Xiaomi announced two new devices in India with the new Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite, both of these devices are looking like a new series from Xiaomi but the fact is that, these devices are rebranded Redmi 5A devices that is for the global market. The Redmi Y1 particularly in the new series is also marketed as a Selfie device with a larger front-facing camera that the one on the back.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1
The star of the lineup is the Redmi Y1 and it comes with a 5.5-inch LCD HD display with 450nits of brightness. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset with an octa-core CPU running at 1.4GHz. The handset comes in two flavors with one having a 3GB/32GB RAM and storage combos and another one with a heftier 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage.
As a Selfie-defined piece of equipment, the Redmi Y1 is blessed with a 16 Megapixel front-facing shooter and has a 79-degree wide-angle lens with an f/2.0 Aperture. There’s a dedicated LED flash on the front as well to get the best shoot in low-lighting situations. On the back is rather a lower resolution but still capable camera which goes for a 13 Megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 Aperture lens and is accompanied by an LED flash. It features PDAF, Panorama and HDR as well as Burst Mode, Facial Recognition with real-time filters.
The handset includes a fingerprint sensor on the back and comes with a multi card hybrid SIM tray with a trio of dedicated card slots for the two SIM’s and for the microSD card.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 lite
Going even more affordable is the Redmi Y1 Lite and as the name suggests, this variant of the Redmi Y1 has a slightly dialed down specs. For instance, the Y1 Lite version has a regular 5 Megapixel Selfie shooter and unlike the regular Redmi Y1, it doesn’t come with a dedicated LED flash on the front. However, its shooter on back carries a 13 Megapixel sensor and comes with an LED flash. The Redmi Y1 Lite also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Chipset and ships with only 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
Besides those key differences, the Redmi Y1 Lite also removed the fingerprint sensor on the back and users will have to rely on Android’s built-in software-based security measures..
And so the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite will be running Android 7.0 (Nougat) out of the box and ships initially with MIUI 8. However, later this month Xiaomi’s promises to roll out MIUI 9 to the Redmi Y1 devices which brings a lot of new features and enhancements to the ever-expanding portfolio of features and functions from Xiaomi’s homebrewed UI. Both devices runs on a 3080mAh embedded battery so expect the new both of these to last a day long of battery life.
Practically, these devices are optimally designed for the emerging markets and for the large Indian market. Prices starts at Rs. 6,999 for the Redmi Y1 Lite while regular Redmi Y1 costs Rs. 8,999 that houses a 3GB/32GB option and Rs. 10,999 for the upgraded version that comes with 4GB/64GB of RAM and storage option. These devices will ship beginning November 8 and will be available in these color options: Gold, Dark Grey, Silver, Rose Gold.