Our Opinion

The realme 6 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 6 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)  realme 6 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
55.9
62.8
Value for Money Score
87.4
87.5
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2020 Mar, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.67 inches 6.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 399 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating 90Hz Refresh Rate, 120Hz touch-sensing
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 1/2.25" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.5 aperture; 54mm Focal Length; Telephoto; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical zoom, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting 16MP: f/2.1 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 17mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, Portrait Mode, Time-lapse, Panoramic view, AI Beauty, HDR, Face-Recognition, Filter, Bokeh Effect Control
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 209 gmHeavy 202 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5020 mAh 4300 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 Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging Yes, 30W Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Hi-Res Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Decent quad cameras for the price - a 48MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the primary camera takes reasonably good shots - Xiaomi has opted for very natural-looking colour science, the colour temperature and white balance are spot-on which is very good to see and the dynamic range isn’t too bad either (though, there is a certain softness to images, which can be fixed with a software update)
  • The ultra-wide angle mode works well to capture a wide frame without much effort and the quality is decent
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • The macro camera deliver much higher quality shots than from most other 2MP macro cameras
  • The 16MP front camera is fairly good in the daytime as well as at night - details are good, and portrait shots had nicely blurred backgrounds
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Decent fast charging with the 18W fast charger in the box, takes nearly 2 hours to fill the phone completely (though, this isn't the fastest charging phone and the Realme 6's 30W charging is much better)
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro succeeds at delivering value, a decent camera, class-leading internals and beautiful design for the low price is certainly tempting - if flat-out performance at a low price is what you want, the Redmi Note 9 Pro delivers the best bang-for-the-buck
  • Looks elegant and understated while still being eye-catching - the back has a very subtle gradient design where you can see the thunderbolt symbol flashing off the phone
  • The dual hole-punch cutout at the front gives the phone a modern appearance
  • Fingerprint Sensor is embedded in the unlock button and it is insanely quick and a pleasure to use - face recognition continues to be quick too, and works equally well even in the dark
  • The back is Gorilla Glass 5, so scuff marks aren't really an issue
  • Good 6.6-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display - it gives off quite punchy, and vivid colours
  • The 90Hz refresh rate on the Realme 6 Pro makes for a smooth and seamless visual experience
  • Software is one place where Realme has taken a big leap, the Realme UI is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some more interesting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • There are still a number of pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • Excellent performance for the price - the Snapdragon 720G is a powerful chip, so as expected, general usage and multitasking is handled superbly - gaming performance is nothing to scoff at, the phone handles heavy games like PUBG at the highest settings with ease
  • Good quad cameras for the price - there's a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 2MP macro camera
  • Pictures from the primary camera look pretty good with fairly good details and very good dynamic range
  • The HDR mode works quite well and retains the highlights of the picture and there is a good amount of detail in the shadow regions
  • Ultra-wide camera also works well, both indoors and during daylight (though, as expected, quality is not on par with the primary camera)
  • Photos captured by the telephoto camera are decent too - you can zoom upto 20X with a mix of optical and digital zoom
  • Portrait mode also works well, even for objects, and the level of depth can be adjusted before you take a shot
  • In low light, the primary camera is pretty capable and manages a fair bit of detail with good colours and you can use the night mode with all cameras except the macro and it helps boost the brightness and detail in the shot
  • Very good dual selfie cameras, 16MP primary and 8MP Ultra-wide - the wide-angle camera is great for taking a group selfie and you can even shoot videos with it
  • Very good battery life with the 4300 mAh cell - the 6 Pro delivers a solid day and a half of battery life, even with heavy usage
  • The bundled 30W fast charger is very quick and manages to charge the battery from zero to about 90 percent in an hour
  • The Realme 6 Pro is a good overall package that offer almost everything that one would want from mid-range phone - it looks great, offers powerful performance, clicks stunning pictures in almost all lightning situations, and delivers long lasting battery life - the inclusion of wide-angle selfie camera and telephoto camera gives it an extra edge over the competition
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • Low light photography is average, images are grainy with digital artefacts and splotches creating a nearly unusable shots
  • Overall, this is not the best camera setup at this price and this time Realme has done a better job which with its Realme 6 which offer better cameras at this price
  • However, the Realme 6 out-specs the Redmi Note 9 Pro with its high refresh-rate 90Hz display panel, as well as the inclusion of a 64MP camera that genuinely takes better images, and the phone supports faster 30W charging as well
  • The Realme 6 Pro is quite chunky at 8.9mm and a bit heavy at 202g
  • The macro lens doesn't really excel at what it is supposed to do, the detailing of the images is low because of the very low 2MP resolution (though, it help take closer shots of smaller subjects)
  • However, the Realme 6 Pro and the Realme X2 have very similar features, camera capabilities and performance, and the only really differentiating factors are their design and displays and if you would prefer an AMOLED panel and an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Realme X2 would be the one to pick
Expert Reviews
  1. The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers one of the most reliable experience on a phone at this price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is very likeable for its overall style, and the specifications are very impressive
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Best Redmi Note device yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. If flat-out performance at a low price is what you want, the Redmi Note 9 Pro still delivers the best bang-for-the-buck
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is definitely an impressive option considering the performance and the battery life
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. More polished than before, living up to the high design standards set by Xiaomi
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A Minimalist Jack Of All Trades
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Another stunning crowd-pleaser from Xiaomi
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a typical Note, it is very good at just about everything it does, rather than being the best in a few
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. An easy recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme 6 Pro looks modern, has a wide-angle selfie camera and a telephoto camera to set it apart... but it isn't a clear-cut winner
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Wish the phone was slightly cheaper
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A high refresh rate display, a gaming-oriented processor, multi-camera setups and more makes the Realme 6 Pro an enticing buy
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Realme 6 Pro is a good deal if you are looking for an all-rounder phone... but the Realme 6 is even better deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Realme 6 Pro goes most of the way to justify its price and is easy to recommend
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Realme 6 Pro is a good overall package that offer almost everything that one would want from a mid-ranger
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A very worthy competitor in the mid-range market
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A good all-round phone that may get lost in the Realme clutter
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
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