Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Y2 in India. This selfie-centric smartphone comes with a decent array of internal specs at an attractively low price. Xiaomi was very adamant in comparing this smartphone to a few other similarly priced offerings during the launch event. We decided to make our own comparison with devices that actually made a dent in the Indian market with their incredible spec list at competitive prices. And so we have the Realme 1 and the Honor 7C to challenge the Redmi Y2. Without further delay, let’s get on with the comparison.
Redmi Y2 vs Realme 1 vs Honor 7C: Price in India
The Redmi Y2 will launch in India in two storage configurations. The 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model has been priced at Rs. 9,999 while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant will cost Rs. 12,999. The Honor 7C also costs Rs.9,999 for its 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage model, but the 4GB RAM+ 64GB upgrade costs just Rs.11,999. Then we have the Realme 1 that is offered in three variants where the 3GB+32GB variant costs Rs. 8,990, the 4GB+64GB variant is priced at Rs. 10,990, and the top-end 6GB+128GB model is priced at Rs. 13,990.
Redmi Y2 vs Realme 1 vs Honor 7C: Display
All three phones here offer 18:9 aspect ratio screens that differ only in size and resolution. Both the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 and the Honor 7C have been equipped with 5.99-inch IPS LCD screens that have HD (1440×720 pixels) resolutions. The Realme wins this round with its 6-inch full HD+ display at 2160×1080 pixels resolution.
Redmi Y2 vs Realme 1 vs Honor 7C: Camera
The imaging department is where the Redmi Y2 outshines the competition. It uses a 12MP+5MP dual-camera at the back that uses phase-detection autofocus and is aided by dual-tone LED flash. The front sports a 16MP sensor that is accompanied by an LED flash and comes with AI Beautify 4.0 that has been “fine-tuned” for Indian consumers. Both the front and rear cameras support AI portrait modes with improved bokeh effects.
The Honor 7C comes with a 13MP+2MP camera setup at its back that is also aided with portrait and beauty modes. On the other hand, the Realme 1 comes with just a single 13MP snapper at the back. Both these smartphones offer 8MP selfie shooters at the front.
Redmi Y2 vs Realme 1 vs Honor 7C: Hardware, Software, Performance
The Redmi Y2 comes with the Snapdragon 625 processor which is a bit odd considering how old that chipset is. Nevertheless, the phone will come with Android 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 out of the box and will be backed by a 3080mAh battery.
The Honor 7C is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset and will also come with Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 skin on top. The battery is a 3000mAh capacity cell.
The Realme 1 comes with the latest MediaTek Helio P60 chipset designed over a 12nm architecture which is clearly better than its competition. It also comes with Android 8.1 Oreo, but the custom Color OS 5.0 skin might not be as attractive as the others. The battery is again a superior 3410mAh unit.
Redmi Y2 vs Realme 1 vs Honor 7C: Verdict
The final decision was actually not as difficult as it might have appeared at first. The Redmi Y2 is a decent smartphone which would be perfect for those who are only concerned with taking great images but are on a tight budget. However, with a superior display, beefier processor and larger battery at a slightly lower price tag, the Realme 1 is the undisputed champion in this comparison.