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 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 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 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 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|
Written By – Prateek Sharma