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Why spend 1,000 euros on a smartphone if just over 100 is enough

No, I’m not going to talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which was unveiled in New York on August 9. Among other things because I have not had the privilege of seeing it, or touching it, or tasting it, yet. When I do, if I’m lucky, I’ll tell you about it right here. Yes I am going to talk now about the Xiaomi Redmi 6 and 6A, that I have had it in my hands for a few days, and that among other things costs ten times less than the new Samsung flagship.

Logically on paper there is no color in terms of performance or processing capabilities, software, or everything that has to do with the hardware itself or the solutions it advocates thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), but why Am I going to spend 1,000 euros on a smartphone if I can spend less than 200 and can I have more than worthy benefits? Do I need the 1,000 or just over 100?

Well, this is what I am going to try to explain, turning the characteristics of the terminal of the Chinese brand that is all the rage in Spain and that already has a market share more than worthy even ahead of some brand that does not raise its head. Not in vain the consulting firm Deloitte ventured at the end of 2017 in a report the variables in the smart device market for 2018, and said that there would be more quantity and variety of equipment in the environment and above 1,000 euros, as is happening this way and it will continue to happen, but there would also be more and better offers, with more benefits, in terminals below 200 euros.

And Xiaomi, not only with the Redmi 6, seems to be winning the battle against its competitors in that field, which are smartphones below 200 euros. Redmi 6, which will cost 119 euros in its 16 GB capacity version, is equipped with the new MediaTek Helio P22 processor, 12 nanometers (nm) based on SoC, which has an eight-core processor (CPU) and consumes approximately 48% less power than comparable 28nm larger than single chip processors. Additionally, the CPU features ARM’s Big.LITTLE architecture, which makes it easy to automatically switch from performance to low-power core based on the task at hand, allowing for balanced performance and power consumption.

The Redmi 6 screen is 5.45 inches and 18: 9, which is equivalent to 80.5% of the total surface of the mobile is screen. The metal-finish polycarbonate back shell is symmetrically curved and tapers toward the edges for improved ergonomics.

Smart camera

Redmi 6 features a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual smart camera. And the camera’s main sensor features 1.25μm pixels, the largest among smartphones in its class. Having larger pixels means receiving more light, which results in better photographic quality and less noise, especially in low light conditions. The camera also features Phase Detection autofocus to improve focusing speed. In addition, the 5MP front camera of Redmi 6 supports Xiaomi’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) portrait mode, which offers realistic bokeh (out of focus) with a single lens.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A has the same body and screen as the Redmi 6, but it differs in the processor, since it incorporates the SoC MediaTek Helio A22 model, which also has 12-nanometer technology. It has a 3000mAh battery, which allows it to stay on standby for up to 19 days. In addition, Redmi 6A has a 13-megapixel rear camera also with Phase Detection autofocus and a 5-megapixel front camera, both capable of using Xiaomi’s portrait mode with artificial intelligence. The Chinese brand’s own operating system, MIUI, has been optimized for Redmi 6A, which reduces the memory use of system applications by about 30%.

And all this for 119 or 139 euros. If we want more, …

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