After launching a couple of smartphones last month, Xiaomi India is gearing up for yet another product unveiling event in India. But this time around, the company will be launching three new smartphones under its Redmi 6 series. The launch event, which is scheduled for September 5 will see the launch of Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro. A video posted by the company on YouTube revealed that it would be launching three smartphones in India next week and the poster image clearly hints the arrival of the devices mentioned above. Xiaomi has posted a new teaser image on Twitter stating that the upcoming phones will have support for Dual VoLTE, something which has become a quintessential feature in recent times.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A Might Only Feature Dual VoLTE
However, it’s likely that Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones only will feature Dual VoLTE, not the Redmi 6 Pro. The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A both sport MediaTek chipsets, which is the reason behind the support for Dual 4G and VoLTE. The Redmi 6 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22, whereas the Redmi 6A has the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC. The Redmi 6 Pro, on the other hand, has the Snapdragon 625 chipset, which doesn’t support Dual 4G, so it might be left off from the list of Dual 4G supported devices.
Xiaomi to Launch MediaTek Chipset Devices in India
With this new teaser, Xiaomi has nearly confirmed that it could be launching MediaTek devices in India after a long time. For the unaware, Xiaomi faced some issues with Ericsson which is the reason why the company did not launch any smartphones with MediaTek chipsets under the hood in India, but of late, we’ve been hearing that the issue has been solved between both the parties.
It will be interesting to see how users will take this move from Xiaomi. One of the primary reasons why Xiaomi succeeded in the Indian market is because of using Qualcomm chipsets. Even the entry-level Xiaomi Redmi 5A priced at Rs 5,999 arrived with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset.
Having said that, MediaTek has launched some decent chipsets in the last one year or so- the likes of Helio P23, Helio P60 have changed the fortunes for the chipmaker. The Redmi 6A is the only device with Helio A22 chipset built on top of the 12nm manufacturing process. The Redmi 6 has the Helio P22 chipset which is also manufactured on the 12nm process. The Helio A22 has a quad-core CPU, while the Helio P22 features an octa-core CPU.
According to Xiaomi, the Redmi 6A delivers 40% better performance than the Redmi 5A and the same applies to the Redmi 6. To recall, the Redmi 5 was launched in India with Snapdragon 450 chipset.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Both the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A sports a 5.45-inch HD+ display carrying a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio and 295 PPI. Aforesaid, the Redmi 6 has the Helio P22 SoC and the Redmi 6A has the entry-level Helio A22 chipset. The Redmi 6A comes in two variants with 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage and the Redmi 6 comes in three variants- 2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB storage.
Both the devices boot Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out of the box. These could be the first devices in India to come with MIUI 10. The major difference both the smartphones is the presence of dual rear cameras on the Redmi 6.
The Redmi 6 has a 12MP primary sensor on the rear paired with a 5MP depth sensor. The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, comes with a single 13MP shooter on the rear side. Both the devices sport a single 5MP shooter on the front side. The Redmi 6 and 6A both have a 3000mAh battery.