Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto E4 Plus, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Motorola Moto E4 Plus  Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
20.3
21.9
Value for Money Score
65.0
65.8
Price ₹ 8,349 onwards ₹ 9,220 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Nov, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, Oleophobic Coating, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, Night Display mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.3 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6737Ranked #83 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 435Ranked #75 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T720 MP1 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 13.0MP
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, 1.12um Pixel Size, 78-degree Lens, Burst Mode, Panorama, HDR, Beautification Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low Light Enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4um Pixel Size, 74-degree Lens, Flash, Burst Mode, HDR, Beautification Mode LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 76.4-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.5 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 198 gm 153 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 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 Yes
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 Fast Battery Charging; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Pleasant design, sturdy build
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint scanner
  • Mostly simple, stock Android experience, and the few software-addons that Motorola does add (Moto Display, Moto Actions) are always useful
  • Decent performance in daily basic use (although anything more than that will make it struggle)
  • Excellent battery life - comfortably lasts 2 days with moderate use - you can leave your charger at home!
  • Splash resistant
  • Decent design, similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 4 - good build quality too, though its based on plastic
  • Fast and conveniently located fingerprint scanner
  • 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
  • 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
  • The speaker on the right grill is pretty loud (though it is also easy to muffle when holding the phone in landscape mode)
  • Fairly light at 153g
  • Dedicated Dual SIM slots and microSD slot (as opposed to the Hybrid slot on the likes of the Redmi Note 4)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Display resolution definitely could have been better
  • Gets slow at times, when pushed with heavy apps - so its basically meant for casual use (think email/WhatsApp/Social Networking)
  • Average camera - pictures are sometimes fuzzy even in well-lit conditions
  • 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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