Xiaomi has launched their latest selfie focused smartphone, the Redmi Y1 which comes with a 16MP front facing camera at an event in New Delhi. The device is a re-branded Redmi 5A which was launched earlier this year in China. It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display and has twp variant – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It is powered by Snapdragon 435 chipset.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 has been priced at Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM variant while the 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 10,999. Both variant will be available from November 8th exclusively on Amazon India along with Mi.com. Along side the Redmi Y1 another device was also launched – Redmi Y1 Lite which comes with toned down specifications priced at Rs. 6,999.
You can check out the specifications of Redmi Y1 here –
Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Y1:
- Display: 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D curved glass display, 450 nits brightness and Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- Processor: 1.4GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 with Adreno 505 GPU
- RAM and Storage: 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
- Camera: 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and a 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash, OmniVision sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 76.4-degree wide-angle lens
- OS: Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with MIUI 8, upgradable to MIUI 9
- Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / GLOASS, Fingerprint sensor and Infrared sensor
- Battery: 3080mAh
XIAOMI Redmi Y1 FAQ and DOUBTS:
How is the Display on Redmi Y1?
It comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution.
Does Redmi Y1 come with Gorilla Glass protection for the Display?
Yes, it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top.
How much is the RAM and Storage in Redmi Y1?
It is available in two variants – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB storage space which can be expanded further upto 128GB using microSD card (Hybrid SIM slot).
What is the OS version in Redmi Y1?
It comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with MIUI 8 on top which will be updated to MIUI 9 shortly.
Does Xiaomi Redmi Y1 have MIUI skin and Xiaomi Apps installed?
Yes, it comes with MIUI 8 on top of Android Nougat 7.1.1 which will be updated shortly to MIUI 9.
What are the camera specifications and how is the camera in Xiaomi Redmi Y1?
The device comes with 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and a 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash, OmniVision sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 76.4-degree wide-angle lens.
Does Xiaomi Redmi Y1 rear and front camera have Optical Image Stabilization or OIS?
No, it does not come with OIS. It comes with PDAF.
Does Redmi Y1 come with OTG support and NFC connectivity?
Yes, it comes with OTG support and No, it does not support NFC connectivity.
When will Xiaomi Redmi Y1 get Android Oreo update?
It comes with Android 7.1.1 OS on top with MIUI 8, the company has not revealed when the device will be getting Android Oreo update.
Can you play 4K Videos on Xiaomi Redmi Y1?
No, the display resolution is only HD and you can only play up to HD resolution videos.
Does Xiaomi Redmi Y1 support 4G VoLTE?
Yes, it supports 4G VoLTE
Does it come with Dual SIM support?
Yes, it supports dual Nano SIM cards
Does it have expandable storage?
Yes, it can be expanded using microSD card in the Hybrid SIM slot for the second SIM.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 come with 3.5mm headphone jack?
Yes, it comes with 3.5mm headphone jack which is located on the bottom.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 have Type-C or micro USB port?
It comes with Micro USB port for charging and Data transfer.
When and where will Xiaomi Redmi Y1 be available?
The device will be available from November 8th exclusively on Amazon.in and Mi.com online.
Will the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 be available offline in Mi Home Store?
Yes, the device will be available offline in Mi Home Store and other Xiaomi Mi partner stores across India.
What is the price of Xiaomi Redmi Y1?
The device is priced at Rs. 8,999 for 3GB/32GB variant while 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs.10,999 and will be available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold colors.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Pros and Cons:
Pros of Redmi Y1:
- 16MP front facing camera
- Aggressive pricing
- Fast fingerprint sensor
Cons of Redmi Y1:
There is nothing much to not like about the device at the moment, it is priced well. We will be updating this section after using it for a week.
Final Verdict on Xiaomi Redmi Y1:
Xiaomi has once again got the pricing spot on for what is being offered. With the device being selfie-centric smartphone, the 16MP front facing camera is a first of its kind in this price range, the pictures taken from the camera appear to be pretty good with good lighting, contrast, saturation and the beauty mode is also available. If you are looking for a smartphone is this price range, it is best of the lot at the moment.