Xiaomi launched the Redmi Y3 in India a day ago, making the country the first market to get the phone. The Redmi Y3 is the second phone this year to launch in India first, the first being the Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is the fourth Redmi phone to launch in India in 2019, and we pit it against the Redmi Note 7 to see the major differences between the two. The two phones fall in the same price range, and have a large 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Y3's big USP is its 32-megapixel sensor, while the Redmi Note 7 offers the Snapdragon 660 SoC.
The Redmi Y3 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB R AM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. It will be available on Amazon India, Mi.com, Mi Home stores from April 30 in Bold Red, Elegant Blue, and Prime Black colour variants. Redmi Y3 launch offers include up to 1,120GB of 4G data from Airtel, as well as unlimited calling.
The Redmi Note 7 is also priced in India starting at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB/ 32GB variant, while its 6GB/ 64GB model is priced at Rs. 11,999. The Redmi Note 7 has Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue colour variants. It is available via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores.
The Redmi Y3 and the Redmi Note 7 (Review) have identical designs with a waterdrop-style notch up front, a slight chin at the bottom, a dual rear camera setup at the back, and a rear fingerprint sensor as well. Both the phones run on MIUI 10 based on Android Pie, and feature dual-SIM slots. The Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display along with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Y3, on the other hand, sports a 6.26-inch HD+ (720x1520 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D glass, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The Redmi Y3 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The Redmi Y3 offers 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, depending on the variant, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) with its own dedicated card slot. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 7 has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired also with 3GB and 4GB RAM options. Internal storage options are 32GB and 64GB, and expansion of memory via microSD card slot is up to 256GB.
In terms of optics, the Redmi Y3 bears a dual rear camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 1.25-micron pixel size, while the secondary camera has a 2-megapixel depth-sensing sensor. The rear setup features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), electronic image stabilisation (EIS), and a dual-LED flash module. On the front, the Redmi Y3 bears a 32-megapixel selfie camera with EIS, auto HDR, and an AI portrait mode.
The Redmi Note 7 has a similar dual rear camera setup along with a 12-megapixel primary sensor that comes with an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, there is a 13-megapixel sensor at the front. The camera supports AI Portrait mode and has features such as AI Beautify (4.0), Face recognition, HDR support, and AI scene detection to recognise up to 12 scenes.
Both the Redmi Y3 and Redmi Note 7 pack 4,000mAh batteries, support rear fingerprint scanners, and offer connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Redmi Note 7 comes with a USB Type-C port for fast charging support, and the Redmi Y3 supports Micro-USB. The Redmi Note 7 also supports Bluetooth v5, while the Redmi Y3 offers Bluetooth v4.2. Redmi Note 7 also supports an Infrared (IR blaster), measures 159.21x75.21x8.1mm and weighs 185 grams. The Redmi Y3, on the other hand, measures at 158.73x75.58x8.47mm, and weighs 180 grams
Do Redmi 7 and Redmi Y3 prices in India show that Xiaomi's missed a trick? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
|Overall NDTV Rating|
|Battery Life Rating|
|Value for Money Rating|
|Model||Redmi Y3||Redmi Note 7|
|Release date||April 1, 2019||January 1, 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||158.73 x 75.58 x 8.47||159.21 x 75.21 x 8.10|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000||4000|
|Colours||Prime Black, Bold Red, Elegant Blue||Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue|
|Fast charging||-||Quick Charge|
|Screen size (inches)||6.26||6.30|
|Resolution||720x1520 pixels||1080x2340 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||-||409|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||No|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 2-megapixel||12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 2-megapixel|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus||Yes|
|Rear flash||Dual LED||LED|
|Front camera||32-megapixel||13-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android 9.0|
|Skin||MIUI 10.2||MIUI 10|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||-||Yes|