Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Xiaomi Redmi Y2
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Excellence Score
23.2
35.1
Value for Money Score
66.4
80.4
Price ₹ 9,899 onwards ₹ 12,284 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2017 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 245 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Night Display mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment 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 435Ranked #68 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 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 Autofocus (PDAF), Low Light Enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters 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 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 76.4-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Automatic HDR, Bokeh Effect, Beautify 4.0, 79.8° wide-angle Lens
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 153 gm 170 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3080 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 32.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Gaming: 12 hrs, Navigation: 15 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 75 hrs, Reading Time: 21 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; Full-screen Gestures; WiFi Display; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design, similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 4 - good build quality too, though its based on plastic
  • Fast and conveniently located fingerprint scanner
  • Decent 5.5 inch display with 2.5D curved Corning GorillaGlass for protection - colour reproduction is accurate and viewing angles are quite good - you can also tweak the display by changing the colour temperature and contrast to suit your taste
  • MIUI is one of the better Android skins offering plenty of themes/flexibility
  • Some of the added features include Dual Apps (which lets you create two instances of an app on the phone so you can have two instances of apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and others) and a "reading" mode
  • Reliable performance with proven hardware - provides a decent lag free experience throughout, the phone is quick to launch apps, and it can multitask with several apps running, without killing background processes - overall the performance is similar to the Redmi 4 which has pretty much the same hardware
  • The highlight of the Y1 are its 16-megapixel front-facing camera and diffused selfie flash, along with beauty modes - the front camera works pretty well - and is arguably the best selfie camera in this price bracket
  • If you're in the market specifically looking for a selfie-centric phone and you're on a tight budget, the Redmi Y1 makes for a pretty solid option
  • The speaker on the right grill is pretty loud (though it is also easy to muffle when holding the phone in landscape mode)
  • Fairly light at 153g
  • Dedicated Dual SIM slots and microSD slot (as opposed to the Hybrid slot on the likes of the Redmi Note 4)
  • Premium looking build, and aesthetically done design - the Redmi Y2 looks like the love child of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro (although the build here is all-plastic)
  • 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)
  • Nice, modern 5.99-inch screen with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 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 very 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
  • Very good audio quality and speaker loudness
  • 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]
  • Plastic based construction (versus the metal build for the Redmi 4, or the Redmi Note 4)
  • The rear camera is pretty average - while photos taken in daylight have decent amounts of detail and accurate colours, low light performance is poor - the output is grainy and you will need a steady hand to take usable photos
  • Battery life could be better - the phone will last the day with moderate use - but its closest cousin, the Redmi 4 performs much better with a higher capacity battery
  • On the whole, the biggest competition for the Redmi Y1 is Xiaomi's own Redmi 4 - both phones are priced similarly and have similar core hardware, but the Redmi 4 gets a much bigger battery in a more compact metal body, while the Redmi Y1 has a bigger screen and front flash - if you are selfie-obsessed, the Redmi Y1 might make sense, but for other users, the Redmi 4 might be a slightly better all-round device - and if you can go a little higher on the budget, the Redmi Note 4 is the gold standard
  • The display is good, but its resolution could have been higher
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  1. Xiaomi did it again - made a budget phone worth buying without giving it a second thought
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Selfies are the highlight of this smartphone...delivers good shots in various lighting conditions
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Caters well to the selfie-loving crowd
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A reliable all-rounder with a strong focus on the imaging prowess
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. Like the predecessor, the new Xiaomi Redmi Y2 redefines the budget selfie phone category
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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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