tech2 News Staff 13 June, 2018 18:22 IST
Launched as the Redmi S2 in China in May, the Redmi Y2 is not exactly an unknown quantity, and it's only the price that we're concerned with.
Xiaomi has ruled the budget smartphone market almost unchallenged for several years now. This time, however, things are a little different. Xiaomi's rivals have upped their game and are now nipping at Xiaomi's heels.
While it might seem like the launch of just another phone, this launch is important for Xiaomi's future. Oppo's Realme 1, in particular, is most threatening.
Launched as the Redmi S2 in China in May, the Redmi Y2 is not exactly an unknown quantity, and it's only the price that we're concerned with. The specifications of the phone include a 5.99-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 625, 3 GB or 4 GB RAM variants paired with 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage respectively and a 3,080 mAh battery.
The cameras include a 12 MP + 5 MP dual camera on the rear and a 16 MP front camera.
The phone is expected to be priced at Rs 9,999 for the base model and Rs 11,999 for the 64 GB variant.
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The phone will start selling from 12 June onwards and it will be an Amazon exclusive.
The Redmi Y2 with 3 GB RAM + 32 GB Storage will be sold for Rs 9,999 while the 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage will be sold for Rs 12,999
Beta build to be rolled out in June. Stable build to follow soon.
More MIUI 10 features
QR code shortcut has been added to the camera app for ease of access during online payments. In the message app, a new quick menu has been introduced for a smart reply to the banking messages.
MIUI 10 Sounds
No two notification sounds in MIUI 10 will sound the same. There will be a lot of ambient nature noises while navigating through the phone. For example, while deleting something there will be a light desert wind sound, while using the timer you can hear ambient forest noises etc.
What's new in the MIUI 10
There will be no more physical home buttons in future Xiaomi phones. Gesture controls for navigation have also been introduced owing to the full-screen phones that are coming out. The notifications, weather app, calendar app and recent view sections have also been changed. MIUI 10 will also introduce the AI-powered Bokeh mode photos for the camera app in even those devices which have a single lens camera.
Manu Kumar Jain has formally announced MIUI 10 in India
Redmi Y2 will be made 100 percent in India.
Redmi Y2 Software and Hardware
The Redmi Y2 will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo overlayed with Xiaomi's custom MIUI 9.5. There will also be a new feature called as smart photo editing. The phone also has a Face unlock feature. The Y2 will come with the Snapdragon 625 SoC making the phone at least 37 percent faster than the Redmi Y1.
Redmi Y2 cameras
On the back, the Redmi Y2 has a 12 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup. Manu explains that the Redmi Y2's primary sensor has a bigger 1.25 micronpixel sensor giving the phone good low light and portrait photos capabilities.
Redmi Y2 Comparison
Now Xiaomi is showing how the Redmi Y2 has better edge detection and HDR when compared to the Vivo V9 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo. The Redmi Y2 is being shown as the superior phone with group selfies as well.
The selfie camera on the Redmi Y2
The Redmi Y2 has a 16 MP AI-powered selfie camera. The AI algorithm helps in low-light selfie, auto-HDR, AI-beautify and more. The selfie taken from the Redmi Y2 will use the Pixel technology. This means that four different pixels will be combined to give a better selfie.
Aaaaaand... Xiaomi has announced the Redmi Y2, a successor to the Redmi Y1.
Redmi Y1 in numbers
57 percent of the Xiaomi's Redmi Y1 was bought by the Indian youth under the age of 24. The Y1 was also the number one selfie phone in India.
Xiaomi in numbers
Xiaomi has about 60 percent share in the Indian online market. 2 out of the 3 phones sold online are from Xiaomi. Matter of fact in Q1 2018 Xiaomi has sold 9 out of 10 phones online. Mind-blowing number.
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