One of the leading and the most prominent smartphone brand Xiaomi is reportedly going to launch another latest, greatest and coolest smartphone named Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in Australia before 2018 is out. The handset brings quite a few dazzling but mid-range features to the budget segment and keeps up with the times. It’s essentially Xiaomi’s Mi A2 Lite but doesn’t house an Android One. Instead, running Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 9 skin.
Without a shadow of a doubt, a mid-range and budget smartphone market in Australia is crowded and Xiaomi has unveiled in this chaos – releasing a device at every couple of thousand dollars – sometimes more than one. The question is, where does Redmi Note 6 Pro, fit in Xiaomi’s portfolio? Is an exquisite smartphone to get your hands on? Let’s go through everything we’ve heard so far in our Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro review in Australia below.
The first and foremost market to get Redmi Note 6 Pro officially is Thailand whereas official Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro release date in Australia isn’t decided yet. However, a plethora of online stores nationwide in Australia are already selling Redmi Note 6 Pro at different rates. Waiting a little more for its official release or getting one from an online store with immediate effects, both options are available for the audience.
Talking about Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, it’s priced in between AU$299-320 with 32GB and 3GB variant whereas 64GB/4GB variant set users back around AU$325-399. The 3rd variant is also available – 64GB/6GB which goes for a whopping AU$AU$450-499. A little descend or hike is also expected as it’s what we’ve searched. We’re keeping our eye on it and when we hear more, we’ll let you know.
If you don’t like having a smartphone with a notch, you are better to go for Xiaomi Mi A2 which costs almost the same but it is all-metal design, most powerful chipset and regular OS updates. It also worth the extra bucks if you can live with no headphone jack and a microSD slot.
Without a notch, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is also a budget-friendly smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, quality-oriented camera, and a whopping 5000mAh non-removable battery. Moreover, a 6-inches screen is combined with a low price which may tip the odds in its favor.
Another option is Motorola One Power which is a very good match for Redmi Note 6 Pro. Packs similar screen and Chipset as well as identical cameras. The main difference is a massive 5000mAh battery and most importantly, Android One which means Pie 9.0 is coming soon.
The handset’s dimensions are 157.9 x 76.4 x 8.2 mm and weigh 182 grams. It also houses 6.26-inches IPS screen, Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and 32GB/64 of onboard memory. Other Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications in Australia are listed below.
The Redmi 6 Pro isn’t really a massive upgrade as compared to last year’s Redmi Note 5 Pro – since the overall design is almost similar with a bunch of improvements (dual FaceTime sensor) and a larger screen alongside a wide notch. The aspect ratio is 19:9 and capacitive touch buttons have made way for on-screen keys and one can change an orientation of the rear and overview buttons by visiting setting.
The screen is now gorgeous 6.26-inches as opposed to 5.99-inches on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro. The bezel-less design with a wide notch indeed increases the overall screen to body ratio from 77.4% on its predecessor to 81.4% which sounds great. The display is based on IPS Technology and Gorilla Glass protects it from minor falls and scratches.
The last year’s Note 5 Pro was backed by a great and solid 20MP FaceTime sensor but now in Note 6 Pro, there is an additional 2MP depth-sensor which helps improve portrait mode. Though a dual FaceTime sensor out front comes at the cost of an LED Flash (Redmi Note 5 Pro has it) your low-light images would be full of details.
FaceTime sensors aside for a short while, Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro offers a great combination of 12MP + 5MP rear cameras – sounds similar to its predecessor (Redmi Note 5 Pro). However, a new and features-enriched 12MP lens is used which as an aperture of f/1.9 as opposed to f/2.2 on Redmi Note 5 Pro. This, undoubtedly, increased the camera’s low-light image quality.
If you’re using Redmi Note 5 Pro, you won’t be able to record 4K videos whereas its cheaper siblings can do and the same continues with upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. The handset doesn’t allow users to record 4K videos whereas all of its competitors are offering it. Perhaps that would be a deal-breaker for plentiful.
Digging down inside the handset, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Chipset – although – everyone was expecting it to be loaded with much faster chipset – Snapdragon 660. The processor is Octa-core 1.8GHz Kryo 260 and Adreno 509 manages a graphical department nicely. If everything goes according to plan, one should then expect a super-smooth performance without any lag whether working on multiple apps simultaneously or playing graphics enriched games.
In Thailand, Redmi Note 6 Pro is only available in 64GB/4GB variant whereas, in India, it’s expected to be landed in 6GB/128GB variant alongside 4GB/64GB model. No matter which variant go for, it’s further upgradable up to 256GB with the help of microSD card.
Software-wise, Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with MIUI 9. Several online sources suggest that it will start getting Android 9 Pie updates sooner as compared to later.
Now jumping on a battery department, Xiaomi has added an extensive amount of battery in Redmi Note 6 which is 4000mAh (non-removable). We haven’t seen that much battery in previous Redmi Note devices. We’re short on words on if it supports fast charging but it’s safe to expect that it will house the same considering its predecessor has it.
So many connectivity options coming with Redmi Note 6 Pro are dual-SIM card slot with 4G VoLTE support as well as dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0. A-GPS, infrared port, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack is also a part of this package.
Nowadays, every other smartphone brand is shifting to USB Type-C port but Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro still comes with a micro USB port. The smartphone lacks a dedicated slot as well.
The latest Redmi Note 6 Pro from Xiaomi is an excellent option to go for and it’s an enough of a reason if you have not upgraded your smartphone from Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro. The mid-range handset comes with a bundle of eye-catching features which can easily deliver an all-around performance. The overall look is premium and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass – keeps it safe from scratches. The brain behind Note 6 Pro is super-powerful and manages any sort of multitasking and high-end gaming without a hiccup. Let’s finish this off by saying it’s having all – smooth performance, no-nonsense features, great screen, massive battery, and hassle-free camera experience. And amazingly, everything is available at unmatched rates.