Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A30, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM)!

Samsung Galaxy A30  Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM) 
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Excellence Score
28.2
28.4
Value for Money Score
63.7
65.3
Price ₹ 14,799 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Nov, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #57 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture 12MP: 1.4um Pixel Size; F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, Enhanced Low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, EIS for Video Recording, Dynamic Bokeh
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP + 2MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture 20MP: 1.8um Pixel Size; F/2.0 Aperture, 2MP: 1.75um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Portrait Selfie, Selfie timer, Face recognition
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 165 gmMedium 182 gmMedium
Width 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, P2i Water Repellent
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 390 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 15hr, Gameplay Time: 9hr, Audio Playback Time: 190hr
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Dual VoLTE; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built, sleek, modern design, with a Infinity-U display
  • The glossy sides and back look good (it has the appearance of glass but it is actually plastic)
  • Large, vivid Super AMOLED, Infinity-U display with slim borders all around - everything from images to text really pops - easily one of the best-in-class displays in this price category
  • The Galaxy A30 runs on Samsung's new One UI, which is one of the more polished, refined takes on an Android UI, and is one of the best Android UI implementations at present, along with Oxygen OS
  • There are a number of useful features including Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing, and a whole bunch of motion gestures such as one-handed mode, Smart Stay, etc, which can be toggled on
  • Decent performance with a Exynos 7904 processor at the core (similar to Snapdragon 636) - day-to-day use is decent and complex games like PUBG are also playable at reduced graphics settings
  • One of the few affordable phones with a wide angle sensor at the rear, that can produce some interesting frames
  • It also shoots pretty good portraits
  • Decent bundled headset - and you can enable Dolby Atmos for wired and Bluetooth headphones, which boosts the audio level and spatial separation a bit
  • The 4000mAh battery is one of the Galaxy A30's strong suits - you will easily manage to push past a full day on one charge
  • The bundled fast charger is able to take the battery to about 70 percent in an hour, which is not bad at all
  • Sturdy, tried-and-tested design
  • Curved back makes it comfortable to hold
  • Water-resistant P2i coating, similar to the Poco F1
  • Excellent, large, 'notch' display - it has superb contrast, good brightness levels, and tiny bezels - one of the best displays you will get in this price bracket
  • MIUI is one of the better, more refined, and more optimised Android UIs around, and is packed with many features and customisation options
  • There is also an option to switch to fullscreen navigation gestures instead of the on-screen Android navigation buttons
  • Solid mid-range performance - backed by the Snapdragon 636 which is still very good for the class
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras at the back, which improve upon the already very good cameras of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • The rear cameras perform well regardless of the conditions you’re shooting in - Low light, artificial light, portrait shots, landscapes, it’s got you all covered
  • Very good set of dual cameras on the front as well - selfies taken with the Redmi Note 6 Pro have good details, and the edge detection in portrait mode is good too
  • Overall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is now arguably the best camera experience under Rs. 20, 000
  • Excellent battery life with a 4000mAH battery pack
  • Has an interesting Wi-Fi pass through feature that lets your phone act as a Wi-Fi repeater
  • Thoughtful anti-rust coating inside 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port
  • The Redmi Note 6 Pro again ticks all the right boxes for a best-seller in its class and price segment, continuing a tradition of the Redmi Note line in terms of excellent value for money
  • If you want a very good all-rounder with best camera in the mid-range, you need to look no further
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Of course the glossy body means that it also attracts smudges and fingerprints easily
  • The fingerprint sensor works well, but is placed a bit too high up - and you will have to really stretch your index finger, or at times, shuffle the phone around to reach it
  • You have the option to use face recognition instead of — or in addition to — using the fingerprint scanner, but it's not very quick, not even under good light
  • The Galaxy A30 is also a big phone to carry around, even if you have large hands
  • Unfortunately, there are still plenty of promotions, and ads to deal with, in the default phone setup (you can thankfully opt out of these though)
  • Given however, that other phones in this price range now come with much more powerful SoCs like the MediaTek Helio P70 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, the A30 does lag behind the competition in terms of performance
  • Overall quality-wise though, the dual rear camera (primary + wide-angle) setup at the rear is average though, especially in terms of low light performance
  • The front 16-megapixel selfie camera is again average - selfies are a bit soft in daylight and in low-light, selfies lack good detail, with visible grain
  • The Galaxy A30 can shoot up to full-HD videos with good quality, but the lack of stabilisation is a let-down - unless you're staying still, videos often end up looking shaky and unusable - continuous autofocus too isn't very quick, and you will see visible lag when the camera tries to refocus onto another subject
  • The audio output from the speaker however is quite weak in terms of volume
  • Overall, the A30 is not quite as good as Samsung's other recent launches in the M and A series
  • It will face very stiff competition from the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which apart from being much more powerful, also takes a big lead in the camera department
  • Even if you want to stick to Samsung, the M30 will give you a slightly better camera performance, a bigger battery, and storage - so, significantly better value
  • The power and the volume buttons are both on the right - the power button is easy to hit, but the volume buttons need a bit of a stretch to reach
  • While the design is sturdy, it's also now a bit boring, with a lot of great looking phones now available in the budget segment
  • One of the issues with MIUI in recent times has been the annoying ads in MI's own apps, and that still continues with the Redmi Note 6 Pro (these can be disabled but it's a complicated procedure)
  • If you are a heavy gamer though, then the Redmi Note 6 Pro is no longer the best performer for it's price segment (like the Redmi Note 5 Pro was) - you will want to look at the Mi A2 or Realme 2 Pro instead
  • Video recording on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is decent but maxes out at 1080p which is a bit disappointing, considering that other smartphones in this price range are capable of 4K video recording
  • The phone also has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 but Xiaomi only ships a 10W charger in the box - you will need to buy a quick charger separately to enable fast charging
  • Uses the outdated microUSB port, instead of a modern USB-C port
  • Having said that though, it's not quite a clear, outright winner as the Redmi Note 5 Pro was, simply because of the much tougher competition in this segment now - there is the Realme 2 Pro (has a much better take on how a notch should look like, and is more powerful with a SD660), the Xiaomi Mi A2 (No notch, Android One, all-metal design, SD660), Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (better battery, arguably better value for money), and the Motorola One Power (Android One, better battery) - so all in all, there are lots of good choices around
Expert Reviews
  1. A balanced smartphone with good specs, and it will serve you well no matter the occasion
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty good device for the price segment it’s sitting in...but the Galaxy M30 is better bang-for-the-buck
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. We'd suggest giving the Galaxy A30 a pass
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has formidable competitors...but for those who don’t game and are happy with great battery life and a solid multimedia experience, you can buy this phone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Reliable daily driver
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Nothing makes the Galaxy A30 stand out, and with so many good options available, being perfectly average doesn’t really cut it anymore
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy A30 is a good phone...but it will struggle against competition in the online market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Redmi Note 6 Pro ticks all the right boxes for a best-seller in its class..But it's not the only one
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Makes a great impression
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Xiaomi has improved slightly on a product (Redmi Note 5 Pro) that was already good
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers exceptional value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s still offers good value for your money...though it is no longer a leader in the mid-range segment like the Redmi Note 5 Pro was
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are in a market looking for a smartphone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 6 Pro should definitely be in your list
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. With the feature-rich Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi once again reaffirms as the true leader of the mid-range phone market of India
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Redmi Note 6 Pro certainly does not boast of the best hardware at the price...But it’s the camera alone that makes the phone worth buying.
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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