Xiaomi to bring next-gen Redmi 6 series phones in India on September 5

Xiaomi to bring next-gen Redmi 6 series phones in India on September 5

Bruce McAvoy

Xiaomi is all set to upgrade its Redmi lineup with three new Redmi 6 series smartphones in India. The Redmi 6 and 6A, successors to the much popular Redmi 5 and 5A along with Redmi 6 Pro are going to be announced on September 5 at an event in New Delhi.

Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP of Xiaomi and MD for Xiaomi India unveiled a teaser on twitter with the hashtag #DeshKeNayeSmartphones, a tagline that now commonly applies to the company's Redmi 5 lineup. The Redmi 5 and 5A still continues to get a great response from the consumers. The upcoming smartphones in the Redmi 6 lineup are going to take it a step further.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Crowned as the best selling smartphone of Q1 2018 in India by Counterpoint Research, the Redmi 6A will succeed 5A when it is announced on September 5. It features a 5.45-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) display which has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone weighs 145g and has a bit of an heft at 8.3mm.

It is powered by quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 chipset clocked at 2.0GHz. This is backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can further be expanded via microSD card.

On the optics front, the Redmi 6A sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The front camera supports portrait mode and comes with a slew of beautification options along with support for face unlock.

Xiaomi's Redmi 6A has a 3,000mAh battery which will be able to last a day and then some on moderate usage.

Xiaomi Redmi 6

The Redmi 6 brings dual cameras while retaining the same form-factor as that of its younger sibling, the Redmi 6A. It features the same 5.45-inch HD+ display but has a dual camera setup on the back. The rear panel also houses a fingerprint sensor.

There's a primary 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera which assists in creating portrait pictures. On the front, the Redmi 6 has a 5-megapixel camera for selfies.

The Redmi 6 also comes with RAM and storage options of 3GB/4GB and 32GB/64GB respectively. Users have the option of expanding storage via microSD card. The phone is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with PowerVR GE8320 graphics.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Launched as the Mi A2 Lite globally, the Redmi 6 Pro is a rebranded version of the same smartphone by Xiaomi. The Redmi 6 Pro features a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) notched display giving it a 19:9 aspect ratio.

The Redmi 6 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 graphics and comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Buyers can choose between 32GB/64GB storage variants and can further expand it via microSD card. The phone has a dedicated slot for microSD which is a thoughtful decision.

The smartphone has a dual camera setup on the back which comprises of a 12-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX486 sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The camera supports portrait and depth mode.

There's a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.0 aperture as well which has 67.9-degree wide-angle view and supports Beautify 4.0.

The Redmi 6 pro draws power from a 4,000mAh battery which could last two days on average usage.

All the Redmi 6 series smartphone run on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI but the Redmi 6 Pro can be an exception as it runs stock Android under the Android One program. That will also bring a stock Android phone under the Redmi series in India and its highly unlikely for Xiaomi to pursue that direction. However, we can also hope to see another Android One smartphone, a cheaper one maybe.

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