Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Performance
Octa-Core, 1.4 GHz GHz, Cortex A53.|
3 GB RAM
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Display
|5.5 inches (13.97), HD, 267 PPI IPS LCD|
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Camera
16 MP MP Front Camera
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Battery
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Xiaomi was quite successful with the Redmi Note 4 in India. It became their best-selling smartphone with over millions of units sold in India last year. Offering a balance of great design, excellent performance and most importantly a long-lasting battery, the smartphone is still considered to be the best budget smartphone to go for. However, smartphones have a short lifespan. The budget segment today has quite a few new offerings that give serious competition to Xiaomi. So to answer those competitors Xiaomi has launched a new budget phone, the Redmi Y1
The Redmi Y1 costs the same as the Redmi 4, which was launched in mid-2017 and what is surprising to see is that both devices are selling at the same price point where other companies gradually increase their phone price year over year. So let’s now find out if the Redmi Y1 is the device for you and is it worth the price.
It comes with a metal looking but an all-plastic body. The screen is 5.5 inches tall protected with gorilla glass 3, the resolution is only HD i.e., 720×1280 here but the screen looks very clear and bright. There is no pixelation seen on screen and the latest MIUI9 totally blends with the display providing a perfect viewing experience.
The viewing angles are good and if your main consumption is videos on social media networks like YouTube or Facebook or via WhatsApp, Redmi Y1 is suited to the task.
The colors are vibrant and soft, the sunlight legibility is fairly good. I didn’t face any issue reading text on the screen in sunlight. The edges of the front glass are curved which in nerd terms is 2.5D curved which adds a nice grip when holding the phone. And if for any reason you don’t like the straight white colors on the screen then you have an option to you can adjust the color temperature of the screen.
It has similar design aesthetic to the rest of the products in Xiaomi’s budget series, there are no visible antenna bands on the back. A 13MP rear camera with flash and a fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is made up of plastic but it feels bit heavy. We get a selfie camera over at the top and regular Xiaomi navigation buttons at the bottom. The speaker placement and micro USB port are at the bottom and bonus infrared shooter at the top. The phone looks great but when you hold this phone you will get a sense of cheap phone.
You get a dedicated dual sim and micro SD card slot so you can use all 3 together which is nice, 4G with VoLTE is also supported. Pretty much all the basic sensors are provided in this phone. There are notification light and compass sensor as well. You also get the gyroscope sensor to enjoy that new VR stuff if you don’t know what VR is, then make sure you subscribe to our channel and watch our daily tech news in VR.
Redmi Y1 is running SD 435. And I have used many budget phone running SD435 but I think Redmi Y1 is the fastest of all.
Redmi Y1’s performance is smooth, no lags, the MIUI 9 worked buttery smooth. This phone comes with 4GB ram with 64Gb internal storage and when playing high-end graphics games there weren’t any noticeable lags.
This handset comes with 3080 mAh battery that also does a good job. It lasts for a whole working day and the charging time from 0 to 100 % is around 2 hours.
The MIUI9 surely give a boost to the phone but utilizing every bit of the hardware. And you also get a bonus Hungama music subscription for one year, which is a very gracious and sweet deal but for only first 5 lakh units so grab your unit fast.
The fingerprint sensor on the back is really fast. As you can see it takes just a fraction of a second to unlock it.
You can also use dual apps feature which lets you use for e.g. two WhatsApp accounts, there is also an inbuilt-app lock feature. Coming to the speaker, the sound output is loud and clear, but not of highest quality. There were no issues with earpiece speaker while on calls, the 4G network’s reception is good too.
The Y1 camera performance is above average. But this smartphone is really good for selfies, daylight and night shots also turned out average. The colors are slightly dull in the photos but it is sharp. Here are some samples, It can shoot max Full HD videos and in video recording mode there is just the time-lapse option, there is no slow-motion option and there is no any sort of stabilization in it so if you shoot videos most of the times, then this phone is not the best choice. The photos taken had a slight amount of noise. Even the daylight photos were soft. Colors are not very accurate but it gets the job done. The dynamic range is also not that great but it is still better than most budget phones. Under the low-light condition, the camera managed to capture the detailed and sharp image.
Overall the phone performance was impressive, camera quality is also pretty good. Redmi Y1 is indeed a very good phone and does well in all areas be it performance, gaming, camera and battery life. A very good buy for those looking for a powerful handset with an affordable price tag and someone who loves taking selfies.
The 16-megapixel selfie camera and lamp flash, The phone itself is pretty average in many ways, but it will no doubt appeal to a section of the market that wants a quality alternative to the mostly mediocre options available today. Some of the competitors of Redmi Y1 are Lenovo K8 Plus, Samsung J7, and Vivo V7. The Redmi Y1 brings affordability to the selfie-first audience and is definitely worth looking at if you want a good front camera with a good performance at under Rs 11000. There are not many things that I dislike about this phone so at the price of 11,000, I think this is the best phone you can get right now.
|Launch Date||Nov 2, 2017 (official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.0 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Single SIM|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||267 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported|
|Screen to Body Ratio||71.36 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 1.4 GHz GHz, Cortex A53|
Front : Metal|
Back : Plastic
|Colors||Gold, Dark Grey|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 126 GB|
|Resolution||13 MP MP Primary Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||3120 x 4159 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Face detection, Touch to focus, Auto Flash|
|Video Recoding||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Resolution||16 MP MP Front Camera|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass|
|Cable Type||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||2.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|