Note 6 Pro-Another disappointment from Xiaomi

Xiaomi, in the past, was the only smartphone manufacturer to provide excellent smartphones with a good build quality and the latest specifications at a highly competitive price. But now, after Asus, Lenovo, Realme, Huawei and some other brands joining the party to provide great specs at a decent price, Xiaomi is kind of losing its market. To prevent this Xiaomi is launching a hell lot of new devices and new device line-ups but all in vain. This is because some of their old devices have the same specifications or even better than the one’s they are launching now. Such is the case with the Redmi Note 6 Pro which was launched on November 22nd 2018 in India. It is said to be the successor of the Redmi Note 5 Pro but I don’t think so. Let’s know why.

The Note 6 Pro sporting the same internals

How is a device called a successor of its previous fleet without having a single change in its hardware. Yes, the Note 6 Pro sports the same old Snapdragon 636 with an Adreno 509 GPU as the Note 5 Pro did. I don’t claim the 636 to be a bad chip. It’s a decent chipset for gaming and day to day usage as it features 8 Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores clocked at 1.8Ghz which makes the chipset decently capable. But where is the upgrade that the Note 6 Pro required to be called as a successor.

A “Notch” on the Note 6 Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a Notch like the Iphone X

No major changes in display as well except for the “Notch”. The display is a 6.26 inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a broad “Notch” like the Iphone X. This helps the device to gain 86% screen to body ratio with a 19:9 aspect ratio.

No major changes in design as well. The Note 6 Pro has an aluminium durable build and also Corning Gorilla glass protection (the version is not specified). The device also comes with a P2i hydrophobic nano-coating which makes it splash resistant, as claimed by Xiaomi. A micro-USB port is seen at the bottom and an IR blaster to the top.

The Note 6 Pro runs MIUI 10 based on top of Android Oreo 8.1 which should help the device to be smooth and power efficient.

The camera’s on the Note 6 Pro are a touch better

The camera's on the Note 6 Pro are a touch better

The shooters are a bit advanced. The Note 6 Pro sports dual rear as well as front cameras. The rear includes a primary 12MP f/1.9 aperture with a pixel size of 1.4μm with a secondary 5MP unit for depth sensing. The pair is a touch better than the Note 5 Pro because of the improved dynamic range, perfect colours and the image processing. It sports EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), PDAF, dual LED flash and some new AI features.

The low-light shots on this device are decent and have better detail than its predecessor, the Note 5 Pro.

In the front, the Notch houses dual selfie camera system of (20+2)MP. The primary 20MP is an f/2.0, 0.9μm sensor which is capable of clicking selfies with bright colours and good detail while the secondary unit is a 2MP depth sensor which is used for portrait shots.

Overall, in the camera segment I would say that the Note 6 Pro is definitely an upgrade.

No aggressive pricing seen on the Note 6 Pro

The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 4000 mAh battery and comes in 2 variants (in India). The 4GB/64GB is priced at ₹16,000 whereas the 6GB/64GB is priced at ₹18,000. Currently both the variants are available with a discount of ₹2,000. Xiaomi has not been able to price the device aggressively despite of the minor upgrades. Thus many smartphones with greater specifications are available in this price segment. Yes I am talking about the Realme 2 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 which provide better hardware configurations at a cheaper price.

The Realme 2 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 seem a better option than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Comment down below whether you liked the Redmi Note 6 Pro or not. Also comment about the changes you want in the next Xiaomi midrange device.

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