Targeted at influencers and users who love taking selfies and then posting them on social media, the Y3 is one of the cheapest smartphones we’ve seen so far with a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
On top of that, the latest Redmi model packs plenty of features to go along with its highlight spec, including AI Beautify, AI Portrait Selfies, auto HDR, screen flash, and 1080p video recording with optical image stabilization for less shaky footage. The rear setup, on the other hand, combines a 12-megapixel, f/2.2 camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor, which enables portrait photography for its users.
The Redmi Y3 is priced at ₹9,999 (around P7,442 or $142) for the 3GB/32GB variant while the 4/64GB storage model costs ₹11,999 (P8,924 or $171). It will be available in Bold Red, Elegant Blue, and Prime Black colorways.
Redmi Y3 official video
The first online sale in India is scheduled for April 30. There’s no confirmed Philippine pricing and release date for the Redmi Y3 at the time of publication of this article, and we don’t know for sure whether this handset will land on our shores.
As far as the overall specs sheet is concerned, though, how does the new Redmi Y3 stack up against the Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 — arguably two of the most popular budget offerings around? You see, the latter two are in the same price range as the newly launched smartphone. To get a better picture of how these devices compare with one another, check out the comparison table below.
It’s clear that the Redmi Y3’s biggest advantage will be in the selfie department, where it has a considerable advantage over the Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3. And as it should be because it’s a phone meant for self-portraits.
If you’re after general use, take note that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 inside the Y3 doesn’t compare favorably with the internals of the other two phones regardless of memory capacity. The Snapdragon 660 in the Redmi Note 7 and the MediaTek Helio P70 (for India) or P60 (for the Philippines) of the Realme 3 should be consistently faster in benchmarks and will render demanding games like PUBG Mobile and NBA 2K19 at smoother frame rates.
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