Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 7A, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Huawei Honor 7A  Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Huawei Honor 7A Xiaomi Redmi Y2
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Excellence Score
21.9
31.8
Value for Money Score
65.2
84.3
Price ₹ 9,498 onwards ₹ 9,445 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Sunlight display, Reading mode, Colour temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #71 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Portrait mode, HDR, Panorama, Low light enhancement, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture 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 256 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 7.8 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 150 gm 170 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Karaoke Mode; Party Mode; Noise Filtration Full-screen Gestures; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good looks, good hand-feel, and an ergonomic design
  • Decent fingerprint sensor at the back
  • Also supports face unlock system which works consistently after a remarkably quick enrolment process
  • Modern 18:9 'FullView' display results in a pleasantly manageable phone, despite its 5.7-inch display
  • Decent dual camera setup at the rear - can take good shots in daylight
  • Decent front camera too (you might want to turn off the beauty mode though, as it's too aggressive)
  • Good battery life - should comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Dedicated microSD slot and dual SIM slots
  • 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]
  • It's an all-plastic build, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that the phone lacks the premium touch of some of the metal phones in this price bracket
  • The display is decent, but certainly could have done with a higher resolution and better outdoor visibility
  • EMUI is not the most refined skin for Android, and comes bundled with plenty of bloatware too (although it does offer plenty of customization)
  • The performance of the phone is ok in day-to-day use, but with the budget Snapdragon 430 at the core, you certainly shouldn't expect very good gaming performance
  • No support for fast charging
  • Supports the old microUSB port instead of the modern USB-C
  • On the whole, the Honor 7A is a pretty solid phone when judged on its own, but it will face some very tough competition from Redmi 5 in this price bracket, which has, among other things, a significantly more powerful processor
  • The display is good, but its resolution could have been higher
Expert Reviews
  1. It's inexpensive, but we wouldn't call it a bargain
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 7A simply doesn’t provide enough of an improvement over its predecessor, let alone a credible alternative to its entry-level rivals.
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Good-looking budget phone, but there are some misses
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Jack of all trades....should definitely be on your list if you're out to buy a new budget phone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. recombu.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  11. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  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
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
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