Redmi Y2 Overall Review (Initial): is it Really a Good Selfie Phone as Promised?

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Xiaomi, adding a new smartphone in the list of its offerings, launched a new device – the Xiaomi Redmi Y2. It is launched in India in two variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM with 64GB ROM priced at ₹9,999 and ₹12,999 respectively. The USP of this handset is selfie. In fact, the Redmi Y series is a group of selfie centric devices. So, let’s see if it is a good one.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Specifications and Features

Display 5.99 inch IPS LCD HD+, 720x1440px, 18:9 Aspect Ratio
SoC & GPU Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Adreno 506
OS & RAM Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 9.5) | 3GB or 4GB
Storage 32GB or 64GB | Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD
Rear Camera 12MP (f/2.2, PDAF) + 5MP, LED Flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery Li-Po 3,080 mAh

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Redmi Y2 Design and Build Quality

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 follows the latest trend. I mean that iPhone X-like style on the rear. Having metallic body, the handset has round edges. One thing might be annoying is its camera bump. Even after using a case, it is highly possible to get scratches on camera glass. Anyway, the fingerprint sensor is placed traditionally in the middle.

Coming to the front, the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 has 18:9 aspect ratio-equipped display which means you get a bigger display in a compact size. But, the handset does have considerable bezels on at the top and the bottom of the display. On the right edge, you get volume rockers and power button whereas the sim tray is on the left edge.

Overall, the build quality is good as usual and the phone isn’t that big.

Redmi Y2 Design

Redmi Y2 Display

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 features a HD+ display which means if you have a full HD display-equipped phone, you will see the pixelation when you look at a full HD photos or videos. Anyway, the display is really bright and can be operated under direct sunlight. The vibrancy is also good and colors look good however, it is not very sharp.

Redmi Y2 Display

Redmi Y2 Software and Hardware Performance

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The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 runs MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Clearly, the showcased unit wasn’t running the final build. Probably that’s why the lag was seen (in MIUI) on 3GB RAM variant. I hope this would be fixed in the retail unit.

Coming to the hardware, the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB and 4GB of RAM. We have seen this configuration of Redmi Note 5 and the performance might also be identical. We couldn’t do gaming and marathon test but normal operations were being handled by this device normally.

We will do the heavy gaming and other performance related test very soon. Wait for our in-depth article.

Redmi Y2 Camera Samples
Readmi Y2 Camera Interface

Redmi Y2 Camera

Starting with rear cameras’ initial test, I am pretty much satisfied with Redmi Y2. Photos taken from rear cameras look good. It has good colors and sharpness. In this price range, I think it is better than Redmi 5. Anyway, coming to the Portrait mode, it is very good at identifying the primary object and then keep it in focus while blurring the background effectively.

And now comes the selfie camera which I was excited for. The handset has AI-powered Auto HDR, Beauty Mode and Portrait Selfie. The company does have added multiple AI-powered features but it seems it is just to lure customers. The front facing camera isn’t what Xiaomi claims it to be.

Its AI-powered Auto-HDR overexposes the light part of image. If you are shooting under direct sunlight, you can even see flares. Talking about Beauty Mode which is also powered by AI, it is so extreme that it completely wipes out the facial contours (much like the Honor-branded phones). It is disappointing because previous Xiaomi-branded phones were able to maintain the facial contours in beauty mode.

Same is the case with Portrait Selfie. The performance is acceptable if you are taking a selfie alone but if you are taking a group selfie, the camera struggles to identify the object and blur the edges. Anyway, we can’t make the final decision right now as it is running BETA version of software. We will see it in the retail unit. Wait for our in-depth review.

Credit: Tech2 Photo Labs

Our Verdict

For this price, I think it has a decent camera and the performance will be improved in retail unit. It has a sturdy design though the camera bump might be an issue. One thing I am not liking is its 720 pixel display but it is fine if you are not so much concerned about it. In this price range, it has the best processor. The performance will be decent if you are a moderate user.

So, overall, we think that it is a decent phone but as you know we don’t give them the crown of pride so easily, we are going to put this handset against several smartphones in this price range and see if it is really worth its price.

Redmi Y2 design and build quality

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