After the launch of the flagship Mi 8, Xiaomi is now introducing two new members to the Redmi lineup. Xiaomi announced two mid-tier phones the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A. The noticing point of the announcement is that the Redmi 6 will b powered by Mediatek Helio P22 chipset whereas the Redmi 6A will be powered by MediaTek Helio A22 Chipset.
The Redmi 6 will sport a 5.45-inch HD+ (720 x 1440) IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Powering those pixels will be the 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 chip with 2GHz octa-core CPU and 3,000 mAh battery. The Redmi 6 will be available in two memory configurations – either 3GB of RAM with 32GB of flash storage or 4GB + 64GB. Either way, you get a microSD card slot for further storage expansion. The phone offers dual back cameras (12MP + 5MP) and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front. Anyways the battery capacity is lower than the predecessor Redmi 5, which had 3300 mAh battery, but it’s not a point to worry about since the use of more efficient chipset and smaller screen it should last quite a lot longer.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6’s key feature is the AI-aided face unlock. Once you lift up the phone, the screen lights up and scans your face making the whole unlocking process a bit faster and more convenient. If you prefer the fingerprint unlock, however, the Redmi 6 has a fingerprint scanner on the back.
Speaking of AI, it’s an essential part of the whole MIUI 10 software that powers the Redmi 6 and will help with performance and camera stills.
And for the more affordable Xiaomi Redmi 6A, it uses the same body as the standard version but carries slightly downgraded hardware. It contains a similar display as the Redmi 6 and is powered by a Helio A22 chipset, which is built on the same efficient 12nm process as the Helio P22, but with four CPU cores instead of eight. It’s still clocked at 2.0GHz and it’s paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
On the back, the Redmi 6A has only one 13MP sensor with LED flash while the front features the same 5MP sensor. Since it’s powered by the MIUI 10, the usual AI camera and software features are available.
The fingerprint sensor is missing from the equation so the face unlock is your only biometric unlock option.
As far as pricing goes, the standard 3GB/32GB version of the Redmi 6 is priced at CNY 799 ($125) while the 4GB/64GB variant will be CNY 999 ($155). The Redmi 6A’s price tag is just CNY 599 ($95). Both phones go on sale in China on June 15 with availability in other markets yet to be detailed.