Xiaomi launches Redmi Y2 in India

Xiaomi announced the Redmi Y2 in India, a new iteration of the Y series that is designed for the young at heart with its exceptional selfie experience. It also announced MIUI 10, the latest update to its operating software which, according to company claims, is built for a more immersive full screen experience.

Redmi Y2 reportedly sports an AI-powered 16MP front camera powered by pixel binning technique and Xiaomi’s own AI Beautify features. Redmi Y2 also comes with a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera. It has a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full Screen Display and is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform.

The company claims that the 16MP front camera on Redmi Y2 is able to capture fine details in daylight and produces high-resolution images. In low-light conditions, the sensor reportedly uses pixel binning technique to combine information from four pixels and create one large 2.0µm pixel. This greatly improves the resulting picture quality, producing clearer and brighter photos in low light with less noise. Another addition to its low-light repertoire is the Selfie-light, which produces a 4500K colour temperature making it easier to take selfies in low-light conditions.

When Auto HDR is enabled, the 16MP front camera is said to automatically detect a back-light environment and apply the HDR effect. Selfie-light on Redmi Y2 reportedly mimics natural light, allowing catchlights in the eyes to be captured, which makes for great portrait photos. The camera also supports AI bokeh that effectively distinguishes the subject from the background, even correctly identifying elements such as hair accessories and popular hand gestures as being part of the subject.

Redmi Y2 sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera on its back. The 12MP primary sensor has 1.25µm large pixels, which results in brighter images in low light conditions. The 5MP secondary sensor is dedicated to acquiring depth information, producing photos with great bokeh effects.

In Portrait Mode, both the front and back cameras support AI Beautify. AI Beautify 4.0 is designed keeping in mind specific needs of users in India, and can detect elements such as makeup, beards, nose rings, etc. and keep them intact (besides popular selfie facial expressions).

Redmi Y2 also comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 full screen display that allows users a large-screen experience while being ergonomic at the same time. Its metallic-finish back is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward edges, achieving a great handfeel.

According to the company, the Redmi Y2 features face unlock out of the box, in addition to having a fingerprint scanner. Keeping in mind specific needs of users, Redmi Y2 features a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion by up to 256GB. Users will also be able to control a lot of their home electronics with the included IR blaster using the Mi Remote app.

Redmi Y2 comes in three colors: Gold, Rose gold and Dark grey. The 3GB + 32GB version will retail for Rs 9,999, while the 4GB + 64GB version is priced at Rs 12,999. A simple TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi Y2.

The company also revealed that the Redmi Y2 goes on sale 12PM 12th June at Mi.com, Amazon.in and Mi Home stores across the country. It will also be available across offline partners at a later date.

Key features of Redmi Y2:

  • 5.99-inch 18:9 display

    • 1440 × 720 resolution (HD+)

    • 450nit maximum brightness

  • 16MP front camera

    • Selfie-light (flash)

    • 79.8° wide-angle lens and 5-element lens

    • f/2.0 aperture

  • 12MP + 5MP rear camera

    • 1.25 micron pixel size

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625

    • Octa-core, up to 2.0GHz

    • Qualcomm Adreno™ 506 GPU

  • 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM / 4GB + 64GB ROM

  • Dual SIM + dedicated microSD card slot expandable upto 256GB

  • Rear fingerprint sensor

  • IR blaster

  • Face unlock

  • Dimensions: 160.7 × 77.2 × 8.1mm

  • 3080mAh high-capacity battery

  • MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1