Xiaomi openly marketed its Redmi Y2 against the Realme 1. It didn’t miss any chance to take a jab on Oppo’s online brand Realme and even remodeled the latter’s tagline “Real Me” to “Real You” for its device. (हिंदी में पढ़े)

The Redmi Y2 is Xiaomi’s second selfie-centric phone and the successor to Redmi Y1, launched last year. It features decent specifications and an AI-backed front camera, which is touted to deliver amazing selfies. It’s isn’t every day when we see a Xiaomi phone being out-specced by any other brand. So, yes. This is one interesting battle. Let’s dive deeper, stack the two together, and single out the Value-for-money champ out of the two:

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Xiaomi Redmi Y2 vs Realme 1

Model Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Realme 1
Display 5.99-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 IPS display 6-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display
Processor 2.0GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6711 Helio P60 SoC with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB (dedicated card slot) 32GB/64GB/128GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot)
Software Android 8.1 Oreo- MIUI 9 Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS
Primary Camera 12MP+5MP LED flash, PDAF, f/2.2aperture, EIS, Full HD recording 13MP with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture
Secondary Camera 16MP front-facing camera with soft LED flash and AI beauty feature 8MP with f/2.2 aperture
Dimensions and Weight 160.73 × 77.26 × 8.1mm; 170g 156×75.3×7.8mm; 158g
Battery 3080mAh built-in battery 3410mAh Battery
Others Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Fingerprint sensor, and IR Blaster Dual-SIM, 4G Volte, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, Face Unlock
Price Rs. 9,999/ Rs. 12,999 Rs. 8,990/Rs. 10,990/Rs. 13,990

Design and Build

The Realme 1 is one of the best looking phones at the affordable mid-range segment. Its most-hyped color variant – the Black Diamond, comes with fiber-glass back and triangular patterns that accentuate the phone’s look when looked from different angles under lights. Its other colors – Solar Red and Midnight Silver, are equally eye-pleasing and attractive.

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The Redmi Y2, on the other hand, follows with the same design as the other Redmi phones launched this year, but with a minor twist. The rear panel has a full metal finish (even when it’s plastic-made).

Both phones flaunt an 18:9 full vision display with a fair amount of bezels on the front. The Redmi Y2 offers a fingerprint sensor whereas the Realme 1 has Face unlock as the only biometrics.


There isn’t a major difference in the screen size of both phones, but Realme 1’s 6-inch Full HD+ display that offer a better picture quality and vivid colors as compared to the Redmi Y2 5.9-inch HD+ panel. The panels aren’t quite bezel-less on both phones, though.

Performance and Software

The Redmi Y2 flaunts the same innards as the Redmi Note 5 that was launched back in February. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, supported by up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB internal storage. The storage is further expandable up to 256GB.

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Contrary to this, the Realme 1 is equipped with MediaTek Helio P60 mobile chipset, paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage space. The storage is further expandable up to 256GB.

The Helio P60 is the latest mid-range chipset from MediaTek and has a built-in NPU to pull-off phone’s AI-related activity. On the performance front, it can beat the Qualcomm’s dated SD 625 hands down. The Realme 1 is a clear winner here, but for budget constrained users, the Redmi Y2 won’t be a bad choice either.

Both phones run on the custom UI on top of Android Oreo as the base software. While the Redmi Y2 has MIUI 9, the Realme 1 has Oppo’s Color OS 5.0. We are not a fan of either of the two, but if you ask us, the MIUI 9 is infinitely better in comparison.

Camera and Battery

The Redmi Y2 camera hardware gives it an upper hand over Realme 1. Xiaomi phone packs dual-rear camera setup where the primary sensor is a 12-megapixel and second sensor is a 5-megapixel shooter. Up front, it has a 16-megapixel for selfies and video calling backed by soft LED flash and AI beauty feature.

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The Realme 1, on the other hand, sports single sensors 8MP and 16MP both on the front and rear panel, respectively. The cameras also use AI-technology to enhance result and can shoot images with blur background aka portrait mode, just like Redmi Y2.

As for the battery, the Redmi Y2 houses a 3080mAh battery whereas the Realme 1 packs a 3410mAh battery. Neither of the devices supports fast charging, but the Realme 1 has a beefier power unit paired with power efficient chipset and is thus expected to last longer than the Redmi Y2.

Realme 1 vs Redmi Y2: Which One Should You Buy?

On the face of it, the Realme 1 has a more pleasant design, is better looking, and offers modern perks like dual 4G dual VoLTE support. The primary Redmi Y2 advantage over Realme 1 has to be its MIUI software.

What works for Xiaomi Redmi Y2?

  • Better camera hardware
  • Better software
  • Fingerprint sensor



What works for Realme 1?

  • Better chipset
  • Display quality is superior
  • Good looking
  • Offers better battery backup
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE
  • Comparatively cheaper


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