Xiaomi is leading the competition of Indian smartphone market with its wide range of smartphones. The company has recently launched its latest Redmi Y2 smartphone which is the successor of the Redmi Y1 which we reviewed last year. The main reason for the success of Xiaomi smartphones is that the company usually provides value for money smartphones. So let’s check this out that how Redmi Y2 does on our parameters.
The new Redmi Y2 looks elegant and has an aesthetic appeal when you are holding the phone. The phone is light as well with curvy body edges which are making the phone easy to hold and to operate for a long time without giving too much pain to your hands. The back side is sporting dual rear camera sensor placed vertically and in between the sensor lie the LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is also located at the back side and it is well within the reach and has very quick response time. At the front side of the phone is lying the impressive 6 inch HD display and above the display lie the selfie camera and the front LED flash. To keep up with the latest trend the new Redmi Y2 has added face recognition feature which works quite well but it can be fooled with your photographs sometimes. The left side of the phone is sporting the SIM tray which is capable of holding two SIM cards at the same time plus a microSD card. At the top side of the phone one can sport the 3.5mm headphone jack and the antenna. At the right side of the phone is lying the power button and the volume rockers. At the bottom of the device it has microUSB port and two speaker grilles for better sound output.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is having impressive display size of 6 inch with HD+ resolution of 720×1440 pixels. The screen is tall and wide thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio of the phone which is offering wide viewing angles. The phone automatically adjusts its brightness to allow you to view the screen but I personally suggest that you better adjust the screen brightness manually. The display of the phone is vivid and bright as well. The screen size offers you comfortable experience of playing games or performing any task on the screen. The screen is protected by 2.5D curved glass to prevent the screen from sustaining any damage.
The new Redmi Y2 has powerful processor to deal with the various tasks. The processor on board is Snapdragon 625 SoC octa-core clocked at 2 GHz. The phone has better work capacity and handling multi-tasking as compared to other budget range smartphones. The phone has 3GB RAM and we found that the RAM works very efficiently and we did not face any lag in its functioning. Since its summers, you might feel a bit of heat from the device while indulging in multi-tasking and playing games. Games like Golf clash, Asphalt 8 ran without any issue but you can notice heat from the device because of high demand of the games. The phone has 32GB internal storage to offer which is quite decent and you can store various apps and multimedia easily. The phone also provides you with the option of expanding the storage which could be done by inserting microSD card in the dedicated SDcard slot.The operating system of the Redmi Y2 consists of MIUI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo.
The main highlight of the Redmi Y2 is the cameras of the phone and the new Redmi Y2 could be tagged as camera centric phone. The phone has dual rear sensor of 12 Megapixel and 5 Megapixel along with selfie light. The rear camera captures clear and crispy images with well details and the images captured during daylight are exceptionally good. There are various modes available with the rear camera like Panorama, Portrait, Manual mode etc. The colors captured in the images were well preserved and there is no lag in the color preservation plus we did not find any details go missing while capturing images. The shots taken at night are also very crisp and even when the flashlight comes into play the quality does not get distorted but you have to keep your focus fixed without moving your hands too much. There is bit of graining when you zoom in but otherwise the shots captured at dim lighting conditions are better when compared to other smartphones of the same range in which the new Redmi Y2 belongs. The selfie camera of the new Redmi Y2 is amazing as it surprise you with the quality of images captured by it. The selfie camera is the main attracting feature of the new Redmi Y2 just like the Note 5 Pro. The selfie camera of Redmi Y2 uses AI to apply beautification to photo subjects giving selfies which can surprise you with its detailing and clarity. The selfie camera has front LED flash to assist and to allow you to have clear selfies even when the lighting conditions are not favorable. We did not find any issue with the selfie camera and there were hardly any graining effect to notice while zooming in the selfies.
Redmi Y2 has non-removable battery of 3,080mAh which is quite the decent amount of battery power and is capable of taking you with the daily tasks of yours. The battery power lasts throughout the day if you use the phone moderately. To charge the phone there is 10W charger which is capable of charging the phone quickly but there is no mention of fast charging.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 again clicks all the boxes as it did previously with Y1 of being a value for money smartphone available in the market starting at Rs 9,999 for the 3GB variant. Redmi Y2 mainly focuses on the 16MP front lens, dual rear camera to tease the buyers along with AI features. Only competition it might face would be the Redmi Note 5 itself with bigger battery life.