Also, the Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite are supported by a 3,080mAh battery and run on Android Nougat-based MIUI 9.
Xiaomi launched Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite in India on November 2, 2017. According to the Chinese company, both the Y1 and Y1 Lite versions are an integral part of a completely new series of phones which are mainly targeted at the youth seeking a big screen as well as a great selfie experience.
Redmi Y1’s variant offering an internal storage capacity of 32GB and 3GB RAM is priced at Rs.8,999 whereas the variant with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM costs Rs.10,999. On the other hand, the Redmi Y1 Lite comes with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM and costs Rs.6,999. In both the handsets the storage capacity is expandable up to 128GB through a micro-SD card slot.
Both the budget smartphones will be available via Amazon India and Mi.com starting from November 8, 2017. Post that these handsets can also be purchased offline through Xiaomi’s retail partners as well as Mi Home stores.
Going by the specifications, both the ultra-affordable smartphones are a blend of the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A. Both the handsets feature a 5.5-inch LCD display offering a resolution of 720×1280 pixels along with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Generally, phones that are priced between Rs.8,999 and Rs.10,999 feature a 5-inch display. Moreover, both the handsets come with dual-SIM backing. The Redmi Y1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor along with 3GB RAM as well as an Adreno 505 GPU. As for the Redmi Y1 Lite, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. Also, the Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite are supported by a 3,080mAh battery and run on Android Nougat-based MIUI 9.
Redmi Y1 is the company’s first handset in India which sports a 16MP front-facing camera. The camera’s most touted feature is a LED selfie-light, which allows the user to click better selfies in conditions offering low light. Another highlight is the Beautify 3.0 feature which helps one enhance the beauty of selfie photos. This feature has a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The Redmi Y1 Lite sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. In addition to this, the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite come with a rear 13-megapixel camera comprising PDAF as well as LED flash.
The MIUI 9 software with a Global Stable custom Android skin is meant for compatible phones in India. This software update in both the phones, focuses on India-centric features as well as data security. Both the smartphones comprise interesting features like a panchaang calendar, IRCTC card which makes SMSes by IRCTC easy to read and Indian festival cards.
To conclude, both the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 as well as the Redmi Y1 Lite seem to be rebranded versions of the Redmi Note 5A Prime and Note 5A which were recently launched in China. Both the handsets have similar features in terms of build and design. In fact, the hardware specifications are similar too. And, as for the Indian market, the Redmi Y1 is being touted as a selfie-centric phone whereas the Y1 Lite is promising to deliver an experience similar to a Redmi 4A, albeit on a bigger screen.