comscore Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Review: For the Gen Y
BLA21 cibil.com ageas federal zee hindustan
Review

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Review: For the Gen Y

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is aimed at the younger audience who demand a superior selfie experience. But is it the best smartphone they can buy? Here’s our review.

xiaomi-redmi-y2-review-bgr-india-1

Photo Credit: Rehan Hooda


Xiaomi Redmi Y2 3.5 5
BGR Rating :
3.5/5

Highlights

  • The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is priced from Rs 9,999.

  • It is aimed at selfie lovers with a 16-megapixel AI-powered front camera.

  • It is available via Amazon India and mi.com.

Towards the end of last year, Xiaomi launched a new smartphone series in India called Redmi Y. As the company explained, this series catered to the young generation who crave for smartphones offering superior selfie experience. The first device in this series was the Redmi Y1. Today, Xiaomi has launched the second device in this new series dubbed Redmi Y2. Also Read - Redmi Note 10 tipped to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC: Check more details

Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Speaker 16W review: Good audio, great price

The Redmi Y2 is priced from Rs 9,999, and it will be going on sale via Amazon India and mi.com from June 12. While the new smartphone brings in a lot of changes internally and externally, the focus continues to be on offering a great selfie experience. I have spent the last few days using the device, and here s my review of the new Xiaomi Redmi Y2. Also Read - 108MP camera on Redmi Note 10, Realme 8 series? Don’t expect flagship camera performance

Familiar Design

The Redmi Y2 looks like the love child of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Just like on the Redmi Note 5, the front is quite plain with the tall 18:9 display dominating all the space.

The back panel, on the other hand, seems to have been completely borrowed from the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The placement of the vertically aligned dual-camera setup, fingerprint sensor, and the Mi logo do remind you of the more expensive Xiaomi device. While it may look like a metal body, the back panel is actually plastic that has been given a metallic finish. The overall design then is quite familiar, and there s not much to complain about.

Tall Display

As is the norm these days, the Redmi Y2 too flaunts a 5.99-inch screen with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. Though it runs at HD+ resolution, the display is quite decent in day-to-day usage. But there are certain limitations of an HD+ display, and you notice the lack of punch and vibrancy when looking at high definition photos or videos.

The tall display also means Xiaomi has opted against adding capacitive navigation buttons below the screen. Instead you can choose between on-screen buttons or Redmi Note 5-like full-screen gestures. While the gestures work as advertised, the experience is anything but smooth. Let s take the home screen gesture as an example. While swiping up from the bottom does take you to the homescreen, the execution is a tad jarring. The delay maybe less than a second, but it is noticeable during everyday use.

Watch: Gesture navigation on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Budget-level performance

Powering the Redmi Y2 is the capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM. Though it may be over two years old, the chipset continues to prove itself as a capable and efficient performer. It is popular with Xiaomi, and you can also find it powering the Redmi Note 5.

Real-life performance may not set benchmark charts on fire, but it is on par with what you expect from affordable devices. Apps open and close with ease, and multi-tasking too is handled well to an extent. It is only when playing graphic-intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery that you notice the internals struggling a bit.

The Redmi Y2 runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9.5. Xiaomi s UI has been vastly improved over time, and it is not as heavy as the previous versions. There are very few pre-installed apps, and most of them can be uninstalled as well. Apart from the gesture support, the smartphone also comes with Face Unlock. Despite the price segment, the feature works quite well, and there is very little delay between the phone recognizing your face and unlocking. Understandably, the only time it struggled was in dark-ish environments. But at these times, you can always go back to using the fingerprint sensor or the good old passcode.

Making sure everything ticks is a 3,000mAh battery underneath. On judicious usage, the battery is good enough to sail through the day on a single charge. But if you end up gaming quite a bit and use the camera, you will have to look for the charger in the evening. Xiaomi has bundled a 5V/2A charger, and the battery can be charged from zero to 100 percent at a shade under two hours. You don’t get the advantage of burst charging though.

All about the selfie

The Redmi Y2 is all about the selfies, and its Snapchat and Instagram-loving target audience. The Redmi Y2 features a 16-megapixel snapper up front with f/2.0 aperture, and a lamp flash. Unlike the Redmi Y1, the front camera on the new smartphone comes with a Portrait Mode, and AI-capabilities.

We clicked a lot of photos using the front camera, and the results are quite good. In ideal lighting conditions, the front camera is able to capture some really good photos showing plenty of details. The quality suffers a bit when indoors in ambient lighting conditions, but again it is understandable.

Taking things to the next level is the portrait mode. The smartphone uses software to blur the background, and more often than not the results are decent. But in some cases the blurring can get a bit aggressive, and it looks as if background has been blurred out with a brush. But considering we are talking about the budget segment here, the overall results are more than acceptable.

At the back, you get a dual-camera setup (12-megapixel+5-megapixel), which too is AI-driven, and gets its own Portrait mode. The quality of the photos clicked using the rear camera is again quite good in ideal lighting conditions. There is however a dip in quality indoors under ambient lighting conditions.

In portrait mode, the camera is able to click photos with just the right amount of blurring. But you do have to click multiple photos to get one right. Xiaomi says that the AI on both cameras monitors the photos you click, and claims the results will get better over time.

Verdict

Xiaomi has been quite clear about the kind of audience it is targeting with the Redmi Y2. Having used the phone, I must say it succeeds in catering to their needs. If you like clicking a lot of selfies, and sharing them on social media, the Redmi Y2 is the perfect smartphone for you.

At its price, it offers a good combination of performance and camera capabilities without forcing you to stretch your budget too much. Think of it as a device with the camera of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the performance and efficiency of the Redmi Note 5, and the build and affordability of the lower end of the Redmi range.

But with Xiaomi, it has become an unintended tradition where a new smartphone is near impossible to find in the initial days of launch. Chances are the same could be the case with the Redmi Y2 as well. If you are in urgent need of a smartphone, you will be better served by the Redmi Note 5, which is easier to buy right now. The smartphone may not have the AI-powered dual-camera setup, but it does come with a Full-HD+ display, and a bigger 4,000mAh battery.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel.
  • Published Date: June 15, 2018 9:39 AM IST
  • Updated Date: June 15, 2018 9:40 AM IST


You Might be Interested

Xiaomi Redmi Y1

8999

Buy Now
Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core Processor
13 MP with PDAF
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

9999

Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with MIUI 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor
12 MP with 5-element lens, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Xiaomi Redmi Y2

8999

Android Oreo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core
Dual Cameras - 12MP + 5MP
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

13999

Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core Processor
12 MP + 5 MP dual Camera

new arrivals in india

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

13,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

16,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

22,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Xiaomi Redmi 9A

6,799

Vivo Y20
Vivo Y20

12,990

Xiaomi Redmi 9
Xiaomi Redmi 9

8,999

Nokia 5.3
Nokia 5.3

13,999

Motorola Moto G9
Motorola Moto G9

11,499

Realme C15
Realme C15

9,999

Realme C12
Realme C12

8,999

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20

77,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

9,999

Oppo Reno4 Pro
Oppo Reno4 Pro

34,990

Samsung Galaxy M01 Core
Samsung Galaxy M01 Core

5,499

Realme 6i
Realme 6i

12,999

Asus Rog Phone 3
Asus Rog Phone 3

46,999

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord

24,999

Infinix Smart 4 Plus
Infinix Smart 4 Plus

7,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

11,999

Samsung Galaxy M01s
Samsung Galaxy M01s

9,999

Vivo X50 Pro 5G
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

49,990

Vivo X50 5G
Vivo X50 5G

34,990

Realme C11
Realme C11

7,499

Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro

13,999

Realme X3
Realme X3

24,999

Realme X3 SuperZoom
Realme X3 SuperZoom

27,999

Tecno Spark Power 2
Tecno Spark Power 2

9,999

Oppo A12
Oppo A12

9,990

Oppo A52
Oppo A52

16,990

Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Galaxy A21s

15,999

Oppo Find X2
Oppo Find X2

64,990

Motorola One Fusion Plus
Motorola One Fusion Plus

17,499

Samsung Galaxy A31
Samsung Galaxy A31

20,999

Samsung Galaxy M01
Samsung Galaxy M01

8,999

Samsung Galaxy M11
Samsung Galaxy M11

10,999

Infinix Hot 9 Pro
Infinix Hot 9 Pro

9,999

LG Velvet
LG Velvet

Price Not Available

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

Price Not Available

Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple iPhone SE 2020

42,500

Honor 30 Pro
Honor 30 Pro

Price Not Available

Best Sellers