China’s Xiaomi has announced Redmi Y2 in India, a successor to Y1, and comes with an AI-based 16MP front camera powered by pixel binning technology and Xiaomi’s own AI Beautify features.
The device features 5.99-inch 18:9 full screen display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 platform. According to Xiaomi, the 16MP front camera on Redmi Y2 when in low-light uses pixel binning technology to combine information from four pixels and create one large 2.0µm pixel, which in result enhances picture quality, producing clear and bright. How smoothly it does that we will keep you posted in the review in coming weeks.
At the back, the Redmi Y2 sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera. The 12MP primary sensor has 1.25µm large pixels and the 5MP secondary sensor is dedicated to acquiring depth information.
In Portrait Mode, both the front and back cameras support AI Beautify. AI Beautify 4.0 is designed keeping in mind specific needs of users in India, and can detect elements such as makeup, beards, nose rings, etc. and keep them intact (besides popular selfie facial expressions).
During the time, we spent with the smartphone it offers comfortable grip thanks to the metallic-finish back which is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward edges.
Further, Redmi Y2 features face unlock out of the box, in addition to having a fingerprint scanner.
Redmi Y2 comes in three colours: Gold, Rose gold and Dark grey. The 3GB + 32GB version is priced at Rs 9,999, while the 4GB + 64GB version costs Rs 12,999. The company also announced to ship a clear TPU case with every Redmi Y2.
The smartphone will go on sale on June 12m starting 12 p.m. onwards at Mi.com, Amazon.in and Mi Home stores across the country. It will also be available across offline partners at a later date.
The company also announced Rs 1,800 instant cashback and up to 240GB data free with Airtel. Consumers that will purchase on June 12 via ICICI credit or debit cards on Mi.com and Amazon.in will get an instant cashback of Rs 500.
Xiaomi also announced MIUI 10 that comes with easy-to-use full screen hand gestures without the virtual buttons, along with new features such as more content in the tiled taskbar and improved swiping gestures (up and down for switching tasks, sideways to end current task).
Other features include camera app doubling up as a Paytm QR code scanner, a local service page in the in-built browser with full support for PWA (progressive web apps).
MIUI 10 beta will starts rolling out mid-June onwards, and stable versions will be available in September.