Xiaomi is a very popular phone brand in India, and they have started entering the Nigerian market slowly and gradually. A little bit of planning would make them successfully sweep Nigerians off their feet! Here, I would be doing a review of the latest Xiaomi Y2 and I would love you to examine this phone with me as we go on!
Xiaomi has announced the Redmi Y2 at an event in India. Although the device is launching just six months after the debut of the Xiaomi Redmi Y1, the Y2 isn’t a mid-cycle refresh. It offers comprehensive upgrades in key areas, including an 18:9 panel, Snapdragon 625, and dual rear cameras. Key highlights of the Redmi Y2 include a vertical dual camera setup at the back, an AI-powered 16-megapixel selfie camera, Face Unlock capabilities, and an 18:9 display. Borrowing specifications and design elements from China’s Redmi S2, the Redmi Y2 will be available in India in Dark Grey, Rose Gold, and Gold colour variants.
The phone has the following features
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Specifications
|Xiaomi Redmi Y2|
|Display||5.99-inch HD+ (1440 x 720)|
18:9 aspect ratio
450 nits brightness
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625; up to 2.0GHz|
Adreno 506 GPU
14nm FinFET technology
Supports microSD card up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||12MP + 5MP|
1.25μm pixel size
79.8° wide-angle lens
LED Selfie Light
|Software||MIUI 9.5 with Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Dimensions and weight||160.73 x 77.26 x 8.1mm|
Features of Xiaomi Redmi Y2
In terms of optics, the Redmi Y2 sports a vertically stacked dual camera setup on the back, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that come with a 1.25 micron pixel size and AI-based capabilities. On the front, the phone gets a 16-megapixel selfie Super Pixel sensor.
The 16MP front camera of this smartphone uses pixel binning to produce more detailed photos, and one feature I’m excited about is face unlock. Xiaomi is upfront about the fact that its face unlock tech isn’t as secure as using a PIN, and there were a few times where the system failed in low-light conditions. That said, it is a convenient feature addition that works great for the most part. The dual camera sensor is arrayed vertically, and like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, it looks a lot like the iPhone X. Although the phone has dual 12MP + 5MP sensors — with the secondary camera facilitating portrait mode — the feature is still finicky. The primary camera has received an upgrade, and the larger 1.25um pixel size lets in more light, leading to better photos in daylight conditions. The following pictures were taken with the phone:
Xiaomi Y2 sports a 3080mAh battery, MicroUSB charging, and fast charging is limited to 5V/2A.
You’ll still get a day’s worth of usage with ease, and more often than not the Redmi Y2 will be able to deliver a two-day battery life.
Processor, RAM & Memory
The dual-SIM (Nano) runs MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.99-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio, pixel density of 269ppi, 450nits maximum brightness, and full screen gestures. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC (up to 2GHz), paired with an Adreno 506 GPU and 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.
I’ve lost count of the number of devices Xiaomi has released that were powered by the Snapdragon 625 — it’s very clear that the company favors the chipset for its balance of performance and efficiency.
The Redmi Y2 will go up for sale exclusively on Amazon India, with the 3GB/32GB set to cost ₹9,999 rupees (equivalent to N53,512 naira). The 4GB/64GB option will be available for ₹12,999. (which is N69,567naira). It is worth its cost.
Pictures of Xiaomi Redmi Y2