“The Redmi 6A is the world’s first smartphone to come with the Helio A22 SoC”
Xiaomi today took covers off its latest Redmi series of smartphones. Its latest lineup includes the Redmi 6 and its affordable sibling in the form of the Redmi 6A. The Xiaomi Redmi 6A also marks the debut of the newest entry-level chipset from MediaTek. Considering the 6A is succeeding Xiaomi’s most affordable offering, the Redmi 5A (review), it’d be interesting to see if the successor brings enough upgrades. Let’s find out in this comparison.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: what’s changed
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A ships with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with the standard 1,280 x 720 pixels screen resolution. The Redmi 6A on the other hand, brings the 18:9 aspect ratio to the table with its 5.45-inch display bearing a screen resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels. Needless to say, the newest launch offers a better and more immersive viewing experience.
Moving on to the performance, the 6A is the world’s first smartphone to come with the 12nm MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz. Xiaomi also announced that the latest processor offers up to 37 percent performance improvement and 48 percent better battery efficiency compared to Snapdragon 425 powering the 5A. Also, the Redmi 6A gets the AI face unlock and voice assistant.
Further, Xiaomi is offering the Redmi 6A in only one configuration with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, whereas the Redmi 5A comes in two storage options of 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: what’s similar
Apart from the aforementioned changes, Xiaomi has retained rest of the spec sheet from last year’s Redmi 5A. The 6A flaunts a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front snapper, just like its predecessor. Both handsets get a 3,000mAh battery under the hood. In terms of the software, while the Redmi 6A comes with MIUI running atop Android Oreo out of the box, the 5A is expected to receive the same soon, though currently it runs MIUI 9 with Android Nougat as its base.
There are no two thoughts that the Xiaomi Redmi 6A is indeed much better than last year’s Redmi 5A. Not only it comes with the power-efficient processor, but also a future-proof design with an 18:9 display. That said, it remains to be seen if the smartphone makes its way to India considering the Chinese brand hasn’t launched a MediaTek SoC-powered smartphone for quite a while.