April 29 2019: While the Redmi range of devices from Xiaomi have been touted as jack-of-all-trades devices that strike the balance between style and performance, they recently launched a Y range of devices targeted at selfie-loving millennials who take their virtual, social lives rather seriously.
The third edition of this series -- Y3 --is a significant upgrade to any camera-centric phone Xiaomi has launched. With a 32 MP front camera with electronic image stabilization, a beefed-up AI portrait mode, and auto HDR, the Y3 churns out pretty impressive selfies, even in ultra low light. To make things easier, you just need to wave your palm to invoke the camera. The 12 MP + 2 MP dual rear camera allows super slow motion videos, superior depth sensing algorithms and a dual- LED flash. Powered by the Snapdragon 632 processor, the Y3 is juiced up by a 4000 mAh battery.
What really makes the Y3 stand out is its breakaway design: what Xiaomi calls an aura prism design. An exit from the dull blacks and shiny blues, the Y3 comes with a flaunt-worthy gradient, which is dark, almost black at the centre but gentle blends into shades of blue or red, vertically, making the back design very pleasant and classy. The reflective back doesn't have a block of colour, but symmetric lines that are well separated and defined. This design philosophy is new to Xiaomi, but one that is definitely here to stay. The camera and fingerprint module are snugly, seamlessly blended into the design. Priced at Rs. 9,999 (3 GB + 32 GB), and Rs. 11,999 (4 GB + 64 GB), the Redmi Y3 is a device that can take pictures and also deserves to be photographed!
Redmi 7: A little bit of everything
If you are a typical Redmi fan who believes that a smart phone should do a little bit of everything, the company has launched the Redmi 7, just for you. With pretty much similar specs as the Y2. the Redmi 7 comes in an 8 MP selfie camera with AI protrait and beautify modes, along with a 12 MP + 2 MP rear cameras. The 6.2 inches device comes with new aura smoke design that flows like lava. In other words, keep the device upright and you can see a clear solid gradient that begins heavily at the bottom, and smoothens out to almost black as your eyes travels up. With Gorilla Glass 5, the device is sturdy yet stylish. Priced at Rs. 7,999 (2 GB + 32 GB), and Rs. 8,999 (3 GB + 32 GB), the Redmi 7 is good value for an all-in-one device. Vishnu Anand