that Xiaomi is betting big on face recognition technology in the Redmi 6A, as it has left out the finger scanner.
Both the Redmi 6 series models come with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered smart camera applications to offer Bokeh blur effect, face mask, age detection, editing tools including Beautify for front snapper offering options to adjust skin tone, erase scar and make the users' face appealing and worthy to be posted on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, among others.
As far as the Redmi 6 Pro is concerned, The Redmi 6 Pro sports a 5.84-inch full HD+ screen with an iPhone X-like notch on top, which houses 5MP front camera with face unlock capability. On the rear side, it features vertically aligned dual-cameras and also a fingerprint sensor in the centre.
Under-the-hood, it comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core, 3GB/4GB storage, 32GB/64GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery, which is more than enough to last a whole day under mixed usage.
The USP of the device is its camera hardware. It comes with a 12MP+5MP dual camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI) Portrait and AI scene detection feature. With this, a phone will be capable of detecting different possible scenarios such as pets, flowers, human face, landscape, snowy conditions, night, food and more.
For instance, if you are pointing the Redmi 6 Pro camera to a garden, it will intuitively know you are taking a picture of a flower and it adjusts the camera's focus and other settings to get the best possible image. Or if you are taking the photo outdoors, it will automatically set the camera mode to landscape and cover a wider area in the single frame.
On the front too, Redmi 6 Pro also features a 5MP front camera with AI Portrait, wherein despite having just one lens, it can take selfies with Bokeh blur effect. It allows users to adjust the focus on the background and foreground, which suits best to make it look appealing.
In a related development, Xiaomi's Redmi India Twitter handle has hinted to bring crimson colour option probably for Redmi Note 5 series on 4 September.
Key specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro:
|Models||Redmi 6||Redmi 6A||Redmi 6 Pro|
|Display||5.45-inch HD+(1440x720p) with 2.5D curved glass
||5.45-inch HD+(1440x720p) with 2.5D curved glass
||5.84-inch full HD+ (2280x1080p) screen with 2.5D curved glass display
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5||Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5||Android Oreo 8.1-based MIUI 10|
|Processor||12nm class 64-bit 2GHz MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) octa-core||12nm class 64-bit 2GHz MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core||14nm class 64-bit 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core|
|GPU||650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320||IMG PowerVR||Adreno 506|
|Storage||32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB||16GB expandable up to 256GB||32GB/64GB, + expandable up to 256GB via microSD card|
|Network||4G-LTE with VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE)||4G-LTE with VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE)||4G-LTE|
|Add-ons||Fingerprint sensor, hybrid dual-SIM slots (SIM 1 + SIM 2 or microSD card), microphones x 2, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), 3.5mm audio jack, GLONASS+GPS||Fingerprint sensor, hybrid dual-SIM slots (SIM 1 + SIM 2 or microSD card), microphones x 2, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), 3.5mm audio jack, GLONASS+GPS||Dual-SIM, face unlock, fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS+GLONASS, infrared sensor|
|Dimensions||147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm||147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm||149.33 × 71.68 × 8.75 mm|
|Colours||Blue/Gold/Grey/Rose Gold||Blue/Gold/Grey/Rose Gold||Black, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold and Red|
|Price (in China)||
||2GB RAM+16GB storage: ¥599 (approx. $94/€79/Rs 6304)||