Xiaomi Redmi Y2 launched, starting from Rs. 9,999

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However, starting at Rs 9,999 with the top-end variant retailing for Rs 12,999, Xiaomi's new offering comes in at a very attractive price. Although the Chinese OEM is yet to confirm the name of the device, rumours say, it will be launching a re-branded version of the Redmi S2 phone in the country and call it Redmi Y2, a follow-up phone to last year's Y1.

Customers who acquire the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 from Airtel will receive INR 1800 instant cashback and up to 240GB bonus data. The Redmi Y2 comes in Gold, Rose Gold, and Dark Grey color options.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 specifications and other details are revealed, and we observed that there are some differences as compared to the speculations prior to launch.

The design remains unchanged from the front as the Y2 has an 18:9 display with noticeable bezels all around and a huge bottom chin that remains unused. That equates to 1 out of 3 every device sold in India is a Xiaomi device, leaving the company a 30.3% market share ahead of Samsung's 25.1%. A TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi Y2.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 accepts two SIMs (Nano), has a dedicated slot for the microSD card, and packs 3080mAh battery. The Auto HDR feature toggle HDR mode according to the ambient lighting while taking selfies. There is also a 4500k soft-toned selfie light on the front for better low-light photography.

The Redmi Y2 features a 12 mega pixel+5 mega pixel 1.25μm AI dual rear camera, which can record 1080 pixel videos at 30 frames per second. To make this possible, Xiaomi used thousands of photos with deep machine learning to utilize AI learning and offer an AI Portrait Mode even in single camera phones, which is something only the Pixel 2 has managed to achieve. The front camera is also equipped with AI-based Face Unlock, which Xiaomi claims is secure and fast. It also hints at the presence of rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3,080mAh battery powers the smartphone.

The device will run MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo.

The smartphone player also announced "MIUI 10" - the latest update to its operating software which is built for a more immersive full screen experience.

Redmi Y2 offers the option of choosing full-screen gestures to ditch the on-screen buttons, which frankly is the more intuitive option to interface with your smartphone.