Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5S, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Motorola Moto G5S  Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Motorola Moto G5S Xiaomi Redmi Y2
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Excellence Score
28.3
35.1
Value for Money Score
77.6
87.9
Price ₹ 9,179 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 245 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Sunlight display, Reading mode, Colour temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus (PDAF), Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion Video Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Portrait mode, HDR, Panorama, Low light enhancement, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Wide-angle Lens, Professional mode, Beautification Mode F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Automatic HDR, Bokeh Effect, Beautify 4.0, 79.8° wide-angle Lens
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 157 gm 170 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging): 5 hrs of power in 15 mins; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; Full-screen Gestures; WiFi Display; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • All-metal body with a nice finish - a big improvement from the polycarbonate used on the Moto G5
  • Fingerprint reader works flawlessly
  • Water-repellent nano-coating for protection against accidental splashes
  • Pretty light at 157g for a metal phone, and also more ergonomic than it's larger cousin the Moto G5S Plus - making it easier to use with one hand
  • Decent display with good viewing angles
  • Like other Moto phones, the Moto G5S Plus uses a virtually untouched version of Android rather than a custom interface - keeping things nice and simple
  • The simple but useful Moto add-ons remain of course, including the Moto Display (ambient display notifications), and added gesture support
  • Decent performance - the phone handles everyday tasks smoothly, and doesn't feel like a slouch
  • Decent rear camera - details are preserved well in outdoor shots - and it does a good job with macro shots too
  • Decent front camera too
  • Solid speaker - its pretty loud and has the extra shot of lower-frequency power needed in a tiny speaker to avoid sounding reedy and harsh
  • Good battery life - comfortably lasts the work day even with heavy use - it is even better than the already good battery life of the Moto G5S Plus, because of the smaller display
  • Fast charging support - full charge takes 60-70 minutes
  • Premium build, and aesthetically done design - the Redmi Y2 looks like the love child of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Nice, modern 5.99-inch screen with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Also has 'Face Unlock' which works reasonably well, and there is very little delay between the phone recognising 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)
  • MIUI has been vastly improved over time, and is not as heavy as the previous versions - it is also one of the most refined, aesthetic Android UIs
  • Powering the Redmi Y2 is the solid, capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset (same as the Redmi Note 5) - and it ensures good performance in all but the most demanding use cases
  • The USP of the Redmi Y2 is of course the very good, AI-infused selfie camera, that also does Portrait mode - the results come out quite good, especially in good lighting conditions
  • The rear dual-camera setup (12-megapixel+5-megapixel), which too is AI-driven, is pretty decent too in good lighting conditions - in portrait mode, the camera is able to click photos with just the right amount of blurring
  • Good battery life - during regular use, the battery is good enough to sail through the day on a single charge
  • Decent charging speed (though there is no fast charging) - the battery can be charged from zero to 100 percent at a shade under two hours
  • On the whole, if you like clicking a lot of selfies, and sharing them on social media, the Redmi Y2 is the perfect smartphone in the budget range - you can 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 - it is a worthy alternative especially to the Redmi Note 5 (the Redmi Note 5 has better battery life, and better screen resolution, but the Redmi Y2 has the better camera)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The displays is decent but reflective, and so tends to struggle under direct sunlight
  • The rear camera does not do as well with landscapes, and indoor shots
  • The bundled headset is pretty average
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
  • The display is good, but its resolution could have been higher
Expert Reviews
  1. Motorola’s budget phones are always solid and reliable, but the Moto G5S adds a hint of premium glamour to the package with an all-metal body
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are a Moto fan then the Moto G5S Plus or Moto G5S should surely appeal to you as they look great and offer all the bells and whistles one expects at their prices
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Selfies are the highlight of this smartphone...delivers good shots in various lighting conditions
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Caters well to the selfie-loving crowd
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you like clicking a lot of selfies, and sharing them on social media, the Redmi Y2 is the perfect smartphone for you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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  11. If you are seeking good camera performance fused in a package that is overall a great daily driver, then look no further
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