Xiaomi has just launched the selfie-centric smartphone Redmi Y2, in India today. It is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Y1, the selfie phone that was launched by the company last year in November 2017.
The Redmi Y2 comes with several updates and features to heat up the battle in the mid-range segment.
It has direct competition from its family member – Redmi Note 5 – and a new generation Moto G6 Play which was launched a couple of days back in the market.
Notably, the Redmi Y2 is a rebranded Redmi S2 that was launched in China in May 2018.
Let’s compare the three phones to see which one offers the best value for money and which one you should buy.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – 9,999 (3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal)
- Moto G6 Play – Rs. 11,999 (3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal)
- Redmi Y2 – 9,999 (3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal) and Rs. 12,999 (4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal)
Redmi Note 5 has similar design elements as its predecessor Redmi Note 4, as it comes with an aluminium back with plastic edges on upper and lower ends.
Moto G6 Play, on the other hand, has a glass back. Also, its fingerprint scanner is located on the backside.
Whereas, Redmi Y2 has a plastic body, although it comes with a metallic surface finish and therefore giving a more premium feel.
- Motorola Moto G6 Play – Thickness (9 mm) and Weight 175 grams.
- Xiaomi Redmi Y2 – Thickness (8.1 mm) and Weight 170 grams.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Thickness (8.1 mm) and weight 180 grams
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 offers a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD+ resolution (1080*2160 pixels), and has a pixel density of 403 PPI.
In case of Moto G6 Play, there is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display which comes with a comparatively low resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels and has a poor 282 PPI pixel density.
Whereas, Redmi S2 comes with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display, which has a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, along with 18:9 aspect ratio, at even poorer 269 PPI pixel density.
Redmi Note 5 utilizes a single 12-megapixel (f/2.2) rear sensor for taking photos and is equipped with PDAF and dual-tone dual-LED flash. On the other hand, Moto G6 Play has a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, which comes along with PDAF, and an LED flash.
Unlike the above to device, Redmi Y2 comes with a dual 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel camera setup, with PDAF, gyro-EIS, and an LED flash.
The rear camera is better on the Y2 and can easily outperform the camera on the other two.
Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5-megapixel shooter for taking selfies and recording videos at Full HD (1080p) resolution.
In the case of Moto G6 Play, there is an 8-megapixel front shooter that comes equipped with an LED flash and can record 1080p videos.
Redmi Y2 has the front camera with the highest resolution among the three devices compared. It has a 16-megapixel front camera sensor, with features such as HDR, and LED flash. The Redmi Y2 comes with a far superior front camera than the rest of the devices.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 runs on older version of Android OS, Nougat 7.1.2 with a layer of MIUI to top it off.
Whereas, Moto G6 Play works on Android Oreo out of the box, along with some specific features that are tweaked by Moto for its devices.
In case of Redmi Y2, the operating system running the device is Android Oreo 8.1 (Oreo), with MIUI 9.5 skin on top of it.
HARDWARE, STORAGE, AND PERFORMANCE
Redmi Note 5 gets its power from the Snapdragon 625 processor, and comes in 2 variants: 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage, and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage.
Whereas, Moto G6 comes with a sluggish and comparatively slower Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor. It is nowhere close in comparison with the Redmi Note 5 in terms of processing power.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 has its processor and storage similar to Redmi Note 5, as it comes with a Snapdragon 625 processor along with 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage or 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage variants.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 comes with a mammoth 4000 mAh non-removable battery that easily lasts more than a day, even with hard-core gaming and excessive usage.
Similarly, Moto G6 Play too comes with a 4000 mAh non-removable battery, which is on par with what Redmi Note 5 has to offer.
Lastly, Redmi Y2 has a battery which is the smallest of the three devices in comparison. The device relies on a 3080 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery.
Although Redmi Y2 features the smallest battery in the lot, it is still respectable and gives enough juice on a single charge.
Comparison of these three phones gives us insights into each phones pros and cons.
The Redmi Note 5 has the best display among these phones with FHD+ resolution while the other two have HD+ resolution.
Apart from that, the UI on the Moto G6 Play seems simple, and it provides a near-stock Android experience, while it misses out on features that come with MIUI skin in Xiaomi phones.
Also, both the Xiaomi phones have an advantage in performance, thanks to the Snapdragon 625.
The Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 are both better choices if you can live with the MIUI experience. Also, among these two if you want better cameras, you can pick the Redmi Y2 without overthinking, and if your priority is a better display and battery life the Redmi Note 5 is a worthy companion.
Summary – Which is a better Choice (Redmi Y2 VS Redmi Note 5 VS Moto G6 Play)
- Camera – Xiaomi Redmi Y2
- Display and Battery Life – Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
- Stock Android Experience – Moto G6 Play
|Key Specs||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5||Moto G6 Play||Redmi Y2|
|Design||Metallic Back||Glass back||Metallic Unibody|
|Display||5.99 Inch FHD+ Bezel-less||5.7 Inch HD+ (1440*720) 18:9||5.99 inch HD+|
|Processor||Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core||SD 430, 1.4 GHz||Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core|
|RAM||3/4 GB RAM||2 GB or 3 GB||3/4 GB|
|Storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage||16 GB or 32 GB||32/64 GB Internal storage|
|OS||MIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2||Android Oreo 8.0, stock||MIUI 10 and Android Oreo|
|Rear Camera||12 MP with f/2.2 aperture||13 MP with f/2.0||12 MP + 5 MP dual-camera|
|Front Camera||5 MP||5 MP Camera||16-Megapixel|
|Battery Capacity||4000 mAH||4000 mAh||3080 mAh|
|Fast Charging Support||No||Yes||Not revealed|
|Water and dustproof||No||Splashproof||No|
|USB Type C Port||No||No||No|
|Bluetooth||version 4.2||Yes||version 4.2|
|Fingerprint Scanner||At the back||At the back||At the back|
|Thickness||8.05 mm||8.95 mm||8.1 mm|
|Weight||180 grams||175 grams||170 grams|
|Price||Rs. 9,999, 11,999||Rs. 11,999||Rs. 9,999, 12,999|
Moto G6 Play vs. Oppo Realme 1 vs. Redmi Note 5: Which is Better?
Motorola has just released its highly anticipated next-gen G series devices: Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play.
Among the two devices launched, Moto G6 Play aims to compete against Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and Oppo Realme 1. While the Moto G6 Play is slightly higher than the base version of both the devices it comes with similar specs
There are so many newer devices flooding the market in the mid-range Android segment, these three devices are top dogs in around 10k price range.
Let’s take a look at the phones and what they have to offer, and how well do they stand against each other.
- Moto G6 Play – Rs. 11,999 (3 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage)
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Rs. 9999(3 GB Ram and 32 GB Storage)
- Oppo RealMe 1 – Rs. 8990 (3 GB Ram and 32 GB Storage)
For starters, the newly-launched Moto G6 Play has a plastic back unlike its bigger sibling, Moto G6, which comes with a glass back design.
The fingerprint scanner is at the rear, and there are no physical buttons below the screen at the front.
On the other hand, Oppo’s Realme 1 has a fiberglass body which is glossy and very attractive and at the same time, it is very sleek and smooth.
Redmi Note 5 takes its design elements from the previous version (RN 4), and comes with an aluminum frame at the back with plastic ends on top and bottom edges.
- Motorola Moto G6 Play – Thickness (9 mm) and Weight 175 grams.
- Oppo Realme 1 – Thickness (7.8 mm) and Weight 155 grams.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Thickness (8.1 mm) and weight 180 grams
Moto’s latest offering, Moto G6 Play, has taken a step back regarding the resolution in contrast with the last year’s model. It features a 5.7 inches IPS LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels at a low pixel density of 282 PPI.
Whereas, the Realme 1 has a staggering 6-inch display at a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels with 402 PPI. Also, I am using it for the past few days and I am fairly impressed with the display quality of this Oppo phone.
Lastly, Redmi Note 5 comes with a 6-inch IPS LCD screen and has a Full HD+ resolution (1080*2160) with a pixel density of 403 PPI. The Redmi Note 5 display is also very impressive and is equally good as the RealME 1.
Notably, all three devices come with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
However, Moto G6 Play lags way behind others regarding display quality and we give full marks to the RN5 and RealMe 1 in this section.
For camera enthusiasts, the primary camera, on all the three devices have similar specs including the fact that it is a single-lens camera. No phones in this comparison offer the voguish dual rear camera setup.
Moto G6 Play comes with a 13-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, and has PDAF and LED flash to support it.
Oppo’s Realme 1 utilizes a 13-megapixel (f/2.2) for taking photos and comes with phase detection auto-focus and an LED flash.
Redmi Note 5 is no different from the fact that it comes equipped with a 12-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and dual-tone dual-LED flash.
For taking selfies, Moto G6 Play has got an 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash, that is capable of recording videos at Full HD (1080p) resolution.
On Oppo Realme 1, there is an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) front camera which also comes with portrait mode thanks to AI.
Whereas, the front camera on the Redmi Note 5 has a lower resolution compared to the above two. It comes with a 5-megapixel front sensor, which is capable of taking photos and recording videos at 1080p resolution.
You can expect better selfies from both the Realme 1 and the Moto G6 Play.
Furthermore, Motorola’s latest entrant, Moto G6 Play runs on the Android Oreo out of the box, and it comes with some Moto-specific features customized for the device.
Whereas, Oppo’s Realme 1 runs on its manufacturer’s own ColorOS 5.0 skin on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is fairly decent to work with despite some heavy customizations.
On the other hand, Xiomi Redmi Note 5 runs on the previous version of Android, 7.1.2 Nougat that combines with company’s MIUI layer to provide a UI.
All in all, Moto G6 has the advantage of a clean, almost stock-like Android experience over the two rivals.
Hardware, Storage, and Performance
Moto G6 Play comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor for handling all the activities.
Moto G6’s Snapdragon 430 seems to fade away, in comparison with Oppo Realme 1 and Redmi Note 5, which come with Mediatek MT6771 (Helio P60), and Snapdragon 625 respectively.
Notably, the Helio P60 is the fastest of the lot and matches the performance of the Snapdragon 636 used in phones like Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
On the storage front, Moto G6 Plus comes in 2 variants: 2 GB RAM with 16 GB of internal storage, and 3 GB RAM with 32 GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to 256 GB using a microSD card.
Whereas, both Oppo Realme 1 and Redmi Note 5 come in 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB options.
Also, there is a top-end version of Realme 1 available, which comes with 128 GB of internal storage with 6 GB of RAM.
Of the three phones compared, Moto G6 Play has an honorable 4000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery.
Additionally, there is support for the fast charging to ensures that it doesn’t take very long to charge this device.
Oppo Realme 1’s battery is about average at 3410 mAh, while it is a Li-Ion non-removable battery that easily lasts nearly a day with average to moderate usage in general.
Lastly, the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5, just like Moto G6 Play, comes with a gigantic 4000 mAh Li-Po battery, that is non-removable, and easily last a day with heavy usage.
Although it supports fast charging, no fast charging adapter is included in the box by the company but can be bought separately.
Of the three phones compared, each phone has its pros and cons, and here is some buying advice on all of the three devices.
Moto G6 Play’s low-resolution smaller screen may not be as sharp as the rivals here but comes handy and easy to use with a single hand. Also, the processor on the Moto G6 Play is not as powerful as the other two devices.
Redmi Note 5 may feel better value here, given the premium look and in-hand feel of the device.
Also, the Helio P60 of the Oppo Realme 1 may make it a compelling buy for many, including the gamers and multitaskers.
While the RealMe 1 is the best deal on paper but it lacks the essential fingerprint scanner and comes with a just face-unlocking feature which is more of a hit or miss. All the three devices have there strengths and weaknesses but the RealMe 1 and the Redmi Note 5 still look more attractive to me.
Lastly, the Moto G6 Play doesn’t look like a higher value for money offering in comparison to the rivals as it costs 2k to 3k more and comes with a modest processor.