Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Mi A1 might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Mi A1  Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Mi A1 Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
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Excellence Score
36.2
35.9
Value for Money Score
74.4
79.1
Price ₹ 14,270 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Features LTPS IPS LCD IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Day mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Screen enlarging, Standard mode, Color temperature auto adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor; 1.25um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: Samsung S5K5E8 Sensor; 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Portrait mode, Nightscape Optimisation, Auto HDR, Electric Image Stabilisation, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Portrait Mode, Beautify, Selfie timer
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.75 mm
Weight 165 gm 178 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3080 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Android One series; Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Face unlock; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
  • Nice simple, metal unibody design - it looks identical to almost every other Redmi phone that has launched in the past year, and the metal unibody design has been done to death, but it makes sense for this segment where durability is more important than a stunning glass design - overall the phone is built robustly and will take a few scratches and bumps
  • Pretty compact too, which aids one-handed use
  • The new modern tall 'notch' display introduces the notch to the entry-level segment, and has a good resolution
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs, and comes packed with features, and customizability options
  • Pretty decent day-to-day performance backed by the reliable (though now aging) Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 - the SoC is known for its power efficiency which is ideal for a budget device - of course if you want to do heavy gaming, you should probably look at something better
  • Decent rear dual cameras - in daytime, the photos come out fairly sharp and crisp, and bokehs are pretty good too
  • Selfies come out fairly rich and vibrant too, as long as the lighting is good
  • Overall, the cameras are somewhere in the middle of Xiaomi's last generation series - they are significantly better than Redmi 5, slightly better than Redmi Note 5, but a level behind the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Very good audio quality, excellent speaker loudness and output
  • Good battery life with a solid 4000mAh battery that will comfortably last over a day
  • Decent charging speed (though it does not support fast charging) - you will be able to top up the battery from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Overall, the the Redmi 6 Pro comes off as a reliable and functional compact phone in this price bracket - having said that, it will face some stiff competition from the likes of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (which runs on the Snapdragon 636 and has stock Android interface) apart from it's own siblings like the Redmi Note 5 Pro (which again runs on the Snapdragon 636, and has a significantly better camera)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
  • Although this is a tall, 'notch' display, the bezels (specially the chin) are more significant than some other tall displays out there
  • While the Snapdragon 625 is perfectly good for daily use, you do have the option of Snapdragon 636 devices in this price bracket, like the Asus Max M1 Pro
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