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Oppo RealMe 1 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Y2: which one is better budget smartphone?

Oppo recently announced its new smartphone brand in India- Realme. The first smartphone from the new brand Realme 1 is a budget smartphone which comes with features like 6-inch 18:9 display, octa-core Helio P60 processor with up to 6GB RAM and AI features with face unlock etc. Realme 1 price in India starts at Rs. 8,990 and goes up to Rs. 13,990.

With this pricing, the Realme 1 gives stiff competition to smartphones from already established brands in the budget segment like Xiaomi. To recall, Xiaomi has recently launched a selfie-focused smartphone Redmi Y2 in India that the company touted as ‘RealYou’.

The Redmi Y2 comes with features like 18:9 display, 16MP AI-powered selfie camera, and dual rear cameras etc and its price in India starts at Rs. 9,999.

Let’s find out between RealMe or RealYou, which one is the better budget smartphone!

Oppo Realme 1 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Specifications

Key Specifications Realme 1 Redmi Y2
Display 6.0-inch IPS LCD 18:9 ratio 5.99-inch IPS LCD 18:9 ratio
Screen Resolution FHD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels HD+ 720×1440 pixels
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.0 Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9
 Processor Octa-core Octa-core
Chipset Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 Snapdragon 625
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 506
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB/128GB 32GB/64GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256GB Yes, up to 256GB
Primary Camera 13 MP (f/2.2), PDAF, LED flash Dual: 12 MP + 5 MP (f/2.2, 1.25µm), PDAF, LED flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP (f/2.2) 16 MP with f/2.0, Selfie-light, Super Pixel and AI Beautify 4.0
Video Recording [email protected] [email protected]
Battery 3410 mAh 3080mAh
4G VoLTE Yes Yes
Dimensions 156.5 x 75.2 x 7.8 mm 160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm
Weight 155g 180 g
Water Resistant No No
Sim Card Type Dual Nano-SIM with dedicated slot Dual Nano SIM with dedicated slot
Price 3GB/32GB- Rs. 8,990

4GB/64GB- Rs. 10,990

6GB/128GB- Rs. 13,990

3GB/32GB- Rs. 9,999

4GB/64GB- Rs. 12,999

Design: Glass back vs Metal finish

If we talk about the design of the two smartphones, the Realme 1 stands out with its unique design. The phone has a diamond-cut pattern with a reflective glass-like back that provides it a premium look.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 comes with plastic body brushed with a metallic finish. It has a rounded back with stylish separation lines which make it a unique design as well, but it doesn’t look premium.

So, overall in terms of design, Realme1 is a winner here because of its diamond cut glass back body which gives it a premium look.

18:9 Display: FHD+ Vs HD+

RealMe 1

The Realme 1 features a 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display with minimum bezels on each side.  The display has an FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) screen resolution.

While Xiaomi Redmi Y2 sports a similar 5.99-inch LCD display with an HD+ screen resolution (720 x 1440 pixels). Further, it also comes with 18:9 aspect ratio which means it has a full-screen display with minimum bezels.

Talking about the comparison, the display of Realme 1 seems to be sharper because of its FHD+ resolution.

Cameras: 8MP selfie Vs 16MP AI selfie

There is an 8MP front camera with several AI features on Realme 1. The front camera has features like Vivid Bokeh, AI Beauty, AR Sticker, and AI scene recognition. It also features Face Unlock which the company claims can unlock the phone in just 0.1 seconds.

On the other hand, Redmi Y2 is a selfie-centric smartphone and has a 16MP front camera with f/2.0, LED flash and 2.0µm pixel size. It also comes with AI beautify 4.0 and offers portrait mode in the front camera.

Front Camera Samples

So, here we can see Realme 1 overexposes the selfie while Redmi Y2 takes little dull pictures while keeping the colors real. You cannot really decide which one is better at first, however, with more accurate coloring and better specs on paper Redmi Y2 wins here.

Single Rear Camera Vs Dual Rear Camera

Coming to the rear camera, the Realme comes with a single rear camera of 16MP. It has a f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and LED flash as features with depth effect, super vivid and HDR modes as well.

While 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. The rear camera has features like HDR and panorama.

Rear Camera Samples

Here again, the dual camera setup on Redmi Y2 results in better pictures than the Realme 1. The single 13-megapixel rear camera on Realme 1, despite having depth effect cannot match the effect of the dual cameras.

Here are some other pictures to compare:

Hardware: Helio P60 Vs Snapdragon 625

The Realme 1 comes with a much more capable Helio P60 processor that also comes with AI capabilities thanks to a dedicated APU (AI processing unit). It is coupled with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM.

Whereas the Redmi Y2 comes powered by Snapdragon 625 processor 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.

Helio P60 chipset inside Realme 1 is based on the power-efficient 12nm fabrication process.

So, in terms of hardware, the Realme 1 manages to push the Redmi Y2 over as the former packs a more powerful AI capable Helio P60 processor. Following are their benchmark scores:

Software: ColorOS Vs MIUI

Software-wise, both the phones come with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. Realme 1 comes with ColorOS 5.0 on top while the Redmi Y2 runs MIUI 9.5 skin on top of Oreo.

Both ColorOS of Oppo and Xiaomi’s MIUI come with a number of features and the choice of UI largely depends upon the user preference. So, both phones are kinda similar in terms of software.

Battery and Connectivity

The Realme 1 is powered by a massive 3,410 mAh battery with AI Battery Management which is enough to provide more than one day of usage. While Redmi Y2 is powered by a 3,080mAh battery which is said to offer full-day usage. So, in terms of battery Realme 1 is a winner.

When it comes to connectivity, both the phones support usual connectivity features. They both also come with dual Nano-SIM cards and a dedicated microSD slot support as well.


The RealMe 1 and Redmi Y2 both have been priced aggressively in India to lure the first time Android users while offering all the essential features. If we talk about the comparison, Realme 1 is a winner in terms of design, display, and hardware while Redmi Y2 has good results in terms of camera and also has a refreshed design. Overall, if you are not a fan of any of the company and looking for a phone with solid performance, Realme 1 is a good option.


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.