Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Review: A Good All Rounder


When Xiaomi first entered the Indian market, it got here with a special strategy. In contrast to most firms (at the moment) that had been investing closely in mainstream promoting and advertising, Xiaomi used some not-so-traditional strategies to get to its viewers. And the massive factor? It labored! However after being the flagbearer for the non-mainstream advertising strategies, Xiaomi then appeared to resort to the old-fashioned strategies of communication. Final 12 months, the corporate launched the Redmi Y1, a selfie-centric budget-friendly smartphone which was not solely marketed closely but in addition employed a excessive profile Bollywood actress, Katrina Kaif to endorse. Now the Chinese language model has launched the successor of the Redmi Y1, the Redmi Y2. And the strategy stays the identical: it’s selfie centric and finances pleasant. As to simply how nicely it does, allow us to discover out. Appears higher than the Observe 5 Professional! The world of expertise is now obsessive about two main issues: a tall 18:9 facet ratio show and set of twin cameras and guess what? The Redmi Y2 brings each to the desk. The entrance of the smartphone is majorly lined by a 5.99-inch HD+ show with an 18:9 facet ratio and display decision of 1440 x 720 pixels. Though the show of the smartphone is pretty shiny and responsive, it seemed a bit washed out to us and the colours didn’t appear very deep. It could be sporting a tall show however the Y2 additionally carries some very outstanding bezels round it. The one above the show holds the front-facing digicam, the earpiece, LED flash and proximity sensor (nope, no notch), whereas the chin stays naked. There are on-screen buttons for navigation however if you need the complete expertise, you may simply dump them and may use Xiaomi’s all display gestures to seek out your method round. The entrance of the system could look very primary, however the firm has spent a while engaged on the again. It comes with a high-quality polycarbonate physique with brushed metallic end (we acquired the gold unit), curves outwards and has a vertically positioned capsule-shaped digicam unit on the highest left, like those we now have seen on the Redmi Observe 5 Professional – and sure, similar to it does on that system, the digicam unit juts out right here as nicely. If you happen to transfer a bit on the suitable from there and barely down south, you will see the marginally recessed round fingerprint scanner, accented with the identical shade however only a tad extra shiny. Close to the bottom, the corporate has positioned a shiny, metallic Xiaomi emblem. The antenna bands close to the highest and the bottom will not be common straight lined antenna bands however curve on the edges and are current principally for the aesthetics, on condition that community reception shouldn’t be a difficulty by way of a polycarbonate again anyhow. In contrast to on the Redmi Observe 5 and Nore 5 Professional, the show doesn’t sit flush with the physique, however as an alternative protrudes out from the body, one thing you’d notice solely if you maintain the system in hand. The left facet carries the SIM card and microSD card tray (there’s a devoted area for a microSD card – no hybrid SIM slots) whereas the suitable facet carries the quantity rockers and the facility/lock button. The highest of the smartphone homes the three.5mm audio jack and the infrared port whereas the bottom sports activities the speaker grille and the micro-USB port.

The system measures 160.73 x 77.26 x eight.10 mm and weighs 170 grams. And though the show on the display is taller than the same old ones, the corporate has probably not executed any additional work in minimizing the bezels across the smartphone which helps it land within the large cellphone zone and makes it a bit tough for use by a single hand. That mentioned, we predict the smartphone nonetheless appears higher than one of many firm’s hottest units, the Observe 5 Professional, due to that again, regardless of being plastic. It feels stable sufficient too, though there isn’t any water and dirt resistance. A gradual performer Within the efficiency division, the Redmi Y2 packs good numbers for its value. The smartphone is powered by the good-old Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with three GB RAM and 32 GB storage expandable as much as 256 GB. There’s a four GB/ 64 GB model accessible as nicely. We had no issues whereas leaping from one utility to a different and multitasking on the system was completely glitch-free. The smartphone additionally breezed by way of all our routine everyday enterprise. From social media to texting, to scrolling by way of basic apps, the system moved easily, though there have been instances when a number of apps like Google Drive crashed abruptly. The Y2 was a typically good performer within the informal gaming division as nicely. We tried video games like Subway Surfer, Temple Run 2 on the smartphone and the expertise remained clean. However a number of lags appeared as soon as we entered the high-end gaming zone. We performed video games like NFS No Limits and Asphalt Xtreme and the stutters began to point out. And whereas the frequency of the lags was not very excessive, Asphalt Xtreme did crash a few instances. A gaming beast that is. Not. The audio on the Y2 is fairly first rate as nicely. The speaker shouldn’t be tremendous clear or loud however is certainly good for its value. The smartphone additionally comes with a Face Unlock function which works very nicely. It unlocks the system at virtually all instances and in contrast to some (even high-end) units that unlock even when your eyes are closed, the Y2 asks you to open eyes a bit wider with the intention to unlock the system when your eyes are shut. Though whereas registering the face information, the digicam takes a number of seconds to load. In truth, the digicam UI had the utmost lags as in comparison with different apps in our utilization. The fingerprint scanner works very nicely and is fairly correct and tremendous quick. The decision high quality on the system scores nicely and we didn’t face any abrupt name drop points throughout our evaluate. AI meets for some digicam magic This is without doubt one of the extra necessary chapters within the Redmi Y2 story: the cameras. The smartphone homes a twin digicam setup on the again which has a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash. The 12-megapixel sensor is the principle sensor of the 2. On the entrance, the system sports activities a 16-megapixel sensor with LED flash, giving it the “selfie cellphone” standing. The corporate claims to have additionally bundled each back and front cameras with synthetic intelligence with the intention to produce higher outcomes. When it comes to efficiency, Xiaomi has undoubtedly paired each and software program muscle within the Y2’s cameras. And in contrast to the Y1, which was primarily concerning the selfie digicam, right here the rear cameras truly steal the present. The smartphone performs impressively whereas taking footage open air. The colours captured in ample mild are typically very near the true colours of the actual setting. The system scores nicely within the element segments in addition to it captures a superb quantity of element, particularly in good lighting situations. The smartphone takes good panorama footage however takes even higher close-ups or portrait footage by way of each shade and particulars. You might need to regulate your distance from the topic whereas taking close-ups because the cellphone struggles to give attention to the topic right away however as soon as you work that out, it turns into a cake stroll, and the outcomes are definitely worth the effort. Whereas the smartphone does portrait photographs nicely even in regular mode, the Portrait mode on the system is the cherry on the cake. You may really feel it’s not doing its job nicely initially whereas viewing your picture by way of the viewfinder however as soon as it lands within the gallery and takes that cut up second it must load, the outcomes are excellent. The sides of the topic are nicely outlined and the bokeh is deep. Sure, it may be a bit off typically however this greater than typically bang on. Maybe that is the magic of the AI as the corporate claims it really works behind the scenes to separate the foreground from the background. (Observe: Click on right here for full decision footage of the samples shared beneath.) That mentioned, the smartphone struggles to take photographs of shifting objects and can’t deal with glare very nicely both. Zooming in additionally invitations lots of noise. One other drawback that we confronted with the Y2’s digicam was that though the smartphone produced nice colours when an image was taken open air, when inside, the colours produced had been typically on the hotter facet. Transferring on to the entrance dealing with digicam which is without doubt one of the USPs of the smartphone— the 16-megapixel digicam didn’t disappoint us but it surely didn’t excite us both. It produces satisfactory selfies which have a little bit of element however like many selfie cameras on this value bracket, the digicam on the Y2 additionally tends to melt up strains and marks, even with magnificence mode off. That mentioned, the depth impact mode of the entrance digicam works exceptionally nicely and undoubtedly helps the topic stand out by blurring out the background nicely. Sure, it’s a good selfie digicam however we had been extra impressed by its siblings on the rear. The digicam UI can be loaded with filters and modes, due to Xiaomi’s in-house MIUI. It comes with varied modes like Portrait, Sq., Quick, Panorama amongst others however nonetheless stays largely uncomplicated. An outdated chip delivers good battery life The Redmi Y2 is powered by a three,000 mAh battery, which might simply see off a day of professional quality work. However in case you resolve to simply throw the same old social networking, texting, pictures, and multitasking on the system, it can simply final for a day and a half. Spectacular for a three,000 mAh cellphone with an 18:9 show? Effectively, quite a bit the credit score for that goes to the Snapdragon 625 processor. Some may contemplate it to be an outdated chip however its energy administration expertise are fairly well-known. A little bit of credit score additionally goes to the HD+ show which clearly drains lesser battery as in comparison with what full HD+ show would. On the UI entrance, the Redmi Y2 runs on Android eight.1.zero topped with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.5. MIUI 9.5 is usually clean and the smartphone feels snappy sufficient. The UI is clear and uncomplicated. The cellphone is loaded with Xiaomi’s apps and there are a number of third celebration apps preloaded on the smartphone (PhonePe, Fb, Amazon, Netflix and Microsoft Workplace apps) however as a result of they’re all segmented nicely, and the UI doesn’t really feel claustrophobic or intimidating. Can sail easily even towards robust competitors At Rs 9,999 for the three GB/ 32 GB variant (and Rs 12,999 for the four GB/ 64 GB one), the Redmi Y2 positions itself as one of the crucial inexpensive selfie centric smartphones round however truly comes throughout as an excellent all-rounder. The smartphone ticks all of the necessary bins — good design, commendable cameras, first rate battery life and customarily clean efficiency, and delivers all of those at a value that’s in greatest Xiaomi custom, very pocket-friendly. Sure, it faces quite a bit competitors from the likes of the lately launched Honor 7A, Honor 7C, newcomers like Mobiistar XQ Twin and Realme 1, and to not neglect its personal cousin the Redmi Observe 5 which provides the next decision show and larger battery on the similar value, however the Redmi Y2 undoubtedly appears able to taking them on, if not beating them. Its selfie digicam could be within the limelight, however make no mistake, there may be way more to the Y2 than simply selfie snaps.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2

Rs eight,999


Good Battery Life
Easy Efficiency
Good Cameras


Barely washed out show

Very distinct bezels

Plastic Construct

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