Hands on: Xiaomi Redmi 6A review

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

The latest version is the Xiaomi Redmi 6A which has a lack of thrilling features, but that does not really matter considering how much it costs.

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

Xiaomi Redmi 6A price and release date

You're able to buy the Xiaomi Redmi 6A in the UK from November 9 Or you can buy it from some third-party retailers for £ 99.

You can buy the Xiaomi Redmi 6A in India too with the price starting at Rs 5,999. In India since it was launched in June 2018, although 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'll instantly recognize that as soon as you pick it up in your hand.

We look forward to seeing the price of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A to feel quite premium in hand, with a metal effect on the rear of the device.

You will find the microUSB port for charging while the top edge features a 3.5mm headphone jack. The power button and volume rocker are easy to reach on the right hand side.

But we also came in light blue, pink and gold colors as well.

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

That means you'll get 295 pixels per inch, and that may not be great on paper, there are many phones on the market that cost more than this but offer the same or slightly worse screen quality.

We found the display to be bright in our quick test, and it's a great size for those who do not want to gargantuan phone. But it features an 18: 9 aspect ratio that makes it feel like a little different.

Battery life and camera

We can say we have a 3000mAh battery inside as we can not offer a battery life on the Redmi 6A. Considering there's not much to power on this phone, we'd expect it to do well in day-to-day usage.

We'll be sure to test that when it comes time for our full review.

There's a 13MP rear camera on this phone with an opening of f / 2.2, and while it will not take the best shot for your Instagram it's quite respectable when compared to other phones around this price.

We took a few photos in our testing time and time-to-focus provided a little slower than we would have hoped, but it's unlikely to be enough to really frustrate you.

For selfies, you've got a basic 5MP front-facing camera with the same openings as the rear. It is not the worst we have seen at the end of the market.

Performance and interface

When you're spending this much on a phone, you should not expect the performance you'd probably get from a Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro.

It's sporting at MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, and we have yet to use that in another device so we can not offer much insight on its overall performance.

Impressively, you can get it with 3GB of RAM in one edition of the Redmi 6A, and while it will not be able to run all of your mobile games. It may just take a little longer than you'd hope for them to load.

There's a 2GB RAM version of the phone too that comes with 16GB of storage, while the 3GB sports 32GB. We'd like to give you a 16GB phone at all.

Xiaomi will be bringing to the UK.

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

It looks good, but it's a different kind of other products on the market right now, so it can take you from the beginning.

Early verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is not going to work with you.

Keep the price, you'll be happy with what the Redma 6A can do and keep peace with other budget alternatives.

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