Xiaomi’s new Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7 try to offer a Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro-like experience at an even more affordable price point. The Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro are selling like hot cakes in India, if Xiaomi’s recent sales figures are any indication – Xiaomi says it has sold 10 lakh Redmi Note 7 devices (Redmi Note 7 + Redmi Note 7 Pro) in India in 1 month. Clearly, Xiaomi is looking to maintain the momentum with the Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7.
The Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7 maybe geared towards different target audiences (while the Redmi Y3 is a selfie-centric phone, the Redmi 7 is a value all-rounder, as per Xiaomi) but both the phones have so much in common, choosing which one to buy can be a tough decision. Of course, what you choose, will ultimately depend on what you’re looking for from your purchase – if you’re looking to take a lot of good-quality selfies, the Redmi Y3 is what you should be looking at, for instance. But because there’s a difference in pricing (the Redmi 7 is cheaper), it will help if you’re dead sure what you’re getting into – might as well save some money and get the Redmi 7 because the two phones are way too similar, for instance. After all, every rupee counts in the under Rs 10,000 price segment.
Broadly speaking, there are four key differences between the Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7. Both the phones differ (somewhat) in design, in front camera specification, in core configuration, and of course, in pricing.
Both the phones sport Xiaomi’s new aura gradient design scheme (seen in the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro), but there’s a slight difference in the way the two phones have been designed to look. While the Redmi 7 has what Xiaomi calls an aura smoke design, the Redmi Y3 comes with an aura prism effect. In the Redmi 7, the gradient shifts from bottom (light) to top (dark), while the Redmi Y3 sees a gradient shift from the sides inwards - which is why even though both the phones are available in black, red and blue, Xiaomi is using different terms to describe them. The Redmi Y3 will be available in Prime Black, Bold Red and Elegant Blue. The Redmi 7 will be available in Eclipse Black, Lunar Red and Comet Blue.
- Selfie camera
The Redmi Y3 has a segment first 32MP selfie camera – Xiaomi is using a Samsung GD1 sensor here, which is also seen in more expensive phones like the Vivo V15 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A70. The Redmi Y3’s front camera can also record electronically stabilized (EIS) 1080p videos at 30fps. There’s also software-based portrait mode. The Redmi 7, on the other hand, comes with an 8MP front camera.
- Core configuration
While the Redmi Y3 will be available in 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB variants, the Redmi 7 will be available in 2GB/32GB, 3GB/32GB variants.
The Redmi Y3 has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 9,999 for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, going all the way to Rs 11,999 for the top-end variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage – which interestingly is the same as the Redmi Note 7 (a phone that I called the best value for money at under Rs 10,000. You can read more about it here).
The Redmi 7 has meanwhile been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7,999 for the variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, going all the way to Rs 8,999 for the top-end variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
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Now, the similarities
- Both the Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7 come with a 6.26-inch 720p+ (HD+) display with a teardrop/waterdrop style notch.
- There’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection up-top and both the phones also retain the Redmi Note 7/Redmi Note 7 Pro’s P2i hydrophobic coating which makes them resistant to light accidental splashes of water/rain.
- Both the phones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor.
- Both the phones run Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10.
- Both the phones come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, IR blaster, dual-SIM 4G connectivity and storage expansion via a dedicated micro-SD card slot.
- Both the phones pack a 4,000mAh battery under the hood with 5V/2A charging through micro-USB.
- Both the Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7 have the same dual rear cameras as the Redmi Note 7 – which is a combination of a 12MP primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 2MP sensor for depth sensing aka portrait photography.