Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Y3 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Y3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)  Xiaomi Redmi Y3 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 8A Xiaomi Redmi Y3
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Excellence Score
25.5
27.9
Value for Money Score
82.1
82.8
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.22 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #49 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-C USB
Primary Camera 12MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Sony IMX363 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, Dual PDAF, 6P Lens 12MP: 1.25um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Face recognition, AI Beautify 4.0, AI Scene detection
Secondary Camera 8MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.25 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, Palm shutter, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, EIS
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.4 mm 8.47 mm
Weight 188 gm 180 gm
Width 75.4 mm 75.6 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 52.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Recording Time: upto 6 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 10 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 9 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 41 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unlike earlier entry-level Xiaomi phones, this one packs a trendy thin-bezel, tear-drop notch design
  • Excellent construction and tactile feedback
  • The matte finish at the back feels reassuring in the hands, and gives a good grip to the phone
  • Fairly manageable weight-wise at 188g, which is commendable since it packs a large 5000 mAh battery
  • Splash resistant
  • Good, vivid display - one of the better ones in the entry segment - watching movies is an enjoyable experience
  • Packs Gorilla glass 5 protection, which is a huge bonus in this price segment
  • MIUI is a pretty refined and feature packed Android skin - some of the key add-ons include dual apps, second space, in-built call recording and the option to tweak the app icons
  • Dependable performance backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa core processor - daily use is pretty smooth (though of course this phone is not really meant for high-end PUBG sort of gaming)
  • Pretty decent camera quality (front and back) for the price bracket
  • Daylight shots come out reasonably well in bright conditions - AI & HDR help in other conditions
  • Thanks to Dual PD auto focus, it can focus on objects quickly
  • Macro shots are good with good amount of details
  • Portrait mode is decent too
  • The 8-megapixel front camera is ok too - portrait for front camera uses software-based blur, and the edge detection is decent
  • Uses the modern USB-C standard, a first for this price segment
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000mAH battery combined with a 720p display - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • 18W fast charging support, which is again really commendable for this price point (though only a 10W charger is included in the box)
  • Redmi 8A is another excellent entry-level phone from the Xiaomi camp - it will be an especially good option if battery life is very important to you
  • Striking back panel design, with some beautiful color plays
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Splash resistant P2i nano coating
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works well
  • Face recognition works well too (though it isn't as quick as the solution offered by Realme)
  • Nice, modern, dewdrop notch display - the colours and viewing angles are decent, and sunlight legibility is good too
  • Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs and packs many customization options, as well as support for navigation gestures
  • Decent performance backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC - day to day performance is smooth and switching between apps is quick - gaming performance is decent too, as long as you stick to casual titles
  • The highlight of the Redmi Y3 is, of course, it's 32MP selfie camera, which, on the whole, does very well, and gives the best selfie camera for this price bracket
  • Xiaomi has smartly used a 4-in-1 oversampling technique that saves an 8-megapixel image by default (you can, however, shoot using the full 32-megapixel resolution using a toggle in the viewfinder)
  • The selfies come our pretty sharp as expected, but the real difference shows up in low-light selfie photography, where the Redmi Y3 captures more details - and in pitch darkness too, the powerful flash of the Redmi Y3 is significantly better than the competition
  • There are also selfie-centric features like Palm Shutter, which counts down to release the shutter when it detects your palm
  • and Group Selfie, which takes multiple photos and combines them to try to create a frame in which everyone looks good
  • Decent dual rear camera setup too (though low light performance is just average)
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will easily manage a day and a half (and up to 2 days for lighter usage)
  • The Redmi Y3 is a solid option if you find yourself obsessively taking pictures of yourself for Instagram throughout the day - and need the best budget selfie camera - and care less about gaming performance, or having a sharp display
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Xiaomi has added a Redmi logo on the lower bezel and that feels like a bit of an overkill given there is Redmi already engraved on the back
  • Face unlock is a bit slow/inconsistent at times (and there is no fingerprint sensor)
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as stock (or stock-like) Android phones - very few custom skins are - and like other recent Xiaomi phones, does have plenty of ads (you can disable them though)
  • While the overall camera quality is decent, it's a notch behind its main competitor, the Realme C2, which packs a better dual rear camera setup
  • A bit bulky and chunky at 180g weight and 8.47mm thickness
  • The glossy finish on the back and sides means, of course, means that it does attract fingerprints and smudges very easily
  • Ads and pre-installed bloatware continues to be an issue though (while ads can be disabled but the process is complicated and not many people are likely to end up following it)
  • Overall performance isn’t very competitive though for this price bracket, which now has many phones with better SoCs
  • On the other hand, if you are looking for better all-rounder phones, you should consider the Redmi Note 7 or Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 - both phones have better displays, more powerful processors, and slightly better rear cameras
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a budget smartphone or a low-cost secondary device, the Redmi 8A is a solid phone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget blockbuster
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Incredible value at an incredible price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good option for those looking to get a stylish budget phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Worth recommending
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone in this price bracket, but only if you don't mind ads
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best phone in its segment. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking to upgrade from an older budget phone or are a first-time smartphone user, the Redmi 8A is totally worth it
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great buy for the price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Very good value
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. Many of the other options you could buy at this price offer more powerful specifications, but you might still prefer the Redmi Y3 just for its selfie camera
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Strictly for those who need a good selfie camera and dedicated SIM slots...otherwise go for the Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Note 7S
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A well-rounded package...But consider it only if you are more into selfies
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A robust budget smartphone for your selfie needs
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A no-brainer if you're looking for a device with an impressive selfie camera...but if selfie clicking is not the thing for you, then there are better options
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are looking for a phone with the best possible selfie camera in this price bracket, go for the Redmi Y3
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Bang for your buck
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
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