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Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Vs Redmi Note 5: which is the better budget phone?

Xiaomi recently launched its latest selfie-focused smartphone dubbed as the Redmi Y2 in India. The latest phone in the Redmi Y series comes with several new features such as an 18:9 display, 16MP AI-powered selfie camera, and dual rear cameras. The Redmi Y2 is available starting at Rs. 9,999 in India.

With this pricing, the latest phone from Xiaomi gives competition to its own siblings. Xiaomi launched its Redmi Note 5 back in February at the same starting price and with mostly similar features except the camera. The Redmi Y2 comes with improved cameras and latest Android, whereas Redmi Note 5 still runs on an older Android and has slightly inferior cameras.

Let’s find out which Xiaomi device is better in the budget segment by comparing both of them.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Specifications

Key Specifications Redmi Y2 Redmi Note 5
Display 5.99-inch IPS LCD 18:9 ratio 5.99-inch IPS LCD 18:9 ratio
Screen Resolution HD+ 720×1440 pixels FHD+ 2160×1080 pixels
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 9
 Processor Octa-core Octa-core
Chipset Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB 32GB/64GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256GB Yes, up to 256GB
Primary Camera Dual: 12 MP + 5 MP (f/2.2, 1.25µm), PDAF, LED flash 12MP, 1.25μm pixel, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Dual LED flash, PDAF
Secondary Camera 16 MP with f/2.0, Selfie-light, Super Pixel and AI Beautify 4.0 5MP, Beautify 4.0, Selfie-light
Video Recording [email protected] [email protected]
Battery 3080mAh 4000 mAh
4G VoLTE Yes Yes
Dimensions 160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm 158.5mm x 75.45 x 8.05 mm
Weight 180 g 180 g
Water Resistant No No
Sim Card Type Dual Nano SIM with dedicated slot Hybrid Dual SIM
Price 3GB/32GB- Rs. 9,999

4GB/64GB- Rs. 12,999

3GB/32GB- Rs. 9,999

4GB/64GB- Rs. 11,999


Design: Metal finish vs Metal unibody

The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 comes with plastic body brushed with a metallic finish and a rounded back with stylish separation lines which make it a unique design. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, comes with a new refreshed metal unibody design with metal back and front glass. The Redmi Note 5 feels premium because of its all unibody metal design, matte back, and solid build quality.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5

So, overall in terms of design, Redmi Note 5 is a winner here because of its metallic body which makes it sturdy as well as give it a premium look.

18:9 Display: HD+ Vs FHD+

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch LCD display with an HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. Further, it comes with 18:9 aspect ratio which means it has a full-screen display with minimum bezels. While the Redmi Note 5 features a similar 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display with minimum bezels on each side. However, the Redmi Note 5 sports an FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) screen resolution.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5

We found the display of Redmi Note 5 to be sharper, thanks to the FHD+ resolution.

16MP AI selfie camera vs 5MP selfie camera

Redmi Y2 is a selfie-centric smartphone and there is a 16MP front camera with f/2.0, LED flash and 2.0µm pixel size and AI beautify 4.0. Redmi Y2 also offers portrait mode in the front camera. The company has used ‘Super Pixel’ technology to combine four pixels into one large 2.0 µm pixel for better low light selfies. Another feature is the face unlock.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

While there is a 5MP front camera with an LED Selfie-light and Beautify 3.0 on Redmi Note 5. The front camera can also record videos at [email protected] Overall, when we compare both the phones’ front camera, Redmi Y2 is definitely a winner with its 16MP front camera.

Front Camera Samples

Dual rear camera Vs Single rear camera

Coming to the rear camera, the Redmi Y2 sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12 MP primary sensor with f/2.2, 1.25µm pixel size and a 5 MP secondary sensor with LED flash.

While the Redmi Note 5 comes with a single rear camera of a 12MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and dual LED flash for improved focusing and low-light photography. The rear camera also has features like HDR and panorama.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Here again, the dual camera setup on Redmi Y2 results in better pictures than Redmi Note 5.

Redmi Y2 has same dual rear camera setup as Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Rear camera Samples

Hardware: Same Snapdragon 625

The Redmi Y2 comes powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. The smartphone comes with 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage options. If we talk about the Snapdragon 625, it is the same octa-core processor that we have seen on Redmi Note 5. So, both the phones are similar in terms of hardware. Even their benchmark scores also match.

Software: Nougat Vs Oreo

Software-wise, the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 runs MIUI 9.5 skin on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. While the Redmi Note 5 still comes with Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 9 skin on top. It is not yet known when the company will release the Android 8.0 Oreo update for this phone. So, here again with the latest Android Oreo, Redmi Y2 wins.

Battery and Connectivity

The Redmi Y2 is powered by a 3,080mAh non-removable battery which is said to offer full-day juice. While the Redmi Note 5 is powered by a massive 4,000mAh battery which is enough to provide more than one day of usage. So, in terms of battery Redmi Note 5 wins.

Redmi Y2

When it comes to connectivity, both the phones have the usual Wi-Fi, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack options.

Redmi Y2 supports dual Nano-SIM cards and comes with a dedicated microSD slot. While Redmi Note 5 comes with a hybrid Dual SIM card slot.


Redmi Y2 and Redmi Note 5 both have been priced at Rs. 9,999 in India for the 3GB/32GB models. Xiaomi which has always been known for its aggressive pricing has once again offered the new phone with the affordable price tag. The all-new Redmi Y2 which is priced same as the Redmi Note 5 is definitely a good contender. Despite coming with the same processor as Redmi Note 5, Redmi Y2 seems to be a better option with its better cameras, latest software experience, and a refreshed design.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.