Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi launched its latest budget Android smartphone in China earlier this week, the Redmi 7. The company may soon launch a direct successor to the Redmi Y2 (review) from last year, as the Wi-Fi Alliance has certified the Redmi Y3 bearing model number M1810F6G.
Redmi Y3 Likely to Launch Soon
The M1810F6G Wi-Fi certification confirms the smartphone will be marketed as the Redmi Y3. While the certification does not confirm any key feature of the upcoming smartphone, it does confirm Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support and the Android version that the Redmi Y3 will ship with. Unsurprisingly, the Redmi Y3 will be running on Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10 out of the box. The Redmi Y2 made its debut as the Redmi S2 in China in May last year, so it is possible that the Redmi Y3 will first debut in China as Redmi S3 sometime in the second quarter of the year. We expect the smartphone to make its way to the Indian market soon after its launch in China.
The Redmi Y2 was launched with the same Snapdragon 625 chipset as the Redmi Note 5. However, seeing how the Wi-Fi certification reveals the Redmi Y3 does not support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, it may be powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 660 AIE that powers the Redmi Note 7. Compared to the Snapdragon 625 under the hood of the Redmi Y2, the Snapdragon 632 is not a huge upgrade in terms of performance.
Just like the Redmi Y2, the upcoming Redmi Y3 is likely to be a selfie-focused budget Android smartphone. The current model sports a 16MP AI selfie snapper but we expect the Redmi Y3 to have an even more impressive sensor on the front with improved AI-backed features. The phone is expected to be priced under the INR 10,000 mark in the Indian market.