Redmi Y2 is Good, But Should You Wait For Xiaomi’s Latest Budget Phone Redmi 6?

Let’s figure out if the Redmi 6 is worth waiting for when you already have the similarly specced Redmi Y2 being sold in India at a comparable price.

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The Redmi Y2 recently launched in India as a budget offering from Xiaomi. The company claims they launched the phone for those part of the Indian youth who are obsessed with selfies. With all the marketing lingo aside, the phone itself presents a promising spec list for a reasonable price. On the other hand, we recently received confirmation the Redmi 6 was on its way to the Indian market. This phone resembles closely to the Y2 and even has a price tag to match. Does the phone offer any compelling reason to choose it over its sibling? Today we shall put them through our renowned gauntlet of smartphone comparison to see which comes out victorious.

Redmi Y2 vs Redmi 6: Price in India

The Redmi Y2 retails in India with its price starting at Rs. 9,999 for the base variant that has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Upgrading to the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage model will cost Rs. 12,999.

The Redmi 6 is priced at 799 yuan (Rs.8,500 approximately) in China for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage will set you back by 999 yuan (Rs.10,500 approximately). In India we expect the base variant to cost Rs.8,999 while the higher storage model could be priced at Rs.11,999.

Redmi Y2 vs Redmi 6: Design, Display

Both these phones will offer HD+ 720 x 1440 resolution IPS displays with the only difference being in their sizes. The Redmi Y2’s screen measures 5.99-inches across, while the Redmi 6 has a 5.45-inch panel.

The design of the two phones is also comparable, as both use plastic unibody construction at the back, while their entire fronts are underneath the glass. Although plastic phones don’t necessarily require antenna lines, both phones do flaunt them in slightly different manners. The Y2 has a stylish dual striped design at its top and bottom which curves at the corners. The Redmi 6 has a basic straight line running across the top and bottom which is not as appealing. The rear camera on the Y2 is placed vertically, while the same on the 6 is stacked horizontally. Both are still on the top left corner, however, and both phones also have rear-mounted fingerprint scanner similarly placed in their centres.

Redmi Y2 vs Redmi 6: Camera

Both phones offer the exact same 12MP + 5MP camera configuration at the back. The main difference comes with the shooter at the front where the Redmi Y2 has a 16MP sensor accompanied by an LED flash, while the Redmi 6 just has a 5MP selfie camera. The front camera of the Y2 is also capable of HDR photography while the latter’s isn’t.

Redmi Y2 vs Redmi 6: Performance

The performance aspect of these devices again poses a conundrum as they are from different manufacturers but present similar prowess. The Redmi Y2 is being powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, while the Redmi 6 is running on the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset. Both the CPUs in this chipset are octa-core and are clocked at 2.0GHz. However, there are some GPU performance benefits and AI enhancements found on the Helio P22.

Redmi Y2 vs Redmi 6: Battery

We again find ourselves in a situation where there is some difference between the battery capacities of the Redmi Y2 and the Redmi 6, but the difference is so little that the real-world performance difference is negligible. The Redmi Y2 is using a 3080 capacity battery, while the Redmi 6 will come with a 3000mAh cell.

Redmi Y2 vs Redmi 6: Verdict

In terms of their overall raw performance, there isn’t a lot to distinguish these phones from each other. The CPU will perform similarly on both the Y2 and the Redmi 6 with only a slight advantage on the latter because of Helio P22’s better GPU. But the front camera of the Y2 is significantly better compared to the inadequate sensor found on the Redmi 6. In the end, it might not be worth waiting for the release of a handset which might offer a marginally better GPU for Rs.1000 less but will come with a smaller screen, worse selfie shooter and slightly smaller battery. You can absolutely buy the Redmi Y2 right now and will get pretty much the same experience with a better front camera.