Cropping software, unusable on sunny days screen, the camera automatically converts photos into watercolor paintings – once inherent features of any cheap smartphone, and now … Now is much better and using your smartphone for about 130USD can be a pleasure.
A great example of this is the Xiaomi Redmi 6, which during tests several times positively surprised me and showed what to expect from smartphones for 130USD.
Redmi 6 shows that a cheap smartphone can be fast
Admittedly, the ever lower price of modern, octa-core processors and the improving quality of smart data carriers has meant that most cheap smartphones work at least decently (although, for example, Samsung’s J series stuck somewhere in 2017), you still should not expect miracles and perfect ones liquidity. With this attitude I took for testing Xiaomi Redmi 6 (officially the manufacturer now promotes the brand Redmi by Xiaomi) and the phone in return gave me a very pleasant surprise. Among the competing devices that I had to deal with, this turned out to be by far the fastest and in terms of speed of application launch and smooth operation– I just can not fault him. Redmi 6 perfectly shows that creating a fast-working Android phone does not require creators to put a herd of animals in sacrifice, and the purchase does not have to involve selling the kidney on the black market earlier. A bit of thought, time spent optimizing the software and a little over 130 USD. Bravo!
Redmi 6 shows that a cheap smartphone can have a good camera
The term good camera can mean a lot of things, but in this case I mean the camera you want to take pictures of. Its autofocus is surprisingly efficient, the image sharp – decent, and the automatic HDR mode works properly. Wait, well done Auto HDR mode on your smartphone for 130 USD? It turns out that it is possible. HDR mode is not new to lower class equipment, but it is often manual and can not handle detail from very bright and very dark parts of the frame as well as HDR mode should. And in Redmi 6 it just works – it activates itself when it is needed, and gives nice results. This feature greatly improves the quality of photos taken on all kinds of family (and singles) trips and sets them to the level once reserved for equipment for at least 300 USD. Admittedly, the tiny matrix of this camera and the lack of optical stabilization (although the digital stabilization of the video is surprisingly good!) Cause that in low light you should not expect to know what,cheap .
Redmi 6 shows that a smartphone up to 130 USD can be relatively refined
A wise saying says that if something looks too good to be true, it most likely is. These words fit very well with the market of cheap smartphones, which often under cover of cool specifications paper cover shortages and seemingly small but annoying budget cuts. During the Redmi 6 tests I did not have the feeling that this is the case. Although it is definitely not an ideal smartphone and you have to reckon with some compromises (more in a moment), all the shortcomings do not affect the basic functionality of the phone and the pleasure of using it in a too big way. Screen protection layers are of good quality (Honor and Huawei still have a problem with this topic), by whatthe display is easy to keep clean and the finger slides on the display without unnecessary resistance . Active noise reduction works as it should. Nobody came up with the idea of cutting the proximity sensor (although its effectiveness leaves a bit to be desired, so during testing I ended up connecting the cheek a few times or mute the microphone). The speakers do not bother (you do not even know how unpredictable it is in this price range). The headphone output is OK, and the battery life of this phone can envy almost any flagship . Generally, if you do not have high requirements, using this phone can be really nice and I think that many people do not need anything more.
Redmi 6 also shows that you can not have everything for 130 USD
A great technical foundation on which Redmi 6 was placed, however, caused some things to run out of budget. The most lacking is the lack of fast charging service , which is timid on some competing phones. NFC is also missing , but NFC will probably be lacking in cheap phones as long as contactless payments do not become popular in India and China. Some may also be missing the gyroscope , even if used by some games. Still, personally, having 130USD for a smartphone, I will choose a model that can do less at any time of the day and night, but it does it well than one who tries to do everything, but everything does not come to its end.
If MIUI was a little more configurable and less … Chinese. And yes, the adventure with Redmi 6 must be started by checking the battery saving settings , because by default, the configured system of this smartphone aggressively limits the operation of installed programs in the background, so that instant messaging and social application notifications can come with a long delay (or come only after turning on the screen and reconnecting to the internet).
Still, Redmi 6 offers a lot at its price . And it’s not just about empty megahertz, gigabytes and other specimen blowpipes, but about how this phone is used. Competition can really learn a lot from Xiaomi on the topic of creating cheap smartphones and I hope that Redmi 7 further refines what Redmi 6 is good at. And by the way of nothing spoils.