As the year changed, Xiaomi has also made some changes. Now we have Redmi Y2. Coming with new hardware, Redmi Y2 is the best selfie smartphone in the budget range? Let’s know…
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Design
Redmi Y2 You will realize that it has been kept updated over time. It looks like Redmi S2 which was launched in the Chinese market. It has a 5.99-inch display on the front and a dual camera module on the back, redmi note 5 pro like. Plastic has been mainly used to make Redmi Y2. Due to the 18: 9 aspect ratio display, it is tall and also a bit narrow.
Like the recent phones from Xiaomi, 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 position of the buttons in Redmi Y2 is correct. The power and volume buttons on the right can be easily used. The phone has a Micro-USB port. It has grills on both sides. But only the right one has loudspeaker. 3.5mm headphone jack, IR emitter and secondary microphone are on top.
Flip the phone, you will see dual camera setup and fingerprint sensor. Xiaomi has also provided an antenna line which is at the top and bottom of the phone.
Redmi Y2 weighs 170 grams and its thickness is 8.1 mm. The battery is of 3080 mAh which Xiaomi has claimed for a day’s battery life. A 10 W charger is provided with the phone. There is no information about quick charging support. Like other Xiaomi smartphones, the retail box of the Redmi Y2 includes the phone, charger, micro-USB cable and a cover.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Specs, Features and Software
Xiaomi is known for offering strong hardware and the Redmi Y2 is no exception. The reliable Snapdragon 625 processor has been given in Redmi Y2. The clock speed of this octa-core processor is 2 GHz. There are two variants of the smartphone – 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+ resolution and the aspect ratio is 18: 9. There is a slight upgrade in this department as compared to the Redmi Y1. Viewing angles of the display are good. Neutral color output is available, you will get the facility to tweak it according to your liking. The display is a bit reflective and it is a bit difficult to read on it outdoors. Redmi Y2 is a dual sim device. There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G and VoLTE.
Two cameras have been given on the back of this phone. The primary sensor is of 12 megapixels and the secondary sensor is of 5 megapixels. Xiaomi has given a 16-megapixel camera on the front panel which comes with selfie light.
In Redmi Y2 you will get Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.5 OS. It is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. You’ll find Xiaomi’s UI customizations like second space, dual apps, and theme support. You’ll 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 our faces from different angles. During setup, a message came that someone else can unlock the device with your photo. After setting up, we used Face Unlock. We found that the face recognition was very slow and not accurate either. Looking at its performance, we would suggest you to use the fingerprint sensor only.
Along with some Mi apps, Xiaomi has also given other apps in this phone. You will also find some Google apps. With this, apps like Facebook, Amazon, PhonePe, Netflix and NewsPoint will be pre-installed. Well, we didn’t need storage. In 32 GB storage variant, you will get 22 GB storage for use. You can uninstall most of these apps if you want.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Performance, Cameras and Battery Life
The Snapdragon 625 is a reliable processor that has been a part of many popular Xiaomi phones. We did not have any complaints about its performance during use. It handles multitasking firmly. Switching between apps was quite smooth. We have reviewed the 3 GB RAM variant which gave good results in the benchmark test.
Battery performance depends on your usage. If you use the phone to make a few phone calls or spend some time on Facebook and WhatsApp, the battery will support you throughout the day. If you start playing games on the phone then there is a drop in battery life. While playing games like Clash Royale, we found that the battery drains more quickly. However, the battery lasted for 14 hours and 46 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is commendable. 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 lets you record 10 seconds of video. Apart from this, there is video mode and portrait mode. There’s 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 hold the phone in portrait mode.
Selfie is the most important feature of this smartphone and Redmi Y2 does well in this department. It can detect multiple faces while taking selfies and does the necessary beautification enhancements. We found that the phone tends to overexpose some selfies in the outdoors. Selfie light activates in low light conditions.
We are satisfied with the pictures taken with the Redmi Y2 in daylight. Landscape shots come with a lot of detail. The Y2 Colors also captures very well. MacOS shots are sharp, but it takes some time for the phone to focus according to your desire. We have also used Portrait mode which gets the depth of field effect with the help of secondary sensor. The quality of pictures in Portrait mode largely depends on the background of the subject. If an object is very close to the subject, then there is a problem with edge detection. If the background is clean, then the Redmi Y2 produces good usable pictures.
Low light shots require steady hands, as the camera slows down the shutter speed to capture more light. We also found that the details fall short in landscape shots. You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels from the rear camera. The quality remains 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 dependable hardware that provides the best user experience with MIUI 9.5. Camera performance is good in daylight but falls short in low light. Selfie is the specialty of this smartphone and in this department, the Y2 delivers strong performance in every situation.
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