Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is the latest in Xiaomi’s popular budget series with a clear focus on selfies.Xiaomi Redmi Y2 has a starting price of Rs 9,999 going up to Rs 12,999 for the high-end variant. With Y2’s entry into the market, there will be confusion over which is the better phone: Xiaomi Redmi Y2 or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, which has similar starting price of Rs 9,999. On paper, Redmi Y2 appears to pack better features in the camera department with 12MP+5MP rear camera, 16MP front camera, Portrait mode on selfies and the back.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 design
The Redmi Y2 looks like the love child of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Just like on the Redmi Note 5, the front is quite plain with the tall 18:9 display dominating all the space The back panel, on the other hand, seems to have been completely borrowed from the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The placement of the vertically aligned dual-camera setup, fingerprint sensor, and the Mi logo do remind you of the more expensive Xiaomi device. While it may look like a metal body, the back panel is actually plastic that has been given a metallic finish. The overall design then is quite familiar, and there’s not much to complain about.
Redmi Y2 display
Redmi Y2 comes with 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio screen of 1440 x 720 (HD+) resolution. Y2 screen looks bright and has good viewing angles. However, the HD+ resolution on a mammoth 5.99-inch screen estate gives a pixelated appearance due to a limited pixel-per-inch count. The colour reproduction seems to be another weak spot, as the display shows washed-out colours, diminishing the phone’s utility for multimedia content playback – watching videos on YouTube, Amazon Prime Videos or Netflix.
Also Read:- Redmi Note 5 Pro Rating, Pros & Cons 2018
Xiaomi Redmyi Y2 Battery
The 3080mAh battery on the Redmi Y2 — same as the Xiaomi Mi A1 — is said to last a day. In our experience, the battery of the smartphone lasted easily about a day with moderate usage. This involves routine tasks, as well as GPS tracking, watching Netflix content and more. For a heavy-duty user, it may not last that long.
Redmi Y2 camera
The Redmi Y2 gets a 12-megapixel primary sensor paired with a 5MP depth-sensing camera on the back, and a 16MP selfie camera on the front. Both the front and rear camera units are assisted by AI for semantic segmentation of object and background for portrait shots and the bokeh effect, along with an enhanced beauty mode.
The rear camera seems as good as the one in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It takes detailed shots in good light conditions but stutters in low-light photography. The camera boasts the portrait mode, which utilises AI-based semantic segmentation to differentiate between the object and the background. Therefore, the portraits look balanced with enhanced background blur. Even in the auto mode, the camera manages to take detailed shots with ample background blur.
Talking of the selfie camera, the 16MP unit is on a par with the 20MP sensor found in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It takes detailed shots in all lighting conditions, except that dark night shots come out with visible noise and require steady hands to capture stable shots. The depth effect using the selfie camera allows taking group portraits with enhanced blur. Interestingly, group portraits show no halos and manage to capture every individual in detail while blurring the background effectively. The selfie camera in the Redmi Y2 is by far the most capable unit among smartphones in the segment.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 specifications, features, and software
Xiaomi Redmi is known to offer good hardware with most of its smartphones and the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 isn’t an exception. The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz. Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Comes With Two Varient, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a dedicated microSD card slot and you can use a card of up to 256GB capacity.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is a dual-SIM device with two Nano-SIM slots, and has a non-removable 3080mAh battery. There is support for WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G, and VoLTE.
MIUI 9.5 is Xiaomi’s custom UI running on the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and our unit had received the May 2018 security patch. It has all of Xiaomi’s UI customisations such as Second Space, Dual Apps, and theme support, which we have seen on older devices. You can swipe right from the homescreen to access quick shortcuts and other widgets.
Following the current trend, Xiaomi has added face reognition as one of the methods to unlock the phone. The setup process seems very basic and it did not ask us to look to the right or left in order to capture multiple angles. In fact, a message appeared while setting up Face Unlock, stating that the device can potentially be unlocked by other people using a photo of you. After setting it up, we did use it to unlock the phone and found it to be slower and not as accurate as other manufacturers’ implementations. Looking at this performance and the time it takes to unlock the phone, we would recommend that you stick to the fingerprint sensor