Our Opinion

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

Xiaomi Redmi 6 32GB  Xiaomi Redmi 6A 32GB 
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Xiaomi Redmi 6A
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Excellence Score
29.4
23.1
Value for Money Score
83.7
74.7
Price ₹ 8,499 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Automatic contrast, Color temperature adjustment IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Automatic contrast, Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #38 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio A22Ranked #65 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE-class
RAM 3 GB 2 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 12MP + 5MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, PDAF, HDR, Burst mode, Camera timer, Scene selection, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify, Portrait mode, HDR, Age detection, Selfie timer F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify, Portrait mode, HDR, Age detection, Selfie timer
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 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 8.3 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 146 gm 145 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Good, modern, tall display at this price point - delivers 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, 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 - 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 but the Redmi 6 is newer (hence, will receive more updates), has the better camera, and better gaming performance
  • Nice, simple, understated design - feels quite solid
  • Comfortably compact with a tall 5.45-inch display
  • The curved edges render a good grip, and combined with the compact dimensions, make it easy to use one handed
  • Decent, tall 18:9 display with good brightness levels which make the panel sufficiently legible while indoors
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs - the new MIUI 9.6 comes with new features like picture-in-picture and improved notifications
  • The Helio A22 is good enough for basic use, and arguably a bit better than the Snapdragon 425 used in the Redmi 5A, but still this is a phone only meant for basic messaging, browsing, and social media - push it more, or run too many apps, and you will find the phone struggling with the limited 2GB of RAM
  • Decent rear camera for the price - the quality of photos is good enough when there’s ample light - it’s low on dynamic range and colours get lost in the shadows, but it shoots well exposed photos otherwise - indoors too, the camera algorithms work to enhance the saturation and contrast and that results in decent shots
  • Decent front camera too - capable of taking good selfies in favourable lighting conditions
  • Good battery life, with a 3000mAh capacity, and helped by an efficient chipset - with moderate use, the phone should give you around one and a half days of usage
  • Dual 4G, Dual VoLTE support
  • On the whole, the Redmi 6A is another good ultra-budget option from the Xiaomi camp, that does the basics quite well - it’s reasonably good for keeping in touch with your friends and family, surfing the web and even the occasional casual games - but of course, if you are looking for a more powerful phone, you will need to look at higher budgets
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • While the phone looks pretty decent, the glossy plastic build is arguably a step backwards from the metal build of the Redmi 5 - if aesthetics and better build quality are what you are after, the older 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
  • 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
  • No fingerprint sensor (instead the Redmi 6A relies on face unlock and traditional PIN-based unlock)
  • The camera app is a bit sluggish though - it takes some time to focus and there’s a noticeable lag after you’ve shot the photo
  • The speakers are placed at the back and sound gets muffled if you’re watching something holding the phone in the landscape format
  • No support for fast charging (though charging speed is still decent - about 2 hours from 0 to 100%)
Expert Reviews
  1. Decent hardware for the price, and it offers better performance than the smartphone it replaces
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Worth your hard earned money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. 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 »
  4. 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 »
  5. A worthy successor to the Redmi 5
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. 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 »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. A fairly good update to the Redmi 5A
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Meant for those who are upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone for the first time
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Definitely among our top recommendations for a phone priced at under Rs 7,000
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It seems like Xiaomi's endeavor to make the phone even more affordable has now pushed them to include a non-optimized chipset with ad-ridden UI to the users, and that's not the best strategy
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
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