Updated on 2019-05-05 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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Redmi started focusing on the smartphone with better capabilities of shooting selfies with the Y series of smartphone in late 2017. Well, this year sees the 3rd iteration in that lineup. Today we look into the Redmi Y3. The Redmi Y3 brings along with itself huge improvements from the past but does it beat the competition? However, this lineup has been very confusing as it ends up competing with its own siblings. Namely the Note and the conventional Redmi lineup.
Redmi’s fancy way of saying gradient back or Aura prism design has crept down to the Y3. The back of the device is an Aura prism design but is a plastic material that pretends to be glass. The device has a fingerprint sensor at the back with the dual camera single LED setup on the top left corner of the phone. When you turn the device over you have the power and volume keys to the right. secondary microphone, IR blaster and a 3.5mm headphone jack to the top. On the left, we have a SIM card slot which also houses a dedicated memory card slot which can be expanded up to 512GB. Finally, we have the primary microphone the MicroUSB port and the speaker grill to the bottom. It is weird as the similarly priced Note 7 base model has a Type C port. The phone comes in 3 colors as listed on the official website of India. They are Prism black, Elegant Blue and Bold Red. The phone is designed well and looks nice overall.
Up next we have the display of the device. This is one area where Redmi has completely cheaped out. The reason being that the Y3 has an HD+, yes, a 1520x720p U-notched display. Well, it does give users an 86.83% screen to body ratio and 450 nits of peak brightness. Now the display is not bad however again the similar priced Note 7 has an FHD+ panel. In fact the much cheaper Redmi 7 shares the exact same display from the Y3. The good news is this that the Y3 gets a Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Apart from this, there is nothing special in the display department at least.
Following the display, we have the battery life of the phone. This is at least one place where Redmi didn’t cheap out as the Y3 comes with a massive 4000 mAh battery. Now the good news is this that thanks to the low-res display and the comparatively low-powered processor, more on this later the Y3 gets great battery life. Now there is no doubt that the phone has a great battery life and the capacity in- itself is huge but. This becomes disappointing when we realize that the cheaper Redmi & has the same battery capacity. The charger that comes in the box is a standard one as it's rated at 10W. All I all the battery department is kind of a mixed bag.
Now we come to the main focus of the phone. The camera, rather cameras. The Y3 in total has 3 cameras. 2 to the rear and 1 to the front. The rear camera is a setup of a primary 12MP F2.2 and 2MP depth sensor. The primary sensor is nothing out of the blue. It takes decent shots and features most of the features seen on similarly priced phones. Now what’s amazing is in the camera up front. The Y3 features a whopping 32MP selfie shooter with AI capabilities. The Ai capability enables the Y3 for better Face unlock than most of its competitors. The pictures taken are a result of the Y3’s Ai integration. With features like AI beautify 4.0, AI portrait and low-light shots. The selfie shooter also features an 80o field of view to accommodate more people oi the frame. Redmi makes sure you get the best of results for the price that you invest in this phone. All in all, the Y3 delivers when it comes to selfies.
Last but not least we come to the performance of the device. At the heart of the phone resides Snapdragon 632 from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 632 is the successor to the Snapdragon 630 and scores around 103000 on AnTuTu benchmark. Based on the 14nm manufacturing process and Kryo 250 cores the 632 is clocked at 1.8ghz. Now to be very honest this is not a heavy workload lifting processor but in the same context, it won’t slow you down either. The GPU again is the very old Adreno 506. The Y3 with the Snapdragon 632 comes coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. Day to day task with light usage should be fine. However, this is a phone on which you will not be able to play the most demanding games of multitasking like a champ due to the low capacity of the RAM. The only disappointment is this that the similarly priced Note 7 comes with a much, much powerful Snapdragon 660.
Now we all know that hardware alone is not the driver of a phone and the software that binds the Redmi Y3 is MIUI 10 atop Android 9 Pie. MIUI is s pretty heavy UI and it not for everyone as it’s a major departure from stock android. However, it’s not to say this that it's bad or anything. It's just this that the phone would have felt a lot faster if stock Android were used. All in all, for what the phone is priced at the processor at the very least could have been better.
So, before we wrap everything up, let’s talk about the pricing. The Redmi Y3 comes in one model only that is the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and is priced at Rs. 9999. Now Redmi markets this phone for selfie lovers and this truly is a phone for that very audience. If you want the bets selfie-taking smartphone at this price range that also has great battery life, look nowhere else buy this phone.
Redmi Y3 is a decent phone but not the best in this price range. Go for it if you need a great selfie phone from Xiaomi. Otherwise, there are better options like Redmi Note 7 which costs same and comes with a better processor and display. Realme U1 and Realme 3 are two great options from Realme. U1 comes with Helio P70 chipset and has a nice 25MP selfie camera as well.
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Redmi Y3 is a phone for those who take a lot of selfies and need a Redmi phone. If you don't take a lot of selfies then there are much better options available at a similar price point. The Redmi Note 7 costs exactly same and comes with better processor and display. Another great option is Realme U1 which has a powerful processor, a nice Full HD display and takes great selfies as well.