Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 32GB is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto E5 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 6 32GB!

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Excellence Score
28.1
29.7
Value for Money Score
77.0
86.5
Price ₹ 9,233 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Automatic contrast, Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #71 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 12.0MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Manual Mode, Burst Shot, Best Shot, QR code/Barcode Scanner, Slo-motion mode, Video Stabilisation 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25 um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12 um Pixel Size, Portrait mode, Beautify, Low light photo enhancement, HDR, Burst mode, Camera timer, Scene selection, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify, Portrait mode, HDR, Age detection, Selfie timer
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.35 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 197 gm 146 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3000 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, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks premium with a a high-gloss plastic back that looks like glass from afar - in fact from far away it can be easily confused for it's more expensive sibling the Moto G6
  • Decent fingerprint scanner in the rear
  • Modern, tall, 18:9 display with slimmer bezels - it's reasonably bright and vivid
  • In typical Moto fashion, the Moto E5 Plus run a clean, bloat-free version of Android, with minimal useful add-ons like Moto Display, Moto Actions, and Night Mode
  • Decent day-to-day performance - for light workloads, the phone will perform just fine
  • Decent rear camera in favorable lighting conditions, for the price bracket
  • Decent front camera in favorable lighting conditions, for the price bracket
  • Video recording is decent too with reasonably good stabilisation
  • Call quality is pretty good too
  • Excellent battery life - with a 5000mAh battery, the E5 Plus is a road warrior, and can last you up to 2 days with moderate use, before you need to charge it again
  • Fast charging support (TurboCharge) - the phone gets from 0 to 50% in about an hour
  • Has a visibly smaller profile than its predecessor (Redmi 5), and is a joy to handle, thanks to its smaller footprint, especially if you struggle while using the large screen smartphones out there
  • The fingerprint sensor is blazing fast, and there is also 'Face Unlock' that works fine in well-lit conditions
  • Decent, modern, tall display at this price point - delivers mostly punchy colors, though sunlight legibility could have been a little better
  • MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, and is quite feature-rich
  • The Helio P22 is a bit better than the Redmi 5's Snapdragon 450 on paper, and you can certainly see a performance jump in terms of gaming - for a device at this price point, the Redmi 6 comes across as surprisingly good with gaming performance
  • Packs a good dual rear camera set-up - as far as the Redmi 6’s camera performance is considered, it rises above its budget status and delivers some pretty good quality images for a smartphone at this price - in well-lit conditions, it can take click some really nice photos with good color accuracy and minimal noise - in fact, in daylight, the Redmi 6 is simply the best at its price point - the portrait shots clicked by the Redmi 6 are also quite vibrant and the depth reproduction is adequate too - the colors are accurate too, especially if the photos are clicked in outdoor environments under abundant sunlight
  • Overall, the quality of the rear camera is one area where the Redmi 6 is a significant upgrade over the Redmi 5
  • Decent selfie camera too - manages to capture some decent shots, and bokeh shots are fine to
  • Decent battery life - the 3000mAh battery will comfortably provide a full work-day, with moderate use
  • Overall, the Redmi 6 looks like yet another winner from Xiaomi - although there are certain shortcomings such as the optimization of MIUI, the overall performance, battery life and an above-par photography experience significantly outweigh the drawbacks
  • In the competition, the Realme 2 is a compelling option, but sluggish performance and relatively underwhelming cameras will likely make most people prefer the Redmi 6 - the Redmi 5 might actually be a more serious competitor and will give you better build quality and slightly better day-to-day performance but the Redmi 6 is newer (hence, will receive more updates), has the better camera, and better gaming performance
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Weighing in at 197g and with large dimensions, the Moto E5 Plus is quite a bulky phone, and can be unwieldy - it is too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand
  • The plastic back gets scratched very easily and is a fingerprint magnet - it is also very slippery - so using a case is a good idea
  • The display resolution is on the low side
  • Performance is alright in daily use, but there are certainly significantly better performing phones around in this price bracket
  • Average loudspeaker - both loudness and audio quality could have been a bit better
  • The Moto E5 Plus is a decent phone by itself, and is a especially good choice if you value battery life above all else, but other devices from Xiaomi, Asus, Realme in this price bracket will likely be better overall deals
  • The glossy plastic build is a step backwards from the metal build of the Redmi 5 - which means that the in-hand feel suffers - moreover the glossy back makes the device more slippery - the Redmi 5's more understated metallic design was arguably much better
  • The glass panel also has a weird elevation from the frame (which likely makes it prone to shattering in the event of a drop)
  • If aesthetics and better build quality are what you are after, the Redmi 5 is the better option - or you can also check out the Realme 2, which offers a unique dual-glass design with some eye-catching patterns on the rear panel
  • On the other hand, day-to-day performance is probably a shade worse than the Redmi 5 (likely because MIUI is not as well-optimized for the P22 as it was for Snapdragon 450) - you will see the occasional lags here and there - if your sole criteria to upgrade from Redmi 5 is performance, the Redmi 5 will serve you just fine - and in some areas, even better
  • Low light performance is more of a mixed bag, with not that great color reproduction
  • The repositioned loudspeaker at the rear is not the best decision (sound will tend to be muffled when the phone is placed on its back), considering that the Redmi 5 had it on the bottom frame
Expert Reviews
  1. Not your first budget choice
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Road warriors should should definitely consider the Moto E5 Plus, but others will be better served by heavyweights such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5, and Realme 1
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If battery life is at the tippy top of your smartphone agenda, there’s simply no better choice on a budget
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Decent hardware for the price, and it offers better performance than the smartphone it replaces
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best value for money phones in the market....a good option for consumers looking for the first touch-screen smartphone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. if you're looking for a budget smartphone with reasonable performance in camera and everyday usage, the Redmi 6 could be a worthy option
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Yet another winner from Xiaomi, and it surely offers way more than you expect from an entry-level device from another brand
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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