Launch of the Redmi 6 series in India. The company brought three smartphones to the country, the Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A. The smartphones will be made available to buy in that order as well – the Redmi 6 goes on sale on Monday, September 10, the Redmi 6 Pro will go on sale on Tuesday, September 11, while the budget Redmi 6A will go on sale the week after, on September 19. To recall, the smartphones had been launched in China back in June, and replace the popular Redmi 5 and Redmi 5A smartphones in India, that were launched in March this year and November last year, respectively.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer specified that the prices it has announced for the entire Redmi 6 series are introductory in nature, valid for just two months, and may be revised thereafter based on the performance of the rupee vs the dollar. The Redmi 6 price in India starts at Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 9,499 for the top 3GB/ 64GB model – it’s exclusive to Flipkart. The Redmi 6 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB/ 32GB model, going up to Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB/ 64GB model – it will be exclusive to Amazon India. Finally, the Redmi 6A price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB/ 16GB model, going up to Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB/ 32GB model – it too will be exclusive to Amazon India, though all three will be made available to buy via Mi.com as well.
In terms of specifications, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are quite similar, bearing similar weights. the same dimensions, the same 3000mAh battery capacity, same 5.45-inch HD+ displays, and the same Blue, Gold, Rose Gold, and Black colour variants. There are differences in terms of optics however, with the Redmi 6A sporting a more modest single rear 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, while the Redmi 6 sports a dual 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup and a better 5-megapixel front camera. The former is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, while the latter is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC.
The Redmi 6 Pro on the other hand sports a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a notch, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. It sports the same camera setup as the Redmi 6, a larger 4,000mAh battery, and comes in Red, Black, Gold, and Blue colour variants. All three smartphones run MIUI 9.6 based on Android Oreo. Xiaomi at the Redmi 6 launch, and later in a tweet, announced that all three smartphones will get MIUI 10 soon, based on Android 8.1 Oreo.