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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 11/02/2018

For display enthusiasts. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is another affordable mid-range smartphone model from the Chinese electronics manufacturer. The showpiece of the 160-Euro smartphone (~$183; starting at $180 in the US) is the built-in IPS panel that does not need to hide even from the smartphone high-end. In our test, the newest product of the Redmi series convinces not only with its display.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

The newest sprout of the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi was introduced to the public at the end of September of this year. The successor to the Redmi Note 5 series belongs to the lower mid-range and offers hardware equipment that is attractive on paper, considering its affordable price. In addition to the Chinese market, at this point the smartphone, which was initially only introduced exclusively via two electronics manufacturers from Thailand, is also available in the European market (EU version) for about 200 Euros (~$228). For the Chinese version, you have to pay about 150 Euros (~$171).  

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is able to offer a 6.26-inch IPS panel that has a Full HD+ resolution. Hidden within the notch at the upper display edge is a 20-MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture as well as a second lens with 2 MP for portrait mode. Another dual-camera unit with 12 and 5 MP sensors is built into the back of the smartphone. Intelligent algorithms of the Xiaomi smartphone are supposed to ensure better image quality via artificial intelligence. 

Inside the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a Snapdragon 636 from Qualcomm, which optionally can be supported by either 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal storage or 4 GB of RAM plus 64 GB of ROM. In both model versions, the built-in battery offers a 4000 mAh capacity and can be charged via Quick-Charge technology using the micro-USB port. 

Possible competitors of the Xiaomi smartphone used in this test include the current smartphone mid-range: the Nokia 6 (2018), the BQ Aquaris X2, and the Honor 9 Lite. We also add a couple of in-house competitors with the Xiaomi Mi 6X and Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro that are available at similar prices, and also compare the Redmi Note 6 Pro with its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.   

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (Redmi Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.26 inch 19:9, 2280 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, capacitve multi-touchscreen, LCD IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 22 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, OTG, VoLTE, Miracast, LED
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA; 3G HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; 4G: 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 157.9 x 76.4 ( = 0.32 x 6.22 x 3.01 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix 12+5 MP, f/1.9 aperture
Secondary Camera: 20 MPix 20+2 MP f/2.0 aperture
Additional features
Speakers: single speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, modular charger, Silicone case, USB cable, MiUI 9.6, 12 Months Warranty, SAR value: body 1.48 W/kg, head 0.76 W/kg, fanless
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 63 g ( = 2.22 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Xiaomi smartphone with attractive workmanship

Color options of the Redmi Note 6 Pro
Color options of the Redmi Note 6 Pro

Weighing 181 grams (~6.4 oz), the Xiaomi smartphone is available in black, light-blue, or pink color. The front is completely covered by scratch-proof Corning Gorilla Glass that is slightly rounded on the edges. Even though the IPS display has thin bezels around the edges, the chin below the display turned out quite large, so that the screen-to-surface ratio is "only" about 82%, which is less than in the Mi 8 (84%). The haptics of the transition between the plastic frame and the 2.5-D display glass are not ideal, since the glass does not transition smoothly into the frame but is positioned slightly above it, which feels like a bit of an edge in the hands.  

The dual-camera unit on the back sticks out significantly from the case. This causes the phone to wobble if it is placed on a table and you touch its sides. Thanks to the matte aluminum finish, the Redmi Note 6 Pro does not particularly attract fingerprints. 

The quality of the keys for the volume and power is convincing in our test unit. The keys sit tightly in their frames, and the pressure points are well-defined. The stability of the case is outstanding.

Size Comparison

Equipment - Redmi Note 6 Pro with VoLTE

In addition to a notification LED, the equipment of the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes an infrared transmitter, a 3.5-mm audio port, and a fingerprint sensor. You can also wirelessly transfer the display content to external monitors via Miracast. The mid-range smartphone supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as well, which allows making phone calls using the 4G net. You can also find Wi-Fi calling in the Settings menu, allowing you to make calls via WLAN, although the Vodafone SIM card we used for our testing does not allow us to activate it.

The USB port is of the micro-USB type with a USB-2.0 connection behind it, allowing you to charge the device. In addition it offers USB-OTG, recognizing external storage media or input devices. 

In our test unit, the internal eMMC storage has a capacity of 32 GB, leaving only 22 GB for the user in the state of delivery. You can also expand the internal storage by using a microSD card, as long as you don't need the dual-SIM functionality. The integrated microSD slot can handle the current SDHC and SDXC standards and supports the exFAT file system, but you cannot use microSD cards as internal storage.

Left side of the case
Left side of the case
Top of the case
Top of the case
Bottom of the case
Bottom of the case
Right side of the case
Right side of the case

Software - MIUI (still) on version 9

At the time of our testing, the operating system installed on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is fairly current with version 8.1 of Google's Android Oreo. To a limited extent, the same also goes for the security patch level of July 2018. On top of the Android interface, the manufacturer has added its in-house MIUI version 9.6 (stable) surface that we already know from our tests of the Xiaomi Mi 6X and Redmi 6 Pro

An update to the newest MIUI 10 software is currently being distributed to the predecessor, so that this MIUI iteration will probably also arrive soon on the Redmi Note 6 Pro. However, we were still unable to find out about a time frame for the update. 

The Mi user-interface includes a lot of adjustments that have only little in common with stock Android. Besides the visual adjustments, the system software offers numerous additional changes. In addition, you can create two completely separate work spaces with the menu item "second space" on the Xiaomi smartphone. For example, one could be for applications used for work and the other for applications used at home. 

In our EU version of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Google services such as the Play Store and Google apps such as Gmail are already preinstalled. In the state of delivery, a device designed for the Chinese market will only support Chinese and Xiaomi's own services and only include English in addition to Chinese as system language.  

Note: If you install the Google Play Store later, possibly some apps such as Netflix cannot be installed, since the Play Store has not been officially certified for the smartphone. 

Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

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Communication and GPS - Redmi Note 6 Pro with fast ac-WLAN

In terms of communication modules, Xiaomi uses Bluetooth version 5.0. There is no NFC chip for near field communication, so you cannot use Google Pay to pay with the Xiaomi smartphone. 

The integrated WLAN module of the Redmi Note 6 Pro supports the IEEE-802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards and correspondingly not only communicates in the 2.4-GHz but also the 5-GHz frequency range. During everyday use, the reception performance of the WLAN module is good and the signal is stable. However, the Redmi Note 6 Pro does not have the same WLAN range as the Xiaomi Mi 6X. In close proximity to the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V) we measure a dampening of -34 dBm.

In combination with our Linksys EA8500 reference router, the Xiaomi smartphone achieves good transfer rates of 354 Mb/s and 272 Mb/s. This allows the Redmi Note 6 Pro to keep up with the best of the comparison devices in our test.

Thanks to LTE Cat. 6, the dual-SIM smartphone can access the mobile Internet at up to 300 Mb/s in download rates. Xiaomi states that in the EU, only dual-band GSM and dual-band UMTS, as well as access of seven LTE bands, is supported. However, the built-in mobile modem covers almost all the LTE frequencies that are relevant in Germany, and you can use all of them except for LTE bands 28 and 32. The dual-SIM device offers space for two nano-SIM cards, as long as you don't use a storage card. Neither of the two card slots is limited in terms of the frequencies.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
615 (min: 532, max: 642) MBit/s ∼100% +74%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
491 (min: 100, max: 534) MBit/s ∼80% +39%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
354 (min: 313, max: 366) MBit/s ∼58%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
289 MBit/s ∼47% -18%
BQ Aquaris X2
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
275 MBit/s ∼45% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
268 MBit/s ∼44% -24%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
246 MBit/s ∼40% -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=297)
205 MBit/s ∼33% -42%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
117 MBit/s ∼19% -67%
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
52.6 MBit/s ∼9% -85%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
696 (min: 647, max: 714) MBit/s ∼100% +156%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
663 (min: 289, max: 805) MBit/s ∼95% +144%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
345 MBit/s ∼50% +27%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
333 MBit/s ∼48% +22%
BQ Aquaris X2
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
322 (min: 275) MBit/s ∼46% +18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
273 MBit/s ∼39% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
272 (min: 212, max: 313) MBit/s ∼39%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=297)
200 MBit/s ∼29% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
119 MBit/s ∼17% -56%
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
49.9 MBit/s ∼7% -82%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø353 (313-366)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø272 (212-313)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

The Redmi Note 6 Pro can use the main satellite systems GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou to locate our position. Outdoors, our location is determined quickly with an accuracy of about three meters, and even indoors the position can be located very quickly with an accuracy of up to six meters with the Xiaomi smartphone.

In order to realistically evaluate the accuracy of our test unit, we record a route in parallel with the Garmin Edge 500 GPS bicycle computer and our smartphone for comparison. At the end of our almost 9-km test route (~5.6 miles), there is only a 20-meter difference in the recordings of the affordable mid-range smartphone and the professional navigation device. 

The deviations of the GPS module are small, and if you look at the detailed route of the GPS recording, you can see that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is well-suited for navigation in the car with its location accuracy that is to a large extent convincing.

GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
GPS Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
GPS Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
GPS Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
GPS Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
GPS Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - Inconspicuous Xiaomi smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software

The voice quality is good and inconspicuous during everyday usage. There were no annoying drops or reception problems during our testing. 

Voices are reproduced clearly, and we consider the quality of the built-in microphone satisfactory. Our conversation partner also characterizes the reproduction of our voice as clear.  

We test the voice quality of the built-in microphone by making phone calls with the Skype app. There is hardly any distortion of our voices, and our conversation partners also label the voice quality as good. 

Cameras - Redmi Note 6 Pro with dual-camera system in front and back

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera
Picture with blurry background
Picture with blurry background

The main camera in the back of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has a Samsung image sensor with a resolution of 12 MP in the 4:3 format (4000x3000 pixels). The pixels in the S5K2L7 sensor from the Korean manufacturer have a 1.4-μm edge size. The camera module also has a light-sensitive aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-pixel auto-focus. However, it lacks the OIS for image stabilization. 

The second camera in the back has a resolution of 5 MP and collects depth information for the portrait mode. The Samsung S5K5E8 image sensor only has an f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-µm pixel size. The dual camera unit in the back records videos in a Full HD maximum resolution at 30 FPS. 

In bright light conditions, the camera unit ensures sharp images that are rich in detail. The dynamic range of the photos is sufficiently large, and the reproduced colors also appear natural and not pale. However, light areas are slightly overexposed.

Despite its wide aperture of f/1.9, the Redmi smartphone is unable to really convince us when recording in the dark. As to be expected in this price range, while the absolute brightness in the recordings is not bad, the contrast and image focus are not optimal, and the images are characterized by strong graininess. 

The image sensors in front have a resolution of 20 MP and 2 MP. If there is sufficient light, you can create selfies of a good quality with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. But even if there is little light, the shots are still sufficiently bright. This is possible with a process called pixel-binning, where four pixels are combined into a super-pixel with an effective pixel size of 1.8 μm. 

Thanks to the second lens, you can create Bokeh effects that blur the background. The results are surprisingly good and are able to continue the good photo quality of the camera in the back. The front camera can record videos in Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) at up to 30 frames per second.  

Photo mode
Photo mode
HDR recording
HDR recording
HDR recording + AI
HDR recording + AI
Portrait with Bokeh effect
Portrait with Bokeh effect
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software

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
Image of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Image of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

We evaluate additional criteria for the Redmi Note 6 Pro camera under controlled light conditions. Using the ColorChecker Passport, we analyze the color reproduction of the dual camera unit in the back. At the bottom of each color field is the original color for reference. The colors are fairly accurate but are significantly darker and more saturated. The white balance in the recordings is too warm.

We analyze the image sharpness by reproducing a test chart. Towards the edges, the sharpness drops visibly, but details in the center are well defined. The color transitions are reproduced cleanly, and letters on a dark background are only slightly frayed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Accessories and Warranty - A Redmi Note 6 Pro case is included

Modular charger (EU)
Modular charger (EU)

In addition to the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the box includes a short manual, a modular charger (EU) rated at 10 watts (5 V, 2 A), a USB charging cable, and a silicone case. 

Xiaomi offers a warranty of 12 months for its smartphones.

Input Devices and Operation - Xiaomi smartphone with an accurate multi-touchscreen

The smartphone is operated either via the Android on-screen keys for "Back," "Home," and "Multi-tasking" or via gesture control as you also find in the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, for example. With a short swipe on the bottom edge of the screen, you can get to the Home screen. If you keep your finger on the display after swiping up, you can get to the running applications. For a step back with the Redmi smartphone, a short swipe from the right or left display edge towards the center is sufficient. Xiaomi uses Google's stock Android solution, the Gboard, as the default virtual keyboard.

The capacitive touchscreen of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is very sensitive. It can be operated accurately up to the edges and has a surface that allows the fingers to glide easily. On the back of the Xiaomi smartphone is a fingerprint sensor. While this can reliably unlock the mid-range model from the Chinese manufacturer, it is not one of the fastest sensors on the market.     

Biometric identification via face recognition is also offered – at least in some particular regions. The face-unlock function via the front camera reliably unlocks the Redmi smartphone even in bad light conditions – only not in Germany, if you select that as home country. Like in the Mi 8, the face-unlock function is not available in the Settings for a German user. It only becomes available if you select a different region such as India or France.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro software

Display - IPS panel at high-end smartphone level

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Like the predecessor, the IPS display of the Redmi Note 6 Pro offers a Full HD+ resolution, but now it has a resolution of 2280x1080 pixels in a diagonal of 6.26 inches and a 16:9 display format. The resulting pixel density of about 400 ppi remains the same. Whether you would rather need a WAHD resolution (2560x1440 pixels) in a smartphone of this display size is a matter of taste. In our opinion, the content is displayed sufficiently sharp here. 

The panel is bright at a 511 cd/m² maximum and the brightness is very evenly distributed at 88%. If the surrounding light sensor is activated, the brightness only changes minimally. In our more realistic APL50 measurement, which simulates an even distribution of bright and dark areas on the IPS panel, it is 516 cd/m² as well. 

The Redmi smartphone uses pulse width modulation (PWM) for brightness control, but it is only active at low brightness settings. We were able to measure screen flickering of a quite high frequency of 2358 Hz at a brightness level below 19%. 

497
cd/m²
511
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
501
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
491
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 511 cd/m² Average: 486.1 cd/m² Minimum: 1.54 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 501 cd/m²
Contrast: 1139:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.3 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.29
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
LCD IPS, 2280x1080, 6.26
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
LCD IPS, 2280x1080, 5.84
Xiaomi Mi 6X
LCD IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Honor 9 Lite
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.65
Nokia 6 2018
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
BQ Aquaris X2
IPS LCD, 2160x1080, 5.65
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
OLED, 3120x1440, 6.3
Screen
-50%
-55%
-81%
-33%
-91%
-55%
19%
Brightness middle
501
518
3%
554
11%
459
-8%
627
25%
417
-17%
631
26%
576
15%
Brightness
486
532
9%
538
11%
441
-9%
622
28%
421
-13%
622
28%
582
20%
Brightness Distribution
88
94
7%
91
3%
91
3%
82
-7%
88
0%
96
9%
90
2%
Black Level *
0.44
0.23
48%
0.61
-39%
0.47
-7%
0.41
7%
0.61
-39%
0.61
-39%
Contrast
1139
2252
98%
908
-20%
977
-14%
1529
34%
684
-40%
1034
-9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.3
5.66
-146%
4.86
-111%
5.8
-152%
4.5
-96%
6.1
-165%
5.5
-139%
1.3
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.1
10.32
-69%
8.46
-39%
10.7
-75%
7
-15%
11.2
-84%
8.5
-39%
3.5
43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.5
6.8
-353%
5.3
-253%
7.3
-387%
5.1
-240%
7.1
-373%
5.6
-273%
1.6
-7%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.269 97%
2.281 96%
2.28 96%
2.26 97%
2.16 102%
2.38 92%
2.18 101%
CCT
6579 99%
8564 76%
7770 84%
7984 81%
7201 90%
8362 78%
7531 86%
6561 99%

* ... 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 detected 2358 Hz ≤ 19 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2358 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 19 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2358 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

When displaying absolute black, which ensures excellent contrast, the Redmi Note 6 Pro could still be better. We measure a black value of 0.44 cd/m². In combination with the display brightness, this results in a good contrast ratio of more than 1:1000. Our APL-50 measurement results in a slightly low contrast (1:1221), since the black value is slightly worse (0.46 cd/m²) with evenly distributed light and dark areas. 

We evaluate the accuracy of the color reproduction with a photo spectrometer and the CalMAN analysis software. By default, the "Automatic" contrast and "Standard" color temperature profile values are activated. This automatically selects the best settings, depending on the content displayed. There are additional color profiles you can select (Warm, Cool), as well as two additional options to adjust the contrast (Standard, Increased Contrast). 

The Redmi Note 6 Pro has a color accuracy that is outstanding for this price range. In the "Warm" color profile, the Delta-E deviations for mixed colors are very low. The Grayscale is also reproduced accurately and there is no color tint. The sRGB color space is almost completely covered.

CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Color Space (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Color Space (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Color Saturation (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Color Saturation (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Standard
CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Color Space (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Color Space (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Saturation (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm
CalMAN Saturation (sRGB Target Color Space) - Profile: Warm

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
26.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 13.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 54 % 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
48.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 24.4 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. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Thanks to the bright, liquid crystal display that is rich in contrast, the display can be read without any problems outdoors. Even reflections pose no problem in the fall sunlight.

Operation in the sun
Operation in the sun
Reflections in the sun
Reflections in the sun
Operation in the shade
Operation in the shade

The viewing-angle stability of the IPS panel is very good. There are no color inversions even from extremely steep viewing angles and you can only notice minimal darkening of the display. 

Viewing angles of the IPS panel
Viewing angles of the IPS panel

Performance - Snapdragon 636 with power reserves

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is a mid-range SoC that possesses eight processor cores based on its own Kryo-260 architecture. The 64-bit capable processor is manufactured using the 14-nm FinFET process and integrates an Adreno 509 graphics card, which is also positioned in the mid-range. 

In everyday operation, the system performance is mostly smooth. Under MIUI 9, animations are not always free from stutters but are choppy, particularly when using gesture control. We already saw similar problems (in weaker form) in the Mi 8 with the "old" user interface. However, that performed a lot better with MIUI 10. In addition, there are the typical delays of a mid-range SoC during multi-tasking, and the load times become longer.

The performance in the synthetic benchmarks ranges on the level of a BQ Aquaris X2 with stock Android and the same Snapdragon 636 SoC built-in. The integrated Adreno graphics unit does not show any weaknesses in our graphics-heavy tests.

Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
4547 Points ∼51%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4578 Points ∼51% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
3644 Points ∼41% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
5486 Points ∼61% +21%
Honor 9 Lite
3117 Points ∼35% -31%
Nokia 6 2018
3690 Points ∼41% -19%
BQ Aquaris X2
4309 Points ∼48% -5%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
8938 Points ∼100% +97%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4309 - 5041, n=6)
4581 Points ∼51% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=184)
4424 Points ∼49% -3%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
4945 Points ∼49%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4943 Points ∼49% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
4369 Points ∼44% -12%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
5843 Points ∼58% +18%
Honor 9 Lite
3730 Points ∼37% -25%
Nokia 6 2018
883 Points ∼9% -82%
BQ Aquaris X2
4974 Points ∼50% +1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
10024 Points ∼100% +103%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4939 - 5426, n=6)
5028 Points ∼50% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=233)
4232 Points ∼42% -14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
1335 Points ∼32%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1339 Points ∼32% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
880 Points ∼21% -34%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1620 Points ∼38% +21%
Honor 9 Lite
945 Points ∼22% -29%
Nokia 6 2018
4210 Points ∼100% +215%
BQ Aquaris X2
1323 Points ∼31% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
3378 Points ∼80% +153%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1323 - 1506, n=6)
1361 Points ∼32% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=234)
1250 Points ∼30% -6%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
5611 Points ∼61%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
5642 Points ∼61% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
4828 Points ∼52% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
5995 Points ∼65% +7%
Honor 9 Lite
4911 Points ∼53% -12%
Nokia 6 2018
4719 Points ∼51% -16%
BQ Aquaris X2
5706 Points ∼62% +2%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
9225 Points ∼100% +64%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (5611 - 6068, n=6)
4778 Points ∼52% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (2829 - 9868, n=243)
4492 Points ∼49% -20%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
6218 Points ∼50%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
5716 Points ∼46% -8%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
6723 Points ∼54% +8%
Honor 9 Lite
5887 Points ∼47% -5%
Nokia 6 2018
5484 Points ∼44% -12%
BQ Aquaris X2
6437 Points ∼51% +4%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
12535 Points ∼100% +102%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (6040 - 6999, n=5)
6430 Points ∼51% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (3681 - 13211, n=410)
4890 Points ∼39% -21%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
2258 Points ∼52%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
2407 Points ∼55% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
1999 Points ∼46% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2764 Points ∼63% +22%
Honor 9 Lite
1712 Points ∼39% -24%
Nokia 6 2018
1686 Points ∼39% -25%
BQ Aquaris X2
2396 Points ∼55% +6%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4364 Points ∼100% +93%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (2258 - 2644, n=6)
2404 Points ∼55% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (611 - 4364, n=265)
1697 Points ∼39% -25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
645 Points ∼15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
855 Points ∼20% +33%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
442 Points ∼10% -31%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1244 Points ∼29% +93%
Honor 9 Lite
401 Points ∼9% -38%
Nokia 6 2018
801 Points ∼19% +24%
BQ Aquaris X2
872 Points ∼21% +35%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4250 Points ∼100% +559%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (645 - 872, n=6)
821 Points ∼19% +27%
Average of class Smartphone (75 - 8206, n=265)
1460 Points ∼34% +126%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
765 (min: 643, max: 2256) Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
998 Points ∼23% +30%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
535 Points ∼13% -30%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1417 Points ∼33% +85%
Honor 9 Lite
483 Points ∼11% -37%
Nokia 6 2018
907 Points ∼21% +19%
BQ Aquaris X2
1016 Points ∼24% +33%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4275 Points ∼100% +459%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (765 - 1016, n=6)
961 Points ∼22% +26%
Average of class Smartphone (93 - 5189, n=268)
1352 Points ∼32% +77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
2383 Points ∼54%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
2390 Points ∼54% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
2023 Points ∼46% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2815 Points ∼64% +18%
Honor 9 Lite
1707 Points ∼39% -28%
Nokia 6 2018
1740 Points ∼39% -27%
BQ Aquaris X2
2359 Points ∼54% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4407 Points ∼100% +85%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (2359 - 2683, n=6)
2429 Points ∼55% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (375 - 4407, n=279)
1665 Points ∼38% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
1406 Points ∼24%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1385 Points ∼24% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
784 Points ∼13% -44%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1981 Points ∼34% +41%
Honor 9 Lite
617 Points ∼11% -56%
Nokia 6 2018
1320 Points ∼23% -6%
BQ Aquaris X2
1402 Points ∼24% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
5854 Points ∼100% +316%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1358 - 1406, n=6)
1392 Points ∼24% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (131 - 14951, n=279)
2031 Points ∼35% +44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
1554 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1528 Points ∼28% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
885 Points ∼16% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2121 Points ∼39% +36%
Honor 9 Lite
719 Points ∼13% -54%
Nokia 6 2018
1395 Points ∼26% -10%
BQ Aquaris X2
1540 Points ∼28% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
5456 Points ∼100% +251%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1525 - 1554, n=6)
1538 Points ∼28% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (159 - 7856, n=280)
1699 Points ∼31% +9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
2354 Points ∼56%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
2346 Points ∼56% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
2104 Points ∼50% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2757 Points ∼66% +17%
Honor 9 Lite
1748 Points ∼42% -26%
Nokia 6 2018
1738 Points ∼42% -26%
BQ Aquaris X2
2353 Points ∼56% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4183 Points ∼100% +78%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (2327 - 2634, n=6)
2395 Points ∼57% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (549 - 4183, n=340)
1630 Points ∼39% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
815 Points ∼19%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
797 Points ∼19% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
392 Points ∼9% -52%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1164 Points ∼28% +43%
Honor 9 Lite
253 Points ∼6% -69%
Nokia 6 2018
707 Points ∼17% -13%
BQ Aquaris X2
816 Points ∼19% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4206 Points ∼100% +416%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (797 - 816, n=6)
812 Points ∼19% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 5241, n=340)
1175 Points ∼28% +44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
953 Points ∼23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
934 Points ∼22% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
479 Points ∼11% -50%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1335 Points ∼32% +40%
Honor 9 Lite
312 Points ∼7% -67%
Nokia 6 2018
814 Points ∼19% -15%
BQ Aquaris X2
955 Points ∼23% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4201 Points ∼100% +341%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (934 - 962, n=6)
952 Points ∼23% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (86 - 4734, n=348)
1121 Points ∼27% +18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
2350 Points ∼57%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
2379 Points ∼57% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
2098 Points ∼51% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2680 Points ∼65% +14%
Honor 9 Lite
1788 Points ∼43% -24%
Nokia 6 2018
1733 Points ∼42% -26%
BQ Aquaris X2
2338 Points ∼56% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4150 Points ∼100% +77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1349 - 2626, n=6)
2230 Points ∼54% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4150, n=371)
1517 Points ∼37% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
1338 Points ∼25%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1313 Points ∼25% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
743 Points ∼14% -44%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1891 Points ∼36% +41%
Honor 9 Lite
184 Points ∼3% -86%
Nokia 6 2018
1249 Points ∼24% -7%
BQ Aquaris X2
1337 Points ∼25% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
5305 Points ∼100% +296%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1313 - 1338, n=6)
1331 Points ∼25% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (55 - 8312, n=371)
1592 Points ∼30% +19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
1480 Points ∼30%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1458 Points ∼29% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
867 Points ∼17% -41%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2023 Points ∼40% +37%
Honor 9 Lite
230 Points ∼5% -84%
Nokia 6 2018
1332 Points ∼27% -10%
BQ Aquaris X2
1478 Points ∼30% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4996 Points ∼100% +238%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1458 - 1493, n=6)
1477 Points ∼30% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 6378, n=379)
1354 Points ∼27% -9%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
17065 Points ∼46%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
17471 Points ∼48% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
15870 Points ∼43% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
21016 Points ∼57% +23%
Honor 9 Lite
14780 Points ∼40% -13%
Nokia 6 2018
13196 Points ∼36% -23%
BQ Aquaris X2
16747 Points ∼46% -2%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
36755 Points ∼100% +115%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (16747 - 19365, n=6)
17443 Points ∼47% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 36794, n=525)
12683 Points ∼35% -26%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
20865 Points ∼31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
20909 Points ∼31% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
13369 Points ∼20% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
28984 Points ∼43% +39%
Honor 9 Lite
11712 Points ∼17% -44%
Nokia 6 2018
18572 Points ∼27% -11%
BQ Aquaris X2
20806 Points ∼31% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
67730 Points ∼100% +225%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (20722 - 20909, n=6)
20841 Points ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=525)
17522 Points ∼26% -16%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
19980 Points ∼35%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
20033 Points ∼35% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
13847 Points ∼24% -31%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
26731 Points ∼47% +34%
Honor 9 Lite
12278 Points ∼22% -39%
Nokia 6 2018
17030 Points ∼30% -15%
BQ Aquaris X2
19743 Points ∼35% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
57047 Points ∼100% +186%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (19743 - 20404, n=6)
19983 Points ∼35% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=526)
14738 Points ∼26% -26%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
36 fps ∼30%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
35 fps ∼29% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
23 fps ∼19% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
50 fps ∼42% +39%
Honor 9 Lite
19 fps ∼16% -47%
Nokia 6 2018
30 fps ∼25% -17%
BQ Aquaris X2
36 fps ∼30% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
120 fps ∼100% +233%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (35 - 36, n=6)
35.8 fps ∼30% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=550)
30.2 fps ∼25% -16%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
33 fps ∼54%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
35 fps ∼57% +6%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
21 fps ∼34% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
48 fps ∼79% +45%
Honor 9 Lite
18 fps ∼30% -45%
Nokia 6 2018
31 fps ∼51% -6%
BQ Aquaris X2
34 fps ∼56% +3%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
61 fps ∼100% +85%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (33 - 35, n=6)
34.2 fps ∼56% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=553)
24.4 fps ∼40% -26%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
16 fps ∼22%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
16 fps ∼22% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
9.9 fps ∼14% -38%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
23 fps ∼32% +44%
Honor 9 Lite
8.6 fps ∼12% -46%
Nokia 6 2018
14 fps ∼19% -12%
BQ Aquaris X2
16 fps ∼22% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
73 fps ∼100% +356%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (16 - 16, n=6)
16 fps ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=472)
16.2 fps ∼22% +1%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
14 fps ∼33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
15 fps ∼36% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
9.4 fps ∼22% -33%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
21 fps ∼50% +50%
Honor 9 Lite
8.4 fps ∼20% -40%
Nokia 6 2018
15 fps ∼36% +7%
BQ Aquaris X2
15 fps ∼36% +7%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
42 fps ∼100% +200%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (14 - 15, n=6)
14.8 fps ∼35% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=475)
15.5 fps ∼37% +11%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
10 fps ∼34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
9.8 fps ∼34% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
6.5 fps ∼22% -35%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
15 fps ∼52% +50%
Honor 9 Lite
3.2 fps ∼11% -68%
Nokia 6 2018
9.8 fps ∼34% -2%
BQ Aquaris X2
10 fps ∼34% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
29 fps ∼100% +190%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (9.8 - 10, n=6)
9.97 fps ∼34% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1.3 - 88, n=335)
13.8 fps ∼48% +38%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
9.1 fps ∼35%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
10 fps ∼38% +10%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
6.1 fps ∼23% -33%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
14 fps ∼54% +54%
Honor 9 Lite
5 fps ∼19% -45%
Nokia 6 2018
10 fps ∼38% +10%
BQ Aquaris X2
9.8 fps ∼38% +8%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
26 fps ∼100% +186%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (9.1 - 10, n=6)
9.72 fps ∼37% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (2.6 - 110, n=338)
13.5 fps ∼52% +48%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
3.4 fps ∼18%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
19 fps ∼100% +459%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (3.4 - 3.6, n=3)
3.47 fps ∼18% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (1.3 - 59, n=49)
10.4 fps ∼55% +206%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
2.2 fps ∼17%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
13 fps ∼100% +491%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (2.2 - 2.2, n=3)
2.2 fps ∼17% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (0.86 - 22, n=49)
6.3 fps ∼48% +186%
Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
5.4 fps ∼30%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
18 fps ∼100% +233%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (5.3 - 5.6, n=3)
5.43 fps ∼30% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (2 - 59, n=49)
14.7 fps ∼82% +172%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
6 fps ∼18%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
33 fps ∼100% +450%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (5.9 - 6, n=3)
5.97 fps ∼18% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.3 - 63, n=49)
16.2 fps ∼49% +170%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
6.3 fps ∼20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
6.3 fps ∼20% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
3.5 fps ∼11% -44%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
9 fps ∼29% +43%
Honor 9 Lite
3.2 fps ∼10% -49%
Nokia 6 2018
5.6 fps ∼18% -11%
BQ Aquaris X2
6.3 fps ∼20% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
31 fps ∼100% +392%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (6.3 - 6.3, n=6)
6.3 fps ∼20% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (0.72 - 54, n=267)
9.62 fps ∼31% +53%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
5.7 fps ∼36%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
6 fps ∼38% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
3.6 fps ∼23% -37%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
8.6 fps ∼54% +51%
Honor 9 Lite
2.9 fps ∼18% -49%
Nokia 6 2018
5.9 fps ∼37% +4%
BQ Aquaris X2
6 fps ∼38% +5%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
16 fps ∼100% +181%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (5.7 - 6, n=6)
5.95 fps ∼37% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (1.1 - 58, n=270)
8.68 fps ∼54% +52%
Basemark GPU
1920x1080 OpenGL Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Mi 6X
10.11 fps ∼30%
BQ Aquaris X2
7.5 fps ∼23%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
29.12 (min: 9.74, max: 74.17) fps ∼87%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
7.5 fps ∼23%
Average of class Smartphone (1.24 - 651, n=35)
33.3 fps ∼100%
Vulkan Medium Native (sort by value)
Xiaomi Mi 6X
8.96 fps ∼30%
BQ Aquaris X2
6.63 fps ∼22%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
16.92 (min: 6.06, max: 28.78) fps ∼57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
6.63 fps ∼22%
Average of class Smartphone (2.79 - 606, n=33)
29.7 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Vulkan Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
25.57 (min: 7.38, max: 46.96) fps ∼69%
Average of class Smartphone (2.03 - 739, n=31)
37.3 fps ∼100%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
115565 Points ∼38%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
115654 Points ∼38% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
79099 Points ∼26% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
140714 Points ∼47% +22%
Honor 9 Lite
89639 Points ∼30% -22%
Nokia 6 2018
90435 Points ∼30% -22%
BQ Aquaris X2
116748 Points ∼39% +1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
300617 Points ∼100% +160%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (115565 - 138661, n=6)
120207 Points ∼40% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=160)
115872 Points ∼39% 0%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
95603 Points ∼38%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
92672 Points ∼37% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
68348 Points ∼27% -29%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
110680 Points ∼44% +16%
Honor 9 Lite
67727 Points ∼27% -29%
Nokia 6 2018
72580 Points ∼29% -24%
BQ Aquaris X2
96430 Points ∼38% +1%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
250848 Points ∼100% +162%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (92672 - 125213, n=7)
99559 Points ∼40% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 250848, n=382)
74754 Points ∼30% -22%

Legend

 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Qualcomm Adreno 509, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Qualcomm Adreno 509, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Mi 6X Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 9 Lite HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 6 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris X2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Qualcomm Adreno 509, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 980, ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

Surfing with the Chrome browser does not offer much reason for complaint. The Redmi Note 6 Pro ranges in the front of the comparison field in all the benchmarks, and in practice the Xiaomi smartphone can score with quite high speeds while surfing. Loading of complex page content can take a bit longer at times.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 88869, n=408)
254 Points ∼100% +467%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
109.18 Points ∼43% +144%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
52.139 Points ∼21% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (44.2 - 51.5, n=6)
45.7 Points ∼18% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (Chrome 70)
44.786 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
44.322 Points ∼17% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
44.245 Points ∼17% -1%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
28.167 Points ∼11% -37%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
26.42 Points ∼10% -41%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (Chrome 68)
25.787 Points ∼10% -42%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
23285 Points ∼100% +178%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
9995 Points ∼43% +19%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
9004 Points ∼39% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (8273 - 9746, n=6)
8725 Points ∼37% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
8422 Points ∼36% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (Chrome 70)
8386 Points ∼36%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=545)
5462 Points ∼23% -35%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
4993 Points ∼21% -40%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (Chrome 68)
4808 Points ∼21% -43%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
4742 Points ∼20% -43%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=565)
11590 ms * ∼100% -143%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
10250.4 ms * ∼88% -115%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
9922.7 ms * ∼86% -108%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (Chrome 68)
9879.9 ms * ∼85% -107%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
4768.9 ms * ∼41% -0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (Chrome 70)
4766.9 ms * ∼41%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
4740 ms * ∼41% +1%
BQ Aquaris X2
4733 ms * ∼41% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4105 - 4820, n=6)
4624 ms * ∼40% +3%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
1951.9 ms * ∼17% +59%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
124 Points ∼100% +121%
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 161, n=51)
61.3 Points ∼49% +9%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
61 Points ∼49% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 66)
56 Points ∼45% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (Chrome 70)
56 Points ∼45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (54 - 56, n=4)
55.3 Points ∼45% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
54 Points ∼44% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (Chrome 68)
38 Points ∼31% -32%
Nokia 6 2018 (Chrome 66)
35 Points ∼28% -37%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
334 Points ∼100% +118%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
173 Points ∼52% +13%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
164 Points ∼49% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
158 Points ∼47% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (148 - 164, n=5)
155 Points ∼46% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (Chrome 70)
153 Points ∼46%
Nokia 6 2018
117 Points ∼35% -24%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (Chrome 68)
109 Points ∼33% -29%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
108 Points ∼32% -29%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=275)
108 Points ∼32% -29%

* ... smaller is better

The speed of the 32 GB internal eMMC storage is excellent considering the storage type, and the speed of the microSD card reader is also able to convince. While the transfer rates are very decent, they do not surpass those of the competitors. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is unable to use the capabilities of our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card to the full extent.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 5Xiaomi Redmi 6 ProXiaomi Mi 6XHonor 9 LiteNokia 6 2018BQ Aquaris X2Huawei Mate 20 ProAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-15%
17%
2%
8%
-19%
-8%
100%
-32%
-36%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
63.68 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
62.4
-2%
62.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
71.94 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13%
61.29 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
62.28 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
72.38 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
14%
47.1 (3.4 - 87.1, n=111)
-26%
45.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=313)
-29%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.91 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.4
-1%
83.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
83.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
83.42 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
82.91 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
83.18 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
-1%
66.3 (8.2 - 96.5, n=111)
-21%
63.5 (8.2 - 96.5, n=313)
-24%
Random Write 4KB
67.27
16.3
-76%
72.6
8%
6.89
-90%
66.83
-1%
15.3
-77%
14.4
-79%
157.84
135%
18.6 (0.75 - 77.3, n=148)
-72%
15.4 (0.14 - 164, n=594)
-77%
Random Read 4KB
55.55
48.9
-12%
66.87
20%
72.98
31%
68.39
23%
38.78
-30%
43.9
-21%
157.42
183%
36.2 (3.59 - 117, n=148)
-35%
37.4 (1.59 - 173, n=594)
-33%
Sequential Write 256KB
119.9
121.6
1%
212.87
78%
203.7
70%
138.21
15%
118.32
-1%
188.7
57%
196.39
64%
94.4 (14.8 - 189, n=148)
-21%
78.2 (2.99 - 246, n=594)
-35%
Sequential Read 256KB
278.9
287.6
3%
278.66
0%
271.98
-2%
269.56
-3%
272.59
-2%
270.5
-3%
853.28
206%
229 (25.8 - 440, n=148)
-18%
226 (12.1 - 895, n=594)
-19%

Games - You have to lower your sights with the Adreno 509

The Qualcomm Adreno 509 supports all the modern APIs such as Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2), and Direct3D 12. In order to evaluate the 3D performance of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, we take a closer look at a couple of demanding games from the Play Store with the GameBench app.    

At the highest display quality, graphics-heavy games that are not quite current anymore, such as the Dead Trigger 2 ego-shooter, are displayed consistently at a high 60 FPS. Current and therefore graphically more-demanding games such as PUBG Mobile are not really smoothly playable anymore. You can see drops in the frame refresh rate in short intervals even at the lowest graphics settings.   

The sensors and the touchscreen respond without fault in the test.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
0102030Tooltip
: Ø25.4 (13-27)
Dead Trigger 2
0102030405060Tooltip
: Ø59.7 (56-60)

Emissions - The Redmi Note 6 Pro remains cool

Temperature

Neither the back nor the front show much warming during load. We measure a maximum of barely 35 °C (95 °F) on the front during the test, and the back also shows a very low maximum surface temperature of barely 33 °C (91 °F). In everyday operation, the temperature development of the Redmi Note 6 Pro does not pose any problems or hindrances.

Using the ES3.1 battery test of GFXBench, we test whether the Snapdragon 636 throttles under computing-intensive loads. The same sequence is rendered 30 times in a row, and the values achieved are recorded. The results of the Xiaomi smartphone show that the frame rate varies very little, with the variations remaining within a range below one percentage point. This shows that performance drops under load are very unlikely.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Max. Load
 33.5 °C
92 F
33.1 °C
92 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
31.9 °C
89 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 32.8 °C
91 F
32.6 °C
91 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
32.2 °C
90 F
30.9 °C
88 F
31.5 °C
89 F
32.8 °C
91 F
31 °C
88 F
31.3 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
Maximum: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.4 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.2 °C / 92 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 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 326 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.4 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Speaker

Pink Noise diagram
Pink Noise diagram

For playing music, there is a mono speaker at the bottom of the smartphone case. The quality of the speaker is satisfactory and corresponds to the price range. 

The speaker in the Redmi Note 6 Pro reproduces sounds fairly linear in the mid-range, but very high tones drop at about 15 kHz. At 87 dB(A), the maximum volume is sufficiently loud. If you don't crank the volume all the way up, you are offered a decent sound.  

You can also output audio via the 3.5-mm audio port, which subjectively delivers a loud and clear sound output with little noise.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.731.9252531.43126.828.34026.325.85029.835.16327.426.2802125.610019.525.812518.826.816019.238.820017.642.925016.950.431515.855.14001561.45001568.263014.771.380014.872.9100014.675125014.375.9160013.476.7200014.478.1250014.476.9315014.876.140001575.9500014.873.6630014.772.480001570.21000014.969.21250015.268.31600015.751.5SPL26.886.9N0.967.7median 15median 70.2Delta1.21238.144.137.636.935.933.428.12828.625.627.823.929.824.530.425.922.220.123.930.82043.319.44817.253.216.460.516.562.315.16415.16514.667.914.470.413.771.812.373.312.17311.869.411.766.711.763.911.662.911.654.811.56511.56911.655.756.725.981.110.40.846.2median 14.4median 63.93.39.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProXiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - The Redmi Note 6 Pro offers a good battery life

Power Consumption

While the power consumption of the Xiaomi smartphone is slightly high during idle, it is able to convince under load, where the Redmi 6 Note Pro remains below the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 competitors. 

Using the included 10-watt charger, the battery can be fully recharged within about 2.5 hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.12 / 2.62 / 2.65 Watt
Load midlight 3.65 / 5.73 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 6X
3010 mAh
Honor 9 Lite
3000 mAh
Nokia 6 2018
3000 mAh
BQ Aquaris X2
3100 mAh
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4200 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-15%
-13%
13%
19%
30%
9%
4%
-10%
14%
Idle Minimum *
1.12
1
11%
1.3
-16%
0.65
42%
0.85
24%
0.67
40%
0.65
42%
0.95
15%
1.076 (0.65 - 1.75, n=7)
4%
0.883 (0.2 - 3.4, n=630)
21%
Idle Average *
2.62
2.6
1%
2.1
20%
1.94
26%
2
24%
1.76
33%
2.24
15%
2.17
17%
2.52 (1.5 - 4.48, n=7)
4%
1.723 (0.6 - 6.2, n=629)
34%
Idle Maximum *
2.65
2.9
-9%
3.7
-40%
1.97
26%
2.04
23%
1.78
33%
2.26
15%
2.25
15%
2.78 (2.2 - 4.5, n=7)
-5%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=630)
25%
Load Average *
3.65
5
-37%
4.5
-23%
4.65
-27%
3.23
12%
2.82
23%
3.87
-6%
4.47
-22%
4.53 (3.65 - 7.92, n=7)
-24%
4.03 (0.8 - 10.8, n=624)
-10%
Load Maximum *
5.73
8.2
-43%
6
-5%
5.93
-3%
4.93
14%
4.56
20%
6.8
-19%
6.15
-7%
7.36 (5.1 - 13.6, n=7)
-28%
5.73 (1.2 - 14.2, n=624)
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our WLAN test at an adjusted brightness of 150 cd/m², the 4000 mAh battery lasts a very long time. Xiaomi can squeeze a good 16 hours out of the mid-range smartphone. When playing our Big Buck Bunny test video in an endless loop, runtimes of more than 16 hours are possible as well.

The more inefficient power consumption during idle has an effect in our Reader battery test, where the Redmi Note 6 Pro has only slightly more endurance than when playing videos.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 11min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 01min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 55min
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 6X
3010 mAh
Honor 9 Lite
3000 mAh
Nokia 6 2018
3000 mAh
BQ Aquaris X2
3100 mAh
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4200 mAh
Battery Runtime
7%
17%
-32%
-26%
12%
-36%
4%
Reader / Idle
1151
1824
58%
1765
53%
1046
-9%
965
-16%
1833
59%
1747
52%
H.264
972
902
-7%
1214
25%
608
-37%
622
-36%
675
-31%
854
-12%
WiFi v1.3
961
872
-9%
868
-10%
495
-48%
601
-37%
942
-2%
617
-36%
767
-20%
Load
295
258
-13%
293
-1%
192
-35%
253
-14%
362
23%
282
-4%

Pros

+ good workmanship
+ great IPS panel
+ very good battery life
+ solid cameras
+ accurate GPS
+ hardly any heat development

Cons

- performance (software)
- speaker
- no USB Type-C
- PWM
- mediocre WLAN range

Verdict - It is currently impossible to do much better in this price range

In review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. Test unit provided by TradingShenzhen.
In review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. Test unit provided by TradingShenzhen.

With the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer offers an interesting overall package in the below-200-Euro price range (~$228). Even if the differences to the predecessor turn out to be small, Xiaomi has made the right adjustments. The blue tint we criticized in the predecessor is not there anymore in the newest Redmi sprout, but instead the built-in IPS panel is the showpiece of the affordable mid-range smartphone. Thanks to great color reproduction and a good brightness, the liquid crystal display in the Redmi Note 6 Pro is really fun to look at. In addition, the built-in cameras and the very good battery life are also convincing.  

We still hope that an update to the newest MIUI version will bring a better performance, since at this point the system surface is not quite able to harmonize 100% with the Snapdragon 636. Additional smaller complaints are the screen flickering for brightness control that we measured, the mono speaker that is typical in this price range, and the lack of a USB Type-C connection that should really be part of the standard in a 2018 model. 

No doubt, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a smartphone worthy of a recommendation. However, considering the ample amount of very good mid-range models from the same manufacturer, we need to ask whether another price-performance champion besides the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite Android One devices was really necessary, since the price differences between the Mi models and the Redmi 6 Note Pro are very small and the difference in the equipment is also not that large.      

The quality improvements of affordable smartphone models have been accelerating over the last few months. Potential buyers cannot make a mistake by choosing the Redmi Note 6 Pro.     

For a price advantage of about 40 to 50 Euros (~$46-57), the Redmi Note 6 Pro can also be purchased via import companies as a CN version. However, an import from China with the connected risks and restrictions might not be the best way for everyone to get a new smartphone. We therefore think that the additional costs of the available EU version are worthwhile. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro - 10/31/2018 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 70%
Weight
90%
Battery
98%
Display
89%
Games Performance
45 / 63 → 72%
Application Performance
59 / 70 → 84%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
62 / 91 → 68%
Camera
70%
Average
76%
86%
Smartphone - Weighted Average