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Xiaomi Redmi Y2 unboxing: Here is another selfie-centric smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 unboxing: Here is another selfie-centric smartphone

After weeks of speculations, Xiaomi is finally ready to pull the wraps off the new budget Android phone Redmi 6 in China next week. The premium variant will be arriving with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and upgraded cameras to take on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone will be available exclusively on Amazon India. Just for trivia, a rumour claims that Xiaomi launched in China one of the first SD 710 based smartphones codenamed Mi 8, almost a week ago. The device is the successor of the Redmi Y1 and was earlier launched in China as the Redmi S2. The design is reminiscent of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, apart from the discreet antenna lines on this one. If you are bored of Xiaomi's design language, then this phone isn't for you as it has the same 18:9 display with huge bezels all around, empty bottom chin, vertical dual camera setup on the rear like the iPhone X, etc. At the back, there are slight differences. The storage can be expanded up to 128 GB using a dedicated microSD card slot. At the top, it has headphone jack and infrared sensor. The big difference between the two is that Xiaomi's latest device has a plastic body instead of the metal on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The smartphone is certainly easy to hold and the light enough to carry around.

Redmi Y2 price in India has been set at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant and Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB onboard storage model. You get an arguably better phone for a couple of thousands more. This should ideally translate to vivid colour output and it surely lives up to it. Let us know your review in the comments section below. The dual camera setup consists of 12 MP and 5MP shooters. The company claims that the front camera uses "Super Pixel", a process that refers to the combination of four pixels into one single large 2.0μm pixel. The front camera is assisted by a 4500k soft-toned selfie light. Xiaomi is also offering a Portrait mode driven by "AI" on its front camera. This time, however, things are a little different. As mentioned above, there is a triple card slot, so nothing to worry about the SD card slot. Redmi Y2 will likely be launched in two variants in the Indian market. However, still considering the price range, the processor seems to be better than the rest of the competition. The Redmi 6 is expected to get updated hardware, with rumour mills suggesting a 5.45-inch 18:9 HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, Android Oreo-based MIUI and 3,000mAh battery.

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Xiaomi has been trying to make more sense out of SMS from businesses for a few MIUI releases now like parsing railway tickets from IRCTC in a more readable format, adding logos and names for automated messages, and more.

To catch the event LIVE, you're already at the right place. The phone comes with a 3080mAh battery pack that supports fast charging and should be good enough for most daily usage.


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