Xaomi has announced the Redmi Y2 at an event in India. The handset is a rebranded version of the Redmi S2 launched in China last month, and the sequel to the Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite from last November. Unlike its Y1 predecessors, though, there’s no Lite model coming this time.
Instead, Xiaomi will release the device in two versions — 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM — the same as with the S2, and at a similarly attractive price point.
As rumors had suggested, the Redmi Y2 also features a 5.99-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a Snapdragon 625 chipset. There’s a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup, 16MP front-facing camera, and 3,080mAh battery to keep it all running too.
It’s a dual-SIM handset that supports microSD card storage expansion up to 256GB, and it includes a fingerprint scanner and headphone jack port.
On the software side, the Redmi Y2 features an AI Portrait Mode, AI Smart Beauty (which can automatically touch up your snaps), Face Unlock, and HDR, all courtesy of its front-facing camera.
|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
LED Selfie Light
|Software||MIUI 9.5 with Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Dimensions and weight||160.73 x 77.26 x 8.1mm
The device won’t, however, include Xiaomi’s recently unveiled MIUI 10 software interface, though it will be heading to handsets in India (including the Y2) in beta form from June. It will run MIUI 9.5, based on Android Oreo, out of the box.
The Xiami Redmi Y2 will cost 9,999 rupees (~$150) and 12,999 rupees (~$195) for 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM models respectively and it’s going to be an Amazon India exclusive (with cashback offers). It will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, and Dark Grey colors at launch and will be bundled with a transparent case.
The first Redmi Y2 sale starts next Tuesday (June 12) at noon local time at Amazon, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores.
We’ll have more images and hands-on coverage coming soon — until then, give us your first impression of the Redmi Y2 in the comments.