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25 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi has been worrying about invading the market for a long time with not a few terminals, some with almost non-existent differentiations, in the lower budget bands. Those that make sales volumes really skyrocket, and in which the competition is much harsher. That is where the Chinese manufacturer places its Redmi models, and the occasional Mi, and where it has stood out in recent years. Much more so now, of course, that the brand is already fully international and is measured face to face against others who previously only saw it as a distant competitor that had to be imported.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 is the center of the new generation of Redmi models. Above the Redmi 6A, below the Note terminals. A device that is balanced on paper but that, how could it be otherwise, we have put to the test to see how it turns out in hand, on a day-to-day basis. Join us, if you wish, for this in-depth analysis of Xiaomi’s Redmi 6. A phone called to be a best seller, and that will be seen if it meets the high expectations.

Xiaomi Redmi 6, video analysis

Xiaomi Redmi 6, technical specifications

Xiaomi Redmi 6 analysis

Screen

5.45 inch HD +
IPS LCD
Aspect 18: 9
1,440 x 720
295 pixels per inch

Processor

Helio P22 octa-core 2GHz
PowerVR GE8320 GPU

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB plus microSD

Rear camera

12 megapixels f / 2.2
5 megapixels f / 2.2

Frontal camera

5 megapixels

Drums

3,000 mAh

Dimensions

147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm
146 grams

Others

LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, fingerprint reader

Price

146.89 euros

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The design we already know

Xiaomi Redmi 6 analysis

It cannot be said that Xiaomi is a manufacturer that differentiates its ranges in the design section. When the Chinese manufacturer evolves its models, the new features expand to the rest of its catalog, so we usually have phones with a complicated differentiation, and in the case of the Xiaomi Redmi 6, exactly that happens. We have in hand a design that we already know, something that has both its good points and its negative aspects.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 6 has a quite acceptable size, especially considering that it houses a panel of almost 5.5 inches, although the 18: 9 aspect and the reduction of frames mean that the model does not suffer in the ergonomic aspect. 147.5 millimeters high, 71.5 millimeters wide and 8.3 millimeters thick, the weight of which, 146 grams, could have been somewhat higher had the manufacturer not opted for the plastic. It is the material from which the back cover is made, giving it a pleasant touch, a good temperature in hand and, above all, resistance to bumps and scratches.

Xiaomi Redmi 6

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Huawei P Smart

Samsung Galaxy A6

Screen

5.45 “
18: 9 HD +

5.45 “
18: 9 HD +

5.5 “
18: 9 FullHD +

5.65 “
18: 9 FullHD +

5.6 “
18.5: 9 HD +

Porc. frontal

72.7%

75%

78%

76.1%

75%

Measures

147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm

144.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm

142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm

150.1 x 72.1 x 7.5 mm

149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm

Weight

146 grams

150 grams

149 grams

165 grams

159 grams

Xiaomi Redmi 6 analysis

Regarding the placement of the different components, there is no kind of evolution. We have a completely clean front, with the front camera on the back and without any kind of physical or haptic button. Much of the face of the phone is for the screen (almost 73%) and to find something non-digital we have to reach the frames. Specifically, on the right, the one that houses the volume and power buttons. On the left, the tray for the SIM, two, and the microSD.

The much maligned plastic, longed for by others, makes an appearance to cover the back of the Redmi 6

The upper frame has the headphone jack, an improvable position, and the lower one with the microUSB port for charging and file transfer, leaving the speaker reserved for the back. A back that has the double camera in the upper left, in a horizontal position, and the flash next to it. The rest of the rear is completely clean, except for the presence, already common, of the fingerprint reader a couple of centimeters under the camera, but focused on the phone. A sober but elegant design, and with a pretty good touch that makes us doubt whether we are really dealing with a plastic phone or a metallic one.

The model is also quite resistant to dirt, more on the back and the frames than on the screen, and it is quite comfortable in hand. Its cropped size makes it easy to carry in your pocket, without discomfort when we sit no matter how tight our clothes are, and, although we have not put it to the test, it seems quite robust and resistant to falls. Without a doubt, plastic will play a fundamental role in picking up the phone from the ground without damage. Good job in terms of construction that Xiaomi has done on this Redmi 6 that, however, I would have appreciated some differentiating detail. Within walking distance it could be any other Xiaomi, and that is about time it changed.

A good screen with the resolution at the limit

Xiaomi Redmi 6 analysis

As we mentioned before, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 bets on a screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. That means leaving the more square screens behind to get into the new trend, and also that to achieve this, the frames have been reduced. Almost 73% of front use for a 5.45-inch panel without ‘notch’ but with a resolution that is too fair when we handle it on a day-to-day basis. Understanding the league he will play in, the HD + seems too short. Something that is not appreciated in the interface but in some multimedia content.

HD + means we are 1,440 pixels tall and 720 pixels wide, and that based on the diagonal we will have 295 pixels per inch of density. A low figure that could have grown remarkably if a FullHD + panel was implemented, although the battery could have suffered excessively. Be that as it may, it is a panel of acceptable quality and that, despite its errors, offers us a good experience for daily use. Especially thanks to some software additions that are always appreciated, such as the fact of having the double tap to turn it on, or the activation when we pick up the phone. Something useful, since the fingerprint reader is rear.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 analysis

Another always interesting addition is the possibility of customize color experience of the screen, with the now classic selection of tints for it, and also for the level of contrast, thus achieving that the panel adapts to our tastes as much as possible. For the rest, the handling of the Redmi 6 screen is identical to that of other phones, and its experience is quite satisfactory despite the fact that, as we mentioned, the resolution would be an aspect to improve.

A fairly correct screen that limps in the resolution section. HD + seems short, too.

The colors are represented quite correctly, with a slightly warm and saturated starting tone, which we can customize with the aforementioned tool but which gives a good feeling to the eye. It is also remarkable automatic brightness management, somewhat faster than average although we miss a bit of extra brightness outdoors, where the screen can be used but with some difficulties. We are talking about a phone of less than 200 euros, so we can forget about using it in full sun.

The viewing angles are somewhat short, and separating the phone on a table from us will make us notice the darkening of the panel, but it has a good touch and the reaction to our touches is fast. A good panel for a phone that moves in these price ranges and that, despite being improvable, will make us feel comfortable with the phone most of the time. Good job, because low cost does not always have to be related to a drastic reduction in quality and experience. The Redmi 6 passes this section on a good note, especially for the software add-ons.

A MediaTek that flies lower than expected

Xiaomi Redmi 6 analysis

It is clear that in the Xiaomi Redmi 6 we are not going to find unleashed power, not only because of its price level but also because of the chosen brain. The Chinese manufacturer has opted for a geographically close constructor, such as MediaTek. For the Redmi 6, the chosen chip is the Helio P22, an eight-core processor that runs at 2GHz and it has a PowerVR GE8320 graphics. Cortex A53 cores are supported, in the model we have analyzed, of 4GB of RAM, and with 64GB of internal storage. We can expand it, yes, with an additional microSD that will not be able to add more than 256GB to the set.

The Redmi 6 has a balanced performance, although the most recommended, for maintenance and drivers, would have been to opt for a Qualcomm processor, but this Helio P22 behaves quite well in relation to the main brain, the CPU. Have a good experience on the phone interface, moving through menus and opening and closing applications, which do not react to the speed of light but do offer a constant feeling of uniformity and fluidity. Multitasking, supported by the aforementioned 4GB of RAM, also responds satisfactorily.

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The P22 offers fluid interface, but coughs on the graphics of games that are not too demanding.

When we talk about applications, the feeling is preserved. Apps stay open for a long time in the background until the system closes them, and the heaviest ones respond at a good speed. But when we get to the games, the PowerVR graphics of this Helio P22 makes its appearance, and it shows that we are before a phone with too restrained power where it matters most. The titles open, although the heavier ones feel slow, and a medium graphic load, with not too demanding games like Angry Birds 2, make the phone have to think more than necessary on certain occasions, and that we appreciate frame drops. With the consequent jumps in animations and traffic jams. In the most demanding games, such as Asphalt-type car racing, the experience is mediocre. All this, as we said before, with an HD + resolution.

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