Xiaomi Redmi Y2 launched in India at Rs 9,999

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 launched in India at Rs 9,999

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 launched in India at Rs 9,999

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Y2 smartphone in India.

On the software front, the Redmi Y2 comes running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Xiaomi's MIUI 9.5 running on top.

At the event, Xiaomi also unveiled the MIUI 10 which was launched in China last week. In fact, it has the same vertical dual camera setup on the back & a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Y2 fall in the same price segment. The phone is further rumored to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. In addition to these, it has a 16-megapixel sensor on the front with supporting feature such as AI Portrait Mode, AI Smart Beauty, Front HDR, and Face Unlock.

As for the camera, the Redmi S2 has dual rear cameras comprising a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. In India, the handset is priced at Rs 9,999 for the base model and Rs 12,999 for the higher end version. The phone features a 5.45-inch full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Borrowing specifications and design elements from China's Redmi S2, the Redmi Y2 will be available in India in Dark Grey, Rose Gold, and Gold colour variants.

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That equates to around $150, including 3 gigs of memory and 32 of internal storage space, while a 4/64GB variant is set to go on sale next Tuesday, June 12, at 12,999 rupees, or $195 or so.

Xiaomi has announced that ICICI bank credit card and debit card users will get an instant discount of Rs. 500 on 12 June.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is currently the best value for money smartphone available in India right now, and of course, when you get a value for money product, you've to struggle for getting your hands on it. The dual-SIM phone also has a dedicated slot for microSD and will be shipped with a case.

The Redmi Y2 is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor which can deliver up to 37 percent better performance than its predecessor Redmi Y1, as claimed by the company. The base model offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while the top model packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Support for rear cameras will be added later. Powering the Xiaomi Redmi 6A will be a 3000 mAh battery which will charge via a micro USB port (this is an educated guess considering we haven't moved on to USB C ports on budget devices yet). The latest iteration of Xiaomi's own ROM includes gesture navigation, support for notch and taller displays, portrait selfies with a single camera, among other updates.

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