Hands on: Xiaomi Redmi 6A review

Xiaomi can now make phones with in-display fingerprint scanners, but it also has super-cheap phones.

The newest of them is the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, which has a lack of exciting features, but that does not really matter when you consider how much it costs.

We have had time to try out the Xiaomi Redmi 6A at the launch of the London brand and you will find our first impressions of the phone below.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A price and release date

You can buy the Xiaomi Redmi 6A from November 9 in the UK and the phone is exclusive to the Three network. Or you can buy it from some third-party retailers for £ 99.

You can also buy the Xiaomi Redmi 6A in India with the price from Rs 5.999. You have been able to buy it in India since it was launched in June 2018, but there is no clear plan for Xiaomi to bring the phone to the US or Australia.

Design and display

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The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is an affordable phone and you will immediately recognize that as soon as you pick it up in your hand.

Given the price, we found that the Xiaomi Redmi 6A was quite high in the hand, with a metal effect on the back of the device that has been brushed to make it more authentic.

It is a good looking device with a view to that price, and at the bottom you will find the microUSB port for charging, while the top edge is equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The on / off button and volume button are easily accessible on the right side.

We have seen the black edition in our short time with the telephone, but the device is also available in the colors light blue, pink and gold.

The display is where things are not so premium, but that is to be expected at this price. The Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch HD + resolution display.

That means that you get 295 pixels per inch, and although that may not sound so good on paper, there are many phones on the market that cost more than these, but offer the same or slightly worst screen quality.

We found that the screen was clear in our quick test and that it is a great size for those who do not want a gigantic phone. The edges are thick at the top and bottom of the phone, but it has an aspect ratio of 18: 9 which makes it slightly different for some other budget devices.

Battery life and camera

Although we can not comment on the battery life on the Redmi 6A, we can say that we expect it to last a full day because it has a 3000mAh battery in it. If we take into account that this phone does not offer much power, we would expect it to do well in daily use.

We will certainly test that if it is time for our full assessment.

There is a 13 MP camera on the back of this phone with an aperture of f / 2.2, and although it will not make the best shot for your Instagram, it is pretty respectable compared to other phones around this price.

We took a few photo's in our test time and the time to focus turned out to be slightly slower than we had hoped, but it's unlikely that this is enough to really frustrate you.

For selfies you have a simple 5 MP camera on the front with the same aperture as the back. Again, this will not blow you away, but it is not the worst we have seen at this end of the market.

Performance and interface

If you spend so much on a phone, you should not expect the performance you would probably get from a Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro.

It is sporty with a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, and we have to use that in another way on another device, so that we can not offer much insight into the overall performance, but towards the low point of the power spectrum.

It is impressive that you can pair it with 3 GB RAM in an edition of the Redmi 6A, and although it will not be able to run all your mobile games at top level, it is certain that you can use most of your apps to carry out. It may take a little longer than you hope they load.

There is also a 2 GB RAM version of the phone that comes with 16 GB of storage space while the 3 GB 32 GB is sporty. We recommend that you do not use a 16 GB phone at all, as that probably does not offer enough space for all your apps and everything else you want to upload.

It is currently unclear which version of the phone Xiaomi will bring to the UK.

In terms of interface, the Redmi 6A comes with Android 8.1 software, so it is relatively new and has Xiaomi's own interface over it.

It looks good, but it is a different look for many other phones on the market, so it may take some time before you get used to it when you start the device for the first time.

Early pronunciation

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A will not put you under pressure with its performance or features, but everything seems to work well here.

Given the price, you will probably be pleased with what the Redmia 6A can do and keep pace with other budget alternatives.