Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

About Xiaomi:-

Xiaomi is a privately owned company that designs, develops, and sells smartphones, an Android-based OS, and other consumer electronics. Xiaomi also makes fitness trackers, TVs, air purifiers, and tablets. It has a skin for its Android phones and tablets – MIUI. The company largely sells its phones via flash sales in India.

Introduction :-

The Redmi Y2 is the biggest smartphone Xiaomi has made to date. Now, it’s not exactly entered phablet territory, but the Y2 is a big phone. It’s even bigger than the Redmi Note 5 Pro which in my opinion was quite big. That said, it still fits well in one hand because of the curved back.

Well, apart from the size, there is little that has changed compared to the Y1 last year. We have the same boring design, which is beginning to become a bit too repetitive on Xiaomi smartphones in the budget. The polycarbonate body feels sturdy otherwise and also makes the phone 10 grams lighter than the all-metal Note 5.

Button placement has not changed either and neither has the placement of the micro USB port and the single, bottom-firing speaker. You also get a 3.5 mm headphone jack and an IR blaster on top. And you also get the same dual-SIM tray.

The back looks almost identical to that of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The vertical dual-camera placement and the Xiaomi logo are on the exact same place on both phones and since we received a gold unit of the Redmi Y2, it was difficult to tell them apart when placed side by side.

The Redmi Y2 has a 5.99-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, we see that the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and comes in two variants, one with 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and the second with 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Price :-

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Price starts at Rs. 9,999. The lowest price of Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is at Amazon, which is 3% less than the cost of Redmi Y2 at Croma (Rs. 10299). This phone is available in 32 GB, 64 GB storage variants.

  • Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Gold, 32GB, 3GB RAM) –
    Rs.9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Gold, 32GB, 3GB RAM) –
    Rs.9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Rose Gold, 32GB, 3GB RAM) –
    Rs.9,999

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Release Date :-

Announced 2018, May
Status Available. Released 2018, May

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Colours :-

The Smartphone will be available in three colours i.e Gray, Gold, Rose Gold

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Design :-

Dimensions 160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm (6.33 x 3.04 x 0.32 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
Build Front glass, plastic body
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Display:-

Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~74.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
– MIUI 9.5

Following the 2018 trend of taller displays, the Redmi Y2 gets an upgrade from a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display to a 5.99-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. But thankfully, there’s no notch. Unfortunately, the resolution hasn’t improved much. It’s now HD instead of HD+, but that’s only because the display is taller now.

You don’t normally notice pixelation while using the phone’s UI, but it is noticeable when playing games or watching videos. Colours are neutral otherwise and the display does not have a bluish tinge something that a lot of budget displays do.

Contrast levels and viewing angles are fine, but hold it side by side with a full HD display and you’ll be able to tell the difference. You do get the option to toggle the contrast and white balance in the display settings to your liking.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Specifications :- 

General :-

Release date June 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 160.73 x 77.26 x 8.10
Weight (g) 170.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3080
Removable battery No
Colours Dark Grey, Gold, Rose Gold
SAR value 1.12

. Display :-

Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~74.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
– MIUI 9.5
 . Camera :-
MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25μm, PDAF
5 MP, depth sensor
Features LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected] (gyro-EIS)
SELFIE CAMERA Single 16 MP
Features HDR, LED flash
Video

The camera is yet again the focus for Xiaomi with the Y2, this time, though, they are offering far more on paper than the last time we saw it. The Redmi Y2 features a dual-camera setup which features a primary 12 MP f/2.2 sensor with phase-detection autofocus and a secondary 5 MP sensor. This is only the second time that we are seeing an AI-enabled dual-camera setup being used by Xiaomi after the Note 5 Pro, so we were expecting good results.

The camera UI remains unchanged and is easy to get adjusted to. We get all the usual modes like square, panorama, manual, etc., along with a dedicated portrait mode. The modes remain unchanged for the 16 MP front-facing camera as well.

Shots in broad daylight came out well, which was expected, but there is a noticeable whitish tinge to photographs, which seems like an issue with the AI-processing. Image are not exactly colour accurate, but details and exposure levels are just right. Xiaomi seems to have toned down the AI-processing a little bit here as side-by-side shots from the Redmi Note 5 Pro look far more dramatic in comparison.

The front camera though does a commendable job in capturing selfies in low-light. If you’re out with friends for dinner then you can count on the Redmi Y2 to handle the selfie duties. The LED light on the front also helps here.

Portrait shots turned out well and Xiaomi claims that the camera gets better over time. While we did not notice any visible improvement in shots during our time with the phone, the results were consistently pleasing, given the price of the phone. The front camera does an equally good job here with great subject separation.

As for low-light shots which left us impressed on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, this time the results were not as pleasing. The camera tries very hard to get rid of the noise, but there is very little detail in any of the shots. There is also a very aggressive HDR mode which may help you capture detail in low-light, but you do need to have very steady hands. The HHT mode in the camera, which is meant for low-lighting conditions, does not help much.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

. Sound :-

Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

The speaker on the phone is okay, but is nothing too spectacular. The audio does start distorting at higher volumes, so it’s best to avoid that. Cellular call quality and reception were impeccable. Audio quality through the headphone jack was also pleasing, especially if you like a lot of bass.

. Connectivity :-

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Connectivity options that tag along with the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 include 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a microUSB 2.0 port, and support for dual SIM.

. Technical :-

OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 506

. Battery :-

Capacity
3080 mAh
Type Li-ion
User Replaceable
no No

The battery unit on the Y2 remains unchanged and for the most part, so does the battery life. I did get through a day’s use with roughly 20 percent to spare. This was with the brightness left on auto and activity mostly included messaging on Telegram and WhatsApp, several dozen emails, half-an hour of music and roughly an hour of video streaming and gaming.

There’s no fast-charging or anything of the sort added, so it will take you roughly an hour and twenty minutes to juice the phone up all the way.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

. Processor :-

Chipset Snapdragon 625
Architecture Cortex A53
No of Cores 8 (Octa Core)
Frequency 2.0 GHz
Make Qualcomm MSM8953
GPU Adreno 506

. Features :-

Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
– 5V/2A 10W charging

. Hardware And Software :-

HARDWARE

Processor 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256

Xiaomi has upgraded the Redmi Y2 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which is a reasonable jump from the Snapdragon 435 used last year. The Snapdragon 625 may be a chip which is a little old to be seen on new devices, but you get eight ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz.

Multitasking was not really an issue either with the 3 GB of RAM we had in our unit. Things did freeze up if you do push the device too hard but under regular usage, apps worked well even in split-screen mode.

There is a visible improvement in performance, with faster app load times, marginally quicker installations and better gaming performance as well. I was able to play most games without any issue whatsoever as the Adreno 506 GPU had fewer pixels to push out. More demanding titles like PUBG ran on low settings but were totally playable.

SOFTWARE

Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
Skin MIUI 9.5

The Redmi Y1 last year was the device with which Xiaomi introduced MIUI 9, and the Y2 comes with the same, only this time with Android Oreo 8.1 and the May Security patch running on top. This makes it the first Xiaomi device to ship in India with Android Oreo 8.1. MIUI 10 is just around the corner, though.

While the Y2 does boast of coming with Oreo, there aren’t any of the usual features which you associate with it present on the phone. There are no long-press options, no visible changes in the notification shade, etc. The interface is otherwise very fluid and, in typical Xiaomi fashion, the animations have been optimised to perfection.

There’s nothing new here if you have used a Xiaomi smartphone released anytime this year. There are a few apps which come pre installed, such as Facebook, Netflix, NewsPoint, Amazon and PhonePe, but nothing you can’t uninstall.

With a number of smartphone-makers opting for Android One these days, it’s difficult to find a user interface which is faster or more fluid than Android One, but MIUI has to the closest in terms of stability. I’d still lean towards Android One though, solely because I find MIUI a tad too dull and boring

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

Special Features :-

Fingerprint Sensor
yes
Fingerprint Sensor Position Rear
Other Sensors
Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope

. Expert Review :-

4.5 /5

PROS

  • Fantastic selfie camera
  • Good performer
  • Good battery life
  • Latest Android software
CONS

  • Uninspiring design
  • The HD+ display could be a letdown
  • Sub-par rear cameras

. Verdict:-

The 3GB RAM variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 costs Rs 9,999 whereas the 4GB RAM variant will set interested folks back by Rs 12,999. For the price, the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is an excellent bang for the buck device which offers solid performance, good battery life, and a stunning selfie camera. Now, if you don`t prefer the smartphone`s HD+ display, then I`ll suggest you opt for the Redmi Note 5 (review) instead, which also retails for a similar price albeit comes with a sharper display and a bigger batt…

Buy For
  • Excellent set of cameras
  • Good expandable storage

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Smartphone 2018 Features, Specifications, Release Date, Price

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