Xiaomi Redmi Y3 First Impressions: An Impressive Selfie Camera Phone for Budget Buyers

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Xiaomi made two major releases last week and interestingly, both of these phones come with a budget segment price tag. While the Redmi 7 makes up for a very impressive all-rounder budget smartphone, the other phone which Xiaomi has launched in India – the Redmi Y3 differs a bit and comes with an emphasis on imaging and camera. The entire line-up that Xiaomi has introduced right now comes with significant design upgrade. On the Redmi 7, we got to see a gradient design panel, and the successor to the Redmi Y2 also comes with something similar. Xiaomi has attached a price tag of Rs 9,999 with this phone, and we got to spend some time with this device to see what it has in store to offer. Here are the first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi Y3.

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 First Impressions: Design and Display

This time around, the Redmi Y series has officially bid goodbye to the metallic paint job and now it comes with gradient design on plastic which sports vertical lines running on the rear panel. We could say that the design of the Redmi Y3 resembles a little bit to the one we get to see on the Vivo V15 Pro. Xiaomi has said that this design has been achieved courtesy of a seven-layer deposition technology and the manufacturer has termed this design as the Aura Prism design. The phone comes in three colour options which include Prime Black, Bold Red, and Elegant Red.

On the rear side, the phone comes with a curved panel which makes it comfortable to hold. There is also the P2i hydrophobic coating on this device similar to the Redmi 7 which will make the phone splash resistance. The thing to note is that the Redmi Y3 attracts quite a lot of fingerprints and dirt and there is also the concern of scuff marks on the rear panel as the company has not talked about any protective coating.

We have seen Xiaomi doing a revamp of its display with thinner bezels and notches on its devices to give a more prominent feel to the screens, and the Redmi Y3 sports a similar display. The panel on the screen is a 6.26-inch one with an HD+ (720x1520 pixels) resolution on a 19:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch or a Dot Not as Xiaomi likes to call it. The display also comes protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which has 2.5D rounded edges. In our very short stint with the phone, we found that the colours impressive and the viewing angles were good as well.

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 First Impressions: Hardware and Software

Under the hood, the Redmi Y3 packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC and pairs it with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Similar to Redmi 7, this phone also comes with a dedicated MicroSD card. On the power front, a 4000mAh battery delivers the punch to keep the phone running. As for the software, the Redmi Y3 boots the MIUI 10 which on a quick look executes tasks with ease and without lag. However, we will keep more details for a lengthy review. Another drawback which the users of this phone might notice is the lack of USB Type-C, as the phone comes with a Micro USB port.

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 First Impressions: Camera and Imaging

The selling point of the Redmi Y3 is going to be its 32MP selfie camera. Notably, this shooter also comes with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and offers an 80-degree field of view along with HDR mode. Xiaomi has also boasted of pixel binning technology on this device, something which a lot of new Xiaomi phones come with to improve the image quality.

On the rear side, we see two sensors with the primary sensor being a 12MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture accompanied with a depth sensor of 2MP. The rear camera also comes with support for EIS for stable footages, and it is also capable of shooting full-HD videos at 60fps.


Xiaomi Redmi Y3 First Impressions: Verdict

The Redmi Y3 bears a price tag of Rs 9,999, and there is also the fact that the buyers will be a little bit confused between the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Y3 because of this. However, the simple rule of thumb would be to go for the Redmi Y3 if you love to click pictures and a lot of selfies, whereas if you don’t mind giving up better selfies for more performance, then the Redmi Note 7 would be your option to consider.

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Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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