Review Xiaomi Redmi Y3

Review Xiaomi Redmi Y3

SPECIFICATION

NETWORK
Technology : GSM / HSPA / LTE
Speed : HSPA, LTE-A
GPRS : Yes
EDGE : Yes

BODY
Dimensions : 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm (6.25 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight : 180 g (6.35 oz)
SIM : Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), Splash resistant

DISPLAY
Type : IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size : 6.26 inches, 97.8 cm2 (~81.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution : 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Protection : Corning Gorilla Glass 5

PLATFORM
OS : Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 9
Chipset : Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 (14 nm)
CPU : Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
GPU : Adreno 506

MEMORY
Card Slot : microSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)
Internal : 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

MAIN CAMERA
Dual : 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25µm, PDAF ; 2 MP, depth sensor
Features : LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video : [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS

SELFIE CAMERA
Single : 32 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm
Features : HDR

SOUND
Loudspeaker : Yes
3.5mm Jack : Yes, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

COMMS
WLAN : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth : Yes
GPS : Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
Infrared port : Yes
Radio : FM radio
USB : 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES
Sensors : Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

BATTERY
Type : Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Charging : Fast battery charging 10W

Review Xiaomi Redmi Y3

REVIEW


Design


Striking back panel design, with some beautiful color plays. Sturdy build quality. Splash resistant P2i nano coating. Fingerprint sensor at the back works well. Face recognition works well too (though it isn't as quick as the solution offered by Realme). Honestly, it's a bit bulky and chunky at 180g weight and 8.47mm thickness and the glossy finish on the back and sides means, of course, means that it does attract fingerprints and smudges very easily.

Display

Nice, modern, dewdrop notch display - the colours and viewing angles are decent, and sunlight legibility is good too. Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection.

Software

MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs and packs many customization options, as well as support for navigation gestures. But, Ads and pre-installed bloatware continues to be an issue though (while ads can be disabled but the process is complicated and not many people are likely to end up following it).

Performance

Decent performance backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, day to day performance is smooth and switching between apps is quick, gaming performance is decent too, as long as you stick to casual titles. But, overall performance isn’t very competitive though for this price bracket, which now has many phones with better SoCs.

Camera

The highlight of the Redmi Y3 is, of course, it's 32MP selfie camera, which, on the whole, does very well, and gives the best selfie camera for this price bracket. Xiaomi has smartly used a 4 in 1 oversampling technique that saves an 8-megapixel image by default (you can, however, shoot using the full 32-megapixel resolution using a toggle in the viewfinder). The selfies come our pretty sharp as expected, but the real difference shows up in low-light selfie photography, where the Redmi Y3 captures more details , and in pitch darkness too, the powerful flash of the Redmi Y3 is significantly better than the competition. 

There are also selfie-centric features like Palm Shutter, which counts down to release the shutter when it detects your palm; and Group Selfie, which takes multiple photos and combines them to try to create a frame in which everyone looks good. Also, Decent dual rear camera setup too (though low light performance is just average).

Battery

Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will easily manage a day and a half (and up to 2 days for lighter usage).

Conclusion

The Redmi Y3 is a solid option if you find yourself obsessively taking pictures of yourself for Instagram throughout the day - and need the best budget selfie camera - and care less about gaming performance, or having a sharp display. On the other hand, if you are looking for better all-rounder phones, you should consider the Redmi Note 7 or Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 - both phones have better displays, more powerful processors, and slightly better rear cameras

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