REDMI 6 PRO VS REDMI NOTE 5 PRO

Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6 Pro earlier this week in China and while the Redmi Note 5 was launched in India only earlier this year, it is worth looking at how the Redmi 6 Pro stacks up against it when we put them side to side.

Looking at the smartphone renders upfront, the most striking difference between the Redmi 6 Pro and any other smartphone made by Xiaomi so far is the presence of a notch. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, does not have a notch but does sport a large 5.99-inch 18:9 full HD IPS display, as compared to the Redmi 6 Pro which despite the notch, only packs a 5.84-inch 19:9 full HD IPS display. What this means, is that the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a much bigger chassis as well as a marginally larger display when compared to the Redmi 6 Pro.

Turn the smartphone around and what you see is an identical looking back. We’ve seen Xiaomi replicate the back of the Redmi Note 5 Pro on the more budget-oriented Redmi Y2 and its stuck to the same layout for the Redmi 6 Pro as well. The vertical dual-camera setup and the fingerprint sensor are located in the same place on both phones.

Talking about internals, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a more capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, while the Redmi 6 Pro gets the older Snapdragon 625 SoC. Things also differ when it comes to the RAM as the base variant of the Redmi 6 Pro gets 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage while the Note 5 Pro comes with a minimum of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. Both phones also offer higher variants with the Redmi 6 Pro being offered in a 4 GB RAM/32 GB storage and 4 GB/64 GB variant and the Note 5 Pro being offered in a 6 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage variant.

Both smartphones also feature a similar AI-powered dual-camera setup on the back but if you do look close enough, you will see the difference. It is the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has a minor edge here as well thanks to the presence of a 5 MP (f/2.0) secondary sensor while the Redmi 6 Pro gets a 5 MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor which allows the former to draw a little more light. The front camera is another area where the Note 5 Pro shows it superiority, featuring a 20 MP front camera while the 6 Pro gets an unimpressive 5 MP unit.

Moving on to the price of both the smartphones, the Redmi 6 Pro is yet to be launched in India and there is no official word on whether we will see it anytime soon, but we can use its China price for reference. The Redmi 6 Pro starts at CNY 999 which is approximately Rs 10,400 for the base variant while the Note 5 Pro was launched at Rs 13,999, now sells at Rs 14,999.

The choice, therefore, is quite simple. On paper, the Note 5 Pro does have an edge over the Redmi 6 Pro in almost all the departments and if Xiaomi does plan to bring the Redmi 6 Pro to India, they would be cannibalising their own products in the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Y2, given the pricing. The Redmi 6 Pro does come with a notch, making the Note 5 Pro look a little dated in design but the competition is still a little to one sided in favour of the 5 Pro.

Here’s a more detailed look at the specifications of the two phones:

SmartphoneXiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Display Size (inch)5.95.84
Resolution (pixels)2,160 x 1,0801,080 x 2,280
Pixel Density (PPI)403432
Display TypeIPS LCDIPS LCD
Dimensions(mm)158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05
                                          149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8
Weight (gm)181178
Dual SIMYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
Connectivity TypesGSM / HSPA / VoLTE
GSM / HSPA / VoLTE
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
CPU CoresOcta-coreOcta-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz)4x Kryo 260 @ up to 1.8 GHz & 4x Kryo 260 @ up to 1.6 GHz
8x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0 GHz
GPUAdreno 509Adreno 506
RAM4,6 GB3,4 GB
Ruggedness
On-Board Memory64, 128 GB32, 64 GB
Expandable MemoryYes, upto 256 GB
Yes, upto 256 GB
SensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Primary Camera12 MP, f/2.2 and 5 MP, f/2.0
12 MP, f/2.2 and 5 MP, f/2.2
Optical Image Stabilization
Camera ArrayDual CameraDual Camera
Autofocus SystemPhase detectionPhase detection
Secondary Camera20 MP5 MP
Video Capture1080p1080p
FlashDual-LEDDual-LED
OS VersionAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9.2
Android Oreo 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10
AI (Smart Assistant)Google AssistantGoogle Assistant
GPSYesYes
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, LEv4.2, A2DP, LE
NFCNoNo
InfraredYesYes
Fingerprint ScannerYes, Rear buttonYes, Rear button
3.5 mm jackYesYes
RadioYes, FM RadioYes, FM Radio
USB TypemicroUSB v2.0microUSB v2.0
USB StandardUSB v2.0USB v2.0
Battery (mAh)4,0004,000
Fast chargingNoNo
ColoursBlack, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue
Black, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold, Red
Prices in IndiaRs 14,999Approximately Rs 10,400

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