Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A go official with Face Unlock, 18:9 screens

Xiaomi Redmi 6
Xiaomi Redmi 6

Xiaomi’s officially unveiled the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A after numerous leaks and rumors revealed a number of details about the phones. The handsets look identical and contain almost the same set of specs, but there are a couple of key differences to set them apart.

Starting with the Redmi 6, the handset comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display outfitted in an 18:9 aspect ratio. It looks very similar to past Xiaomi devices, so the design isn’t something particularly unique. It’s got a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor and 3000mAh battery inside.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs Redmi 5

The Redmi 5 has a bigger 3300mAh battery, so the Redmi 6’s 3000mAh unit is a bit of a downgrade. Perhaps the new 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 SoC compensates for that to some extent with better efficiency. The older phone also had a bigger 5.7-inch 720p screen.

Xiaomi’s blessed the Redmi 6 with an AI-powered Face Unlock tool and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. AI’s one of the highlights of the smartphone’s 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras as well, allowing for enhanced bokeh shots and optimized snaps.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Meanwhile, the Redmi 6A is powered by a 2GHz quad-core MediaTek A22 chip and has a single 13MP camera at the back. It supports Face Unlock, but doesn’t have a fingerprint reader. It’s priced at CNY 599 (roughly Rs 6305) for 16GB of ROM and 2GB of RAM.

Specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 6:

– OS: Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9
– Display: 5.45-inch 18:9, 720 x 1440 pixels
– CPU: 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22
– Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB
– RAM: 4GB/6GB
– Camera: 12MP + 5MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 3000mAh
– Size: 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3mm
– Weight: 146g
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS

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The Redmi 6 ups the rate to CNY 799 (approx Rs 8410) for its 3GB/32GB option and CNY 999 (about Rs 10515) for its 4GB/64GB model. We’ll let you know when Xiaomi brings the phones to markets outside China.