This year’s Valentines’ Day saw two major events—the Indian cricket team sealed the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings and Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. While the fate of the former is well known, India is now in the second spot, the latter has seen a plot twist.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer today introduced the Redmi Note 6 Pro in the Indian market, the successor to the Note 5 Pro, pricing it at ₹ 13,999 for the base variant. Boasting an additional camera on the front housed inside a notched display, the Note 6 Pro has a few subtle tweaks here and there, but it’s very strong to its roots.
But, what about the Note 5 successor?
Keeping everyone busy with the buzz about the Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi silently killed the successor to its sub-Rs 10,000 champ. The Note 5 featured a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. A 5.99-inch display lit up the front of the phone along with a lonesome 5MP selfie camera. The rear of the phone sported a single 12MP camera with f/2.2 aperture. There was no word from Xiaomi on the successor to this phone.
Is it really dead?
Let’s superimpose the specifications of another similarly priced smartphone from Xiaomi, the Redmi 6 Pro. It’s got the same underpinnings, and costs just a thousand rupees more the Note 5. It has a slightly different display, measuring 5.84-inches diagonally with a notch. Some purists may argue that’s a reasonable decrease, but if you squint harder, Xiaomi has cleverly kept the same length but a shrunk down the width of the display. The dimensions of the Redmi 6 Pro seem smaller because the notched 19:9 display is spread much further to the bezels. It even weighs the same.
The back of the phone has a dual camera setup consisting of 12MP primary sensor and 5MP depth sensor, while nearly everything else, including the battery remains the same.
Yes, it was originally launched as a “Lite" variant of the Mi A2 in Madrid, but the specifications clearly narrate a different story.
If you’re a Note 5 user, you might now have a clearer idea of what to buy if you’re planning to upgrade. Both, the Note 6 Pro and the 6 Pro offer value for money, but if you can’t manage to go up a thousand bucks, you will be better off with the latter.