Xiaomi Redmi Y2 First Impressions: Will it deliver some good selfie experience?

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While Redmi prepares to launch a new smartphone in India on June 7th, an event in China on June 12th will unveil the company's new Redmi 6 series of smartphones. Android Oreo 8.1.0 runs out of the box with MIUI 9 on top. It is the second generation of selfie-focused smartphone from Xiaomi to be launched in the country.

At the launch, the company announced that the device will also get the MIUI 10 upgrade. Portrait photos will be possible on both, single- and dual-rear camera phones running MIUI 10. The fingerprint sensor, as visible in the images, will be placed on the back of the device in a central position.

Xiaomi is arguably the most popular smartphone manufacturer in terms of sales.

Redmi Y2 is powered by Snapdragon 625 (37% better performance than Y1) octa-core 64-bit with 14 nm technology, coupled with Adreno 506 GPU.

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Talking about the USP of the device, the Redmi Y2 comes with a 16-megapixel front camera with auto-HDR and AI Beautify 4.0 feature. Talking about the camera, the smartphone is equipped with a dual lens setup (12MP + 5MP) enhanced with AI-based capabilities.

Other changes in MIUI 9.5 include easier restore options, and the interface feels more polished from previous versions.

The handset features a 5.99-inch FHD (1440x720) with 18:9 aspect ratio and 70.8 % NTSC colour gamut.

The Redmi Y2 comes in two variants and three colors (Gold, Rose Gold, and Dark Grey) to choose from. It will be available in two storage variants - 32GB and 64GB storage variants. The ICICI offer is only available on the first sale of the phone on Mi.com and Amazon India. Airtel is also offering a Rs. 1,800 instant cashback to Redmi Y2 buyers, and up to 240GB data free.

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The latest iteration promises features such as a revamped task manager, gesture controls and an AI portrait mode. The phone is backed by a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while there is another variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The Redmi Y2 packs in 3080mAh battery which should be good enough for an entire day, even for power users, especially because the Snapdragon 625 is a pretty efficient chipset.

Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB 2.0. This version brings a number of improvements, including better support for displays.

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