The glimpse of the Redmi series is clearly visible in the design of Xiaomi Redmi Y1. The front panel has a 5.5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. There are capacitive buttons onscreen for navigation which are not backlit. Xiaomi Redmi Y1 has a 16 megapixel selfie camera which is equipped with selfie flash. On the back side there is a 13-megapixel rear camera with a single LED flash. There is a fingerprint sensor in the middle of the rear. The fingerprint scanner was easy to access. It quickly unlocked the phone without any trouble. Unlike the company’s popular Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4, this phone is not a metal unibody. The back part is plastic. Power and volume are placed on the right side and they are also made of plastic.
The Micro-USB port is on the bottom of the phone and there are speaker grilles on either side. On top, 3.5mm headphone socket, IR emitter and secondary microphone will be found. We found that the Redmi Y1 has a good build. Despite weighing 153 grams, this phone does not give a feeling of awkwardness in the hands. There are two nano SIM slots in the SIM tray. There is a separate slot for microSD card, which is a welcome move. Redmi Y1 has been made available in Gold and Dark Gray colors.
Xiaomi has used Snapdragon 435 processor in Redmi Y1. With this you have two options based on RAM and storage. There is a variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage which we have got for review. At the same time, the second variant is with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Both variants will support microSD card up to 128 GB. 3000 mAh battery will work to bring life to the phone. Xiaomi has provided a 10W charger with the phone.
The phone runs on Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9 beta based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. We found the new user interface to be easier to use. It seems that the phone will continue to support you without any trouble.
We also used the Redmi Y1’s selfie camera and found the app interface to be easy to use. For the selfie camera, the Beautify mode is active first. Let us tell you that Smart Beautify mode is also effective to some extent.
It seems that Xiaomi is trying to cash in on the selfie craze with its Redmi Y1. The phone has a capable processor and a powerful selfie camera for most situations. If you are looking for a good selfie phone in a budget price, then consider Xiaomi Redmi Y1 as a contender too. We will come soon with a detailed review of this phone.