Xiaomi, one of the leading Chinese smartphone brands, has announced to launch 3 new smartphones in Pakistan – the Mi 8, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. The Mi 8 being a high-end device offers more powerful performance while the duo of Redmi 6 falls in the entry level category; interestingly equipped with a strong enough display that can crack open walnuts for you.
The design of the Mi 8 features a weird resemblance to the iPhone X; from the wide notch up front to the dual vertical placed cameras on the back. There’s glass on the front and back that gives the Mi 8 a premium feel. The chassis of the device is made up of aviation-grade aluminium that offers the strength it needs to not get bent under normal usage.
The Mi 8 features a fairly large 6.21-inch OLED panel on the front with an FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels. The smartphone gets powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset under the hood along with 6GB/8GB of RAM. Xiaomi has also equipped the Mi 8 with a dual frequency GPS that locks on to your location faster and works in environments where it’s normally difficult to catch GPS signals on other phones.
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There are two rear-facing cameras on the Mi 8; both are 12MP sensors. One of them has a Sony IMX 363 sensor while the other is a Samsung-made lens. 4-axis OIS and dual pixel autofocus are on-board as well. The front camera of the Mi 8 is a 20MP unit which also features a wide array of beauty and AI modes.
The Mi 8 base model is available in Pakistan for Rs. 64,999.
Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A
The duo of Redmi 6 series offers a pretty generic and simple look with a metallic looking plastic body all around. Both the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A feature the same 5.45-inch display on the front with a resolution of 720 × 1440 pixels. It’s an 18:9 display so it’s actually taller but there’s some bezel around the display which does not look too good. The Redmi 6 also has a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup, both of which the 6A lacks.
The Redmi 6 is powered by a 12nm Helio P22 octa-core chipset under the hood clocked at 2.0GHz along with RAM options of 3GB or 4GB whereas the Redmi 6A gets powered through a Helio A22 quad-core chipset with 2GB of RAM.
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As far as the camera department is concerned, the Redmi 6 uses a 12MP+5MP combination on the back along with an LED flash while the front has a 5MP camera. On the other hand, the Redmi 6A features a 13MP sensor on the rear with a 5MP sensor on the front.
The Redmi 6 is priced at Rs. 19,999 for the base model of 3GB/32GB and Rs. 24,999 for the higher variant of 4GB/64GB. Likewise, the Redmi 6A carries a price tag of Rs. 15,499 for the 2GB/16GB model and Rs. 16,999 for the 2GB/32GB variant.