Redmi Y2 vs Redmi Note 5: Comparison of Budget Phones from Xiaomi

Updated on 2018-06-07 by Geetansh Arora

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Xiaomi has launched so many phones in the budget segment that they are competing with themselves now. Redmi Note 5 was launched earlier this year in February and now Xiaomi has launched Redmi Y2 which is next version of last year's Redmi Y1. Both phones are priced close to Rs. 10000 in India and offer good value for money. 

Redmi Note 5 is more of an allrounder and performs well in all departments. Redmi Y2, on the other hand, is a camera phone with some compromises in other departments. Both have a lot in common so let's first take a look at what's same and then we will see the differences.

What's Same?

1. Both Redmi Y2 and Redmi Note 5 have same 6-inch display size, both are made of metal and build quality is good in both.

2. The processor is Snapdragon 625 in both phones and both come in 2 variants: 3GB RAM 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM 64GB Storage.

3. Both phones have the same MIUI skin based on Android. The Redmi Y2 comes with MIUI 9.5 which is based on Android 8.1 while Redmi Note 5 is still on MIUI 9 Android 7.1 and will be soon upgraded to MIUI 9.5. 

So these things are same on Redmi Y2 and Redmi Note 5: Display size, processor, RAM, Storage, Software.

What's Different?

1. Both phones have same display sizes but the resolution of displays are different. Redmi Note 5 has a Full HD+ 1080p display while the latest Redmi Y2 comes with an HD+ 720p display.

2. The next big difference is in camera setup. The Redmi Note 5 comes with a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The Redmi Y2 comes with a 12MP+5MP dual rear camera and 16MP front camera. The camera performance of Redmi Note 5 is good but it is a lot better on Redmi Y2. You can take nice portrait mode shots with both rear and front cameras of Redmi Y2. 

3. Inside, Redmi Note 5 has a large 4000 mAh battery. While the Redmi Y2 comes with a 3080 mAh battery. Both phones come with same 5V 2A chargers. Redmi Note 5 battery would last for around 1.5 days on medium usage and Redmi Y2 would last for a day only. 

4. Pricing of the lower 3GB-32GB variant is Rs. 9999 for both these smartphones. The higher 4GB-64GB variant of Redmi Note 5 would cost you 11999 and the same variant of Redmi Y2 will cost you 12999. So, the higher variant of Redmi Y2 will cost you 1000 more for same storage and RAM.

Now let's take a look at the comparison of pros cons, specs, features, ratings of Redmi Y2 and Redmi Note 5.

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Features Comparison

Redmi Y2 Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM
  • 6" HD+ Display 720p
  • Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3080 mAh Battery
  • Best Price Rs. 8989

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM
  • 6" Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4000 mAh Battery
  • Best Price Rs. 9490

Pros Comparison

Redmi Y2 Pros

  • The build of the phone is solid and phone feels good in hand.
  • The 6 inch 18:9 aspect ratio display is bright with good colors and viewing angles.
  • The rear dual camera and selfie camera performance is good.
  • Dedicated MicroSD slot is available to increase the storage by up to 128GB.
  • Performance is good and there is no lag in day to day usage.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pros

  • The build quality is good and phone feels good in hand.
  • The 6 inch bezel-less display is sharp and vibrant and looks beautiful.
  • The camera performance is decent in daylight conditions.
  • Battery backup is excellent.
  • No lag while multitasking.

Cons Comparison

Redmi Y2 Cons

  • Battery is just 3080 mAh and would last for a day on single charge.
  • The display resolution is HD 720p only.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Cons

  • Hybrid sim slot is there. So you cannot use 2 sim cards with a microsd card.
  • Average camera performance in low light conditions.

Ratings Comparison

Redmi Y2

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

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Specifications Comparison

Redmi Y2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 7.1.2
Chipset Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625
Memory(RAM) 3GB 3GB
Intenal Storage 32GB 32GB
Expandable Storage Upto 128GB MicroSD Upto 128GB MicroSD
Primary Camera 12MP+5MP Dual 12MP
Front Camera 16MP 5MP
Battery Capacity 3080mAh 4000mAh
Dual Sim Yes Yes
Screen Type LCD LCD
Hybrid Sim Slot No Yes
Screen Size 5.99 5.99
Screen Resolution 18:9 HD+ 720p 18:9 Full HD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels
USB Type C No No
3.5mm Audio Jack Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
4G VOLTE Yes Yes
Weight 170 gm 180gm
Thickness 8.1 mm 8mm

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So that was our comparison of Redmi Y2 and Redmi Note 5. We hope the comparison was helpful to you. If you are confused then we will help you out:

Go for Redmi Y2 if you need to click a lot of pictures from the rear and front camera. Camera performance of Redmi Y2 is best in this range. 

Go for Redmi Note 5 if you need a bigger battery and a better display. Plus, you have to pay 1000 less if you are going for 4GB-64GB variant.

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