• #Redmi Y1

    Redmi Y1 review: Pocket-friendly selfie smartphone

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:20 IST

    Xiaomi has now expanded its budget smartphone line-up in India with the selfie-centric "Redmi Y" series.

    Redmi Y1 review: Pocket-friendly selfie smartphone
    Xiaomi Redmi Y1

    The new Redmi Y1 device comes in two variants - 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage at Rs 8,999 and 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory variant at Rs 10,999.

    At this price point for the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM devices, Redmi Y1 essentially competes with "Canvas Infinity" from Micromax (which costs Rs 10,999) and Redmi Note 4 (Rs 9,999) - a hugely-popular Xiaomi device.

    Xiaomi's maiden shot at catching up with the trend of selfie-focused smartphones does not go waste. It accommodates a 5.5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla glass on the top.

    Redmi Y1 features a 16MP front camera with selfie light that captured detailed selfies and had accurate colour reproduction. Additionally, there are "smart" and "pro" modes that help in further smoothening the portrait shots.

    The front shooter has an aperture of f/2.0 and can record video at up to 1080p resolution. The rear camera on the device is a 13MP sensor with phase detection auto focus (PDAF) and single-tone LED flash.

    Similar to that of other Xiaomi devices, the camera app of Redmi Y1 houses modes such as "Panorama", "Beautify" and "Manual".

    But, Photography in low-light conditions was pretty challenging for Redmi Y1's primary camera.

    Images taken in day-light conditions had enough detail and good colour balance. The device offers a metal unibody design with antenna bands running at the top and bottom on the rear side.

    Interestingly, Redmi Y1 has a very light-form factor that makes handling it very easy. The fingerprint sensor at the back is quite handy and unlocks the phone fast.

    The Snapdragon 435 processor does its job well in powering the device as well as keeping it cool while we played some power-intensive games such as "Prime Peaks".

    There was no noticeable stutter when we opened multiple tabs on the Chrome browser, streamed music and used social media apps.

    The smartphone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system (OS) with its custom MIUI 8 on top.

    Xiaomi's latest MIUI 9 upgrade that includes India-specific features that started rolling out from November 3 is likely to be rolled out for Redmi Y1 soon as well.

    Specifications:

    - 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 435 SoC
    - 3GB/4GB RAM
    - 32GB/64GB ROM
    - 5.5 Inch HD IPS Display
    - Dual SIM
    - 13MP Autofocus Camera With LED Flash
    - 16MP Front Camera With LED Flash
    - 4G
    - Bluetooth 4.2
    - Fingerprint Sensor
    - Infrared Sensor
    - 3080mAh Battery

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