Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Vivo V9, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM)!

Vivo V9  Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB RAM) 
Vivo V9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
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Excellence Score
19.3
23.1
Value for Money Score
36.1
64.1
Price ₹ 18,900 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 Nov, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoNo updates expected Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #78 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 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 microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers 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 24.0MP 20MP + 2MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty 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 256 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 7.89 mmMedium 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 150 gmLight 182 gmMedium
Width 75.1 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 3260 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, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included 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]
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use with one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
  • 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]
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
  • 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. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth 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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