India’s Xiaomi Redmi Y2 looks familiar, premium and modern, starting at only $150 or so
Of course, one just so happens to be Xiaomi’s homeland, while the other is currently dominated by the Chinese OEM thanks to a rich and diverse portfolio of products offering stellar price/quality ratios.
The newly unveiled Redmi Y2 is no exception, basically replicating the premium design and more than respectable features of the China-exclusive Redmi S2 at a regional MSRP of Rs. 9,999 and up.
That equates to around $150, including 3 gigs of memory and 32 of internal storage space, while a 4/64GB variant is set to go on sale next Tuesday, June 12, at 12,999 rupees, or $195 or so.
Both Xiaomi Redmi Y2 configurations boast AI-enhanced dual 12 + 5MP rear-facing cameras and a single 16MP selfie shooter also capable of various AI-based tricks, with a reasonably speedy octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor found under the hood, alongside a 3,000mAh battery.
“Designed for the youth”, the 6-inch Redmi Y2 comes with a brushed metallic finish and “decorating” top and bottom lines, squeezing a trendy 2:1 HD+ screen into a relatively compact body weighing an overall 170 grams.
Available in eye-catching gold, rose gold and grey paint jobs, the handset also runs Android Oreo with MIUI 9.5 on top on the software side of things, making plenty of Western-based “power users” green with envy.