Redmi Y1 Price In India: Buy Redmi Y1 Mobile at Rs. 8999. Redmi Y1 In India is Rs. 8999 for 3 GB RAM 32 GB ROM variant. The Redmi Y1 comes with 13MP primary camera, 16MP front facing camera, 13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) capacitive touchscreen, Android v7.1.2 Nougat operating system, 3080mAH lithium-polymer battery, 1 year manufacturer warranty.
2017 has been so good for Xiaomi. The company is now the number one brand in India pushing behind Samsung. It did an exceptional job over the past 12 months and every phone it launched made it to the top. However, being number one comes at a cost, as the brand needs to be cautious enough with its launches. Xiaomi being aware of the situation here in India is slowly widening its product portfolio beyond just smartphones. The current trend in India and pretty much everywhere in the world is ‘selfies,’ and the craze of it seems to be in no mood to fade out anytime soon. Banking on the craze, Xiaomi recently introduced the Redmi Y-series and launched the Redmi Y1 smartphone with a focus on the selfie camera. However, rest of the phone looks very identical to the Xiaomi’s previous outing; the Redmi 4. Either way, in our today’s review, we shall find out if the Redmi Y1 is worth spending your hard earned money and how good are the selfie clicked on the device.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 sports a 5.5-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS 2.5D curved glass display with 1000: 1 contrast ratio, 70% NTSC color gamut, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz Octa-Core 64-bit processor with Adreno 505 GPU. It packs 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and the high-end model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 128GB.
It runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top. Talking about the camera, the device features a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture and can record 1080p videos. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel shooter with LED flash, OmniVision sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 76.4-degree wide-angle lens. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 rocks a Fingerprint Sensor and Infrared sensor to control your electronic items. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS. A 3000mAh battery is on board.
Being a Xiaomi phone, the build quality and design are top notch. There are no compromises made despite being a budget phone. The back panel has a brushed metal plate and an aluminum alloy frame which offers excellent grip and in-hand feel. Though it sports 5.5-inches size, thanks to the rounded corners, accessing the phone with one hand was comfortable and didn’t hurt our hands much. The Fingerprint sensor is placed in the centre, so reaching for it while using the phone with one-hands was also not an issue. On the front, there are very thick bezels, and above that, it has a black border running across the display which looks odd. The phone offers good grip, but the metal backplate is slippery, and if you’re not careful enough, you will end up dropping the phone.
Up front, you find the 16-megapixel selfie camera, LED flash, ambient & proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5.5-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons which sadly aren't backlit. You have the SIM and microSD cards slot on the left, while the power on/off button and volume rockers are placed on the right side. Top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster, while the microUSB port with speaker grills are situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone Dual LED flash, Fingerprint sensor, and Xiaomi MI branding. The Antenna bands are present right above the camera module. The back panel isn't removable, so is the battery. For a price of Rs. 9,000, the device packs a pretty standard design that we keep seeing on most Xiaomi phones.
The Redmi Y1 sports a 5.5-inches HD (1280 X 720) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The addition of Corning Gorilla Glass helps in preventing scratches and cracks to some extent if you drop it accidentally. Moving along, the display is bright and is accessible even under broad daylight and outdoors. It produces rich and vibrant colors. Though the pixel density is just 294, it really doesn’t affect much while watching movies or playing games. The images and text look sharp and crisp.
The MIUI software also gives you options to adjust colors and contrast based on your preference, and there is also a reading mode which reduces the blue light emission without hurting your eyes. Being an IPS display, the viewing angles too are great. Overall, the display of the Redmi Y1 is very impressive despite being a low-resolution screen for a 5.5-inch device.
Xiaomi has played safe with Redmi Y1 by including the same chipset it used on the hugely successful Redmi 4. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB RAM. The Snapdragon 435 is the very well balanced chipset that is very much capable of handling day-to-day casual tasks as well as high-end resource intensive games and apps with ease. We never faced any lag or stutters during the time we spent testing the Redmi Y1. Thanks to MIUI 9 which is well optimised for faster loading speeds, apps opens up fast and they are responsive as well.
Though on heavy and extensive usage, the device heats up a bit, it isn’t something that is unbearable. Moving to gaming, we played games ranging from Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed Run, Mortal Kombat, etc. It was able to handle games with ease and no frame drops during gameplay. However, Asphalt 8 on continuous gaming, was dropping frames and throwing stutters. There is Fingerprint sensor which unlocks the device very quickly; you can register up to five fingers. Overall, the performance of the Redmi Y1 is very good and certainly lives to the expectations.
Camera is the focus of the Redmi Y1, it features a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, and on the front, there is a 16-megapixel shooter with LED flash. The camera app is no different from other Xiaomi phones, toggles for flash, HDR, front camera, modes are present on the main screen, while swiping from right gives access to image preview window, camera and video settings. Moving to the camera performance, barring the images clicked in cloudy conditions, the camera can click good images with great details and decent colors. Focusing was quick, so clicking macro and close up shots was not an issue. There is the HDR mode; it will help in lighting up the dull moments which are usually found in cloudy and underlit conditions.
There is LED flash so you can click decent images in artificial lighting conditions as well. But the low-light clicks are noisy with a lot of grains to which even the LED flash can’t be of any help. You can click reasonably good images; given that you are in well-lit conditions, but the low-light performance is simply not impressive. The colors are far from being accurate and the images lack details. Moving to the front, the 16MP selfies clicked in good lighting conditions are great, but once you move to low-light, you can see a lot of noise in the image even when LED flash is on. As it is a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, group selfies turned out excellent, and there is also beauty mode which can be applied in real-time. The rear camera and front camera can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the video is equally good. Thanks to the secondary mic, there is not much ambient noise while recording videos.
Overall, though the front camera does a fine job, the rear camera especially in low-light conditions, is just average.
Like always Xiaomi didn’t bundle earphones within the box, so we had to use the ones we have with us. The default music player is feature rich; it also has equalizer feature so you can change the audio profiles to better fit your liking. The loudspeaker since it is placed on the bottom, the audio doesn’t get muffled when placed on a flat surface or while holding it in landscape mode. There is no dedicated audio driver, so the sound quality is pretty decent. For better audio experience, we suggest you get Xiaomi headphones that work well with the phone’s software to produce better results.
In the video department, there is support for 1080p video playback, and it had no issues streaming or playing locally stored Full HD videos without freezing or heating. We installed MX Player which is our go-to video player for the features it packs and the device was able to play any format video we threw at it with ease. Overall, the audio and video experience is decent, investing in a pair of earphones for a better experience is a better idea.
The Redmi Y1 packs a 3000mAh battery that is not removable, and the battery capacity is less compared to the Redmi 4. Though being a low-capacity battery, it lasted us an entire day even with heavy usage on a working day without sweating much. The MIUI software is to be thanked for optimising the battery so well. We never noticed any idle battery drain nor faster draining issues on heavy usage. The only instance where we saw the battery to be draining faster than usual is when we were playing high-end games and GPS navigation with 4G turned on.
With casual-to-moderate usage, you can easily expect more than a day’s battery life which is incredible. However, not everything is right; the device lacks fast charging support, so we had to wait longer than usual for the battery to charge completely. It took close to 2 hours 40 minutes to charge completely. Overall, the battery department gets a big thumbs up but would have been much better had the company included fast charge support as well.
The Redmi Y1 runs on Android 7.1.2 with MIUI 9 on top. It is a known fact especially if you’re a Mi fan that the MIUI ROM is as good as stock Android for those who are into customization. With MIUI 9, Xiaomi has introduced a wide range of themes, wallpapers, icon packs using which you can change the look and feel of the U.I entirely. The Stock Android themes are the best as they bring stock experience on MIUI 9 if you feel like getting the taste of vanilla Android. Features like multi-window split screen, improved app loading speeds, app vault, dual space, dual apps are all accounted for. There is also an App lock feature which locks the app from unrestricted access.
Apart from Google Apps, Xiaomi’s default apps come pre-installed which cannot be considered bloat because they are handy. Apps like Amazon Shopping, WPS Office, and UC News apps come pre-installed, but they can be uninstalled easily. Out of the 3GB RAM (the unit we tested, there is also 4GB RAM variant), 1.5GB is free when just default apps are running in the background. Like we said above, MIUI 9 has vastly improved app loading speeds and this really helps in smooth U.I navigations, animations and even multitasking with tons of apps. The device can also handle high-end apps and can switch back and forth without any lag.
Overall, with MIUI 9, the Redmi Y1 offers great multitasking, and software experience. We never faced any lag or stutters in the U.I even when we ran more than 5-6 apps at a time in the background.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 recently got a price cut and is now available for Rs. 9999 for the 3GB RAM variant. Considering the price cut, it feels like the Redmi Note 4 is a better value for money when compared to Y1 as it comes with a better processor, bigger battery, 1080p display. But if you are looking for a smartphone that can click awesome Selfies and has a dedicated microSD card slot, then the Redmi Y1 is definitely a worthy phone to consider buying. Under the Rs. 10,000, Xiaomi indeed is the king as it offers better value for money products compared to other brands, so it is very tough to recommend alternatives in this segment. Depending on your priorities, pick either of the phones mentioned above, and we are sure that you won’t be disappointed.
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