Xiaomi has once again done what it’s good at – launching promising smartphones at highly aggressive prices. This time company has launched a selfie-focused device that’s bound to be a solid competitor of many existing smartphones in the budget segment. The device is called Redmi Y1, and it has got some unique stuff up its sleeve. In this article, we’ll take a look at all the specs, features, pros and cons of Xiaomi Redmi Y1 so you can determine whether to purchase it or not. Let’s begin:
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Specifications
Specs-wise Redmi Y1 is more or less similar to Redmi 4. It comes with same Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, internal storage options of 32GB and 64GB and same 13mp primary camera. The differences exist in the display, battery, Android version, and front camera. The display of Redmi Y1 is 5.5-inches large in comparison to 5-inches of Redmi 4, but even here you can find similarities because the resolution is still HD (1,280 x 720 px).
The battery of Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is 3,080 mAh, while Redmi 4 comes with a more generous 4,000 mAh battery. In such a scenario, the only major difference is that of the front camera – Redmi Y1 has got a 16mp selfie camera, which is the highlighting feature that separates it from most other offerings available in the same price bracket.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Features
As I said above, the major highlight of Redmi Y1 is its 16mp front-facing camera, complete with a self-toned LED selfie light. The phone has also got Beautify 3.0, which can enhance the selfies in a much better way. Rest we’ve the fingerprint sensor of device is on its back, and latest MIUI 9 ROM based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Price
The price of Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is exactly what we’d expect from Xiaomi: highly aggressive. The 32GB version of Redmi Y1 has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while 64GB version will cost Rs. 10,999. Redmi Y1 is available in Golden and Dark Gray colors, and company’s website says that a Rose Gold version will also be available soon.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Pros and Cons
With specs, features, and price of the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 already in mind, now we can analyze the pros and cons of this selfie-centric budget smartphone. Let’s begin with the pros first:
- Great selfie camera: The front facing camera is the strongest point of Redmi Y1, undoubtedly. So if you want a phone that’s best at taking selfies without costing a lot then this is arguably the best piece that you can get.
- Android Nougat: Redmi Y1 also comes loaded with Android Nougat, which increases its chances of eventually getting the Oreo update.
- Powerful configuration: Lastly, the Snapdragon 435 and 4GB RAM combo is very powerful. With this combination, Redmi Y1 can perform much better than most smartphones available in the sub-10k price bracket.
However, despite all this goodness, there’re also some limitations of this device. Given below are the major cons of Redmi Y1:
- Average display resolution: It’s weird that Xiaomi decided to launch this device with the 5.5-inch display and HD resolution. Such a large display requires at least Full HD resolution to look pleasing to the eyes. We’ve no idea about why they did so.
- Non-removable battery: This has become sort of a standard limitation for Xiaomi smartphones. The battery of Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is non-removable, which means that you can’t replace it yourself when it goes bad.
- Limited color options: This one is not a limitation for most people, but for some of us it actually is. The device comes in golden and gray color options only – at least for now. We don’t know when company’s promised Rose Gold variant of the device will be available, so, for now, this is also a limitation.
So these were the specs, features, price, pros and cons of this newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Y1 smartphone. What do you think about it? Will you purchase it? Share your thoughts in the comments.