The infrared sensor is a feature Xiaomi has included in all its phones for a couple of years now. The small but useful addition allows users to control a wide range of electronics with their phone. Sadly, Xiaomi has decided not to include it in the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A.
We first noticed the IR sensor was missing in hands-on photos of the Redmi 6 posted on ITHome. Then we decided to confirm on the official website and found out that Xiaomi didn’t include it in the Redmi 6A too.
It is sad to see Xiaomi has removed a feature that has sort of become associated with the brand. We do not know if this will continue with future devices or if it is just the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. If this is a feature you find you can’t live without, you may want to overlook these two phones and settle for Xiaomi’s older models.
Apart from the missing sensor, the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 offer great value for money. Both devices come with a 5.45-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. The Redmi 6 is powered by MediaTek’s new Helio P22 SoC which should offer slightly more performance and power management when compared to the Snapdragon 625. It also has dual cameras, face unlock, and a fingerprint scanner.
The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, is powered by the Helio A22. It is also a 12nm chipset but with four A53 cores. The smaller node size means it should offer an increase in performance over the Snapdragon 425 found in the Redmi 5A.