Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 8,999 onwards

launchNov, 2017

22.7

excellence score

67.5

value for money score

Not available at any of our listed stores

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Design

  • Decent design, similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 4 - good build quality too, though its based on plastic
  • Fast and conveniently located fingerprint scanner
  • Plastic based construction (versus the metal build for the Redmi 4, or the Redmi Note 4)

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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 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

Audio

  • The speaker on the right grill is pretty loud (though it is also easy to muffle when holding the phone in landscape mode)

Battery

  • 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

More

  • 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)
  • 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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Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Night Display mode
  • Reading mode
  • Color Temperature Adjustment
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.4 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435Ranked #71 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 505
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3080 mAh
Battery Standby240 hrs
Battery Talktime32.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Video Playback Time: 10 hrs
  • Gaming: 12 hrs
  • Navigation: 15 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: 75 hrs
  • Reading Time: 21 hrs
Dimensions
Weight153 gm
Thickness7.7 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • Low Light Enhancement
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
  • Face Recognition
  • Real-time Filters
Secondary Camera16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • LED Flash
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 76.4-degree Wide-angle Lens
  • Beautify
  • Selfie Countdown
  • Face Recognition
  • Real-time Filters
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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