25 Apr 2019
Redmi Y3 review: Impressive selfie camera, attractive price tag
As the latest addition to its portfolio of budget range devices, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Y3 in India.
The phone aims to attract younger audiences with its impressive 32MP selfie camera and in-trend gradient design. However, it cuts down on other parameters to remain competitive in the country's cost-sensitive smartphone market.
In India, Redmi Y3 starts at Rs. 9,999.
Here's our review.
Design and display
Redmi Y3: At a glance
The Redmi Y3 looks very much like the modern-day phones. Up front, there's a Dot notch screen with Gorilla Glass 5 protection while the polycarbonate back panel features a dual-lens camera and gradient design.
However, the 6.29-inch screen offers an HD+ resolution (720x1520 pixels) which seems like corner cutting, given Redmi Note 7, that costs the same as Redmi Y3, offers a full-HD+ screen.
An impressive selfie camera makes up for most of nit-picking
By not offering a full-HD screen on the Redmi Y3, Xiaomi has tried to keep down the costs. However, much of the nit-picking is compensated by the impressive selfie snapper.
The phone comes with a first-in-segment 32MP (f/2.25) selfie camera which offers HDR support and AI-powered Beautify 4.0 as well as Portrait mode.
On the rear, there is a decent 12MP+2MP dual camera setup.
Under the hood
The Redmi Y3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of built-in storage.
This octa-core chipset is fine for running all your social media apps and video streaming. However, for gaming, don't expect a lot from it.
Under the hood, the phone packs a solid 4,000mAh battery (10W fast charging) and runs Android Pie-based MIUI 10.
Redmi Y3 misses out on the latest connectivity options
Connectivity options of the Redmi Y3 include dual SIM support with dual 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, a micro-SD port, and a headphone jack.
The phone also comes with all the standard sensors including an IR blaster and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
In this department, Xiaomi has again compromised on the latest connectivity features such as dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C port.
How things stack up?
Though Redmi Y3 outperforms its contemporaries with a stunning selfie camera, it trails its own sibling on parameters like display, processor, and connectivity options.
So if you love clicking selfies or are into vlogging, the phone will meet your needs just fine. But if you are a multi-tasker who enjoys a bit of everything, you should consider Note 7.
Verdict: Sadly, it's a pass.