If the year has changed, Xiaomi has also made some changes. Now we have Redmi Y2. Redmi Y2 coming with new hardware is the best selfie smartphone in the budget range? Let’s know …
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Design
Looking at the Redmi Y2, you will realize that it has been updated over time. It looks similar to the Redmi S2 that was launched in the Chinese market. It has a 5.99 inch display on the front and dual camera module on the back, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Plastic is mainly used in making Redmi Y2. It is also long and slightly narrow due to the 18: 9 aspect ratio display.
Like Xiaomi’s recent phone, it also has curved edges. Above the display is a metal earpiece, a selfie camera and a selfie light. However, reaching the top of the display with one hand is not easy.
The button position in the Redmi Y2 is correct. The power and volume buttons on the right side can be easily used. The phone has a micro-USB port. There are grills on either side of it. But only the right one has a loudspeaker. The 3.5mm headphone jack, IR emitter and secondary microphone are at the top.
Flip the phone, you will see dual camera setup and fingerprint sensor. Xiaomi has also given an antenna line which is at the top and bottom of the phone.
The Redmi Y2 weighs 170 grams and has a thickness of 8.1 millimeters. The battery is 3080 mAh, about which Xiaomi has claimed the battery life of the day. A 10 W charger is provided with the phone. There is no information about quick charging support. Like Xiaomi’s other smartphones, the Redmi Y2 retail box has a phone, charger, micro-USB cable and a cover.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 specifications, features and software
Xiaomi is known for delivering robust hardware and the Redmi Y2 is no exception. Redmi Y2 has a reliable Snapdragon 625 processor. The clock speed of this octa-core processor is 2 GHz. The smartphone has two variants – 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The smartphone has a separate slot for microSD card. Users will be able to use cards up to 256 GB.
The 5.99 inch display is of HD Plus resolution and the aspect ratio is 18: 9. There is a slight upgrade in this department compared to the Redmi Y1. The viewing angles of the display are good. Neutral color output is available, you will get the facility to tweak it to your liking. The display is a little reflective and there is some difficulty in reading it outdoors. Redmi Y2 is a dual sim device. Wi-Fi support for 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G and VoLTE.
This camera has two cameras on the back side. The primary sensor is 12 megapixels and the secondary sensor is 5 megapixels. Xiaomi has given a 16-megapixel camera on the front panel which comes with a selfie light.
In Redmi Y2 you will find Xiaomi’s MUI 9.5 OS. It is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. You will get UI customization of Xiaomi such as Second Space, Dual Apps and Theme Supports. You will be able to access quick shortcuts and other widgets by swiping right on the homescreen.
Like the current trend, Xiaomi has also provided face recognition to unlock the phone. The setup process is very basic. It never asked us to show faces from different angles. During setup, a message came that another person can unlock the device from your photo. After setup we used Face Unlock. We found that face recognition was very slow and not accurate. Looking at its performance, we would suggest you to use the fingerprint sensor itself.
Xiaomi has given some apps in this phone along with other apps. You will also find some Google apps. With this, apps like Facebook, Amazon, PhonePe, Netflix and NewsPoint will be pre-installed. By the way, we did not need storage. In 32 GB storage variants, you will get 22 GB of storage for use. If you want, you can uninstall most of these apps.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 performance, cameras and battery life
The Snapdragon 625 is a reliable processor that has been a part of many popular phones of Xiaomi. We did not have any complaints about its performance during use. It handles multitasking firmly. Switching between apps was quite smooth. We have reviewed 3 GB RAM variants which gave good results in benchmark test.
Battery performance depends on your usage. If you make a phone call or spend some time on Facebook and WhatsApp, then the battery will support you throughout the day. If you start playing games on the phone then the battery life is in decline. While playing games like Clash Royale we found that the battery ran out much faster. However, the battery in our HD video loop test lasted 14 hours 46 minutes, which is praiseworthy. A 10-watt charger has been provided with the phone, which takes about 2 hours to fully charge the phone.
Xiaomi’s camera app is very easy to use. You get quick toggles for HDR and Flash. You also have the option to apply filters to the photo. Other camera modes also have a short mode that allows you to record 10 seconds of video. Apart from this there is video mode and portrait mode. There is also a manual mode in which white balance and ISO can be controlled. In Panorama mode, you will be able to take pictures only when you capture the phone in portrait mode.
Selfie is the most important feature of this smartphone and Redmi Y2 performs well in this department. It can identify more than one face while taking a selfie and performs the necessary beautification initiatives. We found that the phone slightly overexposed some selfies in the outdoors. Selfie light becomes active in low light conditions.
We are satisfied with the pictures taken in daylight from the Redmi Y2. Landscape shots come with a lot of detail. Y2 Colors also captures quite well. MacOS shots come in sharp, but the phone takes some time to focus according to your wishes. We have also used Portrait Mode which achieves depth of field effect with the help of secondary sensor. The quality of portraits in portrait mode depends to a large extent on the subject’s background. If an object is very close to the subject, then there is a problem in edge detection. If the background is clean, then the Redmi Y2 brings good usable pictures.
Low light shots require steady hands, as the camera reduces the shutter speed to capture more light. We also found that the details are reduced in landscape shots. You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels from the rear camera. Quality is better due to electronic image stabilization.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is slightly better than the company’s old selfie-centric smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Y1. It comes with reliable hardware that gives great user experience with MIUI 9.5. Camera performance is good in daylight but weak in low light. Selfie is the specialty of this smartphone and the Y2 in this department gives strong performance in all circumstances.
If selfie is most important for you, then you can choose Redmi Y2 with an initial price of Rs 9,999. By the way, buying a reliable all-rounder like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review) at the same price will be a more profitable deal. If you are willing to spend a little more then you have options like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.