Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Xiaomi Redmi Y1
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Excellence Score
26.8
26.2
Value for Money Score
69.0
68.2
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2017 Nov, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading mode, Colour Temperature Adjustment 2.5D Curved Glass, Night Display mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 435Ranked #62 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, BSI Sensor, 1.12um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus, Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low Light Enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Smart; Pro Beautify, Face Recognition, Full HD Video Recording LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 76.4-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.4 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 165 gm 153 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 240 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 32.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Gaming: 12 hrs, Navigation: 15 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 75 hrs, Reading Time: 21 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • High-end, premium metal design, and excellent build quality - befitting a much more expensive phone
  • Impressive, bright display, with great color accuracy
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • MIUI on top of Android works great, runs fast, and has excellent theming and customization options, making it easy to find the look you want
  • Powerful Spandragon 625 chipset ensures smooth, effortless performance all throughout
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Pretty decent camera - although it tends to produce photos a little bit on the soft side - but overall it's good, and a significant improvement over the Redmi Note 3
  • Top-notch battery life - again, improved even over the already very good Redmi Note 3 - even with heavy usage, you can get close to two full days out of it
  • Decent design, similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 4 - good build quality too, though its based on plastic
  • Fairly light at 153g
  • Fast and conveniently located fingerprint scanner
  • Dedicated Dual SIM slots and microSD slot (as opposed to the Hybrid slot on the likes of the Redmi Note 4)
  • Decent 5.5 inch display with 2.5D curved Corning GorillaGlass for protection - colour reproduction is accurate and viewing angles are quite good - you can also tweak the display by changing the colour temperature and contrast to suit your taste
  • MIUI is one of the better Android skins offering plenty of themes/flexibility
  • Some of the added features include Dual Apps (which lets you create two instances of an app on the phone so you can have two instances of apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and others) and a "reading" mode
  • Reliable performance with proven hardware - provides a decent lag free experience throughout, the phone is quick to launch apps, and it can multitask with several apps running, without killing background processes - overall the performance is similar to the Redmi 4 which has pretty much the same hardware
  • The highlight of the Y1 are its 16-megapixel front-facing camera and diffused selfie flash, along with beauty modes - the front camera works pretty well - and is arguably the best selfie camera in this price bracket
  • The speaker on the right grill is pretty loud (though it is also easy to muffle when holding the phone in landscape mode)
  • If you're in the market specifically looking for a selfie-centric phone and you're on a tight budget, the Redmi Y1 makes for a pretty solid option
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Audio quality via headphones is average
  • Doesn't use the new USB-C standard
  • Plastic based construction (versus the metal build for the Redmi 4, or the Redmi Note 4)
  • The rear camera is pretty average - while photos taken in daylight have decent amounts of detail and accurate colours, low light performance is poor - the output is grainy and you will need a steady hand to take usable photos
  • Battery life could be better - the phone will last the day with moderate use - but its closest cousin, the Redmi 4 performs much better with a higher capacity battery
  • On the whole, the biggest competition for the Redmi Y1 is Xiaomi's own Redmi 4 - both phones are priced similarly and have similar core hardware, but the Redmi 4 gets a much bigger battery in a more compact metal body, while the Redmi Y1 has a bigger screen and front flash - if you are selfie-obsessed, the Redmi Y1 might make sense, but for other users, the Redmi 4 might be a slightly better all-round device - and if you can go a little higher on the budget, the Redmi Note 4 is the gold standard
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