Sunday Talk: Let’s Discuss About the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 and its Pricing

Xiaomi has been so successful in the last 18 months, especially after the launch of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Chinese brand managed to sell 9.4 million units of Redmi Note 4 in India within a year. 2017 will be considered as the best year for Xiaomi in India as almost all their smartphones did equally well at the market, except the high-end Mi Mix 2 and Redmi Y1 Lite. Xiaomi has launched its fourth smartphone of 2018 in India a couple of days ago- the Redmi Y2. The Redmi Y2 is the fifth Xiaomi smartphone to offer the Snapdragon 625 chipset in India, after the Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, Mi A1 and Redmi Note 5.


As always, the Redmi Y2 is priced aggressively in the country and it gives a tough fight to the competition and Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5. Specifications wise, the Redmi Y2 has a 5.99-inch HD+ display- not the Full HD+ one as the Redmi Note 5. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, mated with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. It has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Here comes the real deal with the Redmi Y2. The phone packs dual rear camera setup and a whopping 16MP front-facing with various AI features on board. The Redmi Y2 boasts a 12MP primary sensor at the back with f/2.2 aperture, 1.25?m and PDAF. It’s paired with a 5MP depth sensor. The rear camera also offers Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS). To the front, Xiaomi has added a 16MP shooter, which is being marred with various AI features. In fact, Xiaomi is calling the smartphone as ‘AI-Selfie superstar.’

Moving on, we have a 3080mAh battery, MIUI 9.5 running the show built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, Face Unlock feature, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a micro USB port to the bottom.


Lastly, we have the pricing. This is where things get interesting- the Redmi Y2 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 9,999, whereas the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model is priced at Rs 12,999.

Our take: Honestly, we expected aggressive pricing from Xiaomi for the Redmi Y2, especially considering the threat it received from a new brand Realme, which is offering a much-powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset at a price of Rs 8,990. While going into the launch event, we expected the device to have an Rs 8,999 price tag for the 3GB RAM variant and Rs 10,999 for the 4GB RAM option.

Still the Rs 9,999 price tag for the base variant is excellent and it’s easy to say, the Redmi Y2 packs the best front and rear camera in its price range (I have been using the device for more than 24 hours, the first impressions will go live very soon). But the Rs 12,999 price tag for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option is on the steeper side.


Weekend Talk: What’s Your Take on the Redmi Y2?
Well, now let’s have a debate on the Xiaomi Redmi Y2. What’s your take on the pricing of the Redmi Y2 in India and of course, what’s your opinion on Xiaomi launching yet another Snapdragon 625 SoC smartphone? Also, which one will you pick between the Redmi Y2 and Redmi Note 5? Mind you, the Redmi Y2 offers better selfie camera than the Note 5, but the Note 5 wins in the battery, display and build quality aspects.

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June 10, 2018 10:09 pm 10:09 PM

realme 1 now king in this segmet

Pinaki Roy
June 10, 2018 8:41 pm 8:41 PM

My Redmi 4a phone stops sending SMS.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
June 10, 2018 4:13 pm 4:13 PM
Nothing much to discuss about the y2. Oppo Realme 1 is the real deal. Reason? Has 4x A73 cores in the P60 and supports 2CA. This y2 is a crap phone with 2015’s snapdragon 625 in it and quite overpriced. The only good thing about it is that it has a dedicated card slot and a 16MP selfie. Xiaomi will add dedicated card slots to crappy phones like these, but wouldn’t add a dedicated card slot to a phone like MI8 or any of their high end phones above 25k. They wouldn’t even bother making a dedicated card slot for… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 10, 2018 11:01 pm 11:01 PM

It doesn’t support CA as per my knowledge and testing but Oppo F7 does!!!!! Tested with both Jio and Airtel(in Mumbai)!!!!!

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
June 10, 2018 9:25 pm 9:25 PM

Here’s a meme I made just for you!!!

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
June 11, 2018 3:03 pm 3:03 PM

haha Sandeep, actually most of the Chinese OEMs are leaving mediatek for qualcomm, so it’s the opposite :v

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 10, 2018 8:33 pm 8:33 PM

Does Realme1 actually support 2CA?? If it does, I might buy it as my replacement secondary phone!
And I can understand OEM’s not making a dedicated slot on their high end devices to give the best experience one can to their users, but not giving a dedicated microSD slot on their midrangers which already have a hybrid slot is akin to a sin.

June 10, 2018 7:26 pm 7:26 PM

Then what about oppo vivo Samsung mobile phones which phone do you suggest for 10k except realme1 which don’t have fingure print senser

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 10, 2018 7:04 pm 7:04 PM

Note 4 was subsidized by Jio to be honest and both of them made lot out of it!!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 10, 2018 7:04 pm 7:04 PM