Xiaomi Redmi Y2
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About the Phone
- It has a 5.99 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours.
- 16-megapixel selfie camera with a selfie light.
- It is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC and an Octa-Core processor.
- Top-notch audio quality with Active Noise Cancellation feature.
- Stylish design with a secure grip.
- It comes with a 3080 mAH battery.
- Smooth performance with no lags.
- It lacks a full HD display.
- It does not support fast charging.
- It does not have any display protection like Gorilla Glass.
- It has a plastic body.
- Battery performance may be an issue for prolonged usage.
Seeing as these are minor issues, given the attractive price range of the phone, Redmi Y2 is a great phone if you’re looking for a budget phone with a decent battery backup and an excellent camera.
Lately, the Indian smartphone market has seen a significant boom in selfie-centric phones with brands like Oppo and Vivo constantly launching phones with the ‘camera’ being their biggest highlight. Brands as these have started using the latest tech trends like AI beautification for images, coupled with dual cameras with LED flash and different photo modes like the Portrait mode. How could Xiaomi stay behind?
In 2017, Xiaomi launched its first selfie-centric smartphone, the Redmi Y1, which quickly became a hit with selfie lovers. In 2018, the smartphone giant attempted to revamp its game with Redmi Y2. In the first glance, Redmi Y2 will strike you as an amalgamation of Mi A1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is basically Xiaomi’s strategy of rebranding Redmi S2 that was launched in China.
Redmi Y2 Price in India
In India, Redmi Y2 is available in two storage variants – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant priced at Rs. 9,999 at the time of launch is now available at Rs.5,199 and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant in black colour, officially priced at Rs. 12,999, is now available to buy at Rs.5,999 from the Xioami India official website. There are three colour options for the phone – Elegant Gold, Rose Gold, and Dark Grey. You can either buy it from Amazon India or Xiaomi’s own Mi.com.
Redmi Y2 is still a deal for the budget smartphone lovers at the special discounted prices. You can definitely consider the newer models available in the budget segment.
Like most Xiaomi phones, it is tall and slim. However, unlike the Redmi Note series that has a metal construction, Redmi Y2 features a plastic body. The body has rounded corners (another signature Xiaomi feature). On the upper right corner of the display, you will find the selfie camera and the selfie light. The top of the frame conveniently houses the 3.5mm headphone jack, a secondary mic, and an IR emitter. The power and volume buttons lie on the right side of the frame, while the bottom part houses the Micro-USB port with grilles on both sides.
Although a majority of the features resemble other Redmi series phones (especially Mi A1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro), Redmi Y2 has a unique element in its design – the vertical camera housing and two glossy separation lines as the antennae bands (running along the top and bottom of the phone) that can be found in the recent Samsung phones. The fingerprint scanner lies in the middle for convenient usage.
Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch display and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display offers decent viewing angles and neutral colour output. However, if you are outside, you may find that the screen is somewhat reflective. But the excellent touch response and sunlight visibility should make up for it.
Redmi Y2 runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9.5 skin on top of it. It has an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is a popular choice for many of the latest smartphones in the market. The great thing about MIUI is that it never feels like a bloated interface, but is instead quite user-friendly. The only issue is that MIUI lacks an app drawer. Apart from this, the phone is capable of handling multitasking pretty well and provides a lag and stutter-free performance.
The camera is the prime attraction and focus of the Redmi Y2, with the ‘Y’ standing for ‘the youth’. The phone has 16MP front-facing camera and a dual-camera setting in the rear (12MP + 5MP). The camera highlights are auto HDR mode, Portrait mode, Short Video (that allows you to take 10-second video clips), and Panorama mode, to name a few.
As is the case with most Xiaomi phones, Redmi Y2 too, promises excellent daylight shots, with minimal noise in well-lit conditions. The camera manages to click decent shots capturing a fair share of details and colours. In low or dimly lit environments, however, you may find a slight shutter lag, but that’s okay considering the phone is under 15k!
Coming to the selfie camera, you get an array of options to choose the level of beautification and clarity you want. The Advanced Mode allows you to tweak a few parameters like eyes, jawline, skin smoothing, and so on. The selfie camera can recognise more than just one face and offer beautification enhancements as well. Also, the selfie light allows you to take great selfies even in dimly lit conditions.
Redmi Y2 has a 3080mAh, non-removable battery. While Xiaomi claims that it can deliver a full day usage, the battery performance of Redmi Y2 depends mainly on how you are using it. For moderate usage such as browsing and using social media apps, the battery can last a day. However, if you are into gaming and binge-watching shows on apps like Netflix, you will see a significant drop in the battery within a few hours of usage. The good thing is that the 10W charger can charge your phone completely in about two hours (no fast charging guys!).
While it is true that Xiaomi’s Redmi Y2 is a definite upgrade over its predecessor (Redmi Y1), at this price range, the benchmark models would probably be Redmi Note 5 or the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. However, compared to Redmi Note 5, Redmi Y2 appears to be richer and more smooth in certain aspects. Also, provided that it delivers a smooth and lag-free experience with excellent camera options, Redmi Y2 is the way to go if clicking great selfies is your thing.