Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6A on Wednesday, its latest budget smartphone in the Redmi series along with the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro in India. The 6A is the successor of the Redmi 5A and is the first Android phone from the Chinese smartphone maker to be powered by a MediaTek chipset.
Xiaomi has updated the design on the Redmi 6A to offer an 18:9 aspect ratio display to users, making it one of the cheapest smartphones to do so in India. Even at the rear, the Redmi 6A looks much better compared to last year's model, providing it a premium look at a budget price.
In India, the Redmi 6A competes with the likes of Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and the Honor 7S that are priced similarly. The Galaxy J2 Core is an Android Go device, a first from the company, but it runs on Samsung’s UI skinned on top. The Honor 7S is the latest phone in Honor's 7-series in India and offers decent value for money.
Here we will compare the three phones and help you decide which one offers you the most value for your money.
One of the biggest surprises of the Redmi 6A is its design. Generally, Xiaomi has cut corners in terms of the design and focused on specifications instead. That changes with the Redmi 6A - this time, the phone comes with a premium looking design. Although the phone's back cover is made of polycarbonate material, it comes with a metal-like finish, giving it a much more premium look than the material suggests.
The Honor 7S is a new entry-level offering from the Huawei-owned sub-brand Honor. With the Honor 7S, Honor is trying to take the battle to Xiaomi, which is the ruling smartphone leader in the Indian market according to the most recent numbers. In terms of the design, the Honor 7S is fairly similar to the Redmi 6A, although there are subtle differences like the fact that the display corners are angled sharp 90-degrees, while the Redmi 6A has curved corners. It does make the Redmi 6A look much better in comparison.
Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core doesn't try to hide from the fact that it is an entry-level smartphone. It has big, fat bezels on the top and the bottom, and Samsung has stuck with a basic design philosophy, and as a result, the J2 Core ends up looking quite boring.
The Redmi 6A is the clear winner in the design aspect.
In terms of display, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A features a 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Honor 7S features a similar 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is behind the other phones in terms of display and features a 5-inch qHD TFT display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The Redmi 6A and Honor 7S offer a bigger 5.45-inch display with a taller aspect ratio and better resolution, beating the Galaxy J2 Core by a big margin.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to be powered by a MediaTek SoC and marks the end of a long drawn legal dispute between Xiaomi and Ericsson. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek A22 SoC coupled with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU.
The Honor 7S is also powered by a MediaTek SoC, a quad core MediaTek MT6739 chipset coupled with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is powered by a quad core Exynos 7570 SoC coupled with Mali-T720 MP1 GPU.
The MediaTek A22 chipset is the newest entry-level chipset out of all the three chipsets, and as such, comes with some important performance and efficiency upgrades. Comparable to a Snapdragon 450 chipset, the A22 chipset is perhaps the best of the lot here.
Coming to the camera department, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A features a 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, EIS, phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. On the front, the 6A sports a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture.
The Honor 7S also features a 13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. On the front, the 7S sports a 5MP selfie camera with an LED flash.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is behind its competitors with an 8MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash. On the front, the J2 Core sports a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture.
The Redmi 6A and the Honor 7S are pretty close in this segment, and the Galaxy J2 Core ends up in the last once again.
The battery is an important aspect while deciding which device to choose. While you will not be playing intensive games on either of these smartphones, it is important to know which device will offer you the most juice.
The Honor 7S with a 3,020mAh battery comes on top and Xiaomi Redmi 6A follows it with a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery. On the other hand, the Galaxy J2 Core falls behind with a considerably smaller 2,600mAh battery. All the three smartphones feature a regular micro USB port but neither of them supports fast charge.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6A has been priced at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM variant and Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM varaint. It will be available exclusively from Amazon India and Mi.com in Blue, Gold, Grey and Rose Gold color options.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has been priced at ₹6,190 and is available in Gold, Blue and Black color options from all retail stores across the country.
The Honor 7S has been priced at Rs. 6,999 and will be available exclusively from Flipkart and Honor Store from September 14.