The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is Xiaomi’s first selfie-focused smartphone in its series to be released in India. The Y series was created with the intention of targeting younger customers who are looking for phones that having a great camera, especially a front-facing one, for relatively low pricing.
With the Redmi Y1’s launch, Xiaomi is now in competition with Oppo and Vivo. Both brands have been creating its user base by having selfie-focused phones for a while now, but this new Xiaomi phone may take away from their current or potential future users.
The Redmi Y is a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 5A, which was announced in China back in August. The highlight of the smartphone is its 16-megapixel front camera that also includes an LED light that can give you the best selfie pictures.
The release event not only announced the Redmi Y1, but it also revealed the Redmi Y1 Lite and MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM. The Y1 Lite is similar to the Redmi 4A in that it is the cheaper variant of the Redmi Y1. Xiaomi also confirmed the new MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM will be released starting from mid-November for compatible devices within India.
Redmi Y1 Physical Features
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 has many great features for a smartphone. These features include:
- A dual SIM system
- A 5.5-inch HD screen (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
- Snapdragon 435 mobile platform
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 8
- Fingerprint scanner on the back
- Infrared sensor that can control smart devices in your home or office
While these are all outstanding features, this new smartphone will also be one of the Xiaomi devices that can upgrade to the latest MIUI skin, MIUI 9.
Because the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 main draw is its front-facing camera, let’s cover the camera specifications.
The rear camera has 13 megapixels with an LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. The front-facing camera has 16 megapixels with an LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, an OmniVision sensor, and a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens.
The wide lens and great camera quality of the front facing camera is perfect for selfies on your own or in a larger group.
This smartphone currently has two different storage variants: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It can even be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card put into your device.
Unlike its predecessor, the Redmi 4, there isn’t hybrid SIM support available for the Redmi Y1. With this smartphone, a user can use 2 SIMs and a microSD simultaneously.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is 153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm in size and weighs 153 grams. It uses a 3080mAh battery for better battery usage. It can connect with 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS and GLOASS.
Redmi Y1 Lite
The Redmi Y1 Lite has many of the same capabilities and features as the Redmi Y1, but it has a few different features to it. This includes:
- A 5.5-inch HD display
- 1.4GHz quadcore Snapdragon 425 processor
- Dual Nano SIM support
- 2GB RAM and 16 GB of storage
- Can expand storage to 128 GB with a microSD
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- 3080mAh battery
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite Price
The Redmi Y1 with the 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage will cost Rs. 8,999. The 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will cost Rs. 10,999. The Redmi Y1 Lite will cost Rs. 6,999, as it is meant to be the more price-friendly smartphone of the two models.
Both the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite are available in gold and dark gray colors. They will be available on Amazon.in, Mi-com, and Mi Home starting November 8th.
These are both great phone models for you to consider, although the Redmi Y1 Lite real advantage over the Redmi Y1 is only in its price tag. If you are interested in taking photos and selfies, these are excellent smartphone models to consider buying as your next device.