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Xiaomi Redmi 6A Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker (translated by Mark Riege), 11/17/2018

Next-gen budget smartphone. With the Redmi 6A, Xiaomi presents the successor of the affordable Redmi 5A, keeping it at the same price while improving the equipment significantly. We evaluate in our review what improvements are waiting for the buyer of the 90-Euro (~$102; starting at $90 in the US) smartphone and how it fares against the competitors.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6A

With the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, the manufacturer continues to make consistent strides in the area of affordable smartphones. With the new, efficient Mediatek Helio A22 SoC and its integrated PowerVR GE8320 graphics unit, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal eMMC flash storage, it offers slightly more performance than the predecessor model. While the camera equipment remained the same, its software was slightly improved. For an additional cost of about 15 Euros (~$17), the Redmi 6A is also available with 3 GB of working memory.

In our test, we not only compare the Redmi 6A with its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, but also with other affordable smartphones from the competitors. We select the similarly affordable Gigaset GS100, LG K11, and Nokia 3.1 as comparison devices. All the competing devices lie within a similar price range and offer sufficient performance for simple applications.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Redmi Series)
Graphics adapter
PowerVR GE8320, Core: 650 MHz, PowerVR GE8320
Memory
2048 MB 
, 2GB or 3GB
Display
5.45 inch 18:9, 1440 x 720 pixel 295 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 16GB or 32GB, 25 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (up to 256 GB), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass, microUSB
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (900, 1800), UMTS (B1, B8), LTE (B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 147.5 x 71.5 ( = 0.33 x 5.81 x 2.81 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.2
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.2
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, microUSB cable, SIM tool, MIUI 9.6.2, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value (head): 0.78 W/kg, SAR value (body): 1.17 W/kg, fanless
Weight
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 55 g ( = 1.94 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
150 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Robust smartphone made of plastic

Xiaomi has manufactured the case of the Redmi 6A from plastic, delivering high-quality workmanship. The gaps in the transition between the case and display are hardly noticeable, and all the keys sit tightly in the frame. The trays for the NanoSIM and microSD cards also fit tightly into their slots. With its rounded corners and edges, the Xiaomi smartphone fits comfortably in the hand.

Buyers of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A have the choice between black, gray, blue, and golden colors.

Size Comparison

Equipment - An affordable smartphone for simple apps

Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi 6A with the relatively new Mediatek Helio A22 SoC. In combination with its integrated PowerVR GE8320 graphics unit, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, the available performance is sufficient for simple applications and also offers some reserves for the occasional use of slightly more demanding apps. The internal storage can be expanded by using a microSD card without the user then having to forego use of the second NanoSIM card slot. Since the Redmi 6A offers two separate SIM card slots, it allows dual-SIM operation in combination with a storage card.

There is a Micro-USB connection for wired data transfer. Internally this is connected via the USB-2.0 standard and offers OTG functions to connect external storage, for example. In addition, there is a 3.5-mm audio port.

Software - Xiaomi smartphone with MIUI 9.6

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A presents an Android Oreo version 8.1 system with security patches on the level of May 5, 2018 to the user. The user interface is the manufacturer's own MIUI, which is the global version 9.6.2 in our test unit. Adjustments are limited to changed icons and the settings menu is sorted differently. The structure is clear and easily comprehensible for beginners as well as those familiar with Android. Xiaomi holds back in terms of installing third-party apps. Only the Facebook app is installed on the Redmi 6A, but you can easily uninstall that in the settings.

If several users need access to the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, you can create several accounts in the users setting.

Software Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Software Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Software Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Software Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Software Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Software Xiaomi Redmi 6A

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Communication and GPS - Android smartphone with LTE

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is able to connect to the GSM, 3G, and LTE networks. The latter can be done with LTE category 4, allowing download speeds up to 150 Mb/s and upload speeds up to 50 Mb/s. The LTE function is supported by both SIM card slots. However, interested buyers should be aware that only the global version of the Redmi 6A supports the LTE band 20, which is widespread in Germany.

For wireless communication at close range, Bluetooth 4.2 and WLAN with the b/g/n standards are available. Thus the Redmi 6A is only able to create WLAN connections in the 2.4-GHz band. In our test with the Linksys EA8500 reference router, the Xiaomi smartphone is surpassed by some of its competitors, only reaching a place in the middle of the comparison field with its data transfer rates of about 56 Mb/s.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=307)
211 MBit/s ∼100% +254%
Nokia 3.1
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750N, 16 GB eMMC Flash
112 MBit/s ∼53% +88%
Gigaset GS100
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 8 GB eMMC Flash
97.9 MBit/s ∼46% +64%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
PowerVR GE8320, Helio A22 MT6762M, 32 GB eMMC Flash
59.6 (min: 56, max: 61) MBit/s ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
47.1 MBit/s ∼22% -21%
LG K11
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
46.1 MBit/s ∼22% -23%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=307)
207 MBit/s ∼100% +272%
Nokia 3.1
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750N, 16 GB eMMC Flash
100 MBit/s ∼48% +80%
Gigaset GS100
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 8 GB eMMC Flash
99.6 MBit/s ∼48% +79%
LG K11
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.6 MBit/s ∼28% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
PowerVR GE8320, Helio A22 MT6762M, 32 GB eMMC Flash
55.7 (min: 52, max: 59) MBit/s ∼27%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49 MBit/s ∼24% -12%
010203040506070Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø58.8 (56-61)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø55.9 (52-59)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test idoors
GPS Test idoors

Using the GPS Test app, we evaluate how accurately the Xiaomi Redmi 6A is able to determine its own location. Outdoors, locating is possible with an accuracy of up to three meters (~10 ft). However, the Android smartphone is unable to create a satellite connection indoors.

On our mandatory bike tour, we also compare the Redmi 6A with our Garmin Edge 520 reference device. Over long straight stretches, the recorded route corresponds relatively accurately to our actual route. However, the Xiaomi smartphone is unable to reliably record tight curves or sudden changes of direction, and we can often see some jumps, making the GPS in the Redmi 6A only suitable for simple navigation tasks.

GPS Xiaomi Redmi 6A
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 6A
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 6A
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 6A
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 6A
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 6A
GPS Garmin Edge 520
GPS Garmin Edge 520
GPS Garmin Edge 520
GPS Garmin Edge 520
GPS Garmin Edge 520
GPS Garmin Edge 520

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - A good connection with the Redmi 6A

The Telephone app of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A offers direct access to a dial pad and recently called numbers. In a second tab, you can look at your contacts and select them. During the phone conversation, the Android smartphone shines with a good reception and clear voice quality. The volume is sufficient for most surroundings, but understanding can become difficult on a noisy street. However, some of the noises can be suppressed, which benefits the conversation quality.

Cameras - A smartphone for snapshots

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A offers a 13-MP main camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-MP front camera, also with an f/2.2 aperture. The latter allows you to create selfies of an acceptable quality. In normal light conditions, portraits look very pale and softened by blurriness, but you can still recognize fine structures and the objects are clearly delineated even in dark areas. You can select various color filters and beauty effects in the camera app. These range from larger eyes and a smaller chin up to softer skin. However, there is no professional mode for the front camera.

The main camera offers good snapshots for the occasion. In imbalanced light conditions, the selected object is slightly overexposed, with objects in darker image areas being hardly recognizable. While straight edges are reproduced clearly, uneven color transitions appear slightly muddy. The overexposure is also affecting close-ups. In addition, colors appear slightly pale here. The more balanced light conditions in our test picture show that objects in dark image areas are slightly more recognizable. In bad light conditions, the selected object reproduced by the camera of the Redmi 6A becomes blurry. While the objects still remain recognizable, larger areas of the image disappear in darkness. Besides various color filters, you can also select a professional mode in the settings of the camera app. This allows you to manually adjust the values for white balance, manual focus, exposure, and ISO values.

The video function offers a similar quality as our test photos, but you cannot make any manual adjustments here. Instead, the menu offers a time-lapse mode. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

Using the ColorChecker passport, we evaluate the color accuracy of the Redmi 6A camera. It shows, that all the colors are reproduced too dark through the color bank. This effect is similar for dark gray and black tones.

Under controlled light conditions, the Xiaomi smartphone is able to reproduce our test chart well, maintaining the details and fine structures. However, the lower corners are slightly pale.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A - test chart
Xiaomi Redmi 6A - test chart (detail)

Accessories and Warranty - Xiaomi Redmi 6A with 24 months of warranty

Included with the Redmi 6A are a USB charger with the corresponding Micro-USB cable and a SIM tool. Xiaomi does not offer any additional accessories, but you can order generic smartphone accessories such as Bluetooth headsets and power banks on the website of the manufacturer.

Xiaomi offers a 24-month warranty to buyers of the Redmi 6A. You can also purchase the global version from many vendors in Germany. 

Input Devices and Operation - Responsive touchscreen in the Redmi 6A

You can input text into the Redmi 6A using Google's GBoard keyboard app, which allows you to input text quickly and without any complications. The touchscreen responds very directly to any touch input and with its smooth surface is suitable for drag-and-drop operations. On the other hand, the position sensor responds to movements of the Xiaomi smartphone with a slight delay.

Display - Xiaomi smartphone with a bright display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A consists of a 5.45-inch IPS panel in the 18:9 format offering a resolution of 1440x720 pixels. At 400 cd/m² on average, the brightness remains slightly below the level of comparable devices, and at 82% the brightness distribution is unable to keep up with the competitors.

368
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
404
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 443 cd/m² Average: 400.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 404 cd/m²
Contrast: 1554:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.28 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
93.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.213
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
IPS, 1440x720, 5.45
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Gigaset GS100
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Nokia 3.1
IPS, 1440x720, 5.2
LG K11
IPS, 1280x720, 5.3
Screen
-38%
-47%
-9%
-66%
Brightness middle
404
503
25%
442
9%
506
25%
394
-2%
Brightness
400
499
25%
446
12%
490
23%
385
-4%
Brightness Distribution
82
84
2%
86
5%
93
13%
93
13%
Black Level *
0.26
0.73
-181%
0.35
-35%
0.24
8%
0.66
-154%
Contrast
1554
689
-56%
1263
-19%
2108
36%
597
-62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.28
5.44
-27%
8.03
-88%
6.4
-50%
8.2
-92%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.97
10.01
-0%
15.81
-59%
11.1
-11%
21.5
-116%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
6.8
-94%
10.4
-197%
7.5
-114%
7.5
-114%
Gamma
2.213 99%
2.451 90%
2.02 109%
2.2 100%
2.6 85%
CCT
6899 94%
6590 99%
10070 65%
8643 75%
7581 86%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Our measurements attest the Xiaomi Redmi 6A with a good contrast ratio of 1554:1 and a similarly good black value of 0.26 cd/m². With these values, the Android smartphone places second in our comparison list.

The CalMAN analysis reveals a slight blue tint in the color reproduction of the display. However, this can be balanced with a freely adjustable scale in the settings menu, or you can also select one of the profile presets from among "Standard," "Warm," and "Cool." There is also a mode for stronger contrast.

CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Space
CalMAN - Color Space
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 9 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 23 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The image contents are readable outdoors thanks to the brightness of the Redmi 6A display. However on bright days, there are also clearly visible reflections of the surrounding objects. Indoors, artificial light sources are reflected in the display.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

The IPS panel of the Redmi 6A has very stable viewing angles. Image content can be viewed from almost any angle without any distortions or color shifts. As long as there are no reflections from the surrounding objects hindering the view, the Xiaomi smartphone can also be used from unusual viewing angles.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Helio A22 SoC with good performance

In the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, a Mediatek Helio A22 quad-core SoC with an integrated PowerVR GE8320 graphics unit ensures smooth system operation. Our test unit is also equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. This makes the affordable Android smartphone suitable for many everyday apps and also equips it with some small reserves for slightly more demanding tasks.

In our benchmark tests, the performance of the Redmi 6A is significantly better than that of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A predecessor. Compared to other smartphones of its class, the performance, which is similar across all disciplines, places it in the middle of the field.

Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
1699 Points ∼38%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
1333 Points ∼29% -22%
Nokia 3.1
1908 Points ∼42% +12%
LG K11
1559 Points ∼34% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
1699 Points ∼38% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=197)
4524 Points ∼100% +166%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
2471 Points ∼57%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
1874 Points ∼44% -24%
Gigaset GS100
1418 Points ∼33% -43%
Nokia 3.1
2645 Points ∼61% +7%
LG K11
2259 Points ∼52% -9%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
2471 Points ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=247)
4308 Points ∼100% +74%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
825 Points ∼65%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
681 Points ∼54% -17%
Gigaset GS100
579 Points ∼46% -30%
Nokia 3.1
665 Points ∼52% -19%
LG K11
609 Points ∼48% -26%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
825 Points ∼65% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=248)
1270 Points ∼100% +54%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
6194 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
4559 Points ∼74% -26%
Nokia 3.1
3885 Points ∼63% -37%
LG K11
4241 Points ∼68% -32%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
6194 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6412 - 13531, n=423)
4958 Points ∼80% -20%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
763 Points ∼45%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Points ∼0% -100%
Gigaset GS100
611 Points ∼36% -20%
Nokia 3.1
1031 Points ∼60% +35%
LG K11
1121 Points ∼66% +47%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
763 Points ∼45% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2293 - 4439, n=277)
1709 Points ∼100% +124%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
260 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Points ∼0% -100%
Gigaset GS100
75 Points ∼5% -71%
Nokia 3.1
266 Points ∼18% +2%
LG K11
248 Points ∼17% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
260 Points ∼18% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (869 - 8206, n=277)
1465 Points ∼100% +463%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
305 Points ∼22%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Points ∼0% -100%
Gigaset GS100
93 Points ∼7% -70%
Nokia 3.1
319 Points ∼23% +5%
LG K11
300 Points ∼22% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
305 Points ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1010 - 5189, n=280)
1360 Points ∼100% +346%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
807 Points ∼48%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
886 Points ∼52% +10%
Gigaset GS100
611 Points ∼36% -24%
Nokia 3.1
1013 Points ∼60% +26%
LG K11
1207 Points ∼71% +50%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
807 Points ∼48% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (375 - 4493, n=292)
1689 Points ∼100% +109%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
445 Points ∼22%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
249 Points ∼12% -44%
Gigaset GS100
131 Points ∼6% -71%
Nokia 3.1
397 Points ∼19% -11%
LG K11
384 Points ∼19% -14%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
445 Points ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (131 - 14951, n=292)
2068 Points ∼100% +365%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
494 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
296 Points ∼17% -40%
Gigaset GS100
159 Points ∼9% -68%
Nokia 3.1
459 Points ∼26% -7%
LG K11
453 Points ∼26% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
494 Points ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (159 - 7856, n=293)
1734 Points ∼100% +251%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
828 Points ∼50%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Points ∼0% -100%
Gigaset GS100
549 Points ∼33% -34%
Nokia 3.1
1144 Points ∼70% +38%
LG K11
1233 Points ∼75% +49%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
828 Points ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼100% +98%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
225 Points ∼19%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Points ∼0% -100%
Gigaset GS100
69 Points ∼6% -69%
Nokia 3.1
150 Points ∼13% -33%
LG K11
252 Points ∼21% +12%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
225 Points ∼19% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +427%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
268 Points ∼24%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Points ∼0% -100%
Gigaset GS100
86 Points ∼8% -68%
Nokia 3.1
186 Points ∼16% -31%
LG K11
306 Points ∼27% +14%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
268 Points ∼24% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +323%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
840 Points ∼55%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
903 Points ∼59% +8%
Gigaset GS100
532 Points ∼35% -37%
Nokia 3.1
1099 Points ∼71% +31%
LG K11
1127 Points ∼73% +34%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
840 Points ∼55% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=384)
1540 Points ∼100% +83%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
403 Points ∼25%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
43 Points ∼3% -89%
Gigaset GS100
104 Points ∼6% -74%
Nokia 3.1
103 Points ∼6% -74%
LG K11
381 Points ∼23% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
403 Points ∼25% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=384)
1632 Points ∼100% +305%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
456 Points ∼33%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
55 Points ∼4% -88%
Gigaset GS100
127 Points ∼9% -72%
Nokia 3.1
129 Points ∼9% -72%
LG K11
447 Points ∼32% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
456 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=392)
1387 Points ∼100% +204%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
14128 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
10556 Points ∼75% -25%
Gigaset GS100
9159 Points ∼65% -35%
Nokia 3.1
10044 Points ∼71% -29%
LG K11
10285 Points ∼73% -27%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
14128 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=539)
12880 Points ∼91% -9%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
6785 Points ∼38%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
5532 Points ∼31% -18%
Gigaset GS100
2878 Points ∼16% -58%
Nokia 3.1
8163 Points ∼45% +20%
LG K11
8177 Points ∼45% +21%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
6785 Points ∼38% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=539)
17994 Points ∼100% +165%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
7671 Points ∼51%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
6186 Points ∼41% -19%
Gigaset GS100
3395 Points ∼22% -56%
Nokia 3.1
8517 Points ∼56% +11%
LG K11
8567 Points ∼57% +12%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
7671 Points ∼51% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=540)
15114 Points ∼100% +97%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
13 fps ∼41%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
7.7 fps ∼25% -41%
Gigaset GS100
5 fps ∼16% -62%
Nokia 3.1
13 fps ∼41% 0%
LG K11
13 fps ∼41% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
13 fps ∼41% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=564)
31.4 fps ∼100% +142%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
19 fps ∼76%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
14 fps ∼56% -26%
Gigaset GS100
8.2 fps ∼33% -57%
Nokia 3.1
20 fps ∼80% +5%
LG K11
22 fps ∼88% +16%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
19 fps ∼76% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=567)
25 fps ∼100% +32%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
6.3 fps ∼38%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
2.8 fps ∼17% -56%
Nokia 3.1
5.5 fps ∼33% -13%
LG K11
5.3 fps ∼32% -16%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
6.3 fps ∼38% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=486)
16.8 fps ∼100% +167%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
12 fps ∼75%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
6 fps ∼38% -50%
Gigaset GS100
4.4 fps ∼28% -63%
Nokia 3.1
10 fps ∼63% -17%
LG K11
11 fps ∼69% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
12 fps ∼75% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=489)
16 fps ∼100% +33%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
4 fps ∼28%
Gigaset GS100
1.3 fps ∼9% -67%
Nokia 3.1
3.6 fps ∼25% -10%
LG K11
3.5 fps ∼24% -12%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
4 fps ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +258%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
7.5 fps ∼54%
Gigaset GS100
2.8 fps ∼20% -63%
Nokia 3.1
7.8 fps ∼56% +4%
LG K11
8.6 fps ∼62% +15%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
7.5 fps ∼54% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼100% +85%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
2.7 fps ∼26%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
2.7 fps ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3.6 - 59, n=62)
10.2 fps ∼100% +278%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
0.85 fps ∼13%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
0.85 fps ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 31, n=62)
6.49 fps ∼100% +664%
Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
4.3 fps ∼30%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
4.3 fps ∼30% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (5.7 - 59, n=62)
14.4 fps ∼100% +235%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
2.3 (min: 4.3) fps ∼15%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
2.3 fps ∼15% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 63, n=61)
15.7 fps ∼100% +583%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
1.9 fps ∼19%
Nokia 3.1
2 fps ∼20% +5%
LG K11
1.9 fps ∼19% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
1.9 fps ∼19% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +419%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
3.2 fps ∼36%
Nokia 3.1
4.1 fps ∼46% +28%
LG K11
4.3 fps ∼48% +34%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
3.2 fps ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +178%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
61753 Points ∼52%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
43861 Points ∼37% -29%
LG K11
Points ∼0% -100%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
61753 Points ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=170)
118332 Points ∼100% +92%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
51633 Points ∼68%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
36883 Points ∼48% -29%
Gigaset GS100
30702 Points ∼40% -41%
Nokia 3.1
43987 Points ∼58% -15%
LG K11
39898 Points ∼52% -23%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
51633 Points ∼68% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=390)
76481 Points ∼100% +48%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
733 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
723 Points ∼99% -1%
Gigaset GS100
10 Points ∼1% -99%
Nokia 3.1
671 Points ∼92% -8%
LG K11
679 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
733 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=499)
698 Points ∼95% -5%
Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
482 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
444 Points ∼26% -8%
Gigaset GS100
149 Points ∼9% -69%
Nokia 3.1
499 Points ∼29% +4%
LG K11
487 Points ∼28% +1%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
482 Points ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=499)
1737 Points ∼100% +260%
Memory (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
607 Points ∼49%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
762 Points ∼61% +26%
Gigaset GS100
431 Points ∼35% -29%
Nokia 3.1
1033 Points ∼83% +70%
LG K11
728 Points ∼59% +20%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
607 Points ∼49% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=499)
1244 Points ∼100% +105%
System (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
1434 Points ∼57%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
1463 Points ∼58% +2%
Gigaset GS100
1115 Points ∼44% -22%
Nokia 3.1
2097 Points ∼83% +46%
LG K11
1599 Points ∼64% +12%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
1434 Points ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=499)
2512 Points ∼100% +75%
Overall (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
745 Points ∼59%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
774 Points ∼62% +4%
Gigaset GS100
162 Points ∼13% -78%
Nokia 3.1
923 Points ∼74% +24%
LG K11
787 Points ∼63% +6%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
745 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=503)
1255 Points ∼100% +68%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
93 Points ∼13%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
93 Points ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=76)
693 Points ∼100% +645%

Legend

 
Xiaomi Redmi 6A Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M, PowerVR GE8320, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Gigaset GS100 Mediatek MT6739, PowerVR GE8100, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 3.1 Mediatek MT6750N, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG K11 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash

In the browser benchmarks, the Redmi 6A is able to achieve first place in our comparison list. The good results are reflected in quickly rendered pages and fast loading media content in everyday operation. Thus the Xiaomi smartphone supports very smooth Internet activities.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=422)
36.7 Points ∼100% +56%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Chrome 70)
23.546 Points ∼64%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
23.5 Points ∼64% 0%
Nokia 3.1 (Chrome 67)
18.015 Points ∼49% -23%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Chrome 67)
17.927 Points ∼49% -24%
LG K11 (Chrome 67)
16.634 Points ∼45% -29%
Gigaset GS100 (Chrome 68)
13.378 Points ∼36% -43%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=558)
5562 Points ∼100% +28%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Chrome 70)
4332 Points ∼78%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
4332 Points ∼78% 0%
LG K11 (Chrome 67)
3397 Points ∼61% -22%
Nokia 3.1 (Chrome 67)
3274 Points ∼59% -24%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Chrome 67)
3224 Points ∼58% -26%
Gigaset GS100 (Chrome 68)
2093 Points ∼38% -52%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Gigaset GS100 (Chrome 68)
15962 ms * ∼100% -49%
LG K11 (Chrome 67)
14149.5 ms * ∼89% -32%
Nokia 3.1 (Chrome 67)
14115.5 ms * ∼88% -31%
Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Chrome 67)
13112.2 ms * ∼82% -22%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=578)
11474 ms * ∼72% -7%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
10740 ms * ∼67% -0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Chrome 70)
10739.7 ms * ∼67%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 161, n=63)
63.6 Points ∼100% +112%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Chrome 70)
30 Points ∼47%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
30 Points ∼47% 0%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone (91 - 362, n=284)
111 Points ∼100% +26%
Xiaomi Redmi 6A (Chrome 70)
88 Points ∼79%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
88 Points ∼79% 0%
Nokia 3.1 (Chrome 67)
78 Points ∼70% -11%
Gigaset GS100 (Chrome 68)
52 Points ∼47% -41%

* ... smaller is better

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is available with 16 and 32 GB of storage. Our test unit has 32 GB and offers very good speed particularly when writing data. Overall, the performance of the internal eMMC flash storage lies significantly above that of the competitors.

According to the manufacturer, the storage of the Redmi 6A can be expanded by up to 256 GB via the internal microSD card reader. However, you can only use it to store your own data, and moving apps or reformatting it as internal storage is not possible.

Xiaomi Redmi 6AXiaomi Redmi 5AGigaset GS100Nokia 3.1LG K11Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-19%
-49%
-21%
-20%
-25%
-28%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
65.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
62.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-7%
59.84 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-9%
61.11 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-7%
47.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=112)
-28%
45.6 (3.4 - 87.1, n=319)
-31%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
79.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
77.17 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-7%
82.81 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
66.4 (8.2 - 96.5, n=112)
-20%
63.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=319)
-23%
Random Write 4KB
52.23
9.28
-82%
6.2
-88%
9.2
-82%
13.16
-75%
18.9 (0.75 - 77.3, n=151)
-64%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=607)
-69%
Random Read 4KB
33.94
42.32
25%
17.6
-48%
48.62
43%
45.8
35%
36.3 (3.59 - 117, n=151)
7%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=607)
13%
Sequential Write 256KB
131.67
49.86
-62%
24
-82%
35.26
-73%
48.32
-63%
95 (14.8 - 189, n=151)
-28%
79.9 (2.99 - 246, n=607)
-39%
Sequential Read 256KB
277.54
293.76
6%
97.2
-65%
281.54
1%
252.96
-9%
230 (25.8 - 440, n=151)
-17%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=607)
-17%

Games - Casual games for the Redmi 6A

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is only suited for games to a limited extent. While you can still play simple and casual games without any problems, as soon as the demands on the graphics performance increase, the load times will be significantly longer. In "Asphalt 9: Legends" which we tested, the image already started stuttering at low graphics settings. However, in "Arena of Valor" smooth playing was possible at low settings. We had to endure long load times in both games, before the game could be started.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends

Emissions - A low-volume speaker in the Xiaomi smartphone

Temperature

In our test, the surface temperatures of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A always remain low. During idle operation, we measure about 31 °C (~88 °F) and under load only slightly more than 32 °C (~90 °F). This means that the affordable smartphone remains usable at any time and we do not expect any limitations due to temperatures being too high.

Max. Load
 31.5 °C
89 F
30 °C
86 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
29.6 °C
85 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.2 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 31.5 °C = 89 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
29.3 °C
85 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.3 °C
90 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30.7 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
29.7 °C
85 F
31 °C
88 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 32.3 °C = 90 F
Average: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.6 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.5 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heat map - front
Heat map - front
Heat map - back
Heat map - back

Speaker

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The speaker of the Redmi 6A does not get particularly loud and offers a relatively balanced sound spectrum, with the very high notes and lower mids dropping off steeply. The speaker is acceptable for voice transmission, and you can also reproduce the occasional media content. However, for longer listening you should consider external speakers or headphones, which can be connected via the available 3.5-mm audio port. The port accepts the corresponding plugs tightly and does not impact the sound quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.945.52536.544.93137.239.14037.641.25031.7356323.823.78024.425.110023.625.112519.922.716023.32420018.430.725018.238.231515.845.140014.653.450015.557.26301361.580012.364.7100012.166.1125011.965.8160010.768.2200010.768.1250010.566.6315010.366.8400010.767.2500010.565.5630010.565800010.663.21000010.662.51250010.553.71600010.641.4SPL61.552.561.424.177.8N14.68.214.50.639.8median 11.9median 62.5Delta3.412.12727.825.927.629.532.231.428.732.634.224.123.223.122.724.123.117.21916.623.616.833.216.438.714.147.513.85713.662.712.163.311.564.211.566.911.265.511.263.511.264.711.26511.166.211.266.111.266.711.465.211.466.811.360.811.450.311.441.86023.977.113.70.539.7median 11.4median 63.31.811.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi 6AXiaomi Redmi 5A
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Xiaomi Redmi 5A audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 25% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 55% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - Android smartphone with 12-hour battery life

Power Consumption

The Redmi 6A is the most energy efficient device on our comparison list. With an average of 1.2 watts during idle and a maximum of 4 watts under load, the Xiaomi smartphone uses less power than other devices of its class. The included 5-watt charger is sufficiently sized to provide the Redmi 6A with power at all times.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 1.2 / 2 Watt
Load midlight 3.4 / 4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
3000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
3000 mAh
Gigaset GS100
3000 mAh
Nokia 3.1
2990 mAh
LG K11
3000 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-18%
-54%
-8%
-14%
0%
-26%
Idle Minimum *
0.7
1.2
-71%
1.3
-86%
0.68
3%
0.57
19%
0.7
-0%
0.88 (0.2 - 3.4, n=637)
-26%
Idle Average *
1.2
1.5
-25%
2.1
-75%
1.33
-11%
1.48
-23%
1.2
-0%
1.719 (0.6 - 6.2, n=636)
-43%
Idle Maximum *
2
1.8
10%
2.9
-45%
1.37
31%
1.54
23%
2
-0%
1.997 (0.74 - 6.6, n=637)
-0%
Load Average *
3.4
2.9
15%
4.4
-29%
4.02
-18%
4.56
-34%
3.4
-0%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=631)
-19%
Load Maximum *
4
4.8
-20%
5.3
-33%
5.89
-47%
6.16
-54%
4
-0%
5.75 (1.2 - 14.2, n=631)
-44%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

While the battery life of our test unit turns out about 4 hours less than that of its Redmi 5A predecessor, with a runtime of almost 13 hours in our realistic WLAN test, the Redmi 6A is able to outlast the rest of the competitors on our comparison list.

The included 5-watt charger does not offer any quick-charging function and needs about 3 hours to fully recharge the 3000-mAh battery.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 41min
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
3000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
3000 mAh
Gigaset GS100
3000 mAh
Nokia 3.1
2990 mAh
LG K11
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
761
1009
33%
532
-30%
562
-26%
741
-3%

Pros

+ good system performance
+ affordable price
+ robust case
+ dual SIM and microSD can be used simultaneously

Cons

- no NFC
- strict online requirements

Verdict - A very good price-performance ratio

Testing the Xiaomi Redmi 6A. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
Testing the Xiaomi Redmi 6A. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

With the Redmi 6A, Xiaomi delivers the smartphone that the Redmi 5A should have been. The performance has improved significantly, so that simple applications, browser tasks, and the system can be run smoothly. The camera is suited for simple snapshots, and users who are looking for an affordable second phone do not have to live without the dual-SIM function, even if they are using a micro SD card.

With the Redmi 6A, only Xiaomi has such an affordable smartphone with this equipment in their portfolio.

While you hardly need to lower your sights in terms of the system performance, the Redmi 6A lacks some equipment. For example, due to the affordable price, there is no fingerprint sensor and users have to make do without NFC. Buyers also should be aware about the strict online-connection requirements of Xiaomi. Without a user account, you are unable to make some specific adjustments to the settings, for example.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A - 11/16/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 86%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
35 / 60 → 58%
Weight
93%
Battery
96%
Display
85%
Games Performance
16 / 63 → 25%
Application Performance
46 / 70 → 65%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 91 → 73%
Camera
63%
Average
70%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-11-17 (Update: 2018-11-19)