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Xiaomi Redmi 6A Review

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The successor to the best-selling Android smartphone in the world is here! The Xiaomi Redmi 6A inherits the legendary Redmi 5A and now brings the latest trends into the low-budget series. The display is in the elongated 18:9 format. While instead of an entry-level Snapdragon, you now get a CPU from MediaTek. Whether the latter is a disadvantage or at least makes for a wonderful liquid MIUI, check out our review.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6A specs:

  • 5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD display (720 x 1440) 18:9 aspect ratio
  • MediaTek Helio A22 processor, 64-bit quad-core
  • PowerVR GE8320 graphics
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 9.0
  • 16GB / 32GB internal memory
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB via microSD
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera, PDAF, LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, micro-USB 2.0 connector
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • FM Radio
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Price: P5,490 (16GB); P5,990 (32GB)

In the box:

  • Redmi 6A
  • micro-USB cable
  • USB adapter (5V/1A) (EU plug)
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Quick start guide

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BUILD QUALITY / DESIGN

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is a 5.45-inch smartphone – 3 years ago this was still considered a phablet – today it is one of the most compact models, thanks to the new full-screen trend. It measures 147.1 x 71.2 x 8.1 mm and brings 145.8g on the scales. The front is made of glass as usual, but without rounded 2.5D glass. The frame and back are made of a plastic.

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In the typical white and red cardboard, we find next to the Redmi 6A only a micro-USB cable and charger.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is available in different colors. Grey, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold. Our Redmi 6A is the Gold color with a bit of metallic. This makes a visually much more valuable impression.

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The Redmi 6A sits comfortably in the hand because the edges are nice and round. On the back, there’s the speaker, and above that, there is a lasered Mi logo. The camera unit looks a bit like a dual-cam, as the LED flash is next to the sensor.

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On the left side, there are two nano-SIM slots and a micro-SD port. The opposite is the power button and volume rocker. We also have a micro-USB port on the bottom with a 3.5 mm jack and microphone at the top.

DISPLAY

The 18:9 display is now also in the cheapest model of Xiaomi, the Redmi 6A, of which equipped with an elongated 5.45-inch display. With the 18:9 panel, the screen resolution grows to 1440 x 720 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 295 PPI. While this is not quite above the retinal limit, it does not bother us in normal use. Our eyes will notice a few pixels on round icons, which should not bother anyone. But thanks to the 18:9 format, we get a higher screen-to-body ratio. Instead of 69% for the Redmi 5A, it is now at 72%.

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An IPS-LCD panel is used, in fact, Xiaomi does a good job here. Colors are natural, the contrast can be greatly increased in the settings and the image generally adjusted. Only in extreme angles, the colors change. With such a small display, it should not happen more often.

The display brightens with up to 350 cd/m² and was perfectly usable even in the outdoor scenes. Last but not least, the touchscreen can recognize 10 points at the same time.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

On the Redmi 6A, MIUI 9.6 is installed, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The security patch has the status of June 2018. MIUI 10 will be distributed in the second wave for the Redmi 6A and should end up on the budget smartphone until October 2018.

The new Helio A22 is powered in the Redmi 6A. The quad-core clocks up to 2.0 GHz with its four ARM Cortex-A53 cores. As graphics, the PowerVR Rogue GE8320 with 650 MHz is integrated.

CAMERA

With a good software and customization, you can also create impressive shots in the Redmi 6A. On the back comes an Omnivision OV13855 with 13MP for use with an aperture of f/2.2. The autofocus works with PDAF. On the front, it is a sensor from Samsung S5K5E8 with 5MP resolution. It also uses the software to create bokeh selfies and unlock the smartphone via Face Unlock.

Compared to its predecessor, the camera quality has not improved significantly – no one would jump at the pictures and be thrilled – but you do not have to hide the shot photos on your smartphone. When the sun is shining, the background is often overexposed, and at the edges, the shots lose a bit of detail. The object in focus is beautifully set in the scene and with close shots, the background washed out by the focus. Normal shots would look even better with brighter colors, and the Auto HDR mode is also on board.

CONNECTIVITY

Our Redmi 6A comes with a dual-SIM slot, a so-called hybrid slot, where you can either use two nano cards for dual-SIM operation or a nano-SIM plus a micro-SD for memory expansion.

Global version:

GSM (B2/B3/B5/B8)
WCDMA (B1/B2/B5/B8)
TDD-LTE (B38/B40)
FDD-LTE (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20)

In China version, however, offers other LTE tapes: TDD-LTE (B34/B38/B39/B40/B41) and FDD-LTE (B1/B3/B5/B7 B8).

Other connectivity standards: WiFi is only available in the n-standard and 2.4 GHz, but that’s enough. Bluetooth is in version 4.2 on board, as well as, GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, and GLONASS. In addition, an electronic compass support navigation. The array of sensors is limited: acceleration, light, approximation – but sufficient for the price range.

BATTERY

The battery life of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A is probably the only step backward compared to its predecessor. With the change from Qualcomm to Mediatek, this was also foreseeable. In 6A again, a 3,000 mAh battery is installed, as well as in the predecessor.

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To load the Xiaomi Redmi 6A is, unfortunately, no quick charge option and so you have to come to terms with 5V / 1A. You’ll have to wait 3 hours in order to fully charged the device.

VERDICT

Finally, Xiaomi brings the cheapest Redmi up to date and follows the trends: 18:9 display, bokeh selfies, gestures instead of buttons and a new CPU. Compared to the change from the Redmi 4A to 5A, the Redmi 6A seems to be improved. In our review, we were convinced.

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With the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, the price is good, though are some shortcomings: plastic build and a MediaTek processor. On the other hand, you always have to keep in mind how much the smartphone costs.

But then again, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A has evolved in its predecessor and therefore may again expect that it will be the new best-selling Android smartphone worldwide in the coming months.

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