Updated on 2017-11-02 by Shivam Setia
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Redmi Y1 is the lastest smartphone from Xiaomi launched on 2nd November in India, which is the selfie-centric phone. Redmi Y1 comes with a 5.5-inch screen with 720p resolution, the display is an IPS display protected by 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla glass protection. The body, though looks like metallic, is made of plastic and not metal as seen in Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4, it still looks good. The phone is easy to hold in hand and feels light in weight.
Redmi Y1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor and runs on latest MIUI 9 over the Android 7.1.2(Nougat). The phone comes in 2 variants of 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The Antutu benchmark score of Redmi Y1 is 43500.
The camera performance of Redmi Y1 is impressive, it has a rear camera of 13MP with LED flash which is pretty decent in this price range. In our initial impressions, the outdoor shots looked good with plenty of details and sharpness. The picture quality in low light conditions was average though. The front camera, which is USP of the device, is a 16MP camera with a selfie flash. The front camera on Redmi Y1 is great for taking selfies. The software automatically beautifies your face and because the resolution is high, the pictures are very detailed. There is front flash as well so selfies in low light look good as well. Overall, the camera performance of Redmi Y1 is really good considering the price at which it is launched.
Redmi Y1 also worked well in the gaming department with no noticeable lag observed even in the high-end games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5. The fingerprint sensor is on the back and is pretty accurate. As with other Xiaomi phones, Redmi Y1 has an IR blaster at the top and can run dual apps.
The battery for Redmi Y1 is rated at 3080mAH, which is expected to last for a full day with normal usage conditions. The best thing about Redmi Y1 compared to other Xiaomi headsets is that it comes with a dedicated MicroSD card expandable up to 256GB, something not seen in Xiaomi phones for so long.
Overall, the phones do well in all areas like performance factor, camera, gaming. The price tag of Redmi Y1 looks justified. If you take a lot of selfies then go for Redmi Y1 and if you do not take selfies then Redmi Note 4 is a better device because of Snapdragon 625 chipset. Redmi Note 5 is also coming up next month with dual camera setup and bezel-less display so waiting for that is also a good idea.
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Redmi Y1 is a device for selfie lovers. Front camera is the USP of this device and everything else is similar to Redmi 4. If you do not take a lot of selfies then go for Redmi 4 or Redmi Note 4.